Waring Manuscripts

Collection of papers relating to the Waring family of Waringstown and Donaghcloney. Co. Down, 1641-1803, and to the linen industry in Ireland from c. 1680 to the mid 18th Century. Comprising mainly letters and accounts, the collection traces the development and management of the Waring family’s estate in Co. Down from its original acquisition in 1658 by William Waring (1619-1703), then of Derriaghy, Co. Antrim, to c. 1803. Particular emphasis is placed on financial affairs and the continuing claims of the Magenis Family, from whom lands had been forfeited to the Crown following their implication in the 1641 Rebellion. Also included in the collection are a number of letters, 1662-73, between Waring and Mrs Alice Smith, a widow, of Essex and London, who owned land in Co. Down and to whom Waring acted as agent, and her sons-in-law, Messrs Layfield and Ogle. Other material to be found consists of 160 miscellaneous documents, c. 1680-1750 concerning the Irish linen industry. These comprise chiefly accounts of linen imported into and exported from Ireland for the period, 1728-49, and a small number of maps. Of particular note is a coloured plan of the Glan Bogg, lying between the counties of Armagh and Down, surveyed by Francis Nevil, 1703, and a printed map of ‘the County of Down with a chart of the sea coast done from actual surveys and actual observations" dated 1755..


Important and unique 17th century documentation most of which relates to the Civil War in Ireland, 1641-1653, and its aftermath.

Physical characteristics

Approx. 150 items, 1641-1803, almost all documents but with a small number of volumes and maps, occupying 5 PRONI boxes.

Description or Catalogue

See PRONI reference D/695 for catalogue of the papers. The catalogue is available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room.



See also PRONI reference T/1186 - Order from the Duke of Schomberg relating to the provision of bread for the Williamite army, Waringstown, Co. Down, 1689.

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