Ref NoLE13
TitleDaly family of Dunsandle, Papers relating to the,
DescriptionLE13 is a collection of solicitors' papers relating to the estates of the Daly family of Dunsandle, near Loughrea, Co Galway, and was acquired by the James Hardiman Library, NUI, Galway, in 1998. The collection is in two parts, the first part containing original deeds and the second part made up of legal and financial papers mainly relating to death duties.

The papers of a firm of solicitors', who by 1950, were known as Darley, Orpen and McGillycuddy and relating to the acquisition and settlement of some of the Daly of Dunsandle estates in the 19th and 20th centuries and to the payment of estate duties. The collection contains approximately 230 items, comprised of deeds, copy and draft legal documents, letters, Inland Revenue forms, schedules, accounts and manuscript notes.

The provenance of this collection of papers can be traced through a firm of solicitors, situated in Kildare Street, Dublin, in the 19th and 20th centuries. Many of the papers were generated in the firm's office others accumulated there. This firm of solicitors was known by a number of different names but each was a continuation of the original firm. The following list has been compiled from the papers themselves and from Thom's Directory. The firm was located at 8 Kildare St, Dublin until 1887 , when it moved to 31 Kildare St and from 1924 the address was 30 and 31 Kildare St.
R Meade and Son 1854
Meade and Colles 1862-1892
Meade and Richardson 1893-1895
Richardson and Synnott 1896-1931
Darley, Orpen and Synnott 1924-1935
Darley, Orpen and McGillycuddy 1936-1951

The collection had been divided into two parts before its acquisition by NUI, Galway. The first part was made up of fifty deeds in chronological order and the second part contained loose legal papers, mainly relating to the payment of death duties. In this descriptive list the fifty deeds have been left as a separate entity (A) with some minor alterations in their arrangement. A chronological arrangement has been imposed on the second part of the collection (B), as no original order could be perceived. These legal papers have been divided into a number of sections according to their subject matter (1, 2, 3, etc). The last section has been further subdivided (15.1, 15.2, 15.3 etc).
Related MaterialNational Library of Ireland
Daly Papers: Estate papers of the family of Daly of Dunsandle, Co Galway, c 1760-1900, (An unsorted collection).

MS 7,941: Estate Account Book, kept by David Valentine for James Daly and by Francis Fetter for Denis Daly. From the Dunsandle Papers, Co Galway 1837-1845.

MS 5,761: Survey of part of the estate of Baron Dunsandle in Co Galway by James Martin. 8 maps with names of tenants, June 1886.

MS 5,646: Extract with some transcripts and copies of portions of the Dunsandle collection of legal documents with historical reference to Co Galway, made by P J Kennedy and edited by him, typescript 1935 [see Analecta Hibernica No 15, (1944)].

21.F.7: Manuscript maps of parts of the estates of Lord Dunsandle in Co Galway, surveyed by Patrick Hennely. 6 folio maps, coloured and with names of tenants 1861.

National Archives
Accession No 1,012: Photocopies of deeds, statements of title and other documents relating to the property and interests of the Bowes Daly family in Co Galway (including Lismore and Dunsandle estates) 1685-1888, approximately 40 items.

D 15,776-850 and M 2,887-2,924: Papers relating to property in and near Thurles of the Daly family, Barons Dunsandle, 19th century, including the printed rental of the estate of Lady Elisha Mathew in Thomastown, Co Tipperary, for sale June 1837. These papers are made up of deeds, rentals and accounts.


Burkes Irish Family Records (1976)

Burkes Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage (1907)

Richard Hayes Manuscript Sources for the History of Irish Civilization (1965) & (1979)

Kieran Jordan (editor) Kiltullagh/Killimordaly as the Centuries Passed (2000), chapter on 'The Lords of Dunsandle' by James N Dillon

Analecta Hibernica No 15, (1944), Interim Report on the Dunsandle Papers

Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Socitey, Vol 13, (1920), 'Families of Daly of Galway with Tabular Pedigrees' by Martin J Blake.

Landowners in Ireland, Return of owners of land of one acre and upwards 1876 (1988)

The Irish Builder Vol XXXII, No 731, 1 June 1890, contains an illustration of the Stranwix hospital and almshouse, Thurles, Co Tipperary and a small amount of text

Thom's Directories
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