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Flintshire Record Office
Boydell family, of Rossett, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0208 D/DM/289

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Boydell of Rossett MSS

Short Title: Boydell family, of Rossett, manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1778-1909

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 114 items

Name of creator(s): Boydell family


Administrative/Biographical history: The Boydell family, of Rossett, Denbighshire, lived at Rossett Hall, built in 1750 by John Boydell (1719-1804), publisher, engraver and silversmith, Mayor of London in 1790. The Hall remained with the family until the mid 1970s, when it became a hotel. The Boydell family also held land in the townships of Burton and Allington, in the parish of Gresford, Denbighshire. Thomas Boydell became the receiver of the Trevalyn estate, Denbighshire, in 1795. His son, John Boydell (b. 1768), of Trevalyn Hall, continued as the agent for the estate until c. 1835. He married Ann Golightly. In 1801, Josiah Boydell, of the Cam yr Alyn estate, Denbighshire, leased land in Allington and Burton to John Boydell of Croeshowel, Denbighshire, and James Boydell (fl. 1803-1844) of Rossett. James Boydell (b. 1778), son of Thomas (1729-1795) and Anne Boydell, née Ridley, held lands in Burton and Allington until c. 1844. His son, John Boydell (fl. 1864-1877) held lands in Rossett and Allington from 1864. In 1891, Richard Golightly Boydell, of Chester, Emma Penelope Boydell, of Rossett, Thomas Vowler Wickham, of Rossett, and his wife, Lucy Anne Vowler Wickham, née Boydell, Margarette Marianne Boydell, of Hollington, Sussex, Latham Wickham, clerk in Holy Orders, and Francis Barnston, of Malpas, Cheshire, leased Rossett Hall to Leonard Johnson Dobie and Archie McNeile, and then to a number of tenants until at least 1909. The family also held land in Wembury, Devon, and Liverpool, Lancashire.


Scope and content/abstract: Boydell family papers, 1778-1909, including deeds, 1778-1909, mainly relating to lands in Rossett, Burton, and Allington, Denbighshire, 1778-1909, and Wembury, Devon, 1780-[1890]; family papers, including marriage settlements, 1837-1898; wills, 1833-1900; miscellaneous estate papers, 1843-1904; and miscellaneous, 1835-1889.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Denbighshire and Flintshire deeds; Devon deeds; Liverpool deeds; marriage settlements; wills and administrations; miscellaneous; and estate.

Conditions governing access: Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain sensitive personal information as defined by the Act.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Flintshire Record Office.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Flintshire Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Boydell of Rossett MSS catalogue; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); (, viewed 29 January 2004: Descendants of John Boydell (, viewed 29 January 2004.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2004

Boydell family, | of Rossett | Archives
Deeds | Wales | Denbighshire
Deeds | Wales | Flintshire
Estate administration | England | Wembury
Estate administration | Wales | Denbighshire
Estate administration | Wales | Flintshire

Personal names
Boydell family , of Rossett

Corporate names
Rossett Hall Estate (Wales)

Denbighshire (Wales)
Devon (England)
Flintshire (Wales)
Rossett (Wales)

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