Lady Eliza Deane MS.

Repository: Cork City and County Archives

Identity Statement

TitleLady Eliza Deane MS.
Archive ReferenceIE CCCA/PR27
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1 Jan-19 Nov 1832
Extent Mediumc150pp


Creator(s): Deane, Lady Eliza (Wife of Architect Sir Thomas Deane)

  • Administrative History ↴

    Nee Williams, daughter of Major Williams, Cheltenham, England. Second wife of Sir Thomas Deane, architect (b.Cork 1792-d.Dublin 1871). Resided at Dundanion Castle, near Blackrock, Cork. Moved with her husband to 26 Longford Terrace, Monkstown, Co. Dublin in 1860. Had four children with Sir Thomas including Robert, who died in infancy on 31 December 1831, Sir Thomas Newenham Dean, born 15 June 1828 (who went on to become a noted architect), Susanna Adelaide (Ada), born 1837, and Olivia Louise, born 1838.
  • Archival History ↴

    Acquired at auction 2009
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Deane, Lady Eliza (Wife of Architect Sir Thomas Deane) ↴

    MS diary/journal of Lady Eliza Deane. Entries begin 1 January 1832 and cover mainly personal matters such as family bereavement, illness, visiting friends and relatives (names occuring include: Penrose, Newenham, Hoare, Townsend, Deane, Lyons, Kennedy, Exham, Crossman, Babington, Pitcairn, Terry, Chatterton, Hargrave, Garde, and Sainthill), attending religious services, sermons and lectures (such as, at Christ Church, Cork, by Messrs. O’Callaghan, Harman, Lyons, Leslie, Hill, McCarthy etc.). Contains numerous biblical and religious observations, plus several entries concerning the building of a new house at Dundanion Castle near Blackrock, Cork, also mentions boating trips, trips by carriage, and others travelling on the ‘Inisfail’ ship for Dublin. Entries in another hand (possibly Sir Thomas Deane) for 8-9 March, recount the laying of the first stone of their new house by their ‘beloved Son Thomas Newenham Deane…’, the stone originally the top stone of ‘old Dundanion Castle’, the entry containing heartfelt religious references, such as “We feel great pleasure in being the instruments of a bountiful God thro’ which so many persons are employed…”; also mentions stone masons making ‘a picturesque ruin’ of Dundanion Castle. 5 and 15 June also in this other hand (Sir Thomas Deane). A few entries refer to the cholera epidemic in Cork such as, 12 April, ‘This day the Colera is declared to be in few see the hand of God in this heavy Judgement.’ Recounts attending ‘the Exhibition’ to see the Lord Lieutenant, who ‘graciously received’ her husband Thomas (10 Aug). Also 8pp at rear of volume with extracts and commentary on the Old Testament.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    One item only – no arrangement applicable

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Open by appointment to those holding a current readers ticket
Creation Dates1 Jan-19 Nov 1832
Extent Mediumc150pp
Material Language ScriptEnglish

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteBrian McGee
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions40148