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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 B/MMN
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1711-1948
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 8.83 linear metres
Name of creator(s): May, May and Merriman | solicitors


Administrative/Biographical history:

May, May and Merriman, solicitors, still practice in Gray's Inn, London. According to their website (accessed Oct 2009) they were "founded in 1786 by Richard Wilson, May May and Merrimans has always practised within or close to the Inns of Court. For over 100 years the practice occupied 49 Lincoln's Inn Fields, until the move to its present premises in Gray's Inn in 1958. In the 19th Century the partners practised under their own names; Charles Gibbons May became a partner in 1884 and this family connection continued until 1965. The firm took its present name on amalgamation with Merrimans in 1968 and subsequently acquired the practices of Ravenscroft Woodward and Co and Caprons and Crosse, both of which also had long antecedents in the private client field. The firm continues to expand and has recently acquired the private client practice of Bird and Bird" (


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of May May and Merriman, solicitors, 1711-1948, collected by the solicitors in the course of their work, comprising deeds and legal documents relating to the following estates or families: Allpress; Bacon; Chapple; Trustees of late Henry Clark; Captain Earl; Harvey; Morgan/Gooch; Newman; Pearson Trustees; Popham; Harper; General Popham; and Richards. Documents relate to property, financial dealings, marriages, bequests, bills and share dealing.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records were grouped and stored in boxes under their respective estates and they have been listed as such with each estate indentifiable by a separate number. Bundles of records have not been altered and all the documents have been kept in their original order. The descriptive names of the estates refer to the families for whom the solicitors were acting.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in 1966, by Messrs May, May and Merrimans, Solicitors, in the Greater London Record Office [now LMA], The County Hall, London SE1 7PB.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
July to October 2009

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