Theresa, Lady Londonderry Papers

Diaries, scrapbooks, letters etc, 1772-1921, mainly of Theresa, Marchioness of Londonderry (1856-1919), wife of the 6th Marquess, but including some papers of the 6th Marquess himself, 1878-1921, of and about his mother, Mary Cornelia, widow of the 5th Marquess, c. 1866-1906, and of his brothers Lords Henry and Herbert Vane-Tempest, 1858-1920. Reflecting Lady Londonderry’s reputation as “one of the most striking and dominating personalities” of her age, her papers comprise: letters from a range of people from royalty to tradesmen, including the Prince and Princess of Wales, later Edward VII and Queen Alexandria and their successors, George V and Queen Mary, 1891-1918; letters from a wide range of politicians both Conservative and Liberal, 1891-1919, reflecting Lady Londonderry’s roles as a major political hostess and President of the Ulster Women’s Unionist Council (1912-19); letters from the higher clergy, 1893-1918, authors, 1908-19, naval and military personnel, 1894-1919; letters about Queen's College, Belfast (Lady Londonderry was a Senator), 1904-1919; and letters about affairs in Co. Durham where the family also retained property dating from 1893-1919. The collection also includes a folder of newspaper cuttings, engravings, photographs, franks, letters, etc, 1772-1903, relating to the Londonderry family, some of them highly entertaining, many critical and satirical; and an album containing water-colour sketches, engravings, photographs, visiting cards, printed political cartoons, etc, c.1855-1900. One of the water-colours is signed 'E Vane-Tempest' [presumably Lord Ernest, fourth son of the 4th Marquess of Londonderry, who died in 1885].


Of great interest to those researching Lady Londonderry and her social connections, and in particular, the politics of late 19th and early 20th century Britain and Ireland.

Physical characteristics

Approx. 4,615 documents and volumes occupying 28 PRONI boxes

Description or Catalogue

See PRONI reference D/2846 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: 01 December 2020