Archdale Manuscripts

One volume of family papers compiled by Lieutenant-Colonel J.B. Archdale, of Castle Archdale, County Fermanagh, comprising one volume of extracts etc relating to the Archdale family, 1537-1909. The earliest reference to the Archdale family relates to Sir Edward Archdale of Norsom, Norfolk, and Macclesfield, Cheshire, who lived during the reigns of Henry IV and V and fought at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. John Archdale of Darsham, Suffolk, the first member of the family to settle in Ireland towards the end of the reign of Elizabeth I, married Katherine, eldest daughter of Sir William Temple, sometime Provost of Trinity College Dublin. The most notable of the earlier extracts from the records is a portion of an account by William Archdale, late Sheriff of Fermanagh, for the year ending Michaelmas, 1667. Other items include a rent roll of Henry Mervyn, 1719, relating to the Trillick and Omagh district and contains some names of tenants. A survey follows of Glenally Estate in the County of Fermanagh, 1721, which gives descriptions of holdings but few names. There is also a rent roll of the Derrygonnelly district, dated 1753, which contains many names. Extracts exist from a collection of notes made by Mr H.B. Archdale containing copies of wills, notices of marriages etc., relating to the writer's family and to those of Price, Blackwood, Mervyn, Dunbar, Humphrys, and many others. The most striking feature of the collection, as illustrating the social history of the County, deals with the bitterly contested election of 1776.


It provides useful and important information covering a long period for Co. Fermanagh

Physical characteristics

One volume

Description or Catalogue

See PRONI reference T/359 for catalogue of the papers. The catalogue is available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room.


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