Scope and Content

Ireland was where the Annesley family

first achieved prominence (as seen in

the Introduction to this catalogue), and

it is to be expected that they came to

own much property here, in several


The listing of the Irish deeds in E6

provided especial problems. There are

several gaps in the history of the

properties, which means that the

histories of properties which can be

traced in the other parts of this

collection are not possible here.

Furthermore, the spelling of Irish place

names can lead to confusion. It was

therefore decided to arrange these deeds

by county, and, within each county, in

chronological order. Some deeds referred

to more than one county; these are

placed in 9D, but there are cross-

references with the other sections. As

for place-names, it was decided to

record them exactly as they were spelt

on the relevant document.

One important point should be made about

the history of the Irish lands. Francis

Annesley (I), the first Viscount

Valentia, seems to have divided up his

Irish estates among his children,

especially Arthur (I) and Francis (V),

the eldest sons respectively from this

first and second marriages. Arthur (I)

inherited the bulk of the estate,

whereas Francis (V), inherited lands

in Co. Down. When Arthur (I)'s grandson

Arthur (III) died without issue in 1737,

it seems that he bequeathed much, if not

all, of his Irish property to Francis

(V)'s son Francis (VI). During the next

two centuries, the properties were

gradually sold off. The Co. Down

property was sold in 1786, and almost

all the lands, except those in Co.

Kildare, were sold in the 1860s. The

Co. Kildare properties were eventually

sold by Arthur (XIII), the 11th Viscount

in 1912. The year 1737 should therefore

be remembered as being an important one

in the history of the property, when two

estates divided by Francis (I) were

re-united in Francis (VI).

It should also be remembered that

Francis Annesley (I) also left lands in

Ireland, at Ballysax, to his second

son, John (I). There are no deeds on

these in E6, except for those in

E6/1/12L above.

For some important other documents

concerning the Annesleys' Irish

estates, see E6/1/1L-3L, 7L-10L, 14L,

16L, 20L-21L, 33L and E6/2/E2/1. See too

E6/14/3D for deeds on Irish property

with no apparent links to the family.

In E6/7 here, sections 1D-9D below

concern properties bequeathed to Arthur

Annesley (I), which descended to

Francis (VI) in 1737, 10D to property

bequeathed to Francis (V), and 11D-14D

to properties which were almost

certainly in the line of Arthur (I), but

for which no records prior to 1737