Lissadell Papers

Papers of the Gore-Booth Family of Lissadell, Co. Sligo, Salford and Manchester, c.1628/c.1993. The Gore-Booths descend from a late Elizabethan soldier of fortune, Sir Paul Gore, who was granted substantial estates in the north-west and was created a baronet in 1622. In 1789, Sir Booth Gore, 2nd Bt, inherited estates in Salford and Manchester which had previously been the property of cousins, and the additional surname and arms of Booth were adopted by Sir Robert Newcomen Gore, 3rd Bt, in 1804.

The archive encompasses material from both the Irish and English estates, comprising: title deeds and leases, mortgages, deeds of settlement etc, plans, maps and surveys, 1628-1993; Land Commission sale papers, 1890-1930, relating to Ballymote and Lissadell; household, estate and demesne accounts and architectural plans relating to Lissadell (built 1833), 1846-1954; testamentary papers, 1774-1938; correspondence of various members of the family, 1827-1987, including a small number of letters from Constance, Countess Markievicz (1868-1927), to her sister Eva Gore-Booth (1870-1926) whose literary output in the form of poetry and miscellaneous prose is also present. The Countess Markievicz is perhaps better know for her prominent part in the Easter Rising of 1916.

The collection also includes a bundle of letters relating to Sir Robert Gore-Booth's (1805-1876) role in sponsoring assisted emigration and other famine relief measures in the mid 19th century; Sir Henry Gore-Booth's (1843-1900) correspondence and log books of his various Polar expeditions, 1873-1903; Sir Josslyn Gore-Booth's (1869-1944) correspondence including material relating to his active interest in the Co-operative Movement, farming, horticulture and commercial timber; photographs comprising group and individual portraits of family and friends, c. 1860-c. 1960; and papers relating to the Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway, 1874-c.1939.


Of interest to those researching Lissadell, the Gore-Booths, emigration and the history of Manchester and Salford from the mid 18th century.

Physical characteristics

Approx. 25,000 documents and 7 volumes occupying 168 PRONI boxes

Description or Catalogue

See PRONI reference D/4131 for catalogue of the papers. The catalogue is available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room.

See also for a more detailed introduction to the collection.

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Added by PRONI | Last updated on: 25 August 2018