These papers are a miscellaneous
collection of papers concerning
descendants of John (I) of Ballysax.
After the death of George, 2nd Earl
Mountnorris, in 1844, it was crucial for
Arthur Annesley (XI) as heir to prove
that no male descendants of John (I)
survived. These papers probably came
into the family at around this time;
they were certainly used in the 1950s,
when the 14th Viscount Valentia proved
beyond doubt that the male line of this
branch was extinct.
All the deeds came in envelopes marked