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Cottesmore estate, deeds and documents

Reference code(s): GB 0210 COTORE

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Cottesmore Deeds and Documents

Short Title: Cottesmore estate, deeds and documents

Creation date(s): 1474, 1612-1888

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.058 cubic metres (2 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Cottesmore estate


Administrative/Biographical history: Cottesmore was originally called Cotts, and was the home of a Williams family from at least 1731 until 1801, when Francis Williams sold Cotts to Louis Devandes and Mary (Stokes) his wife. In 1814 they sold Cotts to Lawrence Peel (d. c .1823) of Ardwick, Lancashire. Jonathan Howarth Peel of Cotts (fl. 1826-1839), a first cousin to Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850) the prime minister, was sheriff of Pembrokeshire in 1826. His only daughter Helen Peel married in 1835 with Edward Taylor Massy (b. 1807,) who inherited the Massy family's substantial estate in Limerick, Ireland, in 1836. In 1839, he bought Cotts from his father-in-law and started building a new house close to the old house. The new house was completed in 1841 and called Cottesmore. One of the last members of the family at Cottesmore was Lieutenant-General H. R. S. Massy, sheriff of Pembrokeshire 1946. Some years later Cottesmore was purchased by Colonel G. T. Kelway (d. 1990), sheriff of Pembrokeshire in 1958.


Scope and content/abstract: Family and estate records of the Williams family of Cotts, Pembrokeshire, 1775-1801, Louis Devandes of Cotts, 1801-1814, the Peel family of Cotts and Denant, 1814-1847, and of the Massy family of County Limerick, Cotts and Cottesmore, 1828-1883, mainly title deeds relating to premises in Pembrokeshire and County Limerick, together with copies and abstracts of the charters of the borough of Askeaton, County Limerick, 1613-1723, returns of MPs for the borough, 1613-1713, burgess lists, 1613-1723, the court book of the corporation, 1692-1724, and other papers relating to the borough, c .1715-95; and a volume containing letters, 1820-1875, relating mainly to British Museum matters.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically in two groups: deeds and documents mainly relating to properties in Pembrokeshire, and deeds and documents relating to Irish and other estates.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at NLW and HMC. An online catalogue can be accessed from


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at NLW have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Brigadier-General H. R. S. Massy of Salisbury in 1937.


Related material: Further miscellaneous estate papers, 1932-1943, are Pembrokeshire Record Office, D/RKL.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham.
The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and Their Families (Newport, 1996).

Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2002

Askeaton (Ireland : Borough) | Records and correspondence
Cottesmore Estate (Wales) | Records and correspondence
Estate administration | Ireland | Limerick
Estate administration | Wales | Pembrokeshire

Personal names
Devandes family , of Cottesmore
Massy family , of Cottesmore
Peel family , of Cottesmore and Denant
Williams family , of Cottesmore

Corporate names
Askeaton (Ireland : Borough)
British Museum
Cottesmore Estate (Wales)


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