Catalogue of the papers of Augustine Birrell as Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1907-16

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Papers of Augustine Birrell as Chief Secretary for Ireland


Correspondence of Augustine Birrell (1850-1933) as Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1907-1916.

Extent: 6 shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 7033-7037; MS. Photogr. 43


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].

Related Material

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


20th century
Ireland -- Politics and government -- 1910-1921

Descriptive List

Letters and memoranda from Sir Matthew Nathan
Date: 1914-1916
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7033
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 327 leaves

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous letters and memoranda
Date: 1912-1916
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7034
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 299 leaves

Scope and Content

Letters and memoranda concerning

Printed Cabinet memoranda
Date: 1911-1916
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7035
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 374 leaves

Scope and Content

The memoranda relate to

Printed Cabinet memoranda, relating to land purchase in Ireland
Date: 1908-1913
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7036
Language(s) of Material: English
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
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 85 leaves

Date: 1912, 1917, 1918, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. a. 43
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Photographs of, and relating to, Augustine Birrell:

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