Legal and business records of Falls & Hanna, solicitors, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, 1613-1950. A huge collection of some 50,000 documents, the Falls & Hanna Papers are a significant resource for the Fermanagh area containing material of relevance to its major families, businesses and local politics.
The papers to be found relate to the firm itself, family, legal and testamentary papers, Irish Land Commission papers, title deeds, electoral and political papers, estate and legal papers of large estates in Counties Fermanagh, Sligo, Roscommon and elsewhere, legal papers of the business as solicitors to Fermanagh County Council and the papers of the Porter family of Belleisle, Lisbellaw, Co. Fermanagh and Clogher Park, Clogher, Co. Tyrone.
Of particular importance are the papers of Major Sir Charles (Fausset) Falls (1860-1936), a principal partner in the firm during the early 20th Century. A figure of status and influence, Sir Charles served under the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Ulster Division in France during World War One before going on to become Deputy Lieutenant for Co. Fermanagh, Co. Fermanagh Secretary to the Grand Lodge of Ireland and Conservative Member of Parliament for Fermanagh and Tyrone between 1924 and 1929. His papers reflect these interests and activities and as such contain material relating to the Orange Order, the Ulster Volunteer Force, the Ulster Special Constabulary, IRA activity in Co. Fermanagh and local politics generally.
The collection is of value to researchers of estate ownership and management in Co. Fermanagh (and, to a lesser degree, other counties) from the seventeenth century onwards. It is also strong in relation to local politics in Co. Fermanagh in the late 19th/early 20th centuries.
c. 50,000 items, 1613-1950, and comprising a range of documents, volumes, maps, plans and newspaper cuttings occupying 260 PRONI boxes.
See PRONI reference D/1390 for catalogue of the papers. The catalogues are available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room.