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1922 Sinn Fein Ard-Fheis: Sinn Fein – Clar, The programme for Extraordinary Ard-Fheis, 7th February, 1922 held at Mansion House, Dublin. 8vo 17pp. orig. ptd. wrappers, back cover soiled.
* A most significant occasion, which took place while efforts were being made to settle the dispute over the Treaty and to close the breech in Republican ranks. Includes De Valera’s printed statement, page 8, with amendments submitted by Arthur Griffith, Michael Collins and others. A very rare document. (1)More details ›
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Figgis (Darrell) Sinn Fein Catechism. Printed Booklet, 32mo, staple perished. Scarce. (1)More details ›
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Governor General of Ireland James McNeill
Saorstat Eireann: A rare Menu from the dinner held in honour of the Governor General of Ireland, James Mc Neill and Mrs. Mc Neill in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on 1st February 1928 to mark his appointment as Goernor General. He was the brother of nationalist leader Eoin McNeill and was Ireland’s first High Commissioner (ambassador) to London and the second Governor General of Ireland, replacing Tim Healy. He also served on the Committee which drafted the First Irish Constitution, ptd. cards, unusual and scarce. (1)More details ›
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Anon: The Mysteries of Ireland giving a Graphic and Faithful Account of Irish Secret Societies and their Plots, 8vo L. n.d., signed on front paste down by Constance de Markievicz, spine worn, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Irish Political Pamphlets: “‘Hear the Right’ concerning Home Rule for Ireland.” An Irishman’s Appeal to the British Workingman, In Question and Answer. 8vo Armagh 1893; Smith (W.S.) Memories of ’98, sm. 8vo Belfast 1895, illus.; Shaw (J.J.) Mr. Gladstone’s Two Irish Policies: 1868 and 1886. 8vo L. 1888; & 2 others sim. All orig. wrappers. Good. (5)More details ›
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Irish Political Pamphlets: A group of interesting pamphlets on Partition, a United Ireland, Nationality, Conscription, an Irish Republic Trade, Taxation, some by De Valera & others, c. 1918 – 1954; also some modern vols. on Fenian Movement, Wm. Smith O’Brien, etc., approx. 20 items. As a lot, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Medals: A group of five varied silver and other Medals to include a silver circular (S. Parnell) Medal decorated with shamrocks, side profile and inscribed, also a shield shaped Medal inscribed on verso “St. Andrews College Football 1926,” and three others, as a lot. (5)More details ›
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Irish Celtic Craft: A profusely decorated “Tara Brooch,” the circular pierced silver Badge with carvings and overlay in intricate Celtic design, with figures and scrolling the over and under cross bar with shaped base, with a blank reverse, stamped H. & H. (Hopkins & Hopkins) solid silver, dated 1913, Dublin. An attractive example. (1)More details ›
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[De Valera (Eamon)] A large framed colour Poster, “President de Valera and his Cabinet,” showing photographs of Dev. and the members of the First Fianna Fail Cabinet of 1933, approx. 66cms x 50cms, printed by Irish Press, framed. (1)More details ›
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Photographic Print: Dail Eireann – Peace Session, 16th August 1921, a contemporary black and white Photographic Print, issued in the Freeman’s Journal, approx. 15″ x 26″, framed, some staining, otherwise fine. (1)More details ›
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Irish Politics: A leather Satchel Bag with commemorative pictures of the Hunger Strikers, inscribed with text Go ndeanna dia Trocaire orthu – Vol. Sands, Hughtes, MC Creegh, O’Hara, Mc Donnell, Hurson,Lynch, Doherty, Mc Elwee, Devine, the reverse with Provincial arms, machine gun and Celtic motifs, handle and straps. Unsuual & Scarce. (1)More details ›
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Posters: Republican – A group of three colourful Posters to include – (a) Six Home Free, A Tribute to Paddy Joe Hill, Johnny Waler .. and their Families, (b) Armored Cars and Tanks and Dunnes – Sancitons Now, Boycott South African Goods, c) Freedom – We have Waited too Long for Freedom, [Depicting Mandela & Bobby Sands,] each approx. 55cms x 40cms, framed. (3)More details ›
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THE MOLYNEUX FAMILY DOCUMENTS, KILDARE, ARMAGH, ETC.
The Molyneux family has played a distinguished role in Irish history, and no fewer than five of their members rate entries in the Dictionary of Irish Biography.
