Held AtGloucestershire Archives
LevelCollection
Alt Ref NoD2002
TitleFreeman, Mitford and Edwards families of Batsford
Date1521-1959
ArrangementThe collection has been arranged as follows:

MITFORD FAMILY
D2002/1 William Mitford, senior (d.1747)
D2002/2 William Mitford, junior
D2002/3 John Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale (1748-1830)
D2002/3/1 Correspondence and professional papers
D2002/3/2 Appointments and commissions
D2002/3/3 Family settlements, trusts, etc.
D2002/3/4 Other records
D2002/4 Henry Reveley Mitford (1804-1883)
D2002/5 John Thomas Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron and 1st Earl Redesdale (1805-1886)
D2002/5/1 Correspondence
D2002/5/2 Family settlement, trusts, etc.
D2002/5/3 Household management
D2002/6 Frances Mitford (2nd daughter of 1st Baron Redesdale)
D2002/7 Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale of 2nd creation (1837-1916)
D2002/7/1 Correspondence
D2002/7/2 Appointments and commissions
D2002/7/3 Papers relating to (A. B. Mitford) Lord Redesdale's books
D2002/7/4 Lord Redesdale's settled estates: Exbury Trust
D2002/7/5 Other records
D2002/8 Other Mitford family documents

FREEMAN FAMILY
D2002/9 Richard Freeman, senior, Chancellor of Ireland (d.1710)
D2002/10 Richard Freeman, junior (d.1741)
D2002/11 Other members of Freeman family

EDWARDS FAMILY
D2002/12 Walter Edwards, senior
D2002/13 Walter Edwards (Freeman), junior (d.1747)
D2002/14 Mrs. Jane Edwards
D2002/15 Thomas Edwards (Freeman), senior (d.1808)
D2002/16 Thomas Edwards Freeman, junior (d.1788)
D2002/17 Other members of Edwards family

D2002/18 MARSHALL FAMILY

D2002/19 KECK FAMILY
Admin HistoryThis collection comprises records of the Mitford, Freeman and Edwards families, which have come together through their connection with the Batsford estate, Glos., where the Freeman family were settled by c.1500. Richard Freeman (son of Richard Freeman, Chancellor of Ireland) died without heir in 1741 and after the death of his widow in 1745 the estate passed to his nephew Walter Edwards, who assumed the additional name of Freeman. The estate remained in the Edwards family until 1808 when Thomas Edwards-Freeman died without heir, devising the estate to his cousin John Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale, a member of the Mitford family of Northumberland (see Burke's Landed Gentry). In addition to the three main families of Freeman, Edwards and Mitford, the collection includes a few items relating to the Keck and Marshall families, related to the Freeman family through the two marriages of Richard Freeman, senior
Several prominent members of the Mitford family are represented in this collection. John Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale (1748-1830) [section D2002/3], was a barrister, becoming a K.C. in 1789. He had entered Parliament in 1788, becoming Solicitor-General in 1793, Attorney General in 1799 and Speaker of the House of Commons in 1801. From 1802 to 1806 he was Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and was created Baron Redesdale in 1802. He was a noted opponent of Catholic emancipation. Lord Redesdale's political and private correspondence forms a large and interesting part of the collection. His elder brother, William Mitford of Exbury, Hants., M.P. (1744-1827) was a distinguished scholar, friend of Gibbon and historian of Greece [see 'Dictionary of National Biography'] and D2002/3/1/25]
John Thomas Freeman-Mitford (1805-1886), son and heir of Lord Redesdale, succeeded his father as 2nd Baron in 1830. He was an active Tory politician and Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords. His correspondence with the Duke of Wellington is in D2002/6/1/2 and 6/1/3. He was created Earl of Redesdale in 1877 but died in 1886 without heir when both peerages became extinct. He devised his estates to his cousin Algernon Bertram Mitford (afterwards Freeman-Mitford)
Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford (1837-1916) was in the Diplomatic Service and afterwards Secretary of the Office of Works, 1874-1886 [see D2002/7/1/2 and 7/1/4]. He was M.P. for Stratford-upon-Avon 1892-1895 and was created Baron Redesdale of Redesdale, Northumberland, in 1902
Records relating to the administration of Batsford estate and the Mitford family's estate in Northumberland are catalogued as D1447
The printed catalogue, available in Gloucestershire Archives' searchroom, includes detailed family pedigrees and a conspectus of old and new reference numbers
Custodial HistoryDeposited by the Rt. Hon. Lord Redesdale, 1958-1972; most documents in this collection (primarily those relating to the Mitford family, sections 1-8) were deposited by the Rt. Hon. Lord Redesdale in 1964 and catalogued as D2002, Accession 2002. This material has been re-catalogued to incorporate additional family records transferred from the Batsford estate archive deposited by Lord Dulverton in 1958 and 1972 [D1447] and all earlier catalogue references have therefore been changed. To assist users familiar with the earlier catalogue, the previous catalogue reference numbers are recorded in square brackets [] following the description of each item. (Please note that the collection also includes previously uncatalogued material which therefore does not have an earlier reference number.) A copy of the earlier catalogue, marked up to show the new catalogue references, may be seen on request, and an appendix to the printed catalogue, available in Gloucestershire Archives' searchroom, gives a conspectus of old and new numbers and shows the items which have been recatalogued, returned to the depositor or transferred to other repositories. A few items which appeared in the earlier catalogue have been returned to the depositor or transferred to other repositories. Their present locations are also indicated
Related Material[See also D1447]
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