Reference numberDDLM
TitleBootle-Wilbraham of Lathom
Date1488 - 1897
DescriptionThe documents held at Lancashire Record Office appear to be the only surviving family and estate records. There is a collection of Upholland manorial court rolls in DDHi as the Earl of Lathom was Lord of the Manor.

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DDLM 1 Manorial Clayton Dalton Huxley Lathom Leyland
DDLM 2 Title Deeds (including leases)Ashton in Makerfield Bispham Bispham, Wrightington, Shevington and Orrell, Clayton le Woods, Clayton, Leyland and Westhoughton, Dalton (near Wigan), Dalton, Ellel & Hutton, Lathom, Burscough, Ormskirk and Hurleton, Leyland, Liverpool, Lydiate, Maghull, Melling, Ormskirk, Orrell, Simonswood, Singleton, Skelmersdale, Standish, Toxteth Park, Ulnes Walton, Upholland, Upholland School and Dalton, Westhoughton
DDLM 3 Family Papers, Marriage Settlements, Probate, Other
DDLM 4 Estate Papers, Enclosure, Land Tax, Other
DDLM 5 Ecclesiastical Papers, Tithes, Faculties and Consecrations, Pews, Other
DDLM 6 Miscellaneous Items, Lathom Almshouse, Other
Background InformationAccording to the Guide to the Lancashire Record Office (1985), the Lathom estate was traditionally in the possession of the Stanley family until the early 18th cent (c.1720) when it was sold by the 9th Earl's heiress. The estate was sold again in 1724 to Thomas Bootle of Melling. His niece Mary Wilbraham (wife of Richard Wilbraham of Rode Hall, Cheshire) succeeded in 1758.Edward Wilbraham, son of Richard and Mary, was created Baron Skelmersdale in 1828, and his son was created Earl of Lathom in 1880.The earldom became extinct in 1930, but the barony continued. The papers are believed to have been passed to the 18th Earl of Derby by Lady Barbara Seymour, sister of the last Earl of Lathom.Lathom House was demolished in 1929. It is believed that the majority of the family and estate papers were burned in the furnaces at Blaguegate Colliery at the time the house was demolished.
Related materialsee also DDX 74/16/64
CustodialHistoryThe collection was held by the estate solicitors in London. Accession information is not clear. It is possible that the papers were deposited in 1946 as part of the Earl of Derby's papers.(Accession 438?)
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