Catalogue of the papers of Augustine Birrell as Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1907-16
Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
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Correspondence of Augustine Birrell (1850-1933) as Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1907-1916.
Extent: 6 shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English
Augustine Birrell (1850-1933) was a Liberal politician and an author. He held the post of Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1907-1916,
resigning after the 1916 Easter Rising. Details are given in the
Dictionary of National Biography.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of correspondence, dated 1912-1916, and memoranda during Birrell's period of office as Chief Secretary
for Ireland, 1907-1916. Some photographs of, and relating to, Birrell during and shortly after that period, were added.
Restrictions on Access
Papers formerly Dep. c. 299-303 with restricted access. Restrictions removed Sept. 2002.
Papers deposited by Mr. J.C. Medley, 1969; given by his executors, 2002. Photographs donated by Susie Medley, 2015.
Preferred Form of Citation
Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7033, fols. 1-2].
See also the papers of Sir Matthew Nathan, Under Secretary for Ireland 1914-1916 (MSS. Nathan 1-671), including letters from
Birrell (MS. Nathan 449).
Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)Asquith | Herbert Henry | 1852-1928 | 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith | statesman
Birrell | Augustine | 1850-1933 | author and statesman
Nathan | Sir | Matthew | 1862-1939 | Knight | Lieutenant Colonel, Colonial Governor
Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)Ireland | Chief Secretary's Office
Subject(s)Ireland -- Politics and government -- 1910-1921
Letters and memoranda from Sir Matthew NathanScope and Content
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7033
Extent: 327 leaves
- (fol. 1) to Augustine Birrell, 1914-16
- (fol. 272) to A.P. Magill, 1915-16
Miscellaneous letters and memorandaScope and Content
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7034
Extent: 299 leaves
Letters and memoranda concerning
- (fol. 1) proposals for the exclusion of unionist Ulster from the operation of the third Home Rule bill, 1912-14, including
letters written by the Marquis of Aberdeen and Temair, Augustine Birrell, Sir David Harrell, and Sir Matthew Nathan
- (fol. 148) military recruitment in Ireland and the application of the Defence of the Realm regulations, 1914-16, including
memoranda by Sir Matthew Nathan of interviews with Major-General L.B. Friend, John Dillon, and John Redmond
- (fol. 262) memoranda and notes concerning Irish administration, including references to land purchase and Irish education
Printed Cabinet memorandaScope and Content
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7035
Extent: 374 leaves
The memoranda relate to
- (fol. 1) unionist Ulster and the Home Rule crisis, 1911-14
- (fol. 357) the condition of Ireland, 1914-16
Printed Cabinet memoranda, relating to land purchase in Ireland
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7036
Extent: 199 leaves
Bound volume, comprising the Home Rule bills of 1886 and 1893, and the Irish Councils bill of 1907
Date: 1886, 1893, 1907
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7037
Extent: 85 leaves
PhotographsScope and Content
Date: 1912, 1917, 1918, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. 43
Extent: 1 box
Photographs of, and relating to, Augustine Birrell:
- (1) Wedding group at the Chief Secretary's Lodge at Phoenix Park, Dublin, 19 July 1912. Front row left to right: Lady Rachel
Verney, Herbert Henry Asquith, Margot Asquith, Augustine Birrell, Violet Asquith; back row left to right: Sir Harry Verney,
Arthur Asquith, the Master of Elibank [Alexander Murray], Elizabeth Asquith, Cyril Asquith, Sir Maurice Bonham Carter. Photograph
26x30.5 cm, mounted on cardboard.
- (2) Tea party at Sheringham, September 1917. Left to right: Miss C. Edis, Mrs Edis, Augustine Birrell, O.M.B. Photograph by
Olive Edis, 20x15 cm, mounted on cardboard.
- (3) Francis Birrell feeding a cat, . Photograph by Olive Edis, 20x15 cm, mounted on cardboard.
- (4) Augustine Birrell (with cat) and C.K.S. at Sheringham, 14 September 1918. Photograph by Olive Edis, 20x15 cm, mounted
- (5) James Bryce and Augustine Birrell, Chief Secretary of Ireland, in gala uniform at public event, n.d. Photograph by Alfieri
Picture Service London, 16.5x21.5 cm.
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