The Hugh Irvine Collection

Newry and Mourne Museum | NMM:2009.27 |
1854 Poor Law Rate book for Mullartown (Annalong).

1854 Poor Law Rate book for Mullartown (Annalong).

The cards contain a large amount of historical and genealogical information and are an essential resource for anyone looking for their ancestors in the Kilkeel area

The cards contain a large amount of historical and genealogical information and are an essential resource for anyone looking for their ancestors in the Kilkeel area

Fishermen’s cottages along the Shore Road in Annalong taken by Hugh Irvine in 1968

Fishermen’s cottages along the Shore Road in Annalong taken by Hugh Irvine in 1968

The Hugh Irvine Collection

Born in Belfast in 1930, Hugh Irvine came to Kilkeel in 1953 when he was appointed as a history teacher in the newly opened Kilkeel High School. Hugh developed a keen interest in the history, archaeology, architecture, genealogy and folklore of the area around Kilkeel and the Mourne Mountains. He recorded the results of his research on a series of index cards and built up a large photographic collection focussing on the rural and farming life of the Mournes. After his death, his collection was donated to Newry and Mourne Museum by his family.

What information can you find in the collection?

The collection contains 750 items which relate to the social history of the Kilkeel region. There are some original items in the collection such as the 1854 Poor Law Rate book for Mullartown (Annalong). There are also postcards, receipts from local businesses and newspaper cuttings.

Photographs

Photographs taken by Hugh Irvine total almost 500 and reflect his local historical interests. Dating from the 1960s to the 1990s they include pictures of streets in Kilkeel and features in the surrounding countryside such as houses, mills and old agricultural implements.

Local history and Genealogy cards

These cards total around 1600 and include information on a vast array of topics linked to Kilkeel. The local history cards include information on occupations e.g. blacksmiths, publicans etc, businesses, place names, roads, nicknames and many other aspects of social history. The genealogy cards contain information on many families in the Kilkeel area. The information for the cards was collated using many different sources such as street directories, newspapers, tourist books, Irish Census, business account books, estate records, Griffith Valuation, Tithe Applotments, 1803 Agricultural Census records, church records and also from Hugh Irvine’s own observations and through his conversations with local people.

Strengths

The collection is specific to the history, archaeology, architecture, genealogy and folklore of the area around Kilkeel and the Mourne Mountains, County Down.

Physical characteristics

There are 700 catalogued records, of which there are sub sections, including 1,600 family record index cards.

Created

1800
1990

Collected

1955
1990

Coverage

1800
1990
Custodial History

The collection was donated to the Museum in 2009.

Accrual
Accrual Policy
Closed
Accrual Method
Donation
Accrual Periodicity
Closed
Added by Newry and Mourne Museum | Last updated on: 13 December 2018