Catalogue of the papers of Antony Patrick MacDonnell, 1st Baron MacDonnell of Swinford, 1859-1925

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2005

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    General correspondence and personal papers, 1859-1929
    A.1  Correspondence, 1884-1925
    A.2  Miscellaneous general papers, 1859-1929
B    Papers relating to India, 1886-1920
C    Papers relating to Ireland, 1902-21
D    Letters to Lady MacDonnell, 1893-1930
E    Additional papers I
    E.1  Letters from MacDonnell to his wife, 1885-1918
    E.2  Letters of congratulation
    E.3  Letters of sympathy (to Lady MacDonnell and the Hon. Anne MacDonnell)
    E.4  Miscellaneous papers
F    Additional papers II


Papers of Antony Patrick MacDonnell, 1st Baron MacDonnell of Swinford, 1859-1925

Abstract:
Official and private papers of Antony Patrick MacDonnell, 1st Baron MacDonnell of Swinford (1844-1925), mainly relating to India and Ireland.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. hist. a. 11-12, a. 13(R)-15(R); b. 206; c. 350-73, c. 388-95, c. 415; d. 235-8, d. 248-55, d. 510; e. 215-18, e. 220

Extent: 57 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Antony Patrick MacDonnell, 1st Baron MacDonnell of Swinford (1844-1925) was a civil servant. He was in the Indian Civil Service from 1865 to 1901, serving in the Bengal government, rising to become acting lieutenant-governor of Bengal, 1893, member of the viceroy's council, 1893–5, and lieutenant-governor of the North-Western Provinces and chief commissioner of Oudh, 1895–1901. He served as Under-Secretary for Ireland 1902-8. For further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Acquisition

Given by the Hon. Anne MacDonnell, 1953, with further gifts in 1960 (Additional papers I) and 1967 (Additional papers II).

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. hist. e. 215, fols. 1-2].

Related Material

Correspondence of A.P. MacDonnell, 1902-5 (MS. Eng. hist. c. 321), is described in M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, p. 231.

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Macdonnell | Antony Patrick | 1844-1925 | 1st Baron Macdonnell of Swinford

Place names (NCA Rules)

India
Ireland

Corporate Names (NCA Rules)

India | Civil Service
India | Bengal Province
India | North-West Provinces and Oudh
Ireland | Chief Secretary's Office

Subjects (LCSH)

Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1837-1901
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1901-1936

A   General correspondence and personal papers, 1859-1929

Related Material:

See introduction.


A.1   Correspondence, 1884-1925

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. hist. c. 350-1, c. 354, e. 215-18


Letters to his wife, 1884-1902
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. e. 215
Extent: 185 leaves

Letters to his wife, 1902-6
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. e. 216
Extent: 156 leaves

Letters to his wife, 1907-9
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. e. 217
Extent: 113 leaves

Letters to his wife, 1910-18
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. e. 218
Extent: 131 leaves

Letters to MacDonnell, 1888-1924
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 350
Extent: 215 leaves

Scope and Content:

Correspondents include

  • (fol. 1) R.A. Anderson
  • (fol. 5) H.H. Asquith, later 1st Earl Oxford and Asquith
  • (fol. 15) Augustine Birrell
  • (fol. 19) T. Brassey, Earl Brassey
  • (fol. 21) Viscount Bryce (7)
  • (fol. 41) E.M. Bryce
  • (fol. 11) E.T. O'Dwyer, (R.C.), Bishop of Limerick
  • (fol. 45) Walter Callan
  • (fol. 45) Sir Edward Carson, later Baron Carson
  • (fol. 49) Sir Winston Churchill
  • (fol. 51) E.P. Culverwell (3)
  • (fol. 59) W.J. Cuningham
  • (fol. 63) 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (3)
  • (fol. 73) 5th Earl of Desart (2)
  • (fol. 78) Henry Doran, with memorandum on Congested Districts Board for Ireland
  • (fol. 92) Sir T.J.B. Dougherty
  • (fol. 93) 1st Marquess Dufferin and Ava (5)
  • (fol. 103) H.E. Duke, later 1st Baron Merrivale
  • (fol. 104) 4th Earl of Dunraven (20)
  • (fol. 165) 9th Earl of Elgin
  • (fol. 208) 1st Earl of Ypres
  • (fol. 211) Lloyd George, later 1st Earl Lloyd George
  • (fol. 214) Arthur Godley, later 1st Baron Kilbracken

