Estate, personal and political papers of the Lowry-Corry family of Castle Coole, Co. Fermanagh, Barons, Viscounts and Earls Belmore (fl. 1665-fl. 1950), 1612-1949. Consisting of 36,400 documents and 278 volumes, the collection relates mainly to the acquisition, management and dispersal of the family's estates in Cos. Fermanagh and Tyrone and also in Cos. Longford, Monaghan, Antrim, Armagh, Dublin and elsewhere. They also document the political careers of Somerset Lowry-Corry, 2nd Earl Belmore, and Somerset Lowry-Corry, 4th Earl Belmore, in Ireland and as Governors of Jamaica (1828-1832) and New South Wales (1868-1872) respectively. Items of particular note include a volume compiled by the 4th Earl recording the progress of debt accumulation on the estate, rent reduction and final Land Purchase for the period, 1789-1893, a minute book of the Enniskillen District Orange Lodge, 1845-1868, and an unusually large volume of correspondence generated by the 5th Earl Belmore from c 1914-1947.
The Belmore Papers are particularly strong for subjects relating to, and associated with, estate management and land purchase in Ireland for the period, c 1612-1949, and for charting the activities and interests of a great Irish Political Family of the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection also provides a valuable commentary on the changing fortunes of the Irish Protestant Ascendency, and in particular, demonstrates the political and financial implications of opposition to the Act of Union in 1801. The Belmore Papers are also noteworthy for material on the administrative and political life of 19th century Jamaica and New South Wales during the Governorships of the 2nd and 4th Earls Belmore.
The Belmore Papers consist of approx. 36,400 documents and 278 volumes, c 1612-1949, comprising approx. 465 title deeds (1612-1880), 674 leases (1708-1904), numerous rental accounts and vouchers (c 1740-c 1949), approx 300 documents and volume
See PRONI Calender Reference D/3007 for details. Catalogue available in PRONI search room for consultation. An introduction to the collection can be found on http://www.proni.gov.uk/records/private/belmore.htm.
Although the collection is largely closed to additions, deposits from the Belmore Family still remains a possibility.