Papers of the Talbot de Malahide Family of Malahide, Co. Dublin

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Talbot a. 1-17, b. 1-148, c. 1-115, d. 1-17, e. 1-38, f. 1-10, g. 1-5
  • Dates of Creation
      13th century-1970
  • Language of Material
      English, Latin, French, Irish, and Italian.
  • Physical Description
      350 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Documents from the earlier period are largely confined to the series of deeds, which begin in the late 13th century and relate to the Talbot estates in Dublin, Louth, Meath and Waterford. Other estate papers are few and such as survive are chiefly for the Malahide estate itself between 1880 and the Second World War, although there are some relating to the family estates in Scotland and Somerset.

Few personal papers exist before the late 18th century but the collection is rich in the correspondence and papers of 19th-century members of the family. It includes an important series of letters and papers of James Talbot, 3rd Baron, while on diplomatic service in the Swiss Cantons and Sweden, 1796-1801; and a large quantity of papers, including many copies of documents in the public records, amassed by his elder brother Richard Wogan Talbot, 2nd Baron, in connection with two legal disputes with the Crown in the 1830s. The correspondence of their brothers and sisters and of the descendants of the 3rd Baron also survive in quantity and includes series of letters home from William Talbot while on service in India and the Crimea, 1849-55, and from Milo Talbot in India and Afghanistan, 1876-88, and in Egypt, 1916-17. There are also good series of personal and estate correspondence of the 4th and 5th Barons from the mid-19th to the early 20th centuries.

The collection also includes some strayed business records of Dillons, the Dublin solicitors, who were agents for the Malahide estate from 1861 to 1919.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Talbot family possessed the Castle and Lordship of Malahide on the coast near Dublin from the earliest period of English government in Ireland, and furnishes a rare instance of a baronial estate continuing in the male heirs and name from the original confirmation in the reign of Henry II until the 20th century, ending with the death of Milo Talbot, 7th Baron Talbot of Malahide in 1973.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were transferred to the Library in 1977 as a gift from the Hon. Rose Talbot, sister of the 7th Baron.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

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Custodial History

The papers were formerly on deposit at Trinity College, Dublin.