Clayton, Sir Robert Clayton (1629-1707) and Morris, Alderman John (d 1682)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

A collection, from 1659-1697, of twelve documents relating to Sir Robert Clayton and Alderman Morris concerning loans, good health, relatives and sales.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Clayton was born in Northamptonshire in 1629. He became an apprentice to his uncle who was a London scrivener where he became acquainted with fellow apprentice Alderman John Morris. They both went on to become successful businessmen and to establish the bank, Clayton & Morris Co. Clayton entered politics representing several wards depending on Whig favour. He was knighted in 1671 and went on to be elected Lord Mayor for 1679-80. Clayton built a considerable fortune and, as a mark of his wealth, in 1697 he lent the king 30000l to pay off the troops. He died in 1707.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to archive collections may be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Archivist's Note

Separated Material

Papers relating to Sir Robert Clayton: University of Illinois Library, Urbana, USA, has papers, 1579-1744 (Ref: Clayton Collection); British Library of Political and Economic Science, University of London, holds correspondence and papers (Ref: Clayton); the John Rylands University Library of Manchester contains correspondence, deeds and papers (Ref: Eng MSS 899, 906, 943, 959, 986 and Lat MS 446 and Ch 2478-2808, 3632-71); the Lewis Walpole Library, Connecticut, USA, holds correspondence and papers; the Guildhall Library, London has ledgers, accounts and business papers, 1650-1680 (Ref: MSS 400-405, 1572, 1993, 2135, 2931, 3615, 5286, 6428, 8493, 8871, 10049, 15604-19), and personal, shrievalty, mayoralty and estate accounts, 1669-1680 (Ref: MS 6428); Surrey History Centre, Woking, contains ledgers and accounts, 1653-1685 (Ref: 84), and Surrey deeds and papers (Ref: 3, 6); the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, USA, holds business papers, 1659-1687 (Ref: Xd492); the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, contains business and personal correspondence and papers (Ref: MSS Don c68, Eng lett c12, 14,16,192,201,309, misc b96, c208, d624, Top Oxon c326, and Pedigree Rolls 36); the British Library, London, holds papers relating to the Monmouth rebellion (Ref: Add MS 62453), and the House of Lords (Ref: Add MS 45902); the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, contains business papers and correspondence and papers relating to Judge George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem (Ref: NLW MSS 8472E, 11016-21E, 11061E); the National Library of Ireland, Dublin, has papers relating to the Clayton estates, business and iron works at Enniscorthy (Ref: MSS 30, 352, 810, 3294, 8535, 10786); Northamptonshire Record Office holds deeds and estate papers (Ref: Clayton MSS 1-185); Buckinghamshire Record Office contains business papers, 1631-1689 (Ref: D/CE), and correspondence, [1662-1698] (Ref: D 135); Beinecke Library, Yale University, holds the accounts of the Duke of Buckingham, 1660-1685 (Ref: Osborn MS 202/23); the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University, New York, USA, contains accounts created as a trustee for the Duke of Buckingham, 1675-1677 (Ref: Montgomery Collection spec MS coll Buckingham); Ohio University Library, USA, has papers relating to the Dublin workhouse (Ref: Z3 1 1); Lincoln Central Library contains correspondence with Sir Charles Dymoke (Ref: 5226); the Lincolnshire Archives, Lincoln, hold letters from William Hardy, 1671-1683 (Ref: FL), correspondence with Dymoke Walpole (Ref: Hill 30 1A-B), and Lincolnshire deeds (Ref: BRA1297, PSJ, Smith); London Metropolitan Archives contain Capel Court deeds (Ref: A/CSC/699-719); Essex Record Office, Chelmsford, holds Essex deeds and papers (Ref: D/DWh) and legal papers (Ref: D/DAc); the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland holds deeds relating to Garendon Abbey (Ref: DE193), and Leicestershire deeds and papers (Ref: DE1797 and 35'29); Norfolk Record Office contains Norfolk deeds and papers (Ref: 3210-3437); Nottinghamshire Archives have deeds relating to Nottingham (Ref: M1622-28); the Oxfordshire Archives hold Oxfordshire deeds and estate papers (Ref: misc Lancs ii/2, vi/14; Clayton i/22, 31); the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Records Office holds Warwickshire papers (Ref: DR76/2); the Devon Record Office, Exeter, has Totnes deeds (Ref: 136M); the Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office contains deeds relating to Wiltshire (Ref: 84/47, 212A/37/4-5, 212B, Ram 6); and the Brotherton Library, Leeds University, holds Yorkshire deeds and papers (Ref: Clayton papers).Papers relating to Alderman John Morris:The Guildhall Library, London, holds personal and business accounts, 1669-1680 (Ref: MS 6428).

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Custodial History

Bought from W. A. Myers Ltd., 1962.

Geographical Names