Letters to MacDonnell, 1892-1925
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 351
Extent: 169 leaves

Scope and Content:

Correspondents include

  • (fol. 1) Sibell Grosvenor
  • (fol. 3) Ian Hamilton (3)
  • (fol. 11) T. Hamilton, president Queen's College, Belfast (4)
  • (fol. 21) Sir W.W. Hunter
  • (fol. 23) 1st Baron Knollys
  • (fol. 25) 5th Marquess of Lansdowne (7)
  • (fol. 44) Sir W. Lee-Warner
  • (fol. 49) J. Macdermott, moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland
  • (fol. 57) Sir William Marris
  • (fol. 68) 2nd Baron Monteagle
  • (fol. 70) Maurice Moore
  • (fol. 72) 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn (4)
  • (fol. 82) Sir Francis Mowatt
  • (fol. 87) 1st Earl Northbrook
  • (fol. 89) F. Hugh O'Donall
  • (fol. 91) Sir Horace Plunkett (6)
  • (fol. 102) Hutcheson Poë
  • (fol. 104) 1st Earl Roberts
  • (fol. 108) 1st Marquess of Ripon (2)
  • (fol. 113) Thomas Sinchair (3)
  • (fol. 123) Prabhu Narain Singh, with enclosure
  • (fol. 127) N. Synnott (fol. 129) 3rd Earl of Dudley (3)
  • (fol. 141) D. Mackenzie-Wallace; (fol. 143) William Walsh, archbishop of Dublin (6)
  • (fol. 164) George Wyndham
  • (fol. 166) Guy Wyndham (2)

Copies of letters from MacDonnell, 1893-1922
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 354
Extent: 175 leaves

Scope and Content:

Correspondents include

  • (fol. 1) H.H. Asquith, later 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith (2)
  • (fol. 5) Augustine Birrell (3)
  • (fol. 17) William Brodrick, later 9th Viscount Midleton
  • (fol. 20) James Bryce, later Viscount Bryce
  • (fol. 22) Walter Callan
  • (fol. 24) Sir Edward Carson, later Baron Carson
  • (fol. 29) E.P. Culverwell (2)
  • (fol. 33) Baron Curzon, later 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (2)
  • (fol. 43) 5th Earl of Desart
  • (fol. 45) 4th Earl of Dunraven (2)
  • (fol. 47) 9th Earl of Elgin (4)
  • (fol. 61) 1st Earl of Ypres
  • (fol. 68) 5th Marquess of Lansdowne (4)
  • (fol. 76) Lloyd George, later 1st Earl Lloyd George
  • (fol. 79) Walter Long, later 1st Viscount Long
  • (fol. 82) Lady MacDonnell and daughter
  • (fol. 124) H.W. Massingham
  • (fol. 145) 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn
  • (fol. 150) Sir Horace Plunkett (4)
  • (fol. 158) 1st Marquess of Ripon
  • (fol. 160) Thomas Sinclair
  • (fol. 162) William Walsh, archbishop of Dublin
  • (fol. 164) Guy Wyndham (2)
  • (fol. 167) Hutcheson Poë to Lord Lansdowne
  • (fol. 172) T.F. Malony to J. Redmond

A.2   Miscellaneous general papers, 1859-1929

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. hist. a. 11-12, b. 206, c. 360-1, c. 368, c. 373


Newspaper cuttings, 1902-28
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. a. 11
Extent: 108 leaves

Newspaper cuttings, 1859-1929
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 360
Extent: xviii + 74 pages

Newspaper cuttings, 1896-1908
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 361
Extent: 208 leaves

Miscellaneous papers, 1907-13
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 368
Extent: 41 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including

  • (fol. 3) Copy of a 'Note on the Bengal Tenancy Amendment Bill (A Bill to amend and supplement the Bengal Tenancy Act of 1885). Typed
  • (fol. 30) Memorandum by MacDonnell on the effect of regulations issued by the Chief Secretary to the Estates Commissioners on the operation of the Land Purchase Act. Typed
  • (fol. 30) Minute by His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor on the Financial Position of the Island, [of Man] 17 March 1913. (Cor. no. 4079)
  • (fol. 39) Letter from Edward Troup to Lord Raglan announcing Government decision on the Report of the Isle of Man Constitution Committee. (Home Office 113941/132)

