Hamilton of Hamwood Papers

Repository: National Library of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleHamilton of Hamwood Papers
Archive ReferenceIE DuNL MS/ 49,155
Web Link to this Entryhttps://iar.ie/archive/hamilton-hamwood-papers
Creation Dates1785-1939
Extent Medium3 boxes


Creator(s): Hamilton, Marianne Caroline (1777-1861); Tighe, Mary (1772-1810) Hamilton, Charles William (1802-1880) Hamilton, Charles Robert (1846-1913) Hamilton, Gerald Charles Francis (1877-1961) Hamilton, Violet (1882-ca. 1948)

  • Administrative History ↴

    Marianne Caroline Tighe was the second and yougest daughter of William Tighe, of Rossana, Co. Wicklow and his wife Sarah Tighe (née Fownes). Her mother was an early supporter of the Methodism in Ireland and John Wesley was a visitor to the Tighe's home. A first cousin of the poet Mary Tighe, she was a talented artist and received instructor from the drawing master John Ingo Spilsbury, of Harrow, England. In 1801 she married Charles Hamilton, of Hamwood, Co. Meath, who was employed as a land agent for the dukes of Leinster. Their eldest son Charles William Hamilton inherited the Hamwood estate on his father's death in 1857, and, like his father served as agent to the dukes of Leinster. In turn he was succeeded by his son Charles Robert Hamilton, J.P. of counties Meath and Dublin, who succeeded to Hamwood in 1880 and continued the family association with the dukes of Leinster. He was married to Louisa Brooke of Dublin, with whom he had ten children, among them the artists Eva and Letitia Hamilton.
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Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Hamilton, Marianne Caroline (1777-1861); Tighe, Mary (1772-1810) Hamilton, Charles William (1802-1880) Hamilton, Charles Robert (1846-1913) Hamilton, Gerald Charles Francis (1877-1961) Hamilton, Violet (1882-ca. 1948) ↴

    Contains the literary papers, correspondence and some estate material relating to the Hamilton family of Hamwood House, Co. Meath. The literary papers consists primarily of notebooks and fair copy manuscript poems, translations and transcriptions written or compiled by successive generations of the Hamiltons and their cousins the Tighes of Rossana, Co. Wicklow. Among those represented are the poet Mary Tighe, the artist and poet Caroline Hamilton, her son Charles William Hamilton and grandson Charles Robert Hamilton. Also included are the personal papers and correspondence of members of the Hamilton families resident in both Ireland and Canada; among the personal papers is their correspondence from family members, friends and business associates, their notebooks, travel journals, diaries (including personal accounts of the the Easter Rising and the abdication of British monarch Edward VIII) and some documentation relating to the estate and property of the FitzGeralds, dukes of Leinster, who employed members successive Hamiltons as agents. Among those writing to the Hamiltons were Maria Edgeworth, Felicia Hemans, Thomas Moore, John Wesley, Frederick Blackwood, Earl of Dufferin and Clandeboye, and members of the Tighe and Ponsonby families.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    These papers are arranged as: I. Literary Papers. II. Personal papers and correspondence. III. Family and Estate Papers.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access with a valid National Library of Ireland Readers Ticket.
Conditions Governing ReproductionCopyright owned by the National Library of Ireland.
Creation Dates1785-1939
Extent Medium3 boxes
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids An item level catalogue is available online Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Related MaterialThere are additional papers relating to the Hamilton family of Hamwood, Co. Meath held in the National Library of Ireland; see MS 3575, MS 3581-2, MS 4805 and MS 4809, and MS 38,639.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteFrances Clarke
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions41740