Borthwick Catalogue

fonds ROM - Romans Deeds

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Romans Deeds


  • 1685-1922 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.04 cubic metres

2 boxes

Context area

Name of creator

Romans family of Riccall (fl 1685-1922)

Biographical history

The Romans family were a farming family in Riccall, near Selby, Yorkshire.

In 1804 John Romans, the son of John Romans and his wife Ann Gibson, married Mary Wardell at Riccall. John was described as a farmer at the time of his marriage and in the subsequent baptism records of their children; Marmaduke, born 1804, Frederic Henry, born 1806, Mary Ann, born 1809, and Thomas, born 1815.

John Romans died in 1842 and his eldest son Marmaduke inherited the farm, describing himself in 1851 as the farmer of 26 acres, and the employer of two agricultural labourers. His brother Frederic and sister Mary Ann were still living with him at the family home, unmarried, with Mary Ann working as housekeeper. By 1871 Marmaduke had retired to Riccall Villa.

John and Mary's youngest son Thomas married Mary Ann Wood in 1840 and had at least four children; John, Mary, Frederick Henry, and Robert. Thomas gives his occupation as a farmer of 25 acres in the 1861 census and in 1891 he is living at Dam End Farm in Riccall with his son John, who has taken over the farm, and his unmarried daughter Mary.

Thomas died in 1895, aged 79, and his son John continued to work the farm until at least 1911.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was given to the Borthwick Institute by the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian Society on behalf of the Romans family in 1959. A further addition was made to the archive in 1970.

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Scope and content

Family papers, including papers relating to probate, 1755-1922, notes on the Romans family, n.d., photographs and 'in memoriam' cards, n.d.; copy court rolls relating to property in the manors of Howden and Riccall, 1685-1857; property deeds relating to Cawood, 1727, 1766, Riccall, 1769, and Howden, 1775-1804; papers relating to charities in Riccall and Drax, c.1669-1900; miscellaneous papers relating to Riccall, including appointment of Overseer of the Poor in Riccall, 1737, letter concerning fines to be paid at the next court day, 1740, notice for Riccall Agricultural Show, 1879, and note on the opening of the new recreation ground , 1885.


Further accruals are not expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including the Data Protection Act 1998.

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.

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin

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Finding aids

A typescript finding aid, to file level, is available for consultation in the searchroom of the Borthwick Institute.

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Description identifier

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GB 193

Rules and/or conventions used

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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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 05.05.15.




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