Document ReferenceMi D
TitleEarly deeds, relating to several counties, including Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Dorset, Essex, Kent, Warwickshire and Yorkshire
Date Of Creation12th century-1662
Content DescriptionThis series of 'early deeds', in distinction to the series of more modern deeds, listed at Mi Da, is part of the collection numbered Mi A-X. The vast majority of deeds in this section are medieval, and a significant number are earlier than 1300. However, there are also some items from the early modern period and early deeds can also be found amongst the bundles of later deeds listed at Mi Da.

The series includes material relating to many counties. Nottinghamshire is the most strongly represented county with deeds for places such as Willougby-on-the-Wolds and Sutton Passeys. There are also a significant number of deeds for Warwickshire, Dorset, Kent, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Shropshire.

Title deeds from the 12th to the 20th centuries form a major part of the collection. These relate to the family's main estates in Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire and Yorkshire but many other English counties are also represented and there is some material relating to Ireland, 16th-17th centuries. The collection also includes a number of cartularies covering the period 1258-1690. The most significant of the cartularies is that for the Abbey of Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, which records lands in Derbyshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire and includes copies of many documents of political and military interest. Other documents relating to title and land transfer can be found in the complementary group, catalogued as Mi 1-7.

The original catalogue provided very little information about the individual deeds - the date or approximate date, and the place to which the deed relates, being the only recorded information. British Library Cataloguing Grants, awarded in 1995 and 1996, enabled the creation of detailed descriptions of almost 3,000 medieval deeds in the collection. These cover the core holdings in Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire and adjacent counties of the East Midlands. Consequently, more detailed summaries of a large number of the medieval deeds are now available through the Manuscripts Online Catalogue.
ArrangementThe deeds are arranged by county, with Nottinghamshire first, and followed by other counties in alphabetical order. The deeds are further arranged in alphabetical order of place within the county and then by date. A section of deeds which relate to more than one county is followed by a group of marriage settlements. The final group within this series of deeds consists mainly of items which relate to places which have not been fully identified.

The description of the deeds appears as a separate entity on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue due to constraints of size: users should follow the link to 'MiD' in 'Related Record' below to begin browsing the catalogue.
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