Estate papers of the Drapers’ Company, one of the London Companies invited by James I to enter into his scheme for the Plantation of Ulster in 1610. This collection provides detailed coverage of the history of the Drapers' Company in Ulster and their settlement in Co. Londonderry, from the early 1600s until the sale of their estates in the late 19th Century.
The archive is divided into three broad areas. Firstly, there are records relating to the management of the estates. These include minutes of the Company's courts and committees, c.1820-1891; reports of Deputations, 1817-1884; records of agents, 1827-1294, and their correspondence, c.1780-1900; financial records, c.1750-1900; and litigation records, mainly c.1800-1900. Next are records of land tenure and of the Drapers’ dealings with their tenants. These feature some 2,000 leases c.1820-1880; rent records, 1813-1890; and petitions and memorials, 1808-c.1900. Finally records reflecting the growing diversity of interests of the Drapers' Company can also be found, such as, for instance, in such matters as: education, 1807-1906; medical care, 1817-1889; and philanthropy, 1829-1882.
Of interest to those researching the development of the area round Draperstown and also to those researching the London Companies and their place in Irish society.
Approx. 500 volumes and approx. 15,000 documents occupying c.100 PRONI boxes
See PRONI references D/3632, MIC/617, MIC/495 for catalogues of the papers. The catalogues are available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room.
See also http://www.proni.gov.uk/records/private/drapers.htm for a more detailed introduction to the collection.