Their name is derived from the Norman town of Moulins, from Moulin, a mill. The principal Irish branch descends from Thomas Molyneux, who was born in Calais (then an English possession) in 1531 and settled in Ireland c. 1576. He played a prominent part in the administration of Elizabethan Ireland and died in 1597. His son Daniel became Ulster King of Arms (i.e. chief herald of Ireland) in the same year and died in 1632.
Daniel’s son Samuel (documents 1 and 2 above), known as “Honest Sam”, was appointed Master Gunner in Ireland and bought in 1664 the six-thousand acre Armagh estate of Castle Dillon, which became the family seat.
Samuel’s elder son William was the celebrated philosopher, scientist and political writer, founder of the Dublin Philosophical Society. He was the author of The Case of Ireland Stated (1698), which championed the independence of the Irish parliament from the British one. His son Samuel, a noted astronomer and politician, married the wealthy Lady Elizabeth Capel – hence the use of Capel as a Christian name in the family. They had no children.
Sir Thomas Molyneux, physician and scientist, was the second son of “Honest Sam”. He played a prominent part in the Dublin Philosophical Society and the RDS, and was a created a baronet in 1730.
He was succeeded in the title by his sons Sir Daniel (2nd Bart) and Sir Capel (3rd Bart, documents 5 and 6 above). The latter continued the family tradition of a sturdy support for Irish independence, and celebrated the restoration of the Irish constitution in 1782 by erecting an obelisk in the grounds of Castle Dillon.
From the mid-19th century the family spent little time at Castle Dillon, which was sold in 1923 and is now a private nursing home. The baronetcy became extinct upon the death of the tenth baronet in 1940.
1. Recovery suffered by Samuel Molyneux for lands in Co. Kildare, 1674
Large parchment deed, in Latin, written in court hand. Elaborate heading and borders; ruled lines. Seal, faded and about 1/3 broken off.
Exemplification of common recovery* dated 23 January, 25th of Charles II  against Samuel Molyneux for the lands of Ladytown and Lowtown in Co. Kildare.
* Prior to 1834 it was illegal for a landowner to sell part of his estate. The usual way round this was for him to “suffer a common recovery”. This took the form of a notional law-suit featuring his friends or legal advisors or court officials or even fictional characters. The legal phraseology was often extremely complicated, but so formulaic that it was seldom written out in full.
Going through this process gave a landowner absolute title to the lands mentioned, and enabled him (for instance) to sell them or to break an entail.
The grants issued were designed to impress the recipient – large, written on vellum (often in Latin) and in an ornate script.
2. Royal grant of lands to Samuel Molyneux, 1684
Large parchment deed with two membranes. In English. Royal seal in good condition but a small part broken off.
Letters patent dated 24 November in the 36th year of Charles II , granting to Samuel Molyneux, under the Commission for the Remedy of Defective Titles,+ the townlands of Lowtown and Ladytown in co. Kildare and certain houses in Oxmantowne in the liberties of Dublin (details given). Signed “Domvile” (Sir William Domvile, Attorney-General).
+ Also known as the Commission of Grace. Established by Charles II in 1684, allowing landowners who feared their title deeds might be defective to surrender them in exchange for new grants.
3. Grant of lands in co. Armagh, 1707
Large parchment deed, in English, bearing the signature and armorial seal (broken) of Henry Hunter.
Indenture dated 29 November 1707 between Captain Henry Hunter of Morn co. Down and Daniel Madden of Tandragee co. Armagh.
Hunter grants to Madden for £452.10.0 the lands of Tymore, Magherlecoomore, Dromart, Dromnemadder, Shancrackanitragh, Shancrackanotragh and Deryhoragh, Co. Armagh, which he holds from James Earl of Anglesey on a lease for lives dated 28-29 November 1699.
4. Marriage settlement of Sir Capel Molyneux and Elizabeth East, 1747
Very large parchment document, in English, comprising twelve membranes. Top left hand corner of first membrane ornately printed.
Indenture dated 20 August 1747. The marriage settlement of Sir Capel Molyneux, 3rd Bart, and Catherine, daughter of William East of Hurley, Berks.
Both parties were fatherless, and their mothers stood in as parties to the deed. There were also two pairs of trustees, one pair each for bride and groom. The bride’s portion was £7500, to which she was entitled under her father’s will. The deed gives details of Sir Capel’s estate, which was to be put into the hands of the trustees for the purposes of the marriage.