Speeches, 1911-19
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 373
Extent: 68 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fol. 1) On Proportional Representation, [1911]
  • (fol. 20) Memorandum entitled The Alternative Vote
  • (fol. 24) Drafts of a speech on the second reading of the Government of India Bill, 12 Dec. 1919 (Lords Debates, 1919, vol. 37,cols. 1017-26), and a copy of the Speech as printed

Personal papers
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. b. 206
Extent: 92 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including

  • (fol. 3) Impressions of seals of Prince Charles Edward
  • (fol. 5) Letter from the count d'Albanie to Mrs. Ewen MacDonnell, 3 Sept. 1877
  • (fol. 9) Grant of Companionship of the Order of the Star India, 24 May 1888
  • (fol. 12) Grant of Knight Commandership of the Order of the Star of India, 2 Jan. 1893, and (fol. 14) warrant dispensing with personal investiture
  • (fol. 16) Table of expenditure, 1 Jan.-31 Dec. 1896
  • (fol. 17) Grant of Knight Grand Commandership of the Order of the Star of India, 22 June 1897, and (fol. 19) additional statute of the Order
  • (fol. 23) Ceremonial of the Order of the Star of India at Allahabad, 29 Nov. 1897
  • (fol. 34) Oath as a Privy Counsellor, [1902]
  • (fol. 40) Grant of Knight Commandership of the Royal Victorian Order, 11 Aug. 1903, and a copy of the Statutes of the Order
  • (fol. 53) Code used in correspondence by MacDonnell
  • (fol. 55) Warrant of appointment to Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Civil Service, 18 March, 1912, with draft terms of reference
  • (fol. 58) 'The Real Issue in Ireland. ' [The Nineteenth Century, 1912]
  • (fol. 65) Biographical notes of MacDonnell, including a copy of Sir Verney Lovett's life in D. N. B

Photographs
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. a. 12
Extent: 5 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fol. 1) Indian Famine Commission, 1901
  • (fol. 2) Departmental Committee on the Constitution of the Isle of Man 1911
  • (fol. 3) The Irish Convention, 1917 (2)
  • (fol. 5) statue erected at Oudh

B   Papers relating to India, 1886-1920

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. hist. c. 352-3, 355-9, 362-6, d. 235-7


Letter book containing copies of letters from MacDonnell as acting Lieut.-Governor of Bengal, 14 June-22 Nov. 1893
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 235
Extent: 151 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes an index of correspondents and the subjects of letters. The correspondents include:

  • (fol. 1, 52, 62) Sir David Baruour
  • (fol. 3) Sir Edward Buck
  • (fols. 5-8, 68, 96) C.J. Lyall
  • (fols. 11, 19, 44, 64, 70, 81, 92, 108, 118, 122, 138) Marquess of Lansdowne
  • (fol. 22) Sir Philip Hutchins
  • (fol. 27) Sir Mortimer Durand
  • (fol. 39) Sir W. Hudson
  • (fols. 56, 128, 148) W. Mackworth Young
  • (fols. 91, 132) maharajah of Durbhunjah
  • (fol. 102) Sir C. Elliott
  • (fols. 146) Sir C. Crosthwaite

Letters from the Marquess of Lansdowne, viceroy of India, to MacDonnell, 5 Aug-10 Oct. 1893
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 236
Extent: 22 leaves

Scope and Content:

With one letter from Sirdar Sir Atar Singh to Sir H. Babington Smith, 22 June 1894. Printed.


Letter book containing copies of MacDonnell's correspondence as lieutenant-governor of the North-Western Provinces and Oudh, 1896-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 352
Extent: 50 leaves

Scope and Content:

The correspondents include

  • (fol. 9) J. Woodham
  • (fol. 13) G.K.C. Williams

At (fol. 26) is a letter from Sir H. Babington Smith with an enclosure from Sir Roper Lethbridge.


