Manuscripts and Special Collections

The medieval Willoughby family

April 12th, 2010 at 11:04

Tomb of Sir Hugh Willoughby and his wife Isabel, in Willoughby-on-the-Wolds church

Tomb of Sir Hugh Willoughby and his wife Isabel, in Willoughby-on-the-Wolds church

Biographies and family trees of five medieval members of the Willoughby family have been added to the online Family & Estate Resource relating to the Middleton family of Wollaton Hall.

The Willoughby family is descended from Ralph Bugge, a Nottingham merchant, who bought lands in Willoughby-on-the-Wolds, Nottinghamshire, in the thirteenth century. The family soon changed their name to the name of the village in which they settled. Sir Hugh Willoughby was the last of the family to be buried in Willoughby church, in 1448. By this time the family had acquired important estates at Wollaton in Nottinghamshire and Middleton in Warwickshire. The original family holding at Willougby-on-the-Wolds was sold in the early 17th century.

The Middleton Collection contains over 400 medieval deeds relating to Willoughby-on-the-Wolds, dating back to around 1180, plus 16th and 17th-century manor court rolls and rentals.

The catalogues to the collection can be searched or browsed on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue on our website, and if you want to see anything from the collection, just follow the ‘Contact Us’ link on our website to make an appointment.

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