Ref no44785
TitleThe Southwell Papers
DescriptionTen bound volumes of papers relating to Edward Southwell, and others, including papers relating to the Merchant Venturers and the slave trade.
Administrative historyEdward (II) Southwell (1705-1755) was the grandson of Robert Southwell who travelled extensively as an Envoy for the King (including negotiating a settlement between Spain and Portugal who had been at war for 28 years), before retiring from public life in 1679, the same year he purchased Kings Weston House near Bristol. In 1688 with the Revolution and James II’s expulsion, Robert returned to public life and became Secretary of State for Ireland under William III.

Sir Robert’s eldest son was Edward (I) (1671-1730); like his father before him, he also became Secretary of State for Ireland, and was an MP. His son, Edward (II) was also very involved in public life and became MP for Bristol from 1739-1754. He died in 1755 aged 50.
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Custodial historyOriginally desposited at Bristol Central Library, before 1916. Manuscripts transferred by agreement, following the Designation of Bristol City Record Office and Bristol Central Library's Local Studies Service as an Outstanding Collection by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in 2005.
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