Tighe Hamilton Howard Papers

Repository: National Library of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleTighe Hamilton Howard Papers
Archive ReferenceIE DuNL MS/38,639, 42,193
Web Link to this Entryhttps://iar.ie/archive/tighe-hamilton-howard-papers
Creation Dates1737-1919
Extent Medium5 boxes

Context

Creator(s): Hamilton, Marianne-Caroline Blachford, Theodosia, 1744-1817 Tighe, Mary, 1772-1810 Ponsonby, Sarah, 1754 or 5-1831 Howard, Sarah, 1805-1892 Howard, Caroline Louisa, 1837-1923 Howard, Francis, Rev., 1797-1857 Howard, Charles Francis Arnold, Earl of Wicklow

  • Administrative History ↴

    The Tighe family came to Ireland from Lincolnshire in the mid-17th century and, by the 18th century, were established at Rossana, Co. Wicklow. Richard Tighe, Mayor of Dublin in 1651-2 and 1655, married Mary Rooke of London and was succeeded by his son William Tighe, who married Anne Lovett. Their son Rt. Hon. Richard Tighe M.P. married Barbara Bor and had a son William Tighe M.P., the first Tighe to be recorded at Rossana in Burke’s 'Landed Gentry of Ireland'. Marianne Caroline Tighe was the second and youngest daughter of William Tighe, of Rossana, and Sarah Tighe (née Fownes). In 1801, she married Charles Hamilton, of Hamwood, Meath, who was employed as a land agent for the Dukes of Leinster. Their eldest son Charles William Hamilton inherited the Hamwood estate on his father's death in 1857 and also served as agent to the Dukes of Leinster. In 1880, he was succeeded by his son Charles Robert Hamilton, J.P. of Meath and Dublin, who continued the family association with the Dukes of Leinster. He married Louisa Brooke of Dublin, with whom he had ten children, among them the artists Eva and Letitia Hamilton. The Howard family (Earls of Wicklow) were seated at Shelton Abbey, Arklow, Co. Wicklow. Hugh Howard was one of the great collectors of the early 18th century while his brother acquired the great library of Lord Chancellor West. Members of the Howard family married in to families including the Boleyns, Forwards, Arnolds, Darnleys, Charlemonts, Powerscourts and Abercorns. Created Viscounts in 1776 and subsequently elevated to the Earldom, four sons of the family sat as Representative Peers between 1800 and 1905. The 7th Earl was a Senator in the Irish Free State and the last Countess sat in the Irish Seanad in 1948. Lady Katherine Howard established a charitable foundation and was the last of the Howards.
  • Archival History ↴

    Unknown
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Unknown

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Hamilton, Marianne-Caroline Blachford, Theodosia, 1744-1817 Tighe, Mary, 1772-1810 Ponsonby, Sarah, 1754 or 5-1831 Howard, Sarah, 1805-1892 Howard, Caroline Louisa, 1837-1923 Howard, Francis, Rev., 1797-1857 Howard, Charles Francis Arnold, Earl of Wicklow ↴

    This collection contains the correspondence of members of the Tighe family of Rossana, Co. Wicklow and Caroline Hamilton (née Tighe) of Hamwood, Co. Meath, and their relations among the Ponsonby, Crosbie and Blachford families, among them Sarah Ponsonby, later of Llangollen, Wales, Theodosia Blachford and her daughter the poet Mary Tighe. Also included is the correspondence of members of the Howard family of Shelton, Co. Wicklow, including the Hon. Mrs. Sarah Howard (née Hamilton), whose sons Charles and Cecil succeeded as 5th and 6th Earls of Wicklow respectively, her husband the Hon. Rev. Francis Howard, vicar of Swords, and their daughters Ladies Caroline, Louisa and Alice Howard. In addition these papers contain some legal and financial papers of the Howard family, relating to their properties and an unsuccessful challenge to Charles Howard’s succession to the title circa 1870.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged as follows: I. Theodosia Crosbie letters II. Theodosia Blachford papers III. Sarah Ponsonby letter IV. Lady Elizabeth Fownes letters V. Mary Tighe letters VI. Caroline Hamilton papers VII. Sarah Howard paper VIII. Lady Caroline Howard papers IX. Additional Howard family correspondence. X. Legal and financial papers of the Howard family XI. Other papers

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access with a valid National Library of Ireland Readers Ticket.
Conditions Governing ReproductionReproduction rights owned by National Library of Ireland
Creation Dates1737-1919
Extent Medium5 boxes
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids An item level catalogue is available online. These papers form part of the Wicklow Papers (Collection List 69) that are held in the Department of Manuscripts at the National Library of Ireland. Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Related MaterialThere are additional papers relating to the Tighe and Hamilton families held in the Department of Manuscripts at the National Library of Ireland, see MS 29,634-83 and MS 49,155.

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