Plunket Papers.

Estate and personal papers etc of the Plunket Family, Lords Plunket of Cos Cork and Monaghan, 1673-c. 1930. Containing approx. 1150 documents, the Plunket Papers are a significant collection of patents, title deeds, leases, rentals, maps, correspondence, Irish Land Commission sale papers etc concerning the family’s lands in counties Louth, Monaghan, Cork, Galway, Mayo and Roscommon, and, in a few cases, to the careers of the Rt. Hon William Conyngham Plunket (1764-1854), 1st Lord Plunket, a former Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and of Rev. Thomas Span Plunket (1792-1862), 2nd Lord Plunket, Bishop of Tuam. The papers include title deeds and leases, 1753-1919, relating to the Co. Louth estate of the Plunket family, inherited from the Foster family of Milestown, Co. Louth, which were an eventual consequence of the marriage of the Rev. Thomas Plunket and Louisa Foster in 1819. There is also a considerably smaller quantity of title deeds, leases and rent books relating to the family's Co. Monaghan estate. This includes material concerning the Raw and Milltown estates acquired by Dr Patrick Plunket M.D by 1802 and 1809 respectively. The rent books relate to both these areas and cover the years 1838-40 and 1844; they also relate to the Plunket estate in Co. Cork, comprising the village of Newtown and the lands of Newtown, Shananagh, Kilmagoura and Clonleigh, barony of Orrery and Kilmore. The map material, 1833, 1840, 1856 and 1881-c.1930, consists of maps of various parts of the Louth estate, a map of the Raw estate, Co. Monaghan, and two maps of premises in the town of Tuam, Co. Galway; and there are voluminous Irish Land Commission (ILC) and related papers, late 19th-early 20th century, concerning the estates in both Louth and Monaghan. Wills and testamentary papers covering the period 1854-60 are also to be found. The non-estate material consists of formal documents, 1828-1829 and 1834-1835, pertaining to the legal career of the 1st Lord Plunket, including a patent granting him a pension of £4,000 a year, 1834, and a patent appointing him Lord Chancellor of Ireland, 1835; and formal documents concerning the ecclesiastical career of the 2nd Lord Plunket including his elevation to the united bishopric, 1839.


The Plunket Papers are a significant resource for subjects relating to, and associated with estate management and land purchase in Ireland from the early modern period onwards and for the development and evolution of the Plunket Family lands and property in Cos. Louth, Monaghan, Cork, Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

Physical characteristics

The collection contains approximately 1150 items comprising a range of patents, rentals, title deeds, maps, correspondence, etc. They occupy the space of 14 PRONI boxes.

Description or Catalogue

See PRONI reference D/3406/A for catalogue of the papers. The catalogue is available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room.


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