Armstrong of Lisgoole Papers

Personal, family and estate papers of the Armstrong family of Lisgoole, Co. Fermanagh. The papers relate primarily to the careers of members of the family who served in the British Army and contain correspondence and papers of outstanding interest. Of particular note are the letters, memoranda and papers of Colonel James Armstrong, ADC to Lord Wellesley during the Indian campaign (1803-5), military agent in Spain (1809 and 1810) and, until his (James's) death in 1812, ADC to the Duke of York.

James's elder son, Major Thomas Armstrong, also served in India and kept a journal of his time there which, inter alia, records the siege and storming of Bhurtpore (1825-6). His son, James Wells Armstrong, saw service in the Crimea (1854-5) and many of his letters and papers relate to this campaign as well as to his later career.

In addition to the military chronicles, the collection includes papers relating to the Armstrong family's estates in Co. Fermanagh. Their property at Lisgoole was sold in the 1820s, and the Enniskillen property in 1830, so most of these papers pertain to the remaining part of the estate around Gortall, near Enniskillen. In addition to an almost complete run of agents' accounts and rentals from 1819 to 1863, there is a particularly interesting group of letters, dating from 1837 and continuing until 1864, written by John Price Hamilton, the Armstrong's agent, about estate affairs. The letters comment on such diverse subjects as local elections, emigration to America and conditions during the Great Famine.


The collection contains contemporary accounts of military campaigns

Physical characteristics

c. 660 documents and 36 volumes, occupying 3 PRONI boxes

Description or Catalogue

See PRONI reference D/4073 for catalogue of the papers. The catalogue is available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room. See also for an introduction to the collection.


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Added by PRONI | Last updated on: 25 August 2018