Catalogue of the papers of Henry Duke, 1st Baron Merrivale, 1915-1919

University of Oxford, Bodleian Library

Converted to EAD and published online 2013

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Papers of Henry Duke, 1st Baron Merrivale (1855-1939), Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1915-1919

Papers of Henry Duke, 1st Baron Merrivale, 1915-1919, mainly relating to the office of Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1916-1918.

Shelfmarks: Dep. b. 242; c. 714-717

Extent: 5 shelfmarks
Language of Material: English

Biographical History

Henry Edward Duke, 1st Baron Merrivale (1855-1939), was a judge and politician. He was Member of Parliament for Plymouth, 1900-1906, and for Exeter, 1906-1918. He was made a Privy Councillor, 1915, and after the Easter Rising, became Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1916-1918.

Scope and Content

The papers in this collection comprise correspondence and papers of Merrivale as Chief Secretary for Ireland, with some related earlier and later papers, 1915-1919


Deposited by Lord Merrivale, grandon of the 1st Baron, in 1986

Restrictions on Access

Access is available, but a form must be signed agreeing not to quote without Lord Merrivale's permission.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. Dep. b. 242, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Duke | Henry | 1855-1939 | 1st Baron Merrivale | politician

Place names (NCA Rules)


Subjects (LCSH)

Ireland -- politics and government -- 1910-1921
Irish Convention -- 1917-1918
Sinn Fein

Descriptive List

Correspondence and papers, 1915-1917
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 714
335 leaves
Scope and Content:

Includes material relating to

  • (folder 1) recruitment during the First World War, and the Easter Rising, 1915-1916
  • (folder 2) food production and the establishment of the Irish Convention, Jan-May 1917

Correspondence and papers, Jun-Dec 1917
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 715
293 leaves
Scope and Content:

Mainly relates to the proposed Ministry of Health, the Irish Convention and the rise of Sinn Fein.

Correspondence and papers, Jan 1918-Jan 1919
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 716
435 leaves
Scope and Content:

Mainly relates to the Military Service Bill of Jan 1916 and the Irish Convention, with (fols. 79-80, 100-102, 239-242) letters from Duke to his daughter, 1918

Correspondence and papers, Jul 1917-Apr 1918
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 717
109 leaves
Scope and Content:

Originally labelled 'Side Issues'; relates to Sinn Fein and public order.

Copy of Nationality, 28 Jul 1917
Shelfmark: Dep. b. 242
6 leaves
Scope and Content:

With miscellaneous press cuttings, Jul 1917, Apr 1918

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13 December 2013