Houses & Families

The project draws on archival material on a variety of families in England and Sweden, from Barons and Counts such as the Leighs and Ekeblads, to prosperous rural clergy like William Money. Some were politically active and travelled widely (William Windham II and III, Claes Julius Ekeblad), whilst others were more concerned with their estates (Leighs); some inherited old-established estates (Aclands and Drydens), but others were self-made men (Claes Grill) or benefited from unexpected inheritances (William Money). Our aim is to sample across the range of the lesser aristocracy and rural gentry and thus get a feel for different conceptions of and attitudes to comfort.