Documents relating to the retirement ceremony of John Rice Lamb, Governor of Smithfield Convict Prison. Contains: draft of John Rice Lamb's acceptance speech; receipt from West and Son to Francis Good for an engraved silver tea service; clipping of the presentation address and testimonial silver tea service presented by deputation to John Rice Lamb; testimonial to John Lamb.
Papers (almost exclusively estate and financial), c. 1540-2001, of the Wilmer Field family of Heaton Hall, Bradford, Yorkshire, whose co-heiress, Mary Field, married in 1836 Lord Oxmantown, later 3rd Earl of Rosse, including a few papers about the Heaton estate after its merger with the Rosse estates in Ireland.
Seventeenth-century letters and papers, 1595-1699 and 1871 of the two branches of the Parsons family, the Parsonses of Bellamont, Co. Dublin, Viscounts Rosse, and the Parsonses of Parsonstown, alias Birr, King's County.
Papers transferred from the former Birr Estate Office, 1604 and 2006, mainly dating from c. 1850, but including 26 boxes of leases some of which date back to the 17th century. The material is arranged as follows: leases and leasebooks (1-99); rentals and rent accounts (100-250); other accounts (251-314); miscellaneous, including Irish Land Commission papers (315-326); and letter-books and correspondence (327-395).
Legal agreements in the form of deeds and indentures relating to the Derenzy family’s title and interest in lands in the vicinity of Tinnycross, County Offaly. The earliest deed dating from 1630, records Sir Mathew de Renzi purchasing the townlands of Ballynashragh, Ballycosny, Tyrenehinan, Kilmore and Derry, all in the barony of Ballycowen, on behalf of his son Mathew DeRenzy, then at the bar in London. The vendor was Robert Branthwaite of London, who had been granted the land by letters patent of King James I. Further adjoining townlands of Rossnagouloge or Cappanure were purchased by Sir Mathew from Allen Jones in 1630, and the following year the adjacent townlands of Derrykilliagh and Kilbeg were purchased from Art McOwen O’Molloy. All were settled on his son, Mathew DeRenzy. The bulk of the collection consists of numerous leases and mortgages raised against the land by Mathew DeRenzy between 1699 and 1703, while he lived at Cloghbemon in County Wexford. Later items in the collection relate to the sale of the lands to Reverend James Cox, Archdeacon of Ferns.
Papers of the Hawke family, Lords Hawke, 1682-1824 and 1832-2006, present among the Rosse Papers because of the marriage in 1870 of the Hon. Frances Cassandra Hawke, heiress of her father, the 4th Lord Hawke, to the 4th Earl of Rosse; including some naval, administrative and political papers of Admiral Sir Edward Hawke, K.B., 1st Lord Hawke, victor of the Battle of Quiberon Bay in 1759, and First Lord of the Admiralty, 1766-71.