Roche Family MSS

Repository: Cork City and County Archives

Identity Statement

TitleRoche Family MSS
Archive ReferenceIE CCCA/PR28
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1315; c1642-c1774
Extent Medium7 items


Creator(s): Roche Family (Fermoy, Cork City, and Trabolgan Co. Cork)

  • Administrative History ↴

    The Roche, De La Roch (or in Latin De Rupe) family, of Anglo-Norman descent, held one of the great lordships of Munster and were especially prominent in the Fermoy / Castletownroche area of north Cork (referred to as 'Roches Country') from the 13th century. Gaelicised by the 15th century, when in 1458 the scribe William O'Hickey compiled for Lord David Roche ('Dáibhidh Mór') the first part of the 'Book of Fermoy' MS. One of the Lords of Fermoy, Maurice, joined the Catholic insurgents in 1641, being eventually defeated and outlawed along with 31 other Roches, and eventually having his property confiscated. A wealthy and influential branch of the Roche family had a long association with Cork City, with several Roches being Mayor from 1488 onwards. Dominick Roche, Alderman, was Mayor in 1609 and MP for Cork County in 1639. Following the 1641 rebellion, they were expelled along with other Irish Catholic inhabitants of the city, including Richard, Maurice and John Roche, Aldermen, and Sherriff James Roche. Maurice has his claim for restoration admitted in 1692, but the family never reestablished much influence. Other seats of the Roches include Trabolgan in east Cork and Dunderrow, near Kinsale and Kilpatrick near Ringabella. In 1856 the Right Hon. Edmund Burke-Roche of Trabolgan, east Cork, was elevated to the peerage as Baron Fermoy.
  • Archival History ↴

    Acquired by Archives at public auction, December 2009.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Roche Family (Fermoy, Cork City, and Trabolgan Co. Cork) ↴

    Small number of MSS. and deeds relating to the Roche family of Fermoy, Cork, and Trabolgan.

    1. Extensive pedigree entitled ‘Roche, Lord Roche and Viscount of Fermoy in Corke’. Traces the genealogy of the Roche family from David De La Roche (ca. early 1300s) to David Lord Roche Viscount Fermoy (1615) and his offspring, 1p (1774).
    2. Last Will and Testament of Dominicke Roche of Cork, Alderman (he was Mayor of Cork in 1609) (4 Jul 1636)
    3. Counterpart indenture of lease of part of Glaunagaul, Barony of Barrymore. Edmond Roche Esquire, Trabolgin (Trabolgan), County Cork and John Prior, Gentleman, Gearhu, Co. Cork. (6 Feb 1745)
    4. Last Will and testament of Edmond Roche, Esquire, City of Cork (21 Apr 1750).
    5. Agreement made in Kings Court; Jonas Landers, City of Cork, Gentleman and Edward Roche of Trabolgan County Cork, Esquire. (1770)
    6. MS ‘Extracts from the Roche Papers…’, with brief extracts and descriptions of documents, mainly deeds, 16pp (1303, 1511-1687)
    7. MS List of deeds and papers found belonging to Edward Roche, 1p, (? 18th c.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴


Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Open by appointment to those holding a current readers ticket
Conditions Governing ReproductionSubject to rules governing reproduction of records of CCCA
Creation Dates1315; c1642-c1774
Extent Medium7 items
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids Descriptive List Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Related MaterialCCCA: U611 Denny Lane Papers U93 and U94 James Roche Correspondence U226 Caulfield Will Transcripts O'Kief, Coshe Mang, Slieve Lougher and Upper Blackwater in Ireland . Albert Casey (ed.) Alabama: Knocknagree Historical Fund, 1952-1967. 13 volumes. (Incl. Genealogy of the Roche family of Fermoy. Volume 7, p. 1541.) Elsewhere: National Library of Ireland: Roche family material, various.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteBrian McGee
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottowa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions40148