Hervey/Bruce Papers

The Hervey/Bruce papers comprise original and copied documents, ca. 1750-1950 relating mainly to Frederick Augustus Hervey 1730-1803), 4th Earl of Bristol and Bishop of Derry, 1768-1803, known as the Earl-Bishop, and to his cousins and successors in his Co. Londonderry estate, the Bruce family, Baronets of Downhill, Castlerock, Co. Londonderry.

The papers include: sermons of Frederick Hervey as Rector of Horringer, Suffolk, as chaplain to the King and as Bishop of Derry, 1754-1776; letters and papers of the Bishop about building works, the laying out of the gardens, planting etc. at Downhill and Ballyscullion, Co. Londonderry, 1769-1791, the principal correspondent being Michael Shanahan, architect and general factotum; letters and papers of the Bishop about the estate and financial affairs of his diocese, 1765-1803; letters from the Bishop to his cousin, and, as far as his Irish estates were concerned, his chief agent and eventual heir, the Rev. Henry Bruce, Rector of Tamlaghtfinlagan, mostly about estate and financial affairs, 1791-1803; letters about the Catholic Question, the 1774 Oath of Allegiance and political affairs generally; a MS catalogue of the Bishop's library c.1780; correspondence about the Bishop's travels 1763-95.

The archive also includes: letters and papers of Sir Henry Bruce, 1st Bt, on miscellaneous topics, and on the rebuilding of Downhill after a fire in 1851; estate papers, maps and correspondence 1785-1950 relating to the family's estates in Co. Londonderry; letters from General Sir Andrew Barnard 1781-1805 whose half-sister married Sir Henry; election papers of Sir Henry Bruce, 3rd Bt, c.1830-1874.

Under T/2960 are photocopies of originals in the Bury St Edmunds Branch of the Suffolk Record Office comprising: political and general correspondence of the Hon Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol; vice regal papers of George, 2nd Earl of Bristol.


Of interest to those researching the Hervey family, and the buildings, collections and travels of the Earl-Bishop

Physical characteristics

Approx. 1,250 documents occupying 25 PRONI boxes

Description or Catalogue

See PRONI reference D/2798, D/1514 and T/2960 for catalogues of the papers. The catalogues are available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room.

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D/2798 and D/1514 were both purchased, the papers of Sir Hervey Bruce (under D/1514) were deposited as an indefinite loan.

Added by PRONI | Last updated on: 25 August 2018