Letter book containing copies of correspondence with the Earl of Elgin, viceroy of India, 1895-8
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 353
Extent: 255 leaves

Printed official papers, 1886-1920
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 355
363 leaves
Scope and Content:
  • (fol. 1) Position of Anglo-Indians and Eurasians in India, 1886. (Home Department: Public Proceedings - July, nos. 26-35)
  • (fols. 15) Memorandum [by the Earl of Dufferin] on events in Burma, 1886
  • (fol. 30) Letter from maharaja Sir Joteendro Mohum Tagore to the Earl of Dufferin, 6 June 1887
  • (fol. 32) Two annotated copies of A Memorandum on the Growth of Local Self-Government in India, with Special Reference to the Elective Principle, by MacDonnell
  • (fol. 155) Memorandum on the constitution of Legislative Councils, 1888
  • (fol. 163 Memorandum on the proceedings of the National Congress 1888
  • (fol. 173) Memorandum on Local Councils, 1888
  • (fol. 175) Annotated copy of Report of the Public Service Commission by MacDonnell, 1888
  • (fol. 212) Note on the enlargement of the functions of Legislative Councils in India by MacDonnell, 1888
  • (fol. 215) Letter to the Secretary of State for India on the enlargement of the functions of Provincial Councils, 1888. (no. 68 of 1888 Government of India. Home Department. Public)
  • (fol. 239) Report by the Earl of Dufferin on the enlargement of Provincial Councils, 1888
  • (fol. 247) Memorandum, with evidence, on seditious writings in the native press, 1889
  • (fol. 287) Minute by Sir C.B. Pritchard on the Proportion of British to Native troops in India, 1893
  • (fol. 295) Memorandum on A.H. Savage Landor's visit to Tibet, 1898, (typescript)
  • (fol. 309) Report by E.B. Alexander, commissioner Allahabad Division, on the recent disturbances at Cawnpore in connection with plague measures. (No 735/111-486c of 1900. Resolution. General Administration Department. Dated Naini Tal, the 15th May 1900)
  • (fol. 316) Memorandum to the Viceroy's Private Secretary on the Sardhana Case by MacDonnell, 1900
  • (fol. 321) Account of rioting (MS)
  • (fol. 329) Minute for his successor by MacDonnell on Completing his governorship of the United Provinces, Oct.1901
  • (fol. 350) Disturbances in the Punjab, by brig-general R.E.H. Dyer, 1920 (Cmd. 771)

Papers relating to Famine Relief etc., 1874-1919
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 356
Extent: 27 leaves

Scope and Content:

They include

  • (fol. 5) Return of receipt and expenditure of government grain in Bengal during famine, 1874-5
  • (fol. 8) Papers about extension for one year of MacDonnell's governorship of North-Western Provinces, 1901
  • (fol. 11) Appointment of Famine Commission (1900. Government of India. Department of Revenue and Agriculture. Famine File no. 294 of 1900 Serial no. 3)
  • (fol. 14) Report on the Famine Commission of 1901 (1901. ib. File no. 43 of 1901. Serial no. 30)
  • (fol. 20) Report chief secretary of N.W. provinces to the Secretary to the Government of India on the revised Famine Code, 30 Sept. 1901
  • (fol. 24) Recommendations for the prevention of famine (no. 163 (Revenue), dated India Office, London, the 1st November 1901. File no. 43 of 1901. Serial no. 54)
  • (fol. 25) Minute by the lieut-governors of the United Provinces, Punjab, and Burma and the Chief Commissioners of the Central Provinces and Assam on the government of India, 15 Jan. 1919

Miscellaneous papers, mainly Indian, 1864-1930
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 358
Extent: 57 leaves

Scope and Content:

They include

  • (fol. 5) plan of Government House, Allahabad, 11 Jan. 1896
  • (fol. 9) plan of the new Government House estate, Naini Tal, Sept. 1899
  • (fol. 10-29) an account of India House, London, opened 8 July 1930

Also numerous addresses in English and Urdu.


