Reside Collection

Newry and Mourne Museum | NMM:2003.7 |

The Reside Collection contains documents which are of great importance to the study of local history and geneaology in the Newry and Mourne area. The Collection is the product of the professional lives of Major G.W. Reside, an architect and engineer based in Newry and his wife Margaret (neé Fisher), who was a solicitor in the town. Much of this material also reflects Major Reside's enthusiasm for local history and constitutes an essential part of the written heritage of Newry and the wider south Armagh/south Down area. There are various classes of records included in the collection which include Estate Records, Maps and Architectural Plans and other miscellaneous documents. Within the Estate Records, there are rental volumes, titles deeds, maps and estate surveys which mainly relate to the Earls of Kilmorey. Significant material also concerns property owned by the Marquises of Downshire and to a lesser degree the Hall family of Warrenpoint and the Ross family of Rostrevor. There are a considerable number of maps held in the collection which include numerous Ordnance Survey maps. Many of these maps include written annotations relating to ownership of land.


The strength in this collection is the wide variety of material that is included in documents that make up this collection. The rental volumes from the Kilmorey Estate date back to 1802 for the Newry Estate and 1829 for the Kilkeel Estate. These act as a very important census subsititute for the early 1800s. A noteworthy point to mention is the complete run of rentals for the Kilmorey Newry Estate between 1845 and 1851 which note cases of emigration and death from various diseases. The collection has great research potential for those looking to study social history and genealogy of the Newry and Mourne area.

Physical characteristics

The collection contains approximately 10,000 documents.

Description or Catalogue

The Reside Collection database is searchable at the following web address:






Custodial History

Collection was donated to Newry and Mourne Museum by Major Reside's family after he deceased.

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Added by Newry and Mourne Museum | Last updated on: 10 April 2018