The Enniskillen Papers, 1611-1997, derive from the Cole family of Florence Court, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Barons Mount Florence (from 1760), Viscounts Enniskillen (from 1776) and Earls of Enniskillen (from 1789), in the peerage of Ireland, and Barons Grinstead (a corruption of Grimstead) in the peerage of the United Kingdom (from 1815).
The archive comprises: title deeds dating from 1611; deeds of settlement and leases; deeds relating to the estates of other families; wills; legal case papers; rentals and accounts; maps, surveys and other architectural material; sketch books (some containing caricatures of the Florence Court people) and photograph albums; plate and game books; scrapbooks; pedigrees, patents of peerage and other genealogical documents; diaries and correspondence.
The archive reflects the interests of the Coles: military matters, including material relating to the Volunteers, the 1798 Rebellion and the Fermanagh Militia; material relating to the Orange Order; electoral material; plans etc relating to the several phases of the building of Florence Court; improvements to estates; local material relating to Enniskillen; Irish Land Commission sale papers.
Of interest to those researching the Cole family; Enniskillen; Florence Court and the local history and politics of the area.
Approx. 40 volumes, c.2,350 documents and photographs and approx. 200 mainly outsize maps and parchments, and occupying c.30 PRONI boxes.
See PRONI reference D/1702, D/3689, T/2094 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/ennisk.htm for a more detailed introduction to the collection.