CollectionKnight of Glin Collection
Collection DescriptionPapers relating to the life and work of Desmond FitzGerald, 29th and last Knight of Glin.

The Glin archive contains:

A database of Irish ‘traders’ (master craftsmen commissioned to make unique pieces of furniture) which dates back to the early 18th Century and contains details of their skills, types of furniture and copies of their ‘trade labels.’

Correspondence between FitzGerald and other global experts regarding renowned artefacts such as a Waterford Crystal chandelier dated 1760 that once belonged to James Fitzgerald, 1st Duke of Leinster, Carton House, Co. Kildare.

A letter to Desmond FitzGerald from Seamus Heaney in which he refers to his scholarly contributions to the conservation and preservation of Ireland’s architectural heritage as “a beautiful act of piety and a mighty act of scholarship.”

His correspondence with government departments and various bodies including the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates, OPW, Irish Georgian Society and Irish Heritage Trust.

AccessBy prior appointment
Century18th, 19th, 20th

Donated to OMARC by the FitzGerald family in 2014.

Repository NameOPW-Maynooth University Archive and Research Centre (OMARC)
AddressCastletown House Celbridge County Kildare
EircodeW23 V9H3
Telephone(01) 654-4222
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