Butlers of Ballintemple
Co. Carlow: Manuscript writ dated 19th Jan. 1780, of Henrietta Lady Butler and William Paul Butler of Ballintemple, Co. Carlow to John Byrne and Stephen Byrne, attorneys in Exchequer, to act for them in a suit brought by Nicholas Gordon of Carlow for payment of a bond of £400. One signed sheet, signed and sealed. As a m/ss. (1)More details ›
The Caring Landowner, 1787
Co. Offaly: Charleville (Hester, Countess of), A.L.s. from address at Isleworth (West London) to Samuel Faulkner in Dublin, authorising him to pay £10 to Richard Wogan to finish building his house before the winter comes ‘as it is my wish to make the poor old man as comfortable as it is possible,’ and hopes he has followed her instructions to care for the Widow Cheyne. With a good armorial seal. As a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)
* The writer was widow of the first Earl of Charleville, and of Major John Mayne; she died in 1789 leaving no children from either marriage. (1)More details ›
Co. Wexford: A Writ of 38th George III (1798) to the Sheriff of County Wexford, to distrain on the goods of William Hackett of Coolaherin for a debt of £200 owed by him to Standish Lowcay of Portabella, Co. Wexford. Single sheet, vellum, signed by Baron Lord Yelverton. As a m/ss, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Signed by Hester, Countess of Charleville
Co. Kildare: A large paper Indenture, dated 4th August 1773 whereby Hester Countess of Charleville renews to Timothy Clarke of Uske, Co. Kildare, farmer, his lease of part of Uske and Merevin. Signed and sealed by both parties. As a m/ss, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Plans for a Canal, 1813
Manuscript: An A.L.s. from Lord Cahir (Richard Butler, Baron Cahir) to “Harris Esq.,” Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, Waterford. Urges him to persuade his colleagues to take strong action in presenting petitions to parliament requesting funding for the extension of a canal southwards. Informative letter, 3pp in a clear hand. As a m/ss, w.a.f. (1)
* Lord Cahir is better known as the first Earl of Glengall, a title he received three years later.More details ›
Co. Monaghan: Leslie (Chas. Powell) M.P. 1820: A manuscript letter from Leslie, a member of the Glaslough family to a John Mayne, Dublin, promising him he will urge a Ms. Slacke to persuade her husband to resign his post of assistant Barrister, as his health is so poor, Leslie will then recommend William Mayne to succeed him. As a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Maynooth, Co. Kildare: A 4pp A.L.s. from James Hughes, addressed from St. Patricks College, Maynooth, & dated May 27th, 1873, to Bishop James Walshe of Kildare and Leighlin giving technical details of the legal sources for the conferring of minor orders. As a m/ss, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
The Hardships of an Irish Immigrant, 1836
Ship Letters, Liverpool: Mayne (Robert) Two A.L.s. from Robert Mayne addressed from Philadelphia to his relative John Mayne, Captain 9th Dragoons at ‘Platanus,’ Donnybrook Road, Dublin. The first dated 5th August 1836, ‘Dear Sir, I have been doing nothing ever since I arrived in this Country but following the wheelbarrow for a livelihood, and can make but a very poor one at that,’ Begs him to send help.
The second letter dated 19th October 1836. Thanks him for sending a draft of £30. ‘I trust I shall not be left to starve..’ Includes a testimonial from William H. Scott that he has known the writer for two years and that he is the son of Thomas Mayne of Lissnaboy, Co. Monaghan. As m/ss, w.a.f. (2)More details ›
An Irishman’s First Impressions of India, 1837
Mayne (Dawson Dawson) A 3 1/2pp A.L.s. from D.D. Mayne addressed from Madras Roads & dated September 14, 1837, to J. Mayne, 16 Molesworth St., Dublin. He has come out to India aboard the ‘Seringapatam,’ and gives a vivid account of the voyage, and of hearing news of William IV’s death. Gives details of his impressions of India so far, describing naked natives in catamarans, and others in crude boats roaring songs and chewing betel nuts, .. and other kinds of fruit, beside fish etc…. But they and all completely beggar description…, and much much more. “Am excessively pleased with India,” postally used, with postmarks etc. As a m/ss., w.a.f.
* A vivid account of an Irishman’s first encounter with the exotic East. (1)More details ›
Abbeyleix Poor Laws Union
Co. Leix: Two A.L.s. dated 13 and 15th November 1839, from John O’Donoghue, Kilkenny (one addressed from Hibernian Hotel) to John Robinson Price, Mountrath, re the organisation of the board of guardians for Abbeyleix Poor Law Union. Interesting content, 3pp, as m/ss, w.a.f. (2)More details ›
The Trials etc of an Irishman establishing himself in Australia, 1839
Ship Letters, Sydney: Mayne (W.C.) Two A.L.s. both cross-written from Australia to his father John Mayne, 16 Molesworth St., Dublin.
