Denbighshire Record Office

Chirk Castle Estate

Reference code(s): GB 0209 DD/CC

Held at: Denbighshire Record Office

Title: Chirk Castle Estate

Short title: Chirk Castle Estate

Dates of creation: 1717-1832

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.243 cubic metres (9 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Chirk Castle estate


Administrative and biographical history: Sir William Myddelton (1694-1718), 4th Bart, of Chirk Castle, died unmarried and the baronetcy became extinct. The estate of Chirk Castle, with the lordships of the manor of Chirk, Chirkland, and Ruthin passed to Robert (d. 1733), younger son of the 1st Bart, who died without issue. He was succeeded by his brother, John (d. 1747). On the death of John's grandson, Richard Myddelton (d. 1796), the Chirk Castle estate passed to his eldest sister, Charlotte, who had married Robert Biddulph of Cotton Hall, Worcestershire, in 1801. Robert assumed the additional surname and arms of Myddelton by royal licence in 1801. Their eldest son and heir was Colonel Robert Myddelton-Biddulph (1805-1872) of Chirk Castle, Denbighshire, and Burghill, Herefordshire.


Scope and content: Deeds relating to the Chirk Castle estate in the lordships of Chirk and Ruthin, manors of Collion, Dogfeiliog, Llannerch and Ruthin, various parishes in Denbighshire, and in the counties of Merionethshire, Montgomeryshire, Essex, Gloucester, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey, 1723-1832; Chancery papers relating to the division of the Chirk Castle estate among the sisters and co-heiresses of Richard Myddleton (died 1796), 1814-1819; and Myddleton family wills, 1717-1826.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically into the following: deeds; marriage settlements; and wills.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Denbighshire Record Office.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Denbighshire Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by C. Hoare & Co., 37 Fleet Street, London, per the British Records Association (BRA 2102) in September 1982.


Related units of description: The main Chirk Castle estate archive is National Library of Wales, Chirk Castle Estate Records. Further papers are Longueville & Co. Papers, (uncatalogued), Plas Power Estate Records and Ruthin Estate Records, all in the National Library of Wales. Papers relating to the Chirk Castle's Burghill estate in Herefordshire, 1849-1862, are National Library of Wales, Chirk Castle (Burghill Estate) Papers. Further records, 1672-1816, are Denbighshire Records Office, DD/PP (Plas Power), together with Chirk Castle correspondence and papers, 1648-1808.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Denbighshire County Council ( (16 January 2002); Griffith, John Edwards, Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (Wrexham, 1998 reprint); Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 1952).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of description: January 2002



Deeds | England

Deeds | Wales

Deeds | Wales | Denbighshire

Distribution of decedents' estates | Wales | Chirk Castle

Wills | Wales | Denbighshire

Personal names

Myddelton family, of Chirk, Denbigh, Ruthin, Gwaenynog, London and Essex

Corporate names

Chirk Castle Estate (Wales)

Chirk Manor, Borough and Lordship (Wales)

Colion Manor (Wales)

Dogfeiling Manor (Wales)

Llannerch Manor and Commote (Denbighshire, Wales)

Ruthin Manor, Borough and Lordship (Denbighshire, Wales)