Caldwell Collection

Royal Irish Academy | RIA/12 R 39-48 |

The Caldwell Collection is a broad and varied collection spanning almost three centuries. Its core is made up of the private and business correspondence of members of the Caldwell family and to a lesser extent their wives, siblings, near relatives and business partners.

 

The following male heads of the family feature prominently -
Andrew Caldwell (1683-1730/1)
Charles Caldwell (1707-1776)
Andrew Caldwell (1733-1808)
Admiral Benjamin Caldwell (1739-1820)
Charles Andrew Caldwell (1785-1859)
Charles Benjamin Caldwell (1809-1896)
The collection includes the legal papers of Andrew Caldwell (1683-1730/1) and Charles Campbell especially concerning the estate of the Earl of Drogheda; the naval papers of Admiral Benjamin Caldwell and his grandchildren Captain Henry Caldwell RN (1815-1868) and Commander James Caldwell RN (1810-1849); legal papers arising from the management of the Bessborough estate; legal papers and correspondence arising from the management of the Caldwell estate at Newgrange, Co. Meath. The collection was most likely put together and added to by Charles Benjamin Caldwell, who had an interest in his family’s history. He gathered the material from a number of locations in the late 1800s and in doing so he also collected primary material relating to the Caldwells of Castle Caldwell and the Abdy and Gordon families and also secondary material of genealogical interest such as transcripts supplied by the College of Arms in London, newspaper clippings, extracts from church registers etc. His wife, Sophia Frances née Cust appears also to have collected family papers which accounts for the presence of correspondence and other papers of members of the Cust and Brownlow families

 

Strengths

Caldwell Family of Newgrange, Irish Estate records, British Naval and Military History, Literature

Physical characteristics

6 archival boxes

Description or Catalogue

Pdf of catalogue available for download http://www.ria.ie/Library/Special-Collections/Manuscripts/Modern-Manuscripts/Caldwell-Collection-Catalogue.aspx A searchable Royal Irish Academy Library manuscript catalogue online at www.ria.ie/library.aspx

Created

1659
1872

Collected

1800
1900

Coverage

1659
1872
Custodial History

The collection was most likely put together by Charles Benjamin Caldwell (1809-1896), who had an interest in his family’s history. He gathered the material from a number of locations and family members in the late 1800s and in doing so added primary material relating to the Caldwells of Castle Caldwell, the Abdy and Gordon families and secondary material of genealogical interest. The collection was donated to the RIA in 2010 by Lady Barbara Beevor, a descendant of Admiral Benjamin Caldwell.

Note

Names;
Caldwell, Andrew 1683-1730/1
Caldwell, Charles 1707-1776
Caldwell, Andrew 1733-1808
Caldwell, Admiral Benjamin 1739-1820
Caldwell, Charles Andrew 1785-1859
Caldwell, Charles Benjamin 1809-1896

Accrual
Accrual Policy
Closed
Accrual Method
Donation
Accrual Periodicity
Closed
Added by Royal Irish Academy | Last updated on: 25 August 2018