The first letter addressed from Parramatta (now part of Greater Western Sydney) & dated 4th September 1839, consists of 8pp cross-written, & is most informative. He speaks of the difficulties of establishing himself in the colony, and of the help he has received from one Atkinson, ‘an old brother officer.’ He has entered a partnership agreement with “Mr. Boydell of Campo Allegro,” whose farm he will manage. A detailed and interesting letter, if hard to read.
The Second letter is addressed from Llangallen, Cassilis (New South Wales) and dated 17th December 1839, consisting of 4pp cross-written. Asked by his father to consider the advisability of his brothers Robert and John coming out to Australia, he warns of the perils to which they would be subject on the long voyage as they would be forced into undesirable company; as for Australia, the type of life here is such that it is less surprising that so many go astray as that any remain on a true course. Religion is held in very low esteem, ‘I take for granted that you would not for a moment think of sending either of them out with any other view other than of becoming settlers. Written on 17th Dec. 1839, the letter did not reach its destination until 11 June 1840. Each postally used with postal marking & ship marks etc. As m/ss., w.a.f. (2)
* Both letters, though not easy to read, give a fascinating insight into an Irishman’s impressions of settling in Southern Australia in the early years of the Colony, and before the mass emigration that followed the Great Famine in Ireland.More details ›
Dungarvan during “Black ’47”
Co. Waterford, Famine Letters: Drohan (Patrick) Two A.L.s. from Drohan both with Dungarvan postmarks to Henry Dennehy in Dublin. Drohan appears to have been a ranger on the estate of Lord Stuart de Decies near Dungarvan; Dennehy was the estate solicitor. The first letter is dated 5th Feb. 1847, & consists of 3pp. He complains that many people are trespassing on the mountain and cutting turf and he names them. Says he has broken their spades. Begs for money as he is starving. Also, some gentlemen from Dungarvan who were shooting hares on Mr. Smiths land had strayed onto Lord Stuarts land and refused to leave.
The second letter dated 9th April, 1847 consists of over 2 foolscap pages. He is in charge of taking the penny tickets from people applying to the soup kitchen in Ring. This is all the money he has but he will have to pay it back to Mr. Thomas Anthony, who received all the money of the parish. He begs and begs for help as he is starving. “Mr. Smith has taken in three of the people that was driven away from Barranastook of the Ballynamoney tenants and gave them huts…” “The Blagard John Hickey Mr. Smith’s Reanger is going to petition his Lordship about his afears.”
The handwriting is clear but the spelling very quaint. Postally used TOO LATE. As m/ss., w.a.f.
* Very important letters, full of local flavour and pathos. (2)More details ›
Sarah Bernhardt plays ~Hamlet, 1899
[Bernhardt (Sarah)] An important 8pp A.L.s. from Lewis Campbell at 33 Campden House Chambers, London, dated 17th June, 1899, to a Dr. Ward, analysing in great detail a production of ‘Hamlet’ in which the lead role was taken by Sarah Bernhardt.
Campbell was Prof. of Greek at St. Andrew’s University and specialised in the philosophy of Plato and the Tragedies of Sophocles. Ecumenical, enlightened and ‘mildly Bohemian’ (E.M. Craik in O.D.N.B.), he encouraged student associations and founded a Shakespearian society. His correspondent ‘Dr. Ward’ may have been Henry Leigh Douglas (‘Harry’) Ward, an authority on medieval epic literature.
Sarah Bernhardt is frequently described as ‘the most famous actress the world has ever known.’ Her performance in the title role of a prose adaptation of “Hamlet” received rave reviews, but the notion of a troubled young man being played by a middle aged woman (she was then aged 55) also provoked controversy.
Campbell had mixed feelings about the production, reporting a friend’s comment that ‘a woman cannot act a man, only a passionate boy.’ However, he was ‘not wholly disappointed’. As a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Oppressive Landlords – Galmoy fights back!
Co. Kilkenny Tenants Right: An original manuscript page mounted on board. A proclamation announcing the formation of a Tenant Protection Society in Galmoy (a parish in north-western Kilkenny). Unsigned and undated, but probably c. 1850 when many such societies sprang up throughout southern Ireland in the wake of the foundation of the Callan Tenant Protection Society. As a m/ss, w.a.f. (1)
* A significant insight into the early stages of the struggle of tenant farmers to secure justice from oppressive landlords. (1)More details ›
Browne of Castlemargarret Marriage Settlement, 1784
Co. Mayo: Marriage settlement of Dominick Geffry Browne of Castlemagarret, Co. Mayo and Margaret daughter and sole heir of the late George Browne of Claremont, Co. Mayo, represented by her guardians John Earl of Altamont, James Browne Prime Sarjeant, and Henry Browne of Renmore, Co. Galway. A very large indenture on vellum with seven membranes (each approx. 29″ x 32″), dated 23rd August 1784. A most elaborate & detailed document concerning lands, dowries, debt, and putative children. As a m/ss, w.a.f.
