Document ReferenceMi 4 C-X
TitleEstate and Legal Papers of the Willoughby family of Wollaton, Nottinghamshire, Middleton, Warwickshire and Birdsall, Yorkshire; 1609-1965
Extent65 boxes, 39 volumes
39 volumes
AbstractEstate papers, correspondence, solicitors papers.
Access ConditionsMostly accessible to all readers. However, access to some series of personal papers from the 20th century is restricted.
Admin HistoryThis sub-group brings together legal and personal papers of the Willoughby family which have come from different sources, reflecting the fact that it represents a number of different accruals to the overall Middleton Collection. Estate material was generated both at Birdsall, Yorkshire, and through the activities of the London solicitors. Papers from these sources comprise the greater part of the collection. In addition, personal correspondence received by the family between 1890 and the 1940s is present. The writers are occasionally other family members, but many letters are from friends and general acquaintances and some concern official activities.
Custodial HistoryThe papers were acquired in several separate accruals between 1964 and 1974.
DescriptionThe collection is comprised chiefly of estate papers and deeds relating to the family's estates in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, Warwickshire, Cambridgeshire and Hampshire from the 18th to the 20th century. There is a run of correspondence with Lord Middleton's solicitors regarding the settlement of the estates (1926-1928), and the subsequent founding of the Birdsall Estates Company. In some of these series, the records complement those already catalogued in Mi 3.

There is also a series of letters to Digby Wentworth Bayard Willoughby, 9th Lord Middleton and Eliza his wife; Godfrey Ernest Percival Willoughby, 10th Lord Middleton and Ida his wife; and Michael Guy Percival Willoughby, 11th Lord Middleton. These letters include a large number from the children of the 10th Lord and Lady Middleton, including Francis George Godfrey Willoughby and Henry Ernest Digby Hugh Willoughby who were both killed during the First World War.
MgtGroupFamily and estate collections
ArrangementThe collection is arranged according to provenance and form of material (e.g. correspondence, estate papers) and listed chronologically within sections.
TermAdministration of estates - England - History
World War, 1914-1918
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 122 pp At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Typescript Catalogue, 137 pp 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 ( The version on our own Manuscripts Online Catalogue will be more up to date.
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialSee also the fonds entry for the entire Middleton Collection (Mi); and items in the other parts of the collection (Mi 1-7, Mi A-X, Mi 2 C-S, and Mi 3 E-G)
Related RecordMi

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA467Willoughby; Eliza Maria Gordon (-1922); née Gordon-Cumming; wife of Digby, 9th Baron Middleton-1922
NA468Willoughby; Godfrey Ernest Percival (1847-1924); 10th Baron Middleton1847-1924
NA469Willoughby; Ida Eleonora Constance (-1924); née Ross; wife of Godfrey, 10th Baron Middleton-1924
NA470Willoughby; Michael Guy Percival (1887-1970); 11th Baron Middleton1887-1970
NA471Willoughby; Francis George Godfrey (1890-1915); son of the 10th Baron Middleton1890-1915
NA472Willoughby; Henry Ernest Digby Hugh (1882-1916); son of the 10th Baron Middleton1882-1916
NA75938Willoughby; family; of Wollaton, Nottinghamshire; Lords Middleton
NA27833Willoughby; Digby Wentworth Bayard (1844-1922); 9th Baron Middleton; succeeded 18771844-1922
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