John Ribton Garstin (1836-1917) was an archaeologist and antiquarian expert with a particular interest in heraldry, pedigrees and genealogy. He was a member of the Royal Irish Academy, the Royal Dublin Society, the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, and vice-president of the County Louth Archaeological Society. Garstin’s ancestor, Captain Symon Garstin (d1660) – who assisted Sir William Petty on the Down Survey – and his uncle Major James Garstin received a grant of the lands at Braganstown and at Leragh Castle in Co Westmeath. John Ribton Garstin was the only son of William Garstin of the Leragh Castle branch. Born in Dublin, he moved to County Louth in 1877. He served as High Sheriff from 1880 – 1881 and then served on the Grand Jury from 1881 – 1889. When the Grand Jury ceased to function, he was one of three members from that body elected to Louth County Council.
Garstin married Mary Martha Toone in 1864 and his only son Major William Fortescue Colborne Garstin, 5th Royal Irish Fusiliers was killed in the Dardanelles in 1915. His three daughters – Helen Cordelia, Adeline Frances, and Rosamund Alethea – became co-heiresses of Braganstown. Garstin was responsible for writing the abstract in the Dunleer minute book circa 1899-1900. It would appear that he transcribed this collection of notes on Dunleer Corporation about that time. The National Library of Ireland contains a collection relating to the Garstin family.
Archival History ↴
These papers were deposited with Louth County Archives Service in April 2001 by the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society for an indefinite period. Processed by Robert McEvoy, July 2007
Immediate Source Acquisition ↴
Content & Structure
Scope & Content: John Ribton Garstin ↴
This collection contains notes on Dunleer Corporation which appear to have been copied by John Ribton Garstin, Braganstown, Castlebellingham, from the minute book of Dunleer Corporation (DC/MB/1).
Appraisal Destruction ↴
Further accruals are not expected
The items in this collection are arranged in chronological order.
Conditions of Access & Use
Open Access, by appointment
Conditions Governing Reproduction
Copying is subject to copyright and physical condition
1 archival folder
Material Language Script
Characteristics Tech Req
Paper. Good condition.
Careful handling required.
Descriptive list can be found on on-line catalogue available at http://www.louthcoco.ie
Archive Web Link →
Louth County Archives Service
Some digitised documents may occasionally be found on http://www.louthcoco.ie
IE LHA DC/ Dunleer Corporation minute book 1709 - 1773
- 'The Charter of Dunleer Corporation' by Richard Chapel in Journal of the County Louth Archaeological Society, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Dec., 1921), pp49-57
- 'Minutes of Dunleer Corporation' in Journal of the County Louth Archaeological Society, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Dec., 1922), pp121-126
- 'The Foster Family and the Parliamentary Borough of Dunleer' by APW Malcomson in Journal of the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society, Vol. 17, No. 3 (1971), pp156-163
Descriptive Control Area
ISAD(G): General International Standards Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.