The Laurence Archive

Repository: Maynooth University Library

Identity Statement

TitleThe Laurence Archive
Archive ReferenceIE MU/PP/14
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1781-1821
Extent Medium14 items


Creator(s): Richard Fairfield of London, George Laurence of Grafton Street and Ballybough Bridge

  • Administrative History ↴

    This collection consists of a series of legal documents relating to two adjoining properties on Grafton Street, consisting of number 37 Grafton Street and the property next door, lived in by George Laurence, a cabinet maker. The property is described as 'on the East side of Grafton Street...bounded on the east by Stable Lane on the South by Mrs Tyrrells House in the North by the House in the possession of the [sd] Geo. Laurence and on the West by Grafton Street'. The house is leased in 1781 to George Laurence a cabinet maker for the period of 99 years by Richard Fairfield of the city of London. Laurence leases the property to another cabinet maker, Cambell (Campbell) in 1797 and eventually bequeaths his interest in the lease to Elizabeth Ryan, wife of James Ryan, a shoemaker from Phibsborough. The house passes to Ryan in 1809 after which she conveys her interest in the property to James Biron. Laurence's other property, which he lived in is leased from Stephen Rudd, a carpenter, in 1778 and described as 'situated on the East side of Grafton Street and Suburbs of the City of Dublin together with Yard Stables and Appurtenances'. This lease is for a term of 940 years. Laurence is also described in the documents as being a resident of Ballybough Bridge, county Dublin.
  • Archival History ↴

    This collection was acquired by Maynooth University Library in July 2013
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Richard Fairfield of London, George Laurence of Grafton Street and Ballybough Bridge ↴

    There are fourteen documents in total dating from 1781-1821, and including leases, accounts, a letter and copies of George Laurence’s will.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    None expected
  • Arrangement ↴

    The documents have been kept as a single series and arranged chronologically.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Open to students of Maynooth University and Saint Patrick's College Maynooth.Open to external readers by appointment. Please contact: Please see our website for Reading Room opening hours.
Conditions Governing ReproductionBy application
Creation Dates1781-1821
Extent Medium14 items
Material Language ScriptEnglish
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Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteC Joyce
Rules/ConventionsIGAD: Irish Guidelines for Archival Description, Dublin Society of Archivists, Ireland, 2009.ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, 2nd ed., Ottowa, International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of DescriptionsJune 2016