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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 E/GOR
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: GORT FAMILY
Date(s): 1712-1914
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.98 linear metres (263 documents).
Name of creator(s): Vereker | family | Viscounts Gort


Administrative/Biographical history:

The title Viscount Gort in the peerage of Ireland was created in 1816 for John Prendergast-Smyth, Baron Kiltarton. Gort is a town in County Galway. The 2nd Viscount Gort was Prendergast-Smyth's nephew Charles Vereker (1768-1842). On Charles' death in 1842 his son John Prendergast Vereker (1790-1865) became the 3rd Viscount. Apart from the Irish property most of the property featured in this collection came to the Gort family through Elizabeth Mary, the 3rd Viscount's wife, as daughter of John Jones and as widow of George Tudor.


Scope and content/abstract:

Title deeds and other papers relating to the Gort family estates in London, the Isle of Wight and Ireland.

E/GOR/1-174 comprise documents relating mainly to Gresse Street, Stephen Street, Percy Street and Tottenham Court Road, St Pancras, London. E/GOR/175-243 comprise documents relating to East Cowes Castle Estate and other properties at Whippingham and East Cowes, Isle of Wight. E/GOR/244-263 comprise documents relating mainly to Oatlands and Roxborough, Co Limerick, Ireland.

Each of these sections is further divided into: (i) marriage settlements, probates, and other documents listed by person, which cannot be related to a specific property; and (ii) documents listed by property. Except in listing the original numbered series, sub-numbering has only been used where an item was originally enclosed inside another item.

E/GOR/59-174 form an original numbered series. The series contains a few conveyances but consists mainly of licences to demise granted by the Lord of the Manor of Tottenham to a trustee under the will of John Jones, leases made by the trustees under the same will, and assignments of leases.

The properties were held in trust for his daughter, Elizabeth Mary, wife of George Tudor (who was also one of the trustees) and later wife of John Prendergast, Viscount Gort. Each group of deeds relating to a property has an original number (marked in red ink on some of the documents) making it a part of an original series consecutively numbered.

Within this number series the series is ordered by street and then by street number, although occasionally a document relates to different properties in different streets. Many of the documents are not numbered but were found with numbered documents relating to the same properties. This particularly applies to the licences.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

E/GOR-1: London: marriage settlements;
E/GOR-2: London: property transactions;
E/GOR-3: Isle of Wight: property transactions;
E/GOR-4: Ireland: marriage settlement;
E/GOR-5: Ireland: property transactions.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

The collection was originally contained in one large box. Although it arrived at the Greater London Record Office in nine original bundles and one group of loose documents, it became clear that only the two bundles relating separately to the Isle of Wight and to Ireland were probably original. The other bundles contained closely inter-related material concerning properties in London. However, the originality of any of the bundles is uncertain, except in a few instances concerning a small number of deeds and these have been noted in the catalogue. Apart from the Irish property most of the property in the collection came to the Gort family through Elizabeth Mary Viscountess Gort as daughter of John Jones and as widow of George Tudor.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in September 1969.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Horwood's large scale map of London (1813 edition, Map Collection) is a useful guide to the location of many of the properties listed in section (1).

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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