Held AtGloucestershire Archives
Alt Ref NoD8887
TitleSmyth family of North Nibley; Cowper family of Lancashire
Date16th cent.-18th cent.
DescriptionA collection of nearly 2000 papers, documents and letters concerning the business and personal affairs of John Smyth, the elder of North Nibley who was steward of the hundred of Berkeley from 1597 until his death in 1641 and a close confidant of the Berkeley family. There are also some papers of later date concerning his son John and other members of his family. The particulars below indicate to some extent the nature of the papers. They were almost certainly part of the manuscripts preserved for many years at Condover hall, Shropshire, and eventually dispersed by auction in London. They were acquired (through the generosity of Mr Edwin Lea) from the executor of the late F A Crisp, FSA and arranged in volumes made for the purpose. A list of the contents is inserted in each volume and many of the more important papers are catalogued under the parishes to which they relate.
Custodial HistoryThis accession comprises the 'Smyth of Nibley papers' (volumes numbered 1-17) and other Smyth manuscripts (19 volumes) transferred from the Gloucestershire Collection at Gloucester Library in 2001, Austin 6964 and 13605.Volume 17 was found in Strongroom 16 during the December 2013 closure and transferred to D8887
Related Material[See also list to contents of volumes 1-16 compiled by library staff (list reference CMS99) and 'A Catalogue of the Gloucestershire Collection' by R Austin (1928). See also D9125 for other transfers from the Gloucestershire Collection during 2001-2005, some of which are likely to be identified as Smyth records and added to D8887. Other Smyth documents are to be found in the Fletcher Collection at Birmingham Reference Library]. Another catalogue of the collection can be found at GAL/D5* SR20.36GS* SR20.19GS.
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