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TitlePapers of the Mellish Family of Hodsock, Nottinghamshire, c.1160-1911
Dateearly 12th century-1911
Extent76 boxes
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThe papers form the core elements within the larger estate archive of the Mellish family. In subject matter and date, they complement other groups of papers in the Mellish archive, particularly that material separately catalogued as Me 2. There are many areas of overlap between these groups, which are defined as separate collections because of the date and manner of their transfer to the University. See the collection level record (Me) for details about the Mellish family and their papers.
Custodial HistoryThe papers were acquired in 1947.
DescriptionThe collection contains a number of accounts. These relate mainly to estates in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire but personal and household accounts are also present, as are some 17th century accounts reflecting the family's mercantile interests.

There are a large number of deeds dating from the 12th century to 1837, whilst manorial records for the manor of Tickhill, Yorkshire from c.1600 to 1715 are also included in the collection.

Much of the collection consists of correspondence which relates primarily to estate matters but also to business interests, family and social events and political issues. Of particular significance is a series of letters to Charles Mellish (1737-1797) which relate to the American War of Independence and include letters from General Henry Clinton.

The family's business and travel interests are reflected not only in the correspondence series but also in an interesting group of journals and travel diaries and in a series of miscellaneous papers.

Surveys, legal, printed and antiquarian papers are also present in the Collection, as is the 15th Century 'Rushall Psalter'.
MgtGroupFamily and estate collections
ArrangementThe collection is divided into series according to form of material and arranged chronologically within sections.
TermAdministration of estates - England - Nottinghamshire
Voyages and travels- 19th century
Mellish - Family - Archives
United States - History - Revolution, 1775-1783
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, London: 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 ( The version on our own Manuscripts Online Catalogue will be more up to date, and in particular, contains a full catalogue of the Me D series which was not complete on A2A.

Family and Estate Resource relating to the Mellish family and their records, published on the Manuscripts and Special Collections website:

ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA75884Mellish; family; of Hodsock, Nottinghamshire
NA446Clinton; Henry (1738-1795); Sir; K.B. 1777; M.P.; commander-in-chief in America 1776-78; governor of Gibraltar 1794-95; cousin of 2nd Duke of Newcastle under Lyne1738-1795
NA11044Mellish; Charles (1737-1797); Mr; M.P. Pontefract 1774-80 Aldborough 1780-4; inherited Blyth Hall and Hodsock Priory, Nottinghamshire, 17911737-1797
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