Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

24/9/2004

Archive of the Sackville Family, Barons Sackville, of Knole and Romanesque Psalter from St Albans Abbey

The government has accepted the Sackville papers and the St Albans Psalter in lieu of Inheritance Tax.

The substantial Knole archive comprises deeds, estate, household and personal papers of the Sackville and associated Cranfield, Whitworth and Grenville families. Present are papers of the 1st and 3rd Dukes of Dorset and the diplomat Earl Whitworth (1752-1825), items relating to the cavalier poet Sir John Suckling and extensive papers of Lionel Cranfield, 1st Earl of Middlesex, including some concerning the colony of Virginia.

The mid-12th century psalter from the Benedictine Abbey of St Albans is of great importance for the study of monastic liturgy and manuscript production in medieval England.

Any library, record office or analogous institution in the United Kingdom interested in being allocated the papers or the psalter should contact the Director of Historical Manuscripts Commission advisory services for further particulars in the first instance.

Applications for allocation must be received in writing at the same address by 5 November 2004.

source-The National Archives

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