Archives at Buscot Park

We hold a selection of archives at Buscot Park, mostly relating to the Henderson family, and the formation of the Faringdon art collection. We also have some brochures, photographs and memoirs relating to Buscot's history in the Second World War, when it hosted schools from the East End of London and Sussex.The majority of records for the Buscot Park estate from 1669 to 1949 are held by the Berkshire Record Office. We do not hold records relating to individuals who worked on the Buscot Estate. If you are researching the history of an estate worker, or Buscot's agricultural or industrial history, we recommend you begin your research by consulting the catalogue of the Berkshire Record Office.



Buscot Park also holds the archives of the Earls of Carnwath (the title is now extinct), of whom the present Lord Faringdon is a direct descendant. These papers cover the Dalzell family, Earls of Carnwath, from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries. Many members of this large family served in the British army and were posted to various parts of the British Empire during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including India, Ireland, Malta and Canada. A large proportion of the archives consists of personal correspondence, but there may nevertheless be papers of interest to British military and Empire historians as well as the historians of the Dalzell family. In particular, there is a substantial body of correpondence from the 1840s-1870s with the Harris family of Eldon House, London, Ontario.



The Buscot Park archives are not yet catalogued, but researchers are welcome to make an enquiry. If we hold records relevant to your research, it may be possible to make an appointment to consult the archives in person. For all archive enquiries, please contact the curator, Dr Amy Lim at

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