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St. Leger, Anthony, 1731-1786.

Anthony St. Leger account book.

Yorkshire, England, 1772-1833.
Physical Description:
2 v. (43, 70 p.) ; 25 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
In Process DA670.Y6 S7 1772+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Major General Anthony St. Leger (1731-1786) was a successful soldier, a Member of Parliament for Grimsby, and the founder of the St. Leger Stakes horserace. In 1762 he took on the Park Hill Estate in Firbeck, where he later bred and raced horses. Two years after leaving the Commons, and with the assistance of Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, he established a two-mile race for 3-year-old horses, on the Cantley Common in Doncaster. This was to become the St. Leger Stakes.
Bound in contemporary reversed calf and marbled boards.
Two manuscript account books for the estates of Anthony St. Leger at Park Hill, near Firbeck, Yorkshire, from 1772 to 1833. The two present books are noted as Reference Book No. 1 and No. 2, and are dated 1772 on the first pages. There are some later notes on the inner rear board of Book 1 dated 1833 and 1835. The records are in pen and black ink, in an elegant copperplate hand, with calligraphic flourishes and rubrication throughout. The accounts list owners of property, with the house or field names, and with tithes received. A solicitor's letter, tipped-in at the front, and dated from Nunnington in 1819, provides a schedule of estate records “found in the possession of my late worthy partner.”
Subject Terms:
Administration of estates -- England -- Yorkshire.
Land tenure -- England -- Yorkshire.
St. Leger, Anthony, 1731-1786.
Yorkshire (England) -- Economic conditions -- 18th century -- Sources.
Account books.

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