Biographical, genealogical and official papers and diaries of the Armstrong family of Deans Hill, Armagh, 1823-1960. The family is known for public, military and political appointments and service at home and abroad.
The collection includes: a small quantity of estate material comprising rentals, accounts, receipts, bank books, investment ledgers, deeds, etc., 1823-1825 and c.1850-1960, the rentals relating mainly to Balteagh, Carricklane, Derryhaw, Lisslanly, Killylea, Doogary and Naul, parish of Tynan, Co. Armagh, and to property in Armagh City, and also to Boolabwee and Coolaneqague, Co. Cork, Cloonbearla, Co. Longford ('the Bawn estate'), and town property on Usher's Quay, Dublin.
The main component of the archive, however, is correspondence covering the period 1820-1940 and deriving mainly from two generations of the family, William Jones Armstrong (1794-1872) of Kippure Park, Blessington, Co. Wicklow, and subsequently of Glenaule, Mount Irwin and Killylea, Co. Armagh, and his two sons, William Fortescue (1843-1870) and Henry Bruce (1844-1943). The correspondences of William Jones and Henry Bruce are particularly interesting and include letters relating to the careers of both men. William Jones served as King's Advocate in Berbice, Guyana and Deputy Colonial Secretary in Demerera and Essequibo during the 1820s while Henry was a member of the Irish Convention, 1917-18, Senator to Queen's University in 1920, Unionist MP for Mid Armagh in 1921-22 and Senator, Privy Councillor and Lord Justice (in the absence of the Governor) of Northern Ireland, 1921-1938. It was also this Armstrong who was responsible for buying Deans Hill from the Representative Church Body of the Church of Ireland in 1888.
Useful biographical details of the Armstrong family
c. 5,000 documents occupying 20 PRONI boxes
See PRONI calendar reference D/3737 for catalogue of the papers. The catalogue is available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room. See also http://www.proni.gov.uk/records/private/astrong.htm for an introduction to the collection.