CollectionThe Rosse Papers
Collection DescriptionThis collection of papers relates to the Parsons family (Earls of Rosse) of Birr Castle, County Offaly, and dates from the 17th-20th century. Anthony Malcomson's Calendar of the Rosse Papers was published by the Irish Manuscripts Commission in 2008. Offaly History also provides a digital copy of the Calendar on its website (see link). A selection of the papers have been microfilmed and copied by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, see MIC/512 and T/3498.
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R/5/1-17: Includes the correspondence of Maria Herapath which contains a proposal of marriage from Edward Linley Sambourne, 1874.

Letters to her husband, Edward Linley Sambourne, 1875, with his letters to her, c.1888-1892.

Correspondence from Maria and Edward Linley Sambourn's daughter, Maud, 1901-1915.

A box of letters and papers of Mrs Leonard Messell containing letters from family and friends, 1934-1959.

A diary/address book of Mrs Leonard Messell, 1908-1925

A recipe book kept by Mrs Leonard Messell, c.1910-1950.

Letters and papers of Anne, Countess of Rosse, mainly relating to family matters and her share of the Messell art collection, c1930; 1940s; 1961-1993 (with exceptions).

AccessAccess to the archives is by appointment only. Please give good notice in advance of preferred date and await confirmation.
Date1874-1892; 1901-1993
Century19th, 20th

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Repository NameBirr Castle Archives
AddressRosse Row Birr County Offaly
EircodeR42 VO27
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Comment'The Calendar of the Rosse Papers', edited by A.P.W. Malcomson, was published by the Irish Manuscripts Commission in 2008.