Creator(s): Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Charles Stewart Henry, 1878-1949, 7th Marquess of Londonderry
Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Edith, 1878-1959, née Chaplin, Marchioness of Londonderry
Administrative History ↴
Lord Londonderry was educated at Eton and Sandhurst and entered the House of Commons as a Conservative in 1906. He succeeded to the title in 1915. After in the First World War, he was appointed Finance Member of the Air Council in 1919. A year later he became Under-Secretary of State for Air, a post which he resigned on the setting up of the Northern Ireland government in 1921. As leader of the Senate and Master of Education for Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1926, he prepared and piloted though Parliament the controversial 1923 Education Act, which became known as 'the Londonderry Act'.
Besides Mount Stewart, the family seat in Co. Down, Londonderry owned extensive English and Welsh estates, which included Wynyard Park in Co. Durham and valuable coal mines in the vicinity of Seaham Harbour.
Lady Londonderry was a powerful influence on her husband's career. In her own right she was a prominent figure in a number of spheres: she played an active part in numerous war-and peace-time organisations and charities; she was intimate with many of the leading lights in the social, literary and political world of her day, particularly with the Prime Minister and Labour Party Leader, Ramsay MacDonald; and she carried on the 6th Marquess and Marchioness's tradition of political entertaining for the Conservative Party, particularly at Londonderry House, Park Lane.
-Extracted from a full account of the Londonderry Papers in the PRONI catalogue: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni
Archival History ↴
Deposited by Lady Mairi Bury
Immediate Source Acquisition ↴
Content & Structure
Scope & Content: Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Charles Stewart Henry, 1878-1949, 7th Marquess of Londonderry
Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Edith, 1878-1959, née Chaplin, Marchioness of Londonderry ↴
The Londonderry Papers in D3099 derive from the 7th Marquess of Londonderry (1878-1949) and his wife, Edith Helen, nee Chaplin, and relate primarily to the career of Lord Londonderry. In addition the collection also holds the papers of Lady Londonderry’s father, Henry, 1st Viscount Chaplin.
Appraisal Destruction ↴
D3099/1 Henry, 1st Viscount Chaplin, father-in-law of 7th Marquess of Londonderry. Political and personal papers
D3099/2 7th Marquess of Londonderry: Private political correspondence
D3099/3 Edith Helen Chaplin, wife of 7th Marquess of Londonderry. Personal letters and papers
D3099/4 7th Marquess of Londonderry. Correspondence files, mainly about patronage and routine matters
D3099/5 7th Marquess of Londonderry. Ministry of Education (NI) files
D3099/6 7th Marquess of Londonderry. Air Ministry and Aviation files
D3099/7 7th Marquess of Londonderry. Files relating to politics and patronage in North East England
D3099/8 7th Marquess of Londonderry. Files relating to politics and patronage in Ireland
D3099/9 Coal mining files
D3099/10 7th Marquess of Londonderry. Volumes of press cuttings
D3099/11 7th Marquess of Londonderry. Estate files
D3099/12 7th Marquess of Londonderry. Personal papers
D3099/13 7th Marquess of Londonderry and his wife, Edith Helen Chaplin. Family letters to each other and from their children
D3099/14 7th Marquess of Londonderry. Files relating to non-political organisations, clubs and charities
D3099/15 7th Marquess of Londonderry. Files relating to functions and receptions
D3099/16 7th Marquess of Londonderry. Files concerning the University of Durham and Queen’s University of Durham and Queen’s University, Belfast
D3099/17 7th Marquess of Londonderry. Photographs, formal papers and miscellaneous
D3099/18 8th Marquess of Londonderry. Personal papers
D3099/19 Viscount Bury. Miscellaneous papers
Conditions of Access & Use
The collection can be consulted in the reading room in PRONI in accordance with PRONI guidelines.
Conditions Governing Reproduction
Items 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.
c 400 files + c 10,000 letters
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Further related papers are held in PRONI:
D654 Londonderry papers
D3030 Castlereagh papers
D4127 Political and personal papers of Sir James Alexander Kilfedder MP
D2784/19 Additional Stewart-Bam Estate papers
D714 Letters and papers relating to Rev. John Cleland and the Provincial Committee of the Society of United Irishmen
D3232 Additional Cleland papers
D1088 Papers of Rev. Mark Cassidy, Newtownards, Co. Down
D665 Blessington papers
D2977 Earl of Antrim estate papers
D2846 Theresa, Lady Londonderry papers
D3099 Papers of the 7th Marquess of Londonderry and his wife Edith Helen
D3084/C 'The Londonderrys' section of H. Montgomery Hyde papers
Some other papers of the 7th Marquess of Londonderry and his wife have been deposited in the Durham County Record Office; these relate to family, political, estate and colliery affairs, including matters also covered by this collection.
Cross-references to papers of the 7th Marquess of Londonderry held in Durham County Record Office have been made where applicable.
Descriptive Control Area
ISAD(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)
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