Papers of the Shackleton family of Ballitore

Repository: Trinity College Dublin

Identity Statement

TitlePapers of the Shackleton family of Ballitore
Archive ReferenceIE TCD MSS/3517-3525
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1772-1825
Extent Medium9 Volumes


Creator(s): Shackleton, family, of Ballitore, County Kildare

  • Administrative History ↴

    The Shackleton family is associated with the village of Ballitore in Co. Kildare. Abraham Shackleton founded a Quaker school there in 1726, which catered for Quakers from many parts of Ireland as well as local children both Protestant and Catholic. Abraham's grand-daughter was Mary Shackleton (1758-1826), author and diarist. In 1791 she married William Leadbeater, a former pupil of her father, and they resided in Ballitore. She wrote poetry, prose and fiction. Subjects of her writing include the Irish peasantry and Quakers. She corresponded with, among others, Edmund Burke, Joshua Reynolds and Maria Edgeworth. Her best-known work, The Annals of Ballitore , was not printed till 1862, when it was brought out with the general title of The Leadbeater Papers (2 vols.) by Richard Davis Webb. It tells of the inhabitants and events of Ballitore from 1766 to 1823, and few books give a better idea of the character and feelings of Irish cottagers, of the premonitory signs of the rebellion of 1798, and of the horrors of the outbreak itself. The second volume includes unpublished letters of Burke and the correspondence with Mrs. Richard Trench and with George Crabbe. The school founded by Abraham Shackleton continued in existence until 1847. Another Quaker school was founded in Mountmellick in 1786. Thomas Wilkinson was a poet, a Quaker, and a friend of William Wordsworth.
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Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Shackleton, family, of Ballitore, County Kildare ↴

    This collection includes some papers relating to various members of the Shackleton family of Ballitore: the correspondence of Mary Leadbeater (née Shackleton), and of her brother Abraham (1782-1825) (TCD MS 3517); letters to Elizabeth Leadbeater, mainly from Elizabeth (‘Betsy’) Shackleton (1805-25) (TCD MS 3518); a memoir of Mary Leadbeater by her niece (TCD MS 3519); Sarah Shackelton’s commonplace book (1789) (TCD MS 3523); poems of Thomas Wilkinson (c.1782-1817) (TCD MS 3520); material relating Ballitore and Mountmellick Quaker schools (TCD MS 3521-2). MS 3525 is a domestic recipe/physic book.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged as follows:
    3517 Correspondence of Mary Leadbeater, nee
    Shackleton, and of Abraham Shackleton her brother, 1782-1825.
    3518 Letters to Elizabeth Leadbeater mainly from Betsy Shackleton
    3519 Memoir of Mary Leadbeater by her niece
    3520-3525 Volumes

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Creation Dates1772-1825
Extent Medium9 Volumes
Material Language ScriptEnglish
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Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteAdapted by IAR archivist, 2014
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