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Hastings Family Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Hastings Family Papers
    Dates: circa 1100-1892
    Collection Number: mssHA
    Creator/Collector: Hastings family
    Extent: Approximately 50,000 pieces
    Repository: Huntington Library. Manuscripts Department
    Abstract: Family, estate, and manorial papers of the Hastings family.
    Language of Material: English


    The collection is open to qualified researchers.

    Preferred Citation

    Hastings Family Papers. Huntington Library. Manuscripts Department

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Maggs Bros. of London, 1927. The collection had been sold to Maggs Bros. by Edith Maud Abney-Hastings, Countess of Loudoun.

    Biography/Administrative History

    For over four hundred years the Hastings family (variously barons Hastings, Botreaux, Hungerford, Loughborogh and Moleyns, earls of Huntingdon, Pembroke, and Moira, and marquesses of Hastings) played a major role in English political life and exercised wide local influence in Leicestershire and other English counties. The Hastings family members were active in Parliament and at Court, and acted as Lords Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Rutland, and Warwickshire. Among the most notable members of the family are William Hastings, 1st Baron of Hastings (1430?-1483), a Yorkist executed for treason by Richard III, Henry Hastings, 3rd Earl of Huntingdon (ca. 1536-1595) and Sir Francis Hastings, active Puritan statesman, Theophilus Hastings, 7th Earl of Huntingdon (1650-1701), a staunch Tory and Royalist, Theophilus Hastings, the 9th Earl of Huntingdon, a noted Whig and his wife Selina, founder of a Methodist group known as "The Countess of Huntingdon Connection," and Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquis of Hastings, a British officer during the American Revolution and Governor General of Bengal in 1813-1822.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Accounts, deeds, legal papers, court records, household books, inventories and catalogs of family papers, estate and manorial papers, and correspondence relating to the estates, personal and financial affairs of the Hastings family. Most of the materials deal with national and local politics during the reigns of Elizabeth I, James I, and Charles I and the Civil War (1641-1649), Protectorate, Restoration, and the American Revolution. Arranged in the following series: 1. Accounts and financial papers; 2.Correspondence; 3. Deeds; 4. Inventories and Lists; 5. Legal papers; 6. Manorial and local affairs papers; 7. Maps and plans; 8. Personal and family papers; 9. Irish papers (including Irish concealed lands papers); 10. Special subjects (Americana; Gentlemen pensioners; Indentured retainers; Literature; Military affairs; Parliamentary affairs, Religious and ecclesiastical affairs; Repton Charity School and Etwall Hospital, School exercises and education; Ship money; Transportation; Miscellaneous manuscripts).

    Indexing Terms

    Nobility -- Great Britain -- Archives
    Hastings, Francis Rawdon-Hastings, Marquess of, 1754-1826 -- Archives. Hastings, Francis Rawdon-Hastings, Marquess of, 1754-1826 -- Archives. Hastings, Francis Rawdon-Hastings, Marquess of, 1754-1826 -- Archives
    Hastings, Francis, Sir, -1610 -- Archives
    Hastings, William Hastings, Lord, 1430?-1483 -- Archives
    Huntingdon, Theophilus Hastings, Earl of, 1696-1745 -- Archives
    Huntingdon, Theophilus Hastings, Earl of, 1650-1701 -- Archives
    Great Britain -- History -- Lancaster and York, 1399-1485 -- Sources
    Great Britain -- History -- Tudors, 1485-1603 -- Sources
    Great Britain -- History -- Stuarts, 1603-1714 -- Sources
    Great Britain -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
    Great Britain -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
    Family papers -- Great Britain

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