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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/2636
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1674-1959
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 8.73 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Charteris | family


Administrative/Biographical history:

The lands were originally purchased by Peter Mellish, who bequeathed them to William Mellish. His daughter married Richard, Earl of Glengall, and their daughter married the Hon. Richard Charteris, second son of the 9th Earl of Wemyss. In addition to the property in the Isle of Dogs and Woodford, there are the Glengall estates in Cahir, Ireland. Although deeds to these estates are listed in the Schedule of Deeds in this collection, none of the documents have been deposited.


Scope and content/abstract:

This collection refers to estates in the Isle of Dogs (Poplar) and Woodford, owned by the Mellish, Glengall and Charteris families. The records consists of the title deeds to the properties, leases of the properties, and financial and legal records arising from the administration of trusts to provide income from the properties for members of the Charteris family, chiefly Lady Margaret Charteris and Edmund Butler Charteris.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

The documents were originally kept in a series of deed boxes at Messrs Coutts and Co. The Schedule of Deeds (Acc/2636/193) lists the contents of each deed box, and shows later alterations to this arrangement. The boxes contained numbered bundles of documents, each relating to a particular property. This original arrangement has been retained in the list. Later documents were not arranged in bundles but entered under the heading 'Existing leases'. These have been arranged by property or street, whenever possible, or lasted as shown in the Schedule where no street name can be identified. The Schedule gives the contents of each bundle in some detail. It also contains information on other property included in Marriage Settlements and Trusts, and a list of important dates in the family history.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in July 1972 and December 1988.

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:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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