Macnamara Family Papers

Repository: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleMacnamara Family Papers
Archive ReferenceIE RCPI/MFP
Web Link to this Entryhttps://iar.ie/archive/macnamara-family-papers
Creation Dates1833-2019
Level of DescriptionFonds (The whole of the records, regardless of form or medium, organically created and/or accumulated and used by a particular person, family, or corporate body in the course of that creator's activities and functions). (Often, but not always, contiguous with an archives ‘collection’ ).
Extent Medium2 boxes

Context

Creator(s): Macnamara, Donough Wheeler, 1893-1970 and Macnamara, Maccon, b.1936

  • Administrative History ↴

    The first member of the Macnamara family to study medicine was Michael Macnamara (1806-1892). He established himself in practice in Corofin in 1826, before undertaking further medical training in Dublin. Michael Macnamara married Elizabeth Unthank in 1846, and the couple had fifteen children. Of these children six sons followed their father into medicine. The eldest, George Unthank Macnamara, worked as a general practitioner in Corofin, while his five brothers joined the Royal Army Medical Corps or Indian Medical Service. A cousin of these men, Henry O'Flanagan, also practiced medicine in County Clare. George Unthank Macnamara (1849-1919) married Jane Moran in 1891. 18 years earlier, as a newly qualified doctor, he delivered the baby who would grow up to be his wife. George and Jane also had a large family, with their eldest son Donough Wheeler Macnamara (1893-1970) following his father into medicine. On the death of George Unthank in 1919, the newly qualified Donough returned to Corofin to take over his father's practice. Two of Donough's sons, Michael (1924-1997) and Maccon (b.1936) qualified as doctors, Maccon carried on the family practice following his father's retirement in 1966. On Maccon's retirement in 2006 an unbroken chain of 180 years of medical provision by the Macnamara family to the citizens of Corofin came to an end.
  • Archival History ↴

    Donation to Royal College of Physicians Ireland
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Donation

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Macnamara, Donough Wheeler, 1893-1970 and Macnamara, Maccon, b.1936 ↴

    Papers relating to the Macnamara family of Corofin, Country Clare, who provided four generations of dispensary doctors and general practitioners to their local community. The collection includes certificates, copies of 19th century medical lecture notes, medical history and biographical prose and verse.

    A copy of John Lizars’ A System of Anatomical Plates of the Human Body (Edinburgh, [1822-1826]) was donated with this collection, is has been catalogued in the library catalogue, reference #15191.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    No further accruals expected
  • Arrangement ↴

    Minimal Arrangement

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access subject to the conditions laid out in the Heritage Centre Access Guidelines.
Conditions Governing ReproductionCopying of archive material is subject to the conditions laid out in the Heritage Centre Copying Guidelines.
Creation Dates1833-2019
Level of DescriptionFonds (The whole of the records, regardless of form or medium, organically created and/or accumulated and used by a particular person, family, or corporate body in the course of that creator's activities and functions). (Often, but not always, contiguous with an archives ‘collection’ ).
Extent Medium2 boxes
Finding Aids The Collection list is available online. Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteHarriet Wheelock
Date of DescriptionsDecember 2017, updated June 2019