Richard Lovell Edgeworth Papers

Repository: National Library of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleRichard Lovell Edgeworth Papers
Archive ReferenceIE DuNL MS/ 49,672
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1772-1817
Extent Medium30 folders


Creator(s): Edgeworth, Richard Lovell, 1744-1817

  • Administrative History ↴

    Richard Lovell Edgeworth was an inventor, writer, reformer, educator, politician and landlord. Born in Bath, he was four times married and one of his children was the author, Maria Edgeworth. He inherited the family estate at Edgeworthstown, Longford, where he died after several years of ill-health in 1817.
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  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Edgeworth, Richard Lovell, 1744-1817 ↴

    The papers mainly consist of Richard Lovell Edgeworth’s personal correspondence which reflect the diversity of his pursuits and concerns, including scientific research, developments in engineering and mechanics, literature, educational theory and the provision of education for the poor, political reform in Ireland and the rights of Catholics, family life, estate business and matters relating to Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford. These papers include letters from Josiah Wedgwood, William Strutt, Joseph Banks, Sir Humphry Davy, John Foster, Dr. Peter Flood, William Reynolds, Marc Auguste Pictet, and his brother-in-law, Captain Francis Beaufort. Also included are draft and copy letters from Edgeworth to various recipients, including members of his family.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged as follows: I. Richard Lovell Edgeworth Correspondence II. Additional Papers of Richard Lovell Edgeworth

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access with a valid National Library of Ireland Readers Ticket.
Conditions Governing ReproductionReproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.
Creation Dates1772-1817
Extent Medium30 folders
Material Language ScriptEnglish with some text in French.
Finding Aids An item level catalogue is available online. Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

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Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteFiona Hughes
Rules/ConventionsNLI guidelines based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000, and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
Date of Descriptions41944