Collection RC0495 - British legal instuments collection (Late Medival to Post-Regency)

Zone du titre et de la mention de responsabilité

Titre propre

British legal instuments collection (Late Medival to Post-Regency)

Dénomination générale des documents

Titre parallèle

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Mention d'échelle (cartographique)

Mention de projection (cartographique)

Mention des coordonnées (cartographiques)

Mention d'échelle (architecturale)

Juridiction responsable et dénomination (philatélique)

Zone des dates de production


  • 1336-1825 (Production)

Zone de description matérielle

Description matérielle

81 items : parchment.
Manuscript and printed – Latin, English, Scots.

Zone de la collection

Titre propre de la collection

Titres parallèles de la collection

Compléments du titre de la collection

Mention de responsabilité relative à la collection

Numérotation à l'intérieur de la collection

Note sur la collection

Zone de la description archivistique

Historique de la conservation

Portée et contenu

This artificial collection of documents consists of 81 manuscripts, including deeds, charters, instruments of sasine, obligations, letters patent, wills, probate certificates, and manorial court proceedings, placed into 76 separate groupings. Most of the documents are English, concerning Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Devon, Essex, Hampshire (including Isle of Wight), Kent, London, Middlesex, Norfolk, Rutland, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, Wiltshire, and Yorkshire. Some are Scottish, from Aberdeenshire, Ayrshire, Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh, Peeblesshire, Perthshire, and West Lothian. One was drawn up in Louth, Ireland while under British rule. Among the notable names occurring in these documents are North of Kirtling, Addington of Harlow, Cotton of Leswade, Primrose of Chester, Paston of Paston, and Shelley of Horsham. Also included, in envelope A, are several pieces of seals which have broken.

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État de conservation

Source immédiate d'acquisition

There have been several accruals. Nos.1-69 and 77-79 are believed to have been acquired from a London auction by Bertram Rota in the 1960s, perhaps in the interest of providing palaeographic materials for a course at McMaster. The provenance of Nos.70-74 and 76 are not known. No. 75 (29-1995) was donated in 1995 by R.H. McNairn. His father, William Harvey McNairn, of McMaster University, Toronto, had purchased the document on 13 June 1916 from Reginald Atkinson, bookseller, in London, England. W.H. McNairn was a professor of geology but also produced scholarly papers on medieval history. Receipts and a letter from Atkinson pertaining to the purchase, together with a cardboard sleeve once used to house the item, are located in the master file. A typescript transcription of the item itself has been included with the document.


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Disponibilité d'autres formats

Restrictions d'accès

There are no access restrictions.

Délais d'utilisation, de reproduction et de publication

Instruments de recherche

Éléments associés

Éléments associés


Further accruals are not expected.

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Numéro normalisé


Mots-clés - Sujets

Mots-clés - Lieux

Mots-clés - Noms

Mots-clés - Genre

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Identifiant de la description du document


Identifiant du service d'archives

Règles ou conventions


Niveau de détail

Dates de production, de révision et de suppression

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