Miscellaneous Indian papers, 1878-1901
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 359
Extent: 24 leaves

Scope and Content:

They include

  • (fol. 4) Assistant Commissioner's bungalow, Chupra, Bengal, 1878
  • (fol. 6) photographs of Government House, Lucknow, c. 1895
  • (fol. 10) photographs of Government House, Naini Tal, c. 1898
  • (fol. 13) photograph of the viceroy's Council. Among those identified are the Earl, later Marquess, of Dufferin, Sir E. Buck, Sir H. Mortimer Durand, D. Mackenzie Wallace, Lord William Beresford, Earl Roberts, general G.T. Chesney, Sir C. Elliott, Sir J. Westland; (fol. 14) photograph of the Viceroy's Council. Among those identified are the Marquess of Lansdowne, Lord William Beresford, Sir E. Buck, Sir C. Elliott, general G.T. Chesney, Earl Roberts, Sir Philip Hutchins, capt. Brazier Creagh
  • (fol. 15) several addresses to MacDonnell

Photographs of the grounds of Government House, Naini Tal, c.1898
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 357
Extent: 6 leaves

Photographs of Goverment House, Naini Tal, c.1898
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 237
Extent: 12 leaves

Newspaper cuttings, chiefly from Indian newspapers, July-Nov. 1893
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 362
Extent: 23 leaves

Newspaper cuttings, chiefly from Indian newspapers 1895-1901
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 363
Extent: xvii + 281 leaves

Newspaper cuttings, chiefly from Indian newspapers, 1896-9
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 364
Extent: iii + 171 pages

Scope and Content:

With an index mainly of persons.


Newspaper cuttings, chiefly from Indian newspapers 1899-1901
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 365
Extent: xxiii + 193 pages

Papers relating to the Indian Civil Service, 1893-1923
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 366
Extent: 64 leaves

Scope and Content:

They include

  • (fol. 1) Letter from H.J.S. Cotton to the Secretary of State for India, 24 Aug.1893. [Printed Np.3979 A]
  • (fol. 5) copy of a letter from the 1st Earl of Cromer to A.G. Shipley, 21 Nov. 1914
  • (fol. 17) table of rates of exchange, 1824-1914
  • (fol. 18) H.A. Roberts to A.G. Shipley, 19 Feb.1916
  • (fol. 23) A.G. Shipley to MacDonnell, 21 Feb.1916
  • (fol. 24) Sir T.W. Holderness to MacDonnell 24 March 1916
  • (fol. 28) Minutes of Proceedings at a Deputation from the Indian Civil Service Annuitants to the Secretary of State for India, received in the Council Chamber, India Office, Whitehall, S.W., on Tuesday 18th November, 1919
  • (fol. 32) Correspondence about I.C.S. Annuitants, 1921-2
  • (fol. 41) letters to MacDonnell from
    • (fol. 41) E.A. Montagu, 27 Feb.1922
    • (fol. 46) Sir F.W. Duke, 1922 (4)
    • (fol. 52) Wilfrid Johnston, 11 April.1922
    • (fol. 53) 1st Baron Sydenham of Combe, 17 April 1922
  • (fol. 54) Report of the Committee Appointed by the Secretary of State for India to enquire into the Impediments to European Recruitment for the Indian Services
  • (fol. 59) 2nd. Viscount Peel to MacDonnell 27 June 1922
  • (fol. 63) Annual Report of I.C.S. (Retired) Association

C   Papers relating to Ireland, 1902-21

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. hist. c. 367, 369-72


Papers relating to the foundation of Dublin University
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 367
Extent: 78 leaves

Scope and Content:

They include

  • (fol. 1) Heads of a scheme to establish a new university in Dublin, 21 Nov. 1902
  • (fol. 8) Corrected copy of MacDonnell's scheme to establish a university, 10 Oct.1903
  • (fol. 15) Draft by MacDonnell of a letter on the university question printed in Freeman on 4 Jan. 1904 over the signature of the 4th Earl of Dunraven, with newspaper cutting
  • (fol. 22) Memorandum by MacDonnell of negotiations between the archbishop of Dublin and George Wyndham on the scheme outlined in Dunraven's letter
  • (fol. 25) Several copies of the draft of an Act for the better promotion of University Education in Ireland
  • (fol. 67) Scheme submitted by Trinity College, Dublin, for the modification of Trinity College so that it may become the National University of Ireland, 24 July 1906
  • (fol. 70) Dublin University Bill, 9 March 1907

Papers relating to Irish Constitutional Reform, mainly printed Cabinet Papers, 1906-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 369
Extent: 128 leaves

Scope and Content:

