|The Rosse Papers
|This 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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T/1-171: Letters and papers of the 6th Earl and Anne, Countess of Rosse, 1916-1985. For example, the correspondence of the Countess of Rosse include letters to her husband and from the Dowager Countess of Rosse, c.1920-1979.
Letters to the Countess of Rosse from the author, Anita Leslie King, 1961-1985.
Letters to the Countess of Rosse from Nancy Mitford, 1925-1971 (with exceptions).
Letters to the Countess of Rosse from the ballerina, Adeline Genee/Isitt, 1932-1969 (with exceptions).
Letters to the Countess of Rosse from Rosa Lewis, 1933-1937.
Letters to the Countess of Rosse from Sir John Betjeman, 1979.
Letters to the Countess of Rosse from Lady Diana Cooper, no date.
Letters to the Countess of Rosse from Dame Margot Fonteyn, 1957.
Letters to the Countess of Rosse from Harold Acton, 1940-1989.
Letters to the Countess of Rosse from Lady Gibson, 1971; 1975-1979.
Anne, Countess of Rosse's designs for Birr Castle Gardens, 1934.
A folio notebook of her rough garden designs and horticultural notes, c.1950-1969.
A volume of her interior design notes for Birr Castle, 1945-1959.
Letters from the Birr branch of the British Women's Legion as well as a box of minutes, correspondence and accounts relating to Birr Jubilee Nursing Association of which Anne, Countess of Rosse, was patron, 1933- 1970.
A box file of letters received by Anne, Countess of Rosse during World War II, 1940-1945.
The minute books of Birr branch of the Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children of which Anne, Countess of Rosse, was patron, 1962 and 1978-1987.
Letters to Anne, Countess of Rosse, relating to the Arts and Crafts Society of Ireland, 1956 and 1965-1966.
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|Birr Castle Archives
|Rosse Row Birr County Offaly
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|'The Calendar of the Rosse Papers', edited by A.P.W. Malcomson, was published by the Irish Manuscripts Commission in 2008.