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Archives - The Rosse Papers

The Rosse papers are one of the most important collections of manuscripts in private ownership in Ireland. Extending from the early seventeenth century, when members of the family first established roots in the country, to the present. The core of the family archives is provided by papers of the successive members of the Parsons family. This calendar is an essential piece of  reading for anyone interested in the history of: Seventeenth and Eighteenth-century Ireland as well as Science in the Nineteenth century.The evolving story of the surviving families of the Irish landed elite in the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries, and in the influence of a particular family that contrived over a number of centuries not only to transform Birr into one of the country’s most elegant small towns, but also to construct and sustain one of the finest country houses and its gardens.

Access to the archives are by appointment only, please email archives@birrcastle.com to book your appointment, this e-mail is not monitored daily. Please give good notice in advance of preferred date and await confirmation.

The Calendar of the Archives, produced by the Irish Manuscript Commission is available for €75, to order please email archives@birrcastle.com

The Calendar of the Rosse Papers edited by A.P.W. Malcomson, Irish Manuscripts Commission, Dublin 2008 Link to Rosse Papers