They include

  • (fol. 1) Outline of Irish Constitutional Reform, 14 Feb. 1906 Typescript corrected by MacDonnell
  • (fol. 15) A Bill to amend the Provision for the future Goverment of Ireland, 13 April 1886
  • (fol. 29) Memorandum on the Irish Administrative Council, 19 June 1906
  • (fol. 31) Irish Constitutional Reform 19 June 1906 (C.P.)
  • (fol. 41) Financial aspects of reform, 4 July 1906 (C.P.) Memoranda in the hand of MacDonnell
  • (fol. 46) Outline of Irish Constitutional Reform, 24 July 1906 (C.P.)
  • (fol. 52) Comments on the Treasury Confidential Memorandum dated July 2, 25 July 1906. (C.P.)
  • (fol. 57) Outline Scheme of Irish Constitutional Reform, 27 July 1906. (C.P.)
  • (fol. 59) Heads of Outline of Irish Constitutional Reform, 3 Oct. 1906. (C.P.)
  • (fol. 63) Draft of a Bill to provide for an Irish Administrative Council, 10 Nov. 1906 (C.P.) Annotated
  • (fol. 66) Proposals for settling the "Contract Provision" and constituting the "Irish Fund" in connexion with the Irish Administrative Council, Nov. 1906. (C.P.)
  • (fol. 72) Memorandum on the Constitution of the Proposed New Administrative Body to be set up in Ireland, [Dec. 1906]. (C.P.)
  • (fol. 74) Sketch of some Provisions of the Order in Council (Irish Council Bill), 10 Jan. 1907. (C.P.) Annotated
  • (fol. 79) Draft of a Bill to Provide for the Establishment of an Administrative Council in Ireland, 7 Ed. vii. (C.P.) Annotated
  • (fol. 87) Memorandum on the Irish Council Bill, [Feb. 1907] (C.P.)
  • (fol. 92) Further memorandum on the Irish Council Bill, 6 March 1907 (C.P.) Annotated
  • (fol. 97) Irish Finance, [March 1907], (C.P.) Annotated
  • (fol. 99) Report on Irish Finance, 4 April. 1907
  • (fol. 111) Memorandum submitted by Mr. Redmond and others on Constitution of Irish Council, 29 April, 1907. (C.P.)
  • (fol. 113) Comments on the Memorandum on the constitution of the Irish Council, Submitted by Messrs. Redmond, Dilton, and O'Connor. April 1907. (C.P.)
  • (fol. 116) Bill to provide for the Establishment and functions of an Administrative Council in Ireland, 7 Ed. vii

Papers relating to Devolution etc., 1905-21
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 370
Extent: 118 leaves

Scope and Content:

They include

  • (fol. 1) a memorandum on the Earl of Dunraven's scheme of Devolution. Typescript.
  • (fol. 13) memorandum by MacDonnell on his part in the scheme
  • (fol. 20) notes dictated by MacDonnell
  • (fol. 29) further memorandum by MacDonnell on his part in Devolution, 8 Feb. 1905. Typescript.
  • (fol. 41) corrected proof of Past Times and Pastimes by the Earl of Dunraven, 1922, ii, app. iii
  • (fol. 45) List of Departments, Board and Offices, excluding the Admiralty and War Office, engaged in Irish administration, 11 Aug. 1906
  • (fol. 48) newspaper cuttings mainly from the Westminster Gazette, 1905-7
  • (fol. 64) Some Suggestions concerning the Future Welfare of Ireland, by MacDonnell, 1911
  • (fol. 85) Memorandum on Irish Private Bill Legislation. Typescript.
  • (fol. 102) Heads of a Scheme for the Government of Ireland. Typescript.
  • (fol. 115) Articles of Agreement for a Treaty Between Great Britain and Ireland, 6 Dec. 1912

Papers relating to the Irish Convention, 1914-19
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 371
Extent: 313 leaves

Scope and Content:

