Lissadell Papers

Repository: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleLissadell Papers
Archive ReferenceGB 0255 PRONI/D4131
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1628-1990
Extent Medium168 boxes


Creator(s): Gore-Booth family, baronets, of Lissadell, County Sligo

  • Administrative History ↴

    The Gore-Booths, and particularly Constance Countess Markievicz, are a well-known family. ... The Gore family first came to prominence in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, with Gerald Gore, a London Alderman, the son of John Gore. Gerald had eight sons, and died in 1607 aged 91. One of his sons, John Gore, became Lord Mayor of London in 1624, and from him are descended the Earls Temple of Stowe (the Temple-Gore-Langton family). The extinct (since 1802) Earls of Ross, the Earls of Arran, the Lords Harlech and the Gore-Booths descend from the seventh son of Gerald, Sir Paul Gore, a successful soldier of fortune in late Elizabethan Ireland, who was granted substantial estates in the north-west and was created a baronet in 1622. He put down roots in Ireland, and was elected M.P. for Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. Over the generations, the Gores proliferated on a large scale, and came to dominate constituencies in Mayo, Leitrim and Donegal. By the 1750s, no fewer than nine Gores, almost certainly all related to one another, were M.P. at the same time. None appear to have shone as statesmen, but they gave steady political service and they were, of course, landowners, building up substantial estates, and part of the Anglo-Irish establishment which held sway over Ireland in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.' -Extracted from a full account covering the history of the Gore-Booth family and the Lissadell papers in the PRONI catalogue:
  • Archival History ↴

    Deposited by Sir Josslyn Gore-Booth
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Gore-Booth family, baronets, of Lissadell, County Sligo ↴

    In spite of its disappointingly late start, the archive possesses considerable strengths. It is a major source for the history of Salford and Manchester from the mid-18th century until recent times. It includes documentation of Sir Robert Gore-Booth, 4th Bt’s, important (in national terms) role in sponsoring assisted emigration and other famine relief measures in the middle decades of the 19th century. Its early 20th century Irish material is also of importance, and in the comparatively unheroic sphere of Sir Josslyn Gore-Booth, 6th Bt’s, involvement in the Cooperative Movement as well as the role of his sister, Constance Countess Markievicz, in the movement which led to Independence.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged as follows:
    D4131/A Irish title deeds and leases
    D4131/B Salford and Manchester papers
    D4131/C Irish account books
    D4131/D Inventories and valuations
    D4131/E Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railways
    D4131/F Photographs
    D4131/G Maps and plans
    D4131/H Sir Robert Gore-Booth, 4th Bt, and his mother Hannah
    D4131/J Sit Henry Gore-Booth, 5 Bt
    D4131/K Constance Gore-Booth, Countess Markievicz
    D4131/L Poems, lectures and miscellaneous writings
    D4131/M Papers relating to Sir Josslyn Gore-Booth, 6th Battalion
    D4131/N Letters to Mary, Lady Gore-Booth, nee L’Estrange Malone (1884-1968)
    D4131/O Letters and papers about Sub-Lieutenant Brian Gore-Booth, R.N
    D4131/P Letters and papers of and about Colonel Cecil John L’Estrange Malone
    D4131/Q Newspaper cuttings and news cutting books, relating to the Gore-Booth family
    D4131/R Miscellaneous

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions The collection can be consulted in the reading room in PRONI in accordance with PRONI guidelines.
Conditions Governing ReproductionItems may be copied for personal research use only. If a researcher wishes to publish any documents from this collection, a request must be submitted in writing to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
Creation Dates1628-1990
Extent Medium168 boxes
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids A full descriptive list is available to search online at: Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Copies InformationThe papers are also held on microfilm: MIC590 Lissadell papers
Related MaterialFurther related papers are held at PRONI: D4051 Gore-Booth papers


NoteThere are significant gaps within the archive giving a comparative 'modernity' of at least the Irish side of the archive.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NotePRONI Archivist
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: 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. UK Archival Thesaurus (UKAT)
Date of Descriptions41699