Document ReferenceGa 9201-Ga 2 I
TitlePapers of the Monckton-Arundell Family, Viscounts Galway of Serlby Hall, Nottinghamshire, early 13th century-1958
Date13th century-1958
Extent178 boxes
Abstractdeeds and settlements, estate papers, manorial documents, correspondence
Access ConditionsThe bulk of the collection is accessible to all readers. Some 20th century material is restricted; prospective readers should contact us for further advice.
Admin HistoryThe Monckton family can trace its lineage back to the 14th century and Simon Monckton of the lordship of Monckton in Yorkshire. Successive family members, from Simon onwards, married into landed families, consolidating their land holdings. Families into which the Moncktons married include many from Yorkshire such as Mostyn, Wentworth, Hussey, Sutton and Saville and many of these names appear within the documents in the collection. It was through these links that the Moncktons came to hold considerable lands in Yorkshire, including the lordship of Cavil from 1454.

From 1617, three successive male heirs were knighted. Robert, the son of Sir Philip, the last knight, followed the precedent set by earlier family members and became a Member of Parliament. He was an active supporter of King William I and Mary. Robert's only surviving son, John (1695-1751), succeeded to the family estates in 1722 and was made 1st Viscount Galway in 1727, an Irish representative peerage. He married Elizabeth, daughter of the 2nd Earl of Rutland. Their son, William, 2nd Viscount Galway (d 1772), inherited the Arundell family estates from his aunt, Lady Frances, sister to the 3rd Duke of Rutland. She had married John, second son of Lord Arundell, and William added Arundell to his surname. In the 19th century, this was subsequently omitted from the surnames of all but those succeeding to the Galway title.

As Irish peers were able to become members of the House of Common, George Edward, 6th Viscount (1805-1876), and George Edmund, 7th Viscount (d 1931), served in this capacity until 1887 when the Irish Viscountcy was superseded by an English Barony. The 7th Viscount then went into royal service, being aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria, King Edward VII and King George V. George Vere Arundell, 8th Viscount, was appointed Governor-General of New Zealand in 1935.

Serlby Hall, Nottinghamshire, was purchased by the 2nd Viscount Galway in the eighteenth century and remained the family seat until the 1970s.
Custodial HistoryThe initial collection (Ga) was acquired in 1953. Several accruals were subsequently acquired between 1958 and 1974 (Ga C, Ga 2). The papers of General Robert Monckton (Ga M) were acquired in 1984. There are further uncatalogued accruals.
DescriptionThe vast majority of the early records are deeds and settlements relating particularly to Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. Estate records are well covered, although there are few maps. There are also manorial papers and ecclesiastical records. The later accruals contain mainly family papers and correspondence from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, along with further estate material.

Further details about the contents of each of the separate accruals can be found in their individual catalogue entries. Users should follow the links in the 'Related Record' fields below to browse through each of the separate accruals.
MgtGroupFamily and estate collections
ArrangementThe arrangement of the collection reflects the different accruals. The arrangement of the individual accruals has been determined by the nature of the material.
TermAdministration of estates - England - Nottinghamshire - History
Administration of estates - England - Yorkshire - History
Great Britain - Politics and government
Great Britain - Social life and customs
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: 7 Typescript Catalogues, and a Summary Catalogue At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: 5 Typescript Catalogues Online: Catalogues for each of the accruals are available on the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue. Follow the links in 'Related Record' below to browse each of the sub-fond catalogues Ga1, Ga2, GaC and GaM. 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 ( The version on our own Manuscripts Online Catalogue will be more up to date. Family and Estate Resource relating to the Monckton-Arundell family and their records, published on the Manuscripts and Special Collections website:
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies of accessible material can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.
Related RecordGa2

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA301Arundell; William George Monckton- (1782-1834); 5th Viscount Galway; succ. 18101782-1834
NA302Arundell; Catherine Elizabeth Monckton- (-1862); Viscountess Galway; née Handfield m 5th Viscount Galway 1804-1862
NA306Arundell; Vere Monckton- (1859-1921); Viscountess Galway; née Gosling m 7th Viscount Galway 18791859-1921
NA307Arundell; George Vere Monckton- (1882-1943); 8th Viscount Galway; succ. 19311882-1943
NA308Arundell; Lucia Emily Margaret Monckton- (-1983); Viscountess Galway; née White; daughter of 3rd Baron Annaly m 8th Viscount Galway 1922-1983
NA25516Arundell; George E.M. Monckton- (1844-1931); 7th Viscount Galway; succ. 18761844-1931
NA10449Arundell; George E.A. Monckton- (1805-1876); 6th Viscount Galway; M.P. East Retford succeeded 18341805-1876
NA10183Arundell; Henrietta E. Monckton- (1814-1891); Viscountess Galway; née Milnes; m 6th Viscount Galway 18381814-1891
NA75936Monckton; family; of Serlby, Nottinghamshire; Viscounts Galway
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