They include

  • (fol. 1) Government of Ireland (Amendment) Bill. [H.L.] Second Marshalled List of Amendments to be moved in Committee, 8 July 1914
  • (fol. 8) Draft statement of a deputation from the Irish Conference Committee to H.E. Duke
  • (fol. 15) Address by Sir Horace Plunkett to the Irish Convention, 17 August. 1917. (See Report Cd. 9019, p.57)
  • (fol. 17) Note on Land Purchase. Annotated. (I.C.no. 8)
  • (fol. 23) Invitations, tickets, programmes, lists of members of the Convention
  • (fol. 41) Address by Sir Horace Plunkett to the Irish Convention, 15 Sept. 1917
  • (fol. 43) Memorandum on agricultural holdings in Ireland by H.Doran, 2 Nov. 1917
  • (fol. 46) Interim and Final Reports to the Grand Committee of the Sub-Committee of Nine, 21 Nov. 1917. (I.C.22). (See Report Cd. 9019, p.59.)
  • (fol. 63) Abstract of Report of the Sub-Committee on Land Purchase, 12 Dec.1917. Annotated.
  • (fol. 85) Memorandum on Irish revenue, 1916-17
  • (fol. 89) Statement to be made by the Chairman to the Convention at the request of the Grand Committee 1917. (I.C.no. 19) (See Report Cd. 9019, p.85)
  • (fol. 90) Memorandum on Congested Districts by H. Doran, 11 Jan.1918. Copy.
  • (fol. 97) 'Powers of the Senate with Regard to Money Bills - A Suggestion'
  • (fol. 100) Memorandum put in by Lord Midleton on behalf of the Southern Unionists
  • (fol. 109) Draft letter from MacDonnell to [Sir Maurice] Bonham Carter
  • (fol. 109) Memorandum of the Sub-Committee on Land Purchase on Amendments adopted by and proposed in the Convention. Annotated. Also various typed amendments enclosed by Walter Callan.
  • (fol. 123) Letter to the Chairman from the bishop of Ross, 15 Jan. 1918
  • (fol. 124) Observations on the Report of the Sub Committee on Land, Jan. 1918
  • (fol. 127) Questions which MacDonnell proposed to ask Lord Midleton at a meeting of the Convention, 22 Jan. 1918. With answers.
  • (fol. 128) Report of the Sub Committee on Defence and Police to the Grand Committee, Feb. 1918. (G.C.9). (See Report Cd. 9019, p.117).
  • (fol. 148) Memorandum on the Ulster Question
  • (fol. 154) Draft report by MacDonnell on the proceedings of the Convention
  • (fol. 175) Letter from W.Callan to MacDonnell, 30 Nov. [1918]
  • (fol. 177) Report of the Proceedings of the Irish Convention, 1918. (Cd.9019) Annotated.
  • (fol. 271) Two drafts of a speech given by MacDonnell in the House of Lords, 15 July 1919

Miscellaneous Irish papers, 1907-20
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 372
Extent: 95 leaves

Scope and Content:

They include

  • (fol. 1) Statement about proposed prosecution of D. Sheehy and L. Ginnell for incitement to cattle raids, 1907. Typed.
  • (fol. 21) Memorandum by MacDonnell of proposals for the suppression of agitation against cattle-grazing, 31 May 1907. Typed.
  • (fol. 28) Programmes and timetables of a visit to Ireland by Edward VII, 1903
  • (fol. 56) Statement by Neville Chamberlain on the case of Constable Anderson, 11 Aug.1904. Typed.
  • (fol. 57) Papers relating to MacDonnell's appointment to the Royal Commission on Congestion in Ireland, 1906, with a memorandum by him on agrarian agitation. Typed.
  • (fol. 71) Memorandum by MacDonnell on Intermediate secular education, 1908. Typed.
  • (fol. 81) Correspondence relating to recent events in the Irish Command, 1914 (Army 38)
  • (fol. 83) Paper relating to the Irish National Volunteers, 1915. Typed.
  • (fol. 90) Statement of his attitude to Home Rule by MacDonnell
  • (fol. 92) Memorial to the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary about peace with Turkey, 1920
  • (fol. 95) Code used by MacDonnell in private correspondence, c.1905

D   Letters to Lady MacDonnell, 1893-1930

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. hist. d. 238


Letters to Lady MacDonnell, 1893-1930
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 238
Extent: 53 leaves

Scope and Content:

Correspondents include

  • (fol. 1) William archbishop of Armagh
  • (fol. 2) Arthur Bigge, Baron Stamfordham
  • (fol. 4) Sir P. Coll (2)
  • (fol. 8) Elizabeth Dillon
  • (fol. 12) Alice Stopford Green
  • (fol. 13) three telegrams from George V
  • (fol. 16) 1st Baron Knollys
  • (fol. 20) 5th Marquess of Lansdowne (5)
  • (fol. 37) Walter Long, later Viscount Long
  • (fol. 39) Sir Robert McCall (3) with a memorandum on MacDonnell's office of Under - Secretary for Ireland
  • (fol. 46) telegram from the Vatican
  • (fol. 47) Cardinal Vaughan
  • (fol. 48) 3rd Earl of Dudley
  • (fol. 50) P. Birney Ficklin relating to Stuart relics

E   Additional papers I

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. hist. c. 388-95; d. 248-55, d. 510, e. 220

Acquisition: Given by the Hon. Anne MacDonnell, 1960.