5. Settlement between Sir Capel Molyneux and his son, 1773
Very large parchment document, in English, comprising ten membranes.
Indenture dated 23 February 1773 between Sir Capel Molyneux, 3rd Bart, of Castle Dillon, co. Armagh, and Capel Molyneux esq., his son and heir and his only child by his first wife Elizabeth East. There were also two pairs of trustees, one pair each for father and son. The deed gives details of Sir Capel’s estate, comprising Casle Dillon, townlands in cos Armagh, Kildare, Dublin, Queen’s County, and Limerick, and house property in Dublin city. The estate is now put into the hands of the trustees who will ensure that it guarantees an income to Capel junior during his father’s lifetime, and its smooth transfer to him on his father’s death. (5)More details ›
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Lease of a House and Warehouse in Dublin, 1692
Parchment Deed, in English, with opening words ornately printed in top left-hand corner. Small seal of James Fade depicting the head of a man wearing a wreath. Indenture dated 10 August, 4th year of William and Mary, 1692, between James Fade junior of the City of Dublin gent and James Fade the youngest of said city merchant his half-brother.
Lease of a house, warehouse etc. in St. Bride’s Alley (details given). To hold for 39 years at a rent of £13. (1)More details ›
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Sale of House in Gloucestershire, 1698
Two Parchment Deeds, in English, the second with the Royal Arms and opening words ornately printed at the top left-hand corner. Four small seals, three of which depict a gatehouse with flanking towers.
Indentures of lease and release** dated 14 & 15 March, 10th year of William III, 1697 [i.e., 1698 new style] between (1) Ursula Tooke of the parish of Stroud Co. Glouchester widow, John Buck of Minchinhampton in said county gent, James Wild of West Yeaton [West Yatton] co. Wilts and Elizabeth his wife and (2) John Fowler of Minchinhampton Mercer and Hester his wife.
For £284, Tooke & Co. sell to the Fowlers their dwelling house in Minchinhampton. Details of the bounds are given. (1)More details ›
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Ensign’s Commission Granted to John Lyon, 1708
Parchment Document signed by Thomas Earl of Pembroke, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Grant to John Lyon to serve as Ensign in Captain John Murray’s company, in the Regiment to be raised by Colonel Kilner Brasier, 27 August 1708.
* The regiment served under Major General Gustavus Hamilton, later Viscount Boyne. Colonel Brasier had estates in counties Donegal (which he sold in 1719), Limerick and Tipperary, so the recruiting may well have been done there. (1)More details ›
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Signed by Mount Cashel
Indenture: Kildare – A vellum Indenture dated 16th September 1767, made between Rt. Hon. Stephen Lord Viscount Mount Cashell, and William Alcock of Wilton otherwise Clough in the Co. of Wexford, approx. 51cms x 70cms (20″ x 27 1/2″), one leaf, with clear signature & seal of Mount Cashell, concerning land etc. at Rochesker in the County of Kildare, with further signatures on reverse. As a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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With Hand-Coloured Map
Co. Dublin, 1804: Indenture dated 14th July, 1804, between Emanuel Bayly of Dublin and Thomas Smith for property ‘Part of the Lands of Rockville, County of Dublin, Barony of Rathdown,’ for a consideration of £300. The property was surveyed by Robert Shea in June 1804, & the original hand coloured map is attached. Written in a clear hand on 3 leaves, vellum & signed by both parties. As a m/ss, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Further Lease of same Site, on which two Houses are to be Built, 1808
Large Parchment Deed, in English, comprising two membranes. Indenture dated 16 July 1808 between David Courtney of Mespill Grove, Dublin, Esq., and Richard Knight of Dublin, builder.
Lease of a piece of ground on the North said of Fitzwilliam St. which he holds from Richard Viscount Fitzwilliam. Details given. To hold for 132 years at 52.6.6 rnet. Knight is to build on the site two good and substantial houses (details given).
Map attached, surveyed on a scale of 20 feet per inch. (1)More details ›
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Genealogy: A single 17th Century Sheet with original manuscript arms of Lord Esmonde of Lymerick, Countie of Lymerick, and Dermod O’Mallum etc O’Mallum of Glean – OMallum, approx. 31cms x 19cms (12 1/4″ x 7 1/2″). As a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)More details ›