Papers of the Hill Family of Brook Hall (Baronets) Londonderry, and related families of Rowley of Culmore, Co. Londonderry, Beresford of Coleraine and Walworth, Co. Londonderry, and Curraghmore, Co. Waterford, Spence of Strabane, Co. Tyrone, and Rea of St Columb's, Londonderry city, into which the Hills inter-married.
Dating from 1618 to 1925, the archive includes a wide range of estate papers comprising title deeds, leases, legal papers, maps, surveys, valuations, rentals and accounts, etc relating to lands and property held by and associated with the family across Ulster, particularly in the North West of the province. There are also papers relating to pockets of interest in Counties Antrim, Down, Monaghan and Leitrim, and leases and legal papers pertaining to the Lough Neagh fishery, 1788-1826, leased by the Hills from the Marquesses of Donegall.
Family papers are also represented. These comprise wills and testamentary papers including many pre-1858 wills; and correspondence of Hugh Rowley of Culmore, relating to his office as Storekeeper of the Ordnance, 1690-1692, and also correspondence and petitions, 1697, concerning his losses during the siege of Derry; and John Rea of Lifford, Co. Donegal, presumably an ancestor of Lady Hill, wife of Sir George Hill, 3rd Bt], relating to his business interests in Jamaica and also to the wine trade, 1778-1780 and 1787. Most of the correspondence, however, derives from Sir George Fitzgerald Hill, 2nd Bt (1763-1839), the principal theme of which is politics, local government and law and order in Londonderry city and county, 1792-1830, reflecting his various roles in civil and military positions, including the Irish Treasury and Revenue business.
Of interest to those researching local government in the Londonderry area in the early 19th century and the Hill family
Approx. 2,865 documents occupying c.35 PRONI boxes
See PRONI reference D/642 for catalogue of the papers. The catalogue is available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room.
See also http://www.proni.gov.uk/records/private/hill.htm for a more detailed introduction to the collection.