Landed Estate Papers and Deeds
Estate papers make up the largest part of the Department of Manuscripts collections and are of particular interest for the social and economic historian. They generally include maps, leases, rentals, financial accounts and correspondence; this documentation often provides detailed information concerning relations between landlords and their tenants and estate employees.
Most of these estate papers date from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries inclusive. Among the more notable are Ormond, Lismore, Inchiquin, Clonbrock, Coolattin, Fingal, and Monteagle, most of which date from the seventeenth century onwards. Ormond also includes a collection of deeds extending back to the arrival of the Normans in the twelfth century.
The landed estate papers usually also include personal papers documenting the personal lives and careers of landed families. The social, economic and domestic life of these families is mirrored in records such as workmen’s accounts, invoices, recipe books, cellar inventories, diaries and correspondence.
A number of the catalogues of the landed estates papers are available online or in printed form. There is ongoing cataloguing of the other collections of landed estate papers.
There are approximately 28,000 deeds in the Department of Manuscripts. These include leases, wills, marriage settlements, mortgages and other legal documents.