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Milborne Family Papers and Documents

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MILBORNE

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Milborne Family Papers and Documents

Short Title: Milborne Family Papers and Documents

Creation date(s): [c.1231]-[c.1811]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.974 cubic metres (34 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Milborne Family of Wonastow, Monmouthshire


Administrative/Biographical history: Blanch, daughter and coheir of Simon Milbourne of Tillington, Herefordshire, and widow of James Whitney of Whitney, Herefordshire, married, secondly, Sir William Herbert (d. 1524) of Troy Parva, knight, the bastard son of William, first earl of Pembroke. His eldest son Sir Charles Herbert directed in his will (dated 23 April 1552) that his manors of Wonastow and St Maughans be sold to pay his debts, and it is probable that Wonastow was then bought by his younger brother, Sir Thomas Herbert (d. 1588). He was succeeded by his son Henry Herbert (d. 1596). In 1603 William and Lewis, his two sons, were dead without issue, and it appears that his estate was inherited by Christian (d. 1634), one of his four daughters, who had married George Milborne (d. 1637) of Milborne Port, Somerset. John Milborne their eldest son, was succeeded by Charles Milborne, who may have been his son. Charles was succeeded by his son George Milborne (b. 1698), who, following his marriage in 1727 to Mary Gunter, acquired the Priory estate, Abergavenny. Their son, Charles Milborne (c.1736-1775) of Wonastow and the Priory, married Lady Martha, daughter of Edward Harley, third earl of Oxford by Martha, daughter of John Morgan of Tredegar. Charles Milborne was succeeded by Mary (d. 1795), his only child, who married Thomas Swinnerton (fl. 1793-95) of Butterton, Staffordshire, esq. She was succeeded by three daughters and coheirs, Martha (dsp.) the wife of William Bagot; Mary, wife of Sir William Pilkington of Chevet, Yorkshire, eighth baronet, who appears to have inherited the estate; and Elizabeth, wife of Charles John Kemeys-Tynte of Cefnmabli, Glamorgan, and of Halswell, Somerset, esq. Mary's eldest son Sir Thomas Edward Pilkington, 9th baronet, died without issue, as did his brother Sir William Pilkington, 10th baronet. They were succeeded by their brother Sir Lionel Pilkington of Chevet and Wonastow, 11th baronet, who in 1856 assumed the surname Milborne-Swinnerton-Pilkington. Sir Thomas, 12th baronet, the depositor of the Milborne papers, was Sir Lionel's son and heir.


Scope and content/abstract: Estate and family records of the Gunter family of the Priory, Abergavenny, [c.1545]-[c.1712], and the Milborne family of Wonastow, Monmouthshire, and earlier of Milborne Port, Somerset, comprising deeds relating to properties in Monmouthshire, Breconshire and Herefordshire, [c.1231], 1282-1810, but mainly 1450-1750; records relating to the manors of Wonastow, Grosmont, Skenfrith, and Whitecastle, 1480-1625; accounts, 1698-1765; family correspondence of the Gunter and Milborne families, [c.1621]-[c.1811]; and accounts of Charles Milborne in the Pipe Office, 1699-1730.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin, Norman-French

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically within four sections: manuscript volumes; correspondence; deeds and documents; and printed matter.

Conditions governing access:

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

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

Detailed catalogue


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 Sir Thomas E. Milborne-Swinnerton-Pilkington of Chevet Park, Wakefield, Yorkshire, in 1929.



Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Bradney, Joseph, Sir A History of Monmouthshire (London, 1991 facsimile ed.) vol. 1, part 1.

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2002

Estate administration | England | Herefordshire
Estate administration | Wales | Breconshire
Estate administration | Wales | Glamorgan
Gunter family, | of Abergavenny | Archives
Manorial courts | Wales | Monmouthshire
Manors | Wales | Monmouthshire
Milborne family, | of Wonastow | Archives
Milborne-Swinnerton-Pilkington family, | of Wonastow Court | Archives

Personal names
Gunter family , of Abergavenny
Milborne , Charles , fl. 1724
Milborne family , of Wonastow
Milborne-Swinnerton-Pilkington family , of Wonastow Court

Corporate names
Great Britain | Exchequer. Pipe Office
Wonastow Court Estate (Wales and England)


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