Document ReferenceMe 3
TitleMedieval Deeds in the Mellish Collection, c.1160-1361, with a letter from Napoleon Buonaparte [Bonaparte], 1790
Date Of Creationc.1160-1361
Extent1 box.
AbstractCorrespondence, deeds
LevelSubFonds
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThis small group of documents forms part of the larger Mellish archive. They relate to grants by the de Vere family, Earls of Oxford, and their tenants, to the Priories of Earls Colne and Hatfield, Essex. Both priories were founded by members of the de Vere family in the twelfth century. The de Veres do not appear to have any obvious connection with the Mellish family. A charter of 1220-21 of Robert de Vere of a gift of the church of Abington, Cambridgeshire to the monks of Hatfield Regis, Essex, which was amongst an earlier deposit of Mellish papers was thought to be present as a result of the antiquarian activities of Charles Mellish (1737-1797).
Custodial HistoryThe deeds were discovered in Hodsock Priory some time after the initial transfer of Mellish family material to Nottingham University Library. The documents were received by the Library in 1980, and placed with the earlier Mellish papers. A letter from Napoleon Buonaparte is listed with the deeds. Although there is no direct connection between the letter and the deeds, it was discovered at Hodsock in the same box and transferred to the University Library at the same time.
DescriptionThe letter from Napoleon Buonaparte, dated June 1790, is addressed to M. L'Abbé Raynal. It includes a reference to Napoleon's brother, Joseph, and an invitation to Paoli to return to Corsica.

The deeds include several grants to Colne Priory (Earls Colne) Essex, by various members of the de Vere family, Earls of Oxford, 12th-14th centuries, and to the Priory of Hatfield Regis (Hatfield Broad Oak), Essex in the 14th century. Two of the deeds appear in J.L. Fisher (ed.) 'Cartularium Prioratus de Colne', 'Essex Archaeological Society Occasional Publications', i, 1946.
MgtGroupFamily and estate collections
Personal papers
MgtSubGroupDeeds and property records
Private papers
ArrangementThe deeds are arranged according to priory and chronologically within these two divisions.
LanguageLatin
French
TermConsolidation of land holdings - England - Essex
Land tenure - England - Essex
Deeds - England - Essex
Priories - England - History
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue

At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Typescript Catalogue

Online:
Catalogue available on the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue.
Access to the old typescript catalogue was also made available online during the national Access to Archives (A2A) project in 2000-2004. This catalogue is now available through Discovery, hosted by The National Archives (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk). The version on our own Manuscripts Online Catalogue will be more up to date.

Family and Estate Resource relating to the Mellish family and their records, published on the Manuscripts and Special Collections website: http://tinyurl.com/zzzl4qs
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.
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Persons
CodePersonNameDates of Existence
NA448Napoléon I (1769-1821); Emperor of the French; formerly Napoleon Buonaparte, later Bonaparte; General; First Consul of the French Republic 1799-1804; Emperor of the French 1804-1814 and 18151769-1821
NA449De Vere; Aubrey (-1194); 1st Earl of Oxford-1194
NA450De Vere; Aubrey (-1214); 2nd Earl of Oxford-1214
NA451De Vere; Roger (-1221)-1221
NA452De Vere; Robert (-1221); 3rd Earl of Oxford-1221
NA453De Vere; Hugh (-1263); 4th Earl of Oxford-1263
NA454De Vere; Robert (-1331); 6th Earl of Oxford-1331
NA455De Vere; Thomas (-1371); 8th Earl of Oxford-1371
NA448Napoléon I (1769-1821); Emperor of the French; formerly Napoleon Buonaparte, later Bonaparte; General; First Consul of the French Republic 1799-1804; Emperor of the French 1804-1814 and 18151769-1821
NA75794De Vere; family; Earls of Oxford
Places
CodePlace name
PL360/Hatfield Priory/Hatfield Broad Oak/Essex/England
PL361/Earls Colne Priory/Earls Colne/Essex/England
PL360/Hatfield Priory/Hatfield Broad Oak/Essex/England
PL361/Earls Colne Priory/Earls Colne/Essex/England
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