This collection contains the papers of Lydia Catherine Van Hattem Davall Brydges, Duchess of Chandos (1693-1750), and pertains
chiefly to her
business and financial activities in the six years between the death of her husband James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos (1674-1744),
and her own, as well as the activities of her extended family.
There are also a large number of papers and deeds concerning various properties held by the family, including Cannons, Shaw
Lydia Catherine Van Hattem Davall Brydges, Duchess of Chandos (1693-1750), was the
daughter of John Vanhattem, (d. 1713), an Anglo-Dutch merchant. Her first marriage
was to Thomas Davall (1682-1714), a London merchant and M.P. for Harwich, who was
also her cousin. He was knighted in June 1713 and died less than a year later in
April 1714, leaving Catherine, a wealthy widow with a son, Thomas who died in 1718,
thus ending the Davall line.
927 pieces + ephemera. 41 boxes.
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