Dufferin Papers

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) | D/1071, D/1231, MIC/22, T/3636 |

Estate, family and political papers of the Blackwood family of Clandeboye, Bangor, Co. Down, Lords Dufferin and Marquesses of Dufferin and Ava. The collection focuses mainly on the records of Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple Blackwood, 5th Baron Dufferin and 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava (1826-1902). Serving in various high profile positions, his papers provide an important and interesting insight into political and ambassadorial life during the late 19th century. Principal offices included Lord-Lieutenant of Co. Down, 1864-1902, Governor-General of Canada, 1872-78, Ambassador to St Petersburg, 1879-81, Ambassador to Constantinople and Cairo, 1881-84, Viceroy of India, 1884-88, and Ambassador to Rome, 1888-91, and Paris, 1892-95. The collection comprises: estate and family papers; financial papers; personal and political papers; military papers; correspondence with monarchs, statesman, politicians and industrialists (etc.) in every country in which he served; pamphlets on economic and political life in Ireland; speeches; letters on official/public business as well as on social, artistic, literary and personal matters, varying in correspondents from maharajahs to neighbours in Bangor; yachting papers, logbooks and accounts. Other notable series include the family, personal and political papers of Helen, Lady Dufferin (1807-67), grand-daughter of the playwright, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and her two husbands, Price Blackwood, 4th Lord Dufferin and George Hay, Earl of Gifford; family and personal papers of Hariot, Lady Dufferin (d. 1936), photographs and negatives taken in India, speeches etc. relating to Countess of Dufferin's Fund, papers of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association (Ulster District) of which she was President, and journals 1872-96; Correspondence between Lord and Lady Dufferin and their seven children, and papers etc. of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Marquesses of Dufferin and Ava are also to be found.


The archive is particularly interesting for those studying the British Empire, especially Canada and India.

Physical characteristics

c. 96,000 documents and c. 850 volumes, 1605, 1630 and 1651-1940, occupying c.300 PRONI boxes

Description or Catalogue

See PRONI references D/1071, D/1231, MIC/22, T/3636 for catalogue of the papers. The catalogues are available for consultation in the PRONI's Public Search Room. A full introduction to the collection is also available on http://www.proni.gov.uk/records/private/dufferin.htm






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Added by PRONI | Last updated on: 01 December 2020