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Tradesmen’s accounts to the 5th Earl and Lady Rosse

Four envelopes of tradesmen’s accounts to the 5th Earl, including a few to Lady Rosse, from London, Dublin and Birr tradesmen (primarily the first) for all manner of goods (among them a pendant brooch supplied by C. Faberge,
1910), but excluding accounts for major items connected with Birr Castle and gardens [for which see M/25 and 33 respectively], 1910-18; together with 7 volumes of Birr Castle house-keeping books kept by Lady Rosse/de Vesci and (in one case) her sister, Countess de la Feld, 1910-30. [See also T/30. Not in chronological order.]

Parsons, William, 5th Earl of Rosse

Diaries of the 4th Earl recording tours of England, United States, Jamaica, India

Diaries of the 4th Earl (including a largely empty diary for 1872 of [his wife, Cassandra]) recording a tour in England, 1871; tours in the United States, 1884 and 1891; a visit to Jamaica, 1891; and a tour of India, 1897-8: together with two of his passports, 1890 and 1897.

Parsons, Laurence, 4th Earl of Rosse

Papers of the 4th Earl concerning Lord Oxmantown

Papers of the 4th Earl about [his eldest son], Lord Oxmantown: two copies of Lord Oxmantown’s birth certificate, and a letter from Dr Benjamin Jowett about his admission to Balliol College, Oxford

In-letters from correspondents whose names begin with ‘E’, ‘F’ and ‘G’

‘E’, ‘F’ and ‘G’ - principally Evans, Barraclough & Co., Bayswater, London (solicitors to the Hon. Richard Clere Parsons), French & French, solicitors, Dublin (who acted for Mrs Manning Robertson of Drumbane House, Birr, another
of Garvey’s employers), the General Accident Assurance Corporation and the Guardian Assurance Company, both of Dublin (who write about Birr Castle and the Rosse estate), etc, etc.

Hullmandel lithographs

Series of Hullmandel lithographs of a view of the Thames, together with a printed 'Plan of the River Thames from Westminster Bridge to Blackfriers Bridge, showing the line of [the] new quay, as proposed by Colonel Trench, MP...'.

Letters from Dora Turnor to the Turnor family, 1866-1893.

File of letters between Dora Turnor and her father Christopher Turnor, her mother Lady Caroline Turnor, Bertha Turnor, Graham Turnor and Cecil Turnor.

The majority of the letters were sent to Bertha Turnor who is addressed as 'Tuz'. The letters were sent from across Europe as Dora visited places such as Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France; Menton, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France and Genoa, Italy. Topics covered within the letters include Dora's ongoing struggle with her health as she deals with asthma, her meeting with friends, her day to day activities, her husband Benjamin Bloomfield Trench and her impressions of the places she visits.

File also contain letters stitched into two covers from Lady Caroline Turnor (neé Finch-Hatton), Stoke Rochford, Grantham, Lincolnshire, England to her daughter Dora Trench (neé Turnor). The letters are of a personal nature informing Dora of her day to activities, news and dispensing advice. Contained with the cover are loose pages of household notes.File of letters sent to and from Dora Turnor when she was a child from family and friends. Her Friends include Josepha Martenson, Copenhagen, Denmark; Edith Holland, Kemerton court Tewkesbury, England; E. Blythe, The Vicarage, Hammersmith, England and Mrs Askew.


Diaries belonging to Dora Trench (née Turnor), Benjamin Bloomfield Trench and Theodora Trench.
Each writer used their respective diaries to record signifcant life events, feelings and appoinments. They offer a unique insight in to their lives.

Trench, Dora

Dora Trench death diary.

Diary written by Benjamin Bloomfield Trench which documents his wife's death. Within the diary Benjamin records her last words, visits from her family, breaking the news to his daughters and her funeral.

One exchange Benjamin recorded shows that Dora Trench knew her death was imminent 'When I came upstairs after dinner she said. "Come & sit near me, we shall not have more evenings together' I asked if she felt worse or had been in pain. She said "No I feel my end is near".'

Dora diaries.

  • IE OCL P131/2/3/2
  • Subseries
  • November 1868- 7 April 1899
  • Part of Loughton Papers

Diaries and notebooks belonging to Dora Trench née Turnor.
Dora’s diary documents her life at Stoke Rochford Hall, Lincolnshire, and at the family’s London home at Chesham Place, Belgravia, London.
The diaries chronicle her struggles with asthma, her family tragedies, her marriage, her children and her every day life.

Trench, Dora

Diaries 1868-1879.

  • IE OCL P131/2/3/2/1
  • File
  • November 1868-31 December 1879
  • Part of Loughton Papers

Four diaries belonging to Dora Turnor.

Within the diaries Dora discusses her childhood and her activities with her siblings. On 12 January 1871 she writes 'Did lessons till half past 11, then went out with miss Maclean & Bert, we went down to the farm pond. I watched, Bert & Mr Ash skating. Bert skates alone now, & can go all round, the place that is swept without a tumble, of course she goes very slowly, then Miss Maclean & I walked down to the Brickyard, then came back, I walked home with Freddie & Bert (Mr Ash, never comes up to lunch, he always takes [the buns in his jacket]). After lunch, sat in the schoolroom with Miss Maclean , working till 4, then did lessons, till half past 6, Bert did not come in till a quarter to 5 so, she had not finished her lessons till7. From half past 6 till 7, I had a game of. G.B, G, with Freddie, in [Solie's] bedroom, she was then also , nursing Hugh. Had tea at 7 & from half past 7 till half past 8 sat in the schoolroom working, & the last 20 minutes writing my journal. Fine ? last night, Edie, Freddie, Charlie, Bertha, Mr Ash, were all skating this afternoon. Bert, Freddie & Charlie, all tumbling about, & going very slowly, Edie went a little further than they did , & did not have any falls. [Grose, ?] went to Grantham (they started about 12, & were back about half past four)...'.

Dora also frankly discusses her struggle with asthma and her frustrations with the impact it has on her life. On the 22 August 1871 she records the everyday impact of her illness. ,' Got a cold & asthma did not go out of my bedroom till Friday August 25th then went into Mama's bedroom. I also went into Mamas bedroom on the 26th. There is a nice little cat stairs which I cuddle all day.' By 1875 Dora grew increasingly frustrated with her struggle with asthma and chronicles this frustration. ' Oh this bitter, bitter life, how hard it is to bear! Feeling always ill, & unable to do much, being alone nearly all day, having nobody to talk to, & nothing to do except knit, seeing everybody going for nice drives & long walks by the sea. Being told, they have come here on purpose for me, & that it was such of expense, & bored Papa, & kept Bertha away from her hunting. I should been much happier alone with Miss E, & not half so much alone, as Bert is always taking her for long walks...'

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