De Ros Papers

Repository: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleDe Ros Papers
Archive ReferenceGB 0255 PRONI/D638
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1682-1818
Extent Mediumc 1,100 original documents


Creator(s): Earls of Coningsby

  • Administrative History ↴

    Thomas Coningsby of Hampton Court, Herefordshire (to be distinguished from the royal palace of the same name), M.P. for Leominster, Herefordshire, held several official posts in Ireland. He was joint Receiver and Paymaster-General of the Forces in Ireland, 1689-1693 and 1698-1710, and Vice-Treasurer for Ireland, 1693-1710. He helped organise the commissariat of the army during the Williamite War in Ireland, and was one of the Lords Justices from September 1690 to March 1692. In April 1692, he was created an Irish peer. His strong support of the Hanoverian succession secured him an English barony in 1716 and three years later the Earldom of Coningsby. - Extracted from a full account of the De Ros Papers in the PRONI catalogue:
  • Archival History ↴

    The collection was purchased by PRONI
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Earls of Coningsby ↴

    The De Ros Papers comprise c 1, 100 original documents, 1682-1818, with a heavy concentration on 1682-1712 and few documents falling within the period 1712-1758.
    The collection mainly comprises letters and papers of a De Ros ancestor, Thomas Coningsby, Earl Coningsby, and some of his descendants. The chief correspondents include: John Hely, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas in Ireland (1682-1700); Godard de Ginkell, 1st Earl of Athlone (1690-1693), John Pulteney, who was secretary to Henry Sidney, Viscount Sydney and Earl of Romney, Secretary of State and then Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1690-1693); Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham, Secretary of State (1690-1693); Sir William Robinson, Deputy Receiver-General for Ireland (1690-1698 and 1701); Richard Jones, Earl of Ranelagh, who held several Irish offices and was Coningsby’s father-in-law (1690-1710); Lord Sydney/Romney (1691-1693); Sir Charles Porter, a fellow Lord Justice with Coningsby and later Lord Chancellor of Ireland (1692-1696); Henry Moore, 3rd Earl of Drogheda, one of the Lords Justices (1697-1698 and 1708); Sir Thomas (later 1st Baron) Southwell, Commissioner of the Irish Revenue (1696-1712); Capt. (later Sir) John Pratt, Deputy Vice-Treasurer for Ireland (1706-1709); Lady Frances Williams, Coningsby’s daughter (1758-1766); and the Rev. John Hinchliffe, later Bishop of Peterborough (1761-1784).

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    Lord Coningsby Correspondence and Papers
    Miscellaneous correspondence, 1712-1818

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions The collection can be consulted on microfilm in the reading room in PRONI in accordance with PRONI guidelines.
Conditions Governing ReproductionItems may be copied from microfilm for personal research use only. If a researcher wishes to publish any documents from this collection, a request must be submitted in writing to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
Creation Dates1682-1818
Extent Mediumc 1,100 original documents
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids A descriptive list is available to search online at: Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Originals InformationThe originals are closed to public and must be consulted on microfilm MIC413
Copies InformationPRONI holds microfilm copies: MIC413 De Ros papers MIC573 De Ros papers of c 2,900 documents and c 95 volumes, c 1675-1976

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NotePRONI Archivist
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000. National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names. Chippenham: National Council on Archives, 1997. UK Archival Thesaurus (UKAT)
Date of Descriptions41699