N.B. The couples’ elder son became the First Earl of Oranmore and Browne. (1)More details ›
Important Deed Listing Property in Cork City, 1668
Co. Cork: Indenture dated 25 April 1668 whereby Richard and Henry Titchborne [sic] of Dublin grant property in Cork City to Noblet Dunscombe, Thomas Farren and Robert Fletcher of Cork, to hold for 61 years at an annual rent of £160.
The Titchbornes were sons of Sir Henry Tichborne, one of the “Forty-Nine Officers,” i.e. those who were serving in the royalist army in Ireland as of 5 June 1649 and who were offered lands confiscated from the Irish in lieu of arrears of pay. Sir Henry was the builder of Beaulieu House in Co. Louth, where he died in 1667. His two sons Richard and Henry were granted the confiscated property in Cork and Dublin that had been due to him, and in this deed they rent out the Cork property to three prominent citizens.
This is a lengthy document, listing the Tichborne property in Cork house by house and stating in each case the names of the present tenants and the forfeiting owners who had held it in 1641.
An important document showing how urban property was apportioned following the Cromwellian confiscations and the Acts of Settlement and Explanation passed by Charles II. Written in English on vellum (2 membranes), signed and with 3 original seals. As a m/ss. (1)More details ›
18th Century Cyphering Book
Manuscript: Malone (Margrett) A folio volume bound in full vellum, containing mathematical tables and calculations and accounts, all written in a clear, firm hand with many attractive flourishes and doodles Love poems and proverbs are interspersed throughout. A later note on front cover reads, “When my mother Margery Malone was an unmarried girl at 16 years old she wrote the sums in this book in the Year 1740,” Some of the comments bear dates in the 1750’s and there are several names, including that of Thomas Heydon which recurs throughout. Interesting item. A m/ss, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Manuscript Notebook: Small m/ss notebook entitled Observations upon the present state of the law as regards the various deductions to which landlords [etc.] are severally liable in respect of Poor Rate. approx. 21pp, signed at end, John Glascott and dated 23 July 1856, & with some notes in the back. As a m/ss, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Co. Clare: MASTER’S JOURNAL, manuscript, of the Corofin Board of Guardians, 1909-23, circa 130 numbered pages in a stoutly bound album, recording submissions to the Board, mostly from the Medical Officer, initially Geo. Macnamara, later (his son) Donough Macnamara, mostly concerning medical and allied matters including treatment recommended for patients, with annotations in other hands, some inserted documents. (1)More details ›
Archive of Letters etc by Limerick Antiquarian
Westropp (T.J.) An important file of Letters, (with some other papers) dating between 1884 and 1903, written by the Limerick antiquarian scholar T.J. Westropp of 77 Lr. Leeson St., Dublin, to his cousin Lt. Col. William Kiely Westropp of 6 Sherrcliffe Rd, Folkestone, Kent.
The letters (approx. 22) are written in his distinctive clear neat hand and mainly comprise genealogical information on the Westropp family especially material for the entry in a forthcoming edition of “Burke’s Landed Gentry”. There are also comments – generally frank and often witty – on family members (especially following the death of their cousin Sir Michael Westropp in 1890), as well as politics and masonic matters. His letter of 7 April 1893, for instance, reflects his views on the Second Home Rule Bill; ‘I was delighted to see you were fighting to save us from ruin, ruffianism, Roman supremacy, cornerboys, priests’ nominees, sharking politicians and civil war. We are fighting here but sore weary; if a miracle does not open the voters’ eyes in Great Britain we are about done for.’
Thomas Johnston Westropp (1860 – 1922) belonged to a landowning family of Co. Limerick. His life was devoted to studying Irish antiquities, particularly the prehistoric and medieval remains of his native county and of Clare (one of his letters includes two sketches of shiela-na-gigs).
He was the author of some 300 articles in local and national journals, meticulously researched, written and illustrated; ‘in contrast to that of most of his contemporaries, Westropp’s work is still frequently used by modern scholars.’
(Liam Irwin in D.I.B.).
His correspondent Lt. Col. Wm. Kiely Westropp (1846 – 1905) was an officer in the 68th Durham Light Infantry and served in Bhutan and Afghanistan. As an Archive, w.a.f. (1)More details ›