The Donoughmore papers

Repository: Trinity College Dublin

Identity Statement

TitleThe Donoughmore papers
Archive ReferenceIE TCD MS/Donoughmore
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Datesc1600-1950
Extent Medium101 archival boxes; 124 volumes


Creator(s): Hely Hutchinson, family, Earls of Donoughmore

  • Administrative History ↴

    Earl of Donoughmore was a title created in 1800 for Richard Hely-Hutchinson, 1st Viscount Donoughmore, with remainder to the heirs male of his mother. He was a general in the British army and sat in the House of Lords as one of the 28 original Irish representative peers from 1800 to 1825. Hely-Hutchinson had already been created Viscount Donoughmore, of Knocklofty in the County of Tipperary, in the Peerage of Ireland in 1797, and was made Viscount Hutchinson, of Knocklofty in the County of Tipperary, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1821. These titles were also created with remainder to the heirs male of his mother. Lord Donoughmore was the eldest son of the Irish statesman and lawyer John Hely-Hutchinson, who married Christiana, daughter of Abraham Nixon (or Nickson) and niece and heiress of Richard Hutchinson of Knocklofty in Co. Tipperary, whose surname she and her husband adopted. In 1783 Christiana was raised to the peerage of Ireland in honour of her husband as Baroness Donoughmore. The first Earl was succeeded according to the special remainder (and normally in the barony of Donoughmore) by his younger brother, the second Earl. He was also a General in the British Army. In 1801 he was created Baron Hutchinson, of Alexandria and Knocklofty in the County of Tipperary, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, with remainder to the heirs male of his body. Lord Donoughmore also served as Lord-Lieutenant of County Tipperary from 1831 to 1832. On his death in 1832 the barony of 1801 became extinct while he was succeeded in the other titles by his nephew, the third Earl. He was the son of the Hon. Francis Hely-Hutchinson, third son of the first Baroness Donoughmore and John Hely-Hutchinson. He briefly represented Tipperary in the House of Commons and served as Lord-Lieutenant of County Tipperary. He was succeeded by his son, the fourth Earl. He was a Conservative politician and served in the Earl of Derby's second administration as Paymaster-General and President of the Board of Trade. His grandson, the fifth Earl, was also a Conservative politician and held office as Under-Secretary of State for War from 1903 to 1904 under Arthur Balfour. He was succeeded by his son, the sixth Earl, a noted Irish Freemason. His son, the seventh Earl, sat as Conservative Member of Parliament for Peterborough from 1943 to 1945. As of 2010 the titles are held by the latter's eldest son, the eighth Earl, who succeeded in 1981. Another member of the Hely-Hutchinson family was the Hon. Christopher Hely-Hutchinson (1767-1826), fifth son of Baroness Donoughmore and John Hely-Hutchison. He represented Cork City in the House of Commons. Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson was the last Governor of the Cape Colony and son of the 4th Earl. The ancestral family seat was Knocklofty House, near Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, in Ireland, which is now a hotel. The Knocklofty Estate was sold by the family in the 1970s.
  • Archival History ↴

    The collection was deposited in 1980.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Permanent Loan

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Hely Hutchinson, family, Earls of Donoughmore ↴

    The collection is an extensive history of the Hely-Hutchinson family and contains the papers of the 1st-6th Earls of Donoughmore alongside general family history papers and extensive records relating to their estates. The collection contains extensive correspondence regarding both public and legal affairs as well as family letters and financial papers.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged as followed:
    A/1-80 Papers of Field Marshall Lord Ligonier, 1753-63
    B/1-5 Papers of Hutchinson and Hely families, 1668-1758
    C/1-8 Papers of John Hely Hutchinson (provost of Trinity College Dublin), 1748-94
    D/1-88 Papers of the first earl of Donoughmore 1779-1825
    E/1-390 Papers of the second earl of Donoughmore 1793-1832
    F/1-18 Papers of Hon. Francis Hely-Hutchinson 1730-1827
    G/1-7 Papers of the third earl of Donoughmore 1808-50
    H/1-37 Papers of the fourth earl of Donoughmore
    J/1-28 Papers of the fifth earl of Donoughmore
    K/1-45 Papers of the sixth earl of Donoughmore
    X/1-29 Wills and settlement documents 1813-c1850
    Y/1-11 Correspondence relating to Hely-Hutchinson genealogy
    Z/1-88 Rentals and accounts, in volume form 1659-1955

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Creation Datesc1600-1950
Extent Medium101 archival boxes; 124 volumes
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids The papers from before 1832, sections A-G/I-7, and Z, have been calendared by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, this is available for consultation in the Manuscripts and Archives Research Library, Trinity College Dublin. A summary list for part of the collection can be viewed online Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteNatalie Milne, February 2014.
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottowa: 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.
Date of Descriptions41671