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TitleFamily and Estate Papers of the Parkyns family of Bunny, Nottinghamshire, c.1250-1927
Date1250-1927 (c)
Extent619 items
AbstractPrincipal document types present include; accounts, correspondence, deeds, estate papers, legal papers, manorial records.
Access ConditionsSome items are very fragile and access to those is restricted.
Admin HistoryThe Parkyns family of Nottinghamshire was connected with the ancient family of Parkyns or Perkyns of Berkshire, but was more immediately descended from the branch in Worcestershire. By the end of the sixteenth century, Richard Parkyns was already settled at Bunny, Nottinghamshire. His son and heir, George, married Mary, the daughter of Edward Isham of Walmer, Kent. Their son, Isham Parkyns, soldiered loyally in the Royalist cause during the Civil War and, in recognition of this service, his son Thomas was made a baronet by Charles II in 1681.

Sir Thomas Parkyns (1662-1741), the 2nd baronet, was one of the most eminent members of the family. He was a noted wrestler and wrote a book on Cornish Hugg wrestling. He brought up his grandson Thomas following the death of his son Sampson in 1713.

Mansfield Parkyns (b 1823) was descended from Sir Thomas Parkyns, 3rd baronet, by his third wife Jane Boultbee. He travelled in Africa and the Middle East in his early years and later turned his attentions to the history of the family.
Custodial HistoryMost of the manuscripts were collected and preserved by Mansfield Parkyns, who also compiled many of the genealogical notes. The papers were subsequently sorted by a family member and executor and in 1941-42 given to what was then the University College, Nottingham. The Abyssinian Journal was acquired in 2002 and has a different provenance from the rest of the collection.
DescriptionThe material dates from the thirteenth century to 1927. The deeds, of which there are 120, reflect the family history. Most early deeds relate to estates in Nottinghamshire and surrounding counties prior to their ownership by the Parkyns. The later deeds include estates in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Kent.

Of the 100 letters in the collection, 75 are to or from Sir Thomas Parkyns, the 2nd baronet. They concern family and estate matters, and touch upon his public and social activities.

Many of the manorial records date from the same period, the early eighteenth century, when Sir Thomas was lord of the various manors. Those concerning the Bunny estate date back to the fifteenth century when the manor was in the hands of the Illingworth family, but also cover Richard Parkyns' lordship in the early seventeenth century.

The legal papers follow the same pattern as the manorial records, but run into the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

There are extensive genealogical notes and pedigrees written by Mansfield Parkyns, and some Arabic manuscripts collected by him during his travels. Of particular significance is his journal which provides a detailed account of his three year stay in Abyssinia in the 1840s.
MgtGroupFamily and estate collections
ArrangementMaterial is arranged in sections according to type (e.g. Accounts, Correspondence) and chronologically within these sections.
TermAdministration of estates - England - Nottinghamshire
Deeds - England - Nottinghamshire
Deeds - England - Derbyshire
Deeds - England - Leicestershire
Deeds - England - Kent
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 83 pp At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Old Typescript Catalogue, 18 pp. Please note that the version at King's Meadow Campus is more detailed in some sections. Online: Catalogue available through 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.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1020Parkyns; Thomas (1662-1741); 2nd Baronet; succ. 1684; landowner and wrestler1662-1741
NA75893Parkyns family; family; of Bunny, Nottinghamshire
NA16763Parkyns; Mansfield (1823-1894); Mr; traveller; great grandson of Sir Thomas Parkyns 2nd baronet; brother of T.G.A. Parkyns 6th baronet; of Woodborough Hall Nottinghamshire1823-1894
PL169/Sutton Bonington/Nottinghamshire/England
PL90101/East Leake/Nottinghamshire/England
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