Papers of the Edgeworth family

Repository: Longford County Archives

Identity Statement

TitlePapers of the Edgeworth family
Archive ReferenceIE LDCA/P1
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1727-1894
Extent Medium22 items


Creator(s): Edgeworth, Richard Edgeworth, Maria Edgeworth, Antonio Eroles

  • Administrative History ↴

    The Edgeworth family seems to have originated at Edgware in Middlesex. Two brothers, Edward and Francis, arrived in Ireland in about 1583. Francis (died in 1627) was granted land near Mostrim (later Edgeworthstown), County Longford in 1619, during the plantation of the county. Francis’s great-grandson was Richard (1701-1770). His son, Richard Lovell (1744-1817), was a noted scientist, educationalist and writer. Richard’s daughter was the novelist Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849), author of classics including Castle Rackrent (1800) and The Absentee (1812). Like her father, she was interested in a variety of subjects and had contact with many of the leading writers and people of letters of her time. Many of her works reflect her keen awareness of social, economic and political issues. In due course, Maria’s nephew, Antonio Eroles Edgeworth (1841-1911) inherited the property.
  • Archival History ↴

    The two Richard Edgeworth account books were acquired by Longford-Westmeath Joint Library Committee probably by donation. The Maria Edgeworth notes and letters were purchased by the library, all seemingly in the 1960s. The three items concerning Antonio Eroles Edgeworth were deposited by Mrs Myra McElderry, Prospect, Co. Kildare.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Edgeworth, Richard Edgeworth, Maria Edgeworth, Antonio Eroles ↴

    The collection relates to three family members: Richard: two account books kept by him (1727-1732).
    Maria (Richard’s granddaughter): letters and notes to acquaintances (1815-1849).
    Antonio Eroles (Maria’s nephew): letters regarding Mullingar District Asylum (1894).

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    No accruals expected.
  • Arrangement ↴

    Arranged by individual.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Available in the reading room, Library HQ.
Conditions Governing ReproductionNo photocopying is permitted.
Creation Dates1727-1894
Extent Medium22 items
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids Item-level descriptive list Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Publication NoteThere is a wide range of publications on the Edgeworth family including Harriet J. Butler and Harold Edgeworth Butler (eds), The Black Book of Edgeworthstown and other Edgeworth Memories 1585-1817 (London, n.d.)

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteMartin Morris
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions40603