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Papers of the Bertie family, Earls of Abingdon


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Papers relating to the Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire estates of the Bertie family, Earls of Abingdon, from the 14th to the 20th century.


  • 14th-20th cent.


43.45 Linear Metres (337 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials


Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Ch. Berks. 827, fols. 1-2].
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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Ch. Berks. 827-887, 1128-1148; MSS. Ch. Bucks. 827-831; MS. Ch. Lincs. 1379; MSS. Ch. Oxon. 3822-3874, 4158-4183; MSS. Ch. Somerset 81, 166-169; MSS. Ch. Wilts. 327-334, 357-366; MSS. D.D. Bertie b. 1-10, c. 1-35, d. 1-4; MSS. Maps C 17:13 (40) R, C 17:13 (42) R, C 17:13 (43) R, C 17:13 (44) R, C 17:49 (197) R; MSS. Rolls. Berks. 11-37, 39, 41-44; MSS. Rolls. Oxon. 141-147, 150, 158-164; MSS. Top. Berks. a. 5, b. 12-13, 16-39, c. 34-38, d. 25-26, e. 21-22; MSS. Top. Gen. b. 63, c. 43-45, c. 88-89, e. 63-64; MSS. Top. Oxon. a. 46-47, b. 121, 177-216, 262, c. 334, 381-389, d. 378-380, 621-623, e. 299-303

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 7231


Papers relating to the Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire estates of the Bertie family, Earls of Abingdon, from the 14th to the 20th century.

Biographical / Historical

The Bertie family became Earls of Abingdon in 1682 after King Charles II created the peerage for James Bertie, Lord Norreys of Rycote. The Bertie family have been been prominent land owners in Oxford and surrounding areas and feature heavily in the political history of Oxford and England.

Other Finding Aids

A description of part of the collection is printed in P.S. Spokes, Summary Catalogue of manuscripts in the Bodleian Library relating to Oxford (Oxford, 1964), pp.136-140. Full details of the deeds and rolls are given in the calendar of charters available in the Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers came to the Bodleian Library at several different dates from several different sources. MS. Top. Oxon. b. 121 was bought from the executors of F.P. Morrell in 1925. MSS. Top. Berks. b. 12, c. 34-38, d. 25-26; Top. gen. c. 43-45, e. 63-64, Top. Oxon. c. 334; Rolls Berks. 11-37, 39, Rolls Oxon. 141-147, 150, Ch. Berks. 827-887, Ch. Bucks. 827-831, Ch. Oxon. 3822-3874, Ch. Som. 81 and Ch. Wilts. 327-334 were bought from the Countess of Abingdon, through E.H. Tipping in 1934. MSS. Top. Berks. b. 13, Rolls Berks. 41-44, Rolls Oxon. 158-164 and the maps were bought from E.H. Tipping in 1936. MS. Top. Berks. e. 21 was given by J.C.B. Gamlen in 1942. MSS. Top. Berks. a. 5, b. 16-39, e. 22; Top. gen. b. 63, c. 88-89; Top. Oxon. a. 46-47, b. 177-193, b. 196-216, c. 381-389, d. 378-380, d. 621-623, e. 299-303; Ch. Berks. 1128-1148, Ch. Lincs. 1379, Ch. Oxon. 4158-4183, Ch. Som. 166-169, Ch. Wilts. 357-366 were recovered from salvage in 1947. MSS. D.D. Bertie b.1-10, c. 1-28, d. 1-3 were deposited in 1954 and 1955. MSS. D.D. Bertie c. 29-35, d .4 were deposited through the British Records Association in 1970. MS. Top. Oxon. b. 262 was given by A.A. Bertie in 1971.

Related Materials

See also deeds relating to Bertie Family properties in Berkshire, Wiltshire and Manchester, 17th-20th cent. Shelfmarks: Dep. b. 258, c. 974, d. 911
Catalogue of the papers of the Bertie family, Earls of Abingdon, 14th-20th century
Amanda J.E. Arrowsmith, Mary Clapinson and Rosemary Dunhill
1982, EAD Version 2007
Language of description
Conversion to EAD supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom