fonds MD - Miscellaneous Documents

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Miscellaneous Documents


  • [early 13th century-ongoing] (Creation)

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1.32 cubic metres

83 boxes, 8 rolls and 9 oversize items.

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Biographical history

The Borthwick Institute of Historical Research was established in 1953 and was run by the Academic Development Committee of York Civic Trust (to 1956) and then by the York Academic Trust (1956-1963). These were both independent bodies which had no national or local government support.

The Borthwick Institute was founded as part of a programme of academic activities designed to support the city of York's campaign for a university, to provide more suitable accommodation for the York Diocesan Archive and to make this archive publicly available to scholars for the first time. The Borthwick was supported by an endowment, the Borthwick Trust, and was situated at St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York. The Borthwick became part of the new University of York in October 1963.

In 2005 the Borthwick’s new £6.5m state-of-the-art accommodation opened on the University of York’s Heslington campus. The new building was supported by a major grant of £4,415,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. In the same year the Borthwick merged with the University Library. It was renamed the Borthwick Institute for Archives and became part of the University Library and Archives.

The Borthwick Institute provides a records management and archive service for the corporate records of its parent body, and leads on the University's Data Protection and Freedom of Information compliance. In 2012 the Borthwick Institute began to establish a digital archive at the Borthwick Institute with the appointment of a Digital Archivist.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

This collection of Miscellaneous Documents was created in the 1950s by Borthwick Institute Director, Canon Purvis, and has been added to near annually. The first item was received by Canon Purvis in 1952, prior to the Borthwick's opening. Further additions were made to the collection in 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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Miscellaneous records, including deeds, diaries, letters, minute books, architectural plans, photographs and other items. Below is an abbreviated list of contents. For more detail please see the full finding aid on Borthcat.

Letter of summons to owners of rectories of Ellerton and Thorganby, 1624
Land valuations in Christ Church parish, York, 1913
Account book of Rev. Philemon Marsh, vicar of Holy Trinity Micklegate, 1768-1788
Letters of administration and land tax assessment relating to Marton cum Moxby, 1768-1792
Miscellaneous papers, including rental of Crayke lands and vouchers, 1696-1866
Notebooks and papers concerning the building of St Bartholomew's Church and Schools, Armley, Leeds, 1873-1880
Bargain and sale of land in Sherburn, 1625
Abstract of title concerning property in Heworth, 1813-1847
Writing Master’s copy book, early 18th century
Gransmoor poor rate book, 1656-1804
Transcript of Aldbrough parish registers covering dates 1538-1703, with index
Four probates of wills, 1774-1843
Book of marriage allegations for peculiar jurisdictions in the diocese of York, 1824-1860
Volume containing copies of 1857 Probate Act and Rules and Orders and Instructions for probate jurisdiction, 1850s
Bargain and sale of messuage in Castlegate, York, 1590
Volume containing extracts on seamanship and copies of naval log books dated 1856-1862
Two sale bills for sale of goods of Mrs Campbell of York, deceased, 1855-1858
Letter from Archbishop Lancelot Blackburn concerning his attitude towards Roman Catholics, n.d.
Typescript copies of two letters concerning the King of Sardinia’s wish to have the body of Archbishop Anselm, 1752-1753
Copy of the consecration of John Harrison’s Chapel at Leeds, 1635
Order from the Admiralty to Viscount Erwin to secure seamen for the service of the fleet, 1693
Licenses relating to Mark Longbottom, curate, 1805-1821
Probate will of Elizabeth Baron of Nafferton, 1728-1729
Letter from C. Molyneux to Lady Wilstrope, 16th-17th century
Citation of Sarah Castell before the Commissary of the peculiar of Howdenshire, 1828
Minute book of the York Diocesan Branch of the Church of England Temperance Society, 1885-1937
Chapter visitation of the peculiar jurisdiction of Southwell, early 15th century
Grant of pasture in Appleby parish, Forcett, 1497/8
Probate of will and codicil of Robert Hawking, farmer, of Newbrough and Newton on Ouse, 1860-1862
Account book of Henry Holme, vicar of Skeckling cum Burstwick and Paull with Thorngumbald, 1682-1697
Letters of institution, citations, monitions and other ecclesiastical papers, 1737-1815
Minutes, accounts and legal papers relating to the Trustees of the Collingwood Charity, Bentham, 1749-1758
Press cuttings, leaflets, pamphlets, correspondence and notes concerning the ritualist disputes at St Cuthbert’s Church, Darwen, Lancashire, 1927-1928
Compotus of lands of Rievaulx Abbey, late 16th century
Copy of the constitutions of Old Malton Grammar School, 1722
Two leaves from printed diaries giving times of sunrise and sunset and other astrological data, 1665-1679
MS volume containing ‘The See of Beverley with some account of St John of Beverley, St Wilfrid and the ancient sees of York and Lindisfarne’ and ‘An Outline of the Ecclesiastical government of the Catholics of Yorkshire from the last Catholic Archbishop of York’, 1853
MS volume of sermon notes, 1878-1887
Three medieval deeds relating to Sessay, Cowick and Snaith, 1364-1426
Deed concerning property in York, 1468/9
Quitclaim of messuage in York, 1648/9
Writ concerning theft of sheep at Monkgate, York, 1652/3
Deed concerning property in York, c.1699
Transcript of 1184 charter granting land in Stittenham, parish of Sheriff Hutton
Photocopy of transcript of B. M. Harleian MS.433 concerning the Archbishop’s rights over Scottish bishops in 1464
Young family papers, 1802-1926
Probate of will of William Wright of Bishopthorpe, 1757
Four draft conveyances concerning land in Osbaldwick, 1852
Indenture concerning messuage in Ingoe, Northumberland, 1688
Pew plan of Giggleswick Church, 1860
Bargain and sale of land in Alne and Tollerton, 1609
Will of Peter Richingson of Tollerton, 1684
Photograph album and notebook of unknown army padre in Palestine, 1918
Conveyance of land in York, 1755
Surrender and counterpart lease of Prebendal manor of Ulleskelfe, 1794
Letters to Reverend W. D. Macray concerning his edition of the Chronicle of Ramsay Abbey, 1882-1888
Letter from Walter de Gray Birch, 1887
Report of investigation of foundations of Selby Abbey, 1974
Deeds relating to 88 Clifton, York, in the Prebendal manor of Strensall, 1743-1915
Working papers of Reverend N. A. H. Lawrence, 1944-1972
Minute book and accounts of Cobb’s Charity, Strensall, 1870-1975
Deeds relating to messuage at Heworth Moor, 1829-1878
Deed concerning Hutton Cranswick rectory, 1628
Papers and insignia of the Wenlock Court of the Ancient Order of Foresters, Wheldrake, 1891-1965
Confirmation relating to manors of ‘Coslee Hatford’ and ‘Langthorpe’, 1411
Acta of Matthew, Archbishop of York, concerning visitation rights, 1596
Accounts of a trust fund established by Elizabeth Evelyn Pulteney for the benefit of her children, 1816-1832
Copy of court rolls of the manor of Bugthorpe with Stockton, 1712-1773
Deeds relating to the Treasurer’s House, York, 1648-1728
Indenture concerning marriage settlement of Robert Lane and Mildred Bourchier, 1760
Printed forms of service and press cuttings concerning the consecration of Liverpool Cathedral, 1924
Sale papers of estate at Cawood, Wistow and neighbouring parishes, 1876
Papers relating to William Connor Magee, Archbishop of York, 1842-1966
Papers relating to ordination and preferments of Right Reverend George Frederick Townley, former Bishop of Hull, c.1921-1957
List of papers at Lancashire Record Office relating to Kirkby Ireleth, n.d.
Survey of the estate of Henry Peirse at Northallerton, 1769
Letter book of the York Diocesan Poor Benefices Fund, 1936-1949
Minute books of the York Diocesan National School Society, 1843-1940
Glebe terriers for St Martin cum Gregory, York, and Bugthorpe, 1764-1865
Letters of orders for priesthood to the Reverend George Wyld Lees, 1881
Copy of minute of grant of rectory and tithes of Clifton, 1836
Correspondence and papers relating to Reverend Canon James Raine, 1890-1897
Title deeds relating to the rectory and tithes of the parish of Northallerton, 1708-1786
Apprenticeship bond on behalf of Phineas Bull of Bossall, 1661
Deeds relating to lands and property in Sculcoates, 1784-1795
Testimonials for John Dale, keeper of the York Festival Concert Room, 1876
Drawings by architect Temple Moore, 19th century
Probate copy of will of Edwin Smith of Acomb, 1844
Grants and papers relating to advowson of Terrington, 1728-1925
Title deeds and papers relating to premises in Peasholme Green, York, 1825-1920
Papers relating to Reverend Robert Skelton, father and son, rectors of Levisham and curates of Rosedale, 1784-1818
Title deeds relating to property in St Saviourgate, York, and St Andrewgate Churchyard, 1549-1852
Notes of a discourse given at St Saviourgate Meeting House by Andrew Miller of London, 1862
Leases of a house in Micklegate, York, 1709-1797
Probate inventory of John Hammond of York, pewterer, 1658
Bill for expenses of funeral of Sheriff Edmund Gill of York, 1830
Copy of Market Weighton drainage and navigation award, 1800
Articles of agreement and enclosure award relating to Adlingfleet enclosure, 1843-1847
Enclosure act, minute book and accounts relating to Ousefleet enclosure, 1828-1833
Printed rules and orders for charity for widows, orphans and distressed families of clergy in Doncaster and Pontefract, 1784-1795
Notebook with maps showing ownership of land in Paull, 19th century
Probate copy of the will of Richard Hewitt of York, 1673
Copy of Wigginton tithe award, 1842
Book of Remarks by William Storr of Scalm Park, 17th-19th century
Confirmation of pew in Scarborough Church, 1758
Conveyance of land for site of St Clement’s National School, York, 1871
Letter of Archbishop Cosmo Lang to Bishop Swayne of Lincoln, 1926
Grave plan of Swillington churchyard, n.d.
Letters to Reverend George Dixon, 1817-1867
Copies of Methodist texts, 1904-1974
Reminiscences of Seamer near Scarborough, 1885-1888
Lease of St Clement’s Infant School, York, 1964
Deeds relating to Peasholme House, York, 1752-1810
Court rolls of the manor of Easingwold, 1615-1936
Printed notice of resolutions of National Society for the Education of the Poor, York, 1812
Manuscript notebooks of J. F. Williams concerning history of Guisborough, 1901-1904
Title deeds and other papers concerning an estate in Dunnington, 1728-1927
Church surveys of National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, 1980s-2008
Quitclaim of messuage and land in Golcar, 1466
Records of Foulds family of Trawden, 1817-1849
Papers relating to churches of St Oswald and St John, Filey, 1844-1904
Clifton township accounts and assessments, 1672-1728
Account of war time RAF activities of Reverend L. S. Rivett and interview with parishioners of Elvington concerning Elvington Airfield, 1942-c.1987
Congregational Church records, 1816-1828
Papers relating to Reverend John Rathbone Ellis, c.1853-1873
Terrington enclosure award, 1779
Poster advertising garden fete at Skipwith Hall, 1935
Photograph of William and Caroline Purey Cust, 1911
Kettlewell family memorial cards, 1898-1907
Account book of Reverend Henry Ward, vicar of Appleton le Street, 1896-1909
Architectural plans and drawings by J. H. Rutherford, 1898-1930s
Papers relating to Haxby, 1815-1871
Photographs relating to family of Miss E. Bakewell, c.1912-1970
Photographs of Associated Press Agency work on the continent, 1930s
Papers relating to High Hollings Farm, Bishop Thornton, 1822-1967
Typed extract from diary of John Rickinson concerning his appointment as architect for Staintondale church, 1921-1929
Letter from Ralph Thoresby complaining of his treatment by bookselles and printers in York and London, 1720
17th century copy of a petition submitted to Parliament for the establishment of a university at York, c.1647
Printed sermons preached by Reverend George Austen, Chancellor of York Minster, c.1924-1932
Minute book, correspondence and related papers concerning Thornton le Beans Church of England School, 1893-1955
Papers of the Holmes family, Methodist preachers, 1826-1953
Copies of court rolls of manor of Stillington with Nawton and Wombleton, and Strensall, 1645-1942
Record of wall painting conservation at St Agatha’s Church, Easby, 1993
Two letters concerning site of the Battle of Marston Moor, 1932
Manuscript album with photographs, notes, postcards, plans and press cuttings, created by Reverend G. F. Twycross, 1904-1922
MS of ‘The Custom of the Province of York in Personal Estates’, 18th century
Material collected for the ‘Living in childrens’ homes’ project, 1903-1943
Letters of Borthwick archivist Norah Gurney to Robert McDonald, 1944-1973
Copies of court roll of manor of Wistow, 1741-1895
Papers relating to Heslington Commons, 1839-1884
Papers relating to Copmanthorpe enclosure, 1838-1843
Papers of the Suffield family, 1836-1871
Typescript of ‘Medieval Church Dedications of Yorkshire’ by J. E. Oxley, n.d.
Papers of the Dey and Dixon families of 1797-c.1905
Map of Otley, 1943
Letter concerning possible purchase of advowson of Sleights, 1814
Minutes of Holgate township, 1838-1899
Solicitor’s account book, 1910
Reports on an Archaeological Watching Brief, c.1996-1998
Photograph of deans of York diocese, 1915
Reports of the Sunday School Conference for the Northern Dioceses, 1912-1925
Horticultural medals awarded to T. Abbot, 1909-1912
Papers and notebooks of John Weatherill of Rievaulx, stonemason, 20th century
Map of York and surrounding areas, early 20th century
Minute book of York Soup Kitchen, 1838-1855
Deeds relating to marriage settlements of Archbishop Markham’s daughter and granddaughter, 1801-1874
Postcards, early 20th century
Papers of the Helmsley Group, 1982-1990s
Church plans and drawings by George Edmund Street, 1868-1871
Photocopied inventory of Heslington Hall, 1875
Ministers’ Fraternal papers, 1963-1981
Records of the York branch of the English Church Union, 1896-1966
Architect’s drawing of proposed priest’s chair given to St Luke’s Church, Scarborough, 1956/7
Papers of Canon A. E. Twidle, 1927-c.1959
Photocopies of 19th century deeds relating to 19 South Parade, York
Printed account book for the York Emmanuel Charity, c.1783
Letter from Lord Grey concerning travel to the West Indies, 1847
Lease of King’s Arms Inn in Fossgate, York, 1826
Papers of Melbourne Charity, 1970-1999
Deeds relating to property at Idle in the parish of Calverley, 1777-1933
Plans showing alterations of Thormanby rectory, 1836-1847
Draft dissertation and research notes relating to Bishopthorpe Garth, 1960s-1980
Nestle picture stamp albums, 1932-1934
Assessment of wildlife and recommendations for conservation management of Hob Moor, n.d.
Documents relating to premises in Goodramgate, York, 1695-1914
Minute book of the Leeds and District Medical Practitioners Association, 1907-1912
Sermons given by Robin Fletcher, 1959-2002
Apprenticeship indentures of William Birch and Sons Ltd, 1912-1932
Inventory of the goods of Richard Wetherill of Pickering, 1658/9
Account of the dissolution of the Yorkshire Federation of Women’s Institutes, n.d.
Letters to Mrs Edie Clifford of London from her fiancé in Canada, 1901-1929
Report of architectural paint research at St Cuthbert’s Church, Kirkleatham, 2002
Report on adoption of Hindu-Arabic numbers in probate documents in West Riding of Yorkshire 1500-1700
Charter concerning appointment of auditor of Duchy of Lancaster, 1688/9
Charter of Fulk FitzWarin and Matilda his wife relating to Edlington, early 13th century
Probate documents of Sarah Elizabeth Barnard, 1832
Documents relating to land rental in Riccall, 1881-1913
Hickleton Hall historic garden report, 1999
Collection of seals, n.d.
Seal matrix of Bar Convent, York, n.d.
G. R. Elton’s personal copy of his doctoral thesis on Thomas Cromwell, c.1948
Atlas and panoramic views of India, 1861
Two letters from Samuel Tuke giving details of his theological position, 1834-1848
Photocopied diaries of Edward and Nathaniel Pigott, 1724-1804
Belizean documents, 2004-2005
Deed relating to property in Petergate and Fulford, York, with will of Elizabeth Taylor of Fulford, 1699-1723
Order of Service for consecration of Cathedral Church of All Saints, Cairo, 1938
Certified copies of will of Elizabeth Stones of Tudworth and Benjamin Noble of Shepley, 1725-1836
Writing case of Lady Violet Deramore, 20th century
Drawings and sketches by C. Horner of Osbaldwick, 1920s
Records of the Carter family, including photographs and midwives’ certificates, c.1860s-1950s
Probate documents of William Tweedy of Newton upon Ouse, 1783
Probate documents of William Walker of Wath Chapel, 1766-1785
Archbishop Accepted Frewen’s commonplace book, 1921
Letter to English Printers in York from the Working Printers of the 2nd State Printing Office in Sebastopol, Russia, 1935
Wagon license, 1783
Monk Fryston parish restoration plans and drawings, 1810-1914
Papers of Reverend William Brynmor Thomas, n.d.
Weekly War Illustrated magazines, 1939-1946
Plan of alterations, design for improvements and sketch plan of Campsall, the seat of Frank Bacon esq., 1771-c.1800
‘The Ignography or Ground Plot of the City of York’, 1697
‘A New Mapp of Yorkshire with Post and Cross Roads’, 1711
Plan of the freehold estate belonging to Messrs Carter at Harrogate, divided into lots for sale, 1882
Acaster Malbis School Trustees Record Book, 1771-1866
Photographic poster for performances of ‘Home’ by David Storey, c.1970s
Correspondence of Ben Sugar concerning York Jewish community, c.1972-1997
Papers of the Roome family, 19th century-2010
Papers of the Robson, Capper and Tuke families, 1794-20th century
Training material and case records of a midwife, 1941-1948
Photograph of Stuart Yarworth Blanch, Archbishop of York, 1974
Will of George Gibson of Yedingham, 1830
Certified copy of the will of Robert Lacie of Scarborough, 1627-1628
Documents relating to the manor of Acomb with Holgate and Clifton, 1692-1874
Two charters relating to the manor of Osgodby, 1407-1413
Cowan’s Cocoa postcard and related papers, 1911-1979
Documents relating to York County Hospital, 1910-1922
Schedule of repairs to buildings in Huttons Ambo benefice, late 19th century
Facsimile of the account book of Thomas Mayleigh, apothecary, 1693-1732
Records of Kathleen Daly and colleagues at Terry’s of York, 1929-1935
Study of epileptics at York asylums 1847-1899, 2014
Photographs of Haxby Hall, 1892
Valuation of Selby, 1857
Booklet and letter to George Pace concerning Manchester Cathedral, 1958
Anonymous diaries, 2002-2016


Further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

Miscellaneous Documents is arranged in order of accession. For the purposes of displaying the collection in Borthcat, singular items have been designated as files and items and groups of related records have been designated a subfonds.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English
  • Latin
  • Russian

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A typescript finding aid, to file level, is available for consultation in the searchroom of the Borthwick Institute. The full finding aid, which includes all material received up to and including July 2016, can be viewed on Borthcat.

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ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Created by Sally-Anne Shearn and Gaby Davies, August 2016.




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