E.1   Letters from MacDonnell to his wife, 1885-1918


Further letters of Lord MacDonnell to his wife, 1885-1918
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. e. 220
Extent: 162 leaves

E.2   Letters of congratulation



Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 248
Extent: 202 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fol. 1) on C.S.1, 1888
  • (fol. 39) an appointment as lieutenant-governor of Bengal, 1893
  • (fol. 50) on appointment as lieutenant-governor of the North-West Provinces, 1895
  • (fol. 124) on appointment to the Council of India, and as permanent under-secretary for Ireland, 1902-3
  • (fol. 175) on his handling of the devolution crisis, 1905

On K.C.S.I, 1893 and (MS. Eng. hist. d. 250, fol. 104) G.C.S.I, 1897
Shelfmark: MSS. Eng. hist. d. 249, 250
Extent: 228 and 209 leaves

On peerage, 1908
Shelfmark: MSS. Eng. hist. c. 388-390
Extent: 211, 200 and 169 leaves

E.3   Letters of sympathy (to Lady MacDonnell and the Hon. Anne MacDonnell)


On Sir Antony's illness, 1905
Shelfmark: MSS. Eng. hist. c. 391-4
Extent: 211, 221, 220 and 229 leaves

On his last illness, 1925
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 251
Extent: 178 leaves

On his death, 1925
Shelfmark: MSS. Eng. hist. d. 252-5
Extent: 196, 208, 173 and 190 leaves

Cards of enquiry and condolence on the illness and death of Lord MacDonnell, 1925
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 510

E.4   Miscellaneous papers


Letters to Lord and Lady MacDonnell, 1886-1928
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 395
Extent: 191 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • Letters to Lord MacDonnell, 1886-1925. Correspondents include (fol. 1) Lords Lansdowne, Elgin and Dudley (copies), H.H.Asquith (copies), Sir Francis Mowatt (copy), Lord Morley of Blackburn (copies), David Lloyd George (copy), John Henry Bernard, Archbishop of Dublin (copy), Sir Sidney Lee, and Mrs. Alice Sophia Amelia Green (about her strained relations with MacDonnell during and after the trial and execution of Sir Roger Casement)
  • (fol. 81) papers relating to MacDonnell's retirement and pension, 1907-8
  • (fol. 89) Letters to Lady MacDonnell, 1888-1928. Correspondents include Lord and Lady Dufferin and Ava, Lady Curzon, Lord Lansdowne, James Bryce and Mrs.Bryce, Sir Horace Plunkett, Lord Knollys and Sir Clive Wigram. Included also are two letters of Lady MacDonnell, one (printed) appealing for funds for a memorial in India, the other (copy) to Sir Harrington Verney Lovett, biographer of MacDonnell in the Dictionary of National Biography
  • (fol. 145) four letters of MacDonnell to his daughter, Anne, as a child, n.d.
  • (fol. 150) miscellaneous genealogical and estate papers and printed items, including two speeches by MacDonnell

F   Additional papers II

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. hist. a. 13(R)-15(R); c. 415

Acquisition: Given by the Hon. Anne MacDonnell, 1967.

Grant of arms by Ulster King of Arms to MacDonnell, 1908
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. a. 13(R)
Container: In its original red leather box

Letters patent under the Great Seal creating MacDonnell Baron MacDonnell of Swinford, 1908
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. a. 14(R)
Container: In its original red leather box

Grant of supporters to Lord MacDonnell's arms by Garter King of Arms, 1909
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. a. 15(R)
Container: In its original red leather box

Guardbook
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 415
Extent: iv + 54 leaves

Scope and Content:

Contains inter alia

  • (fol. 1) newspaper cuttings about the death of Lord MacDonnell, and obituary notices, 1925
  • (fol. 15v) similar cuttings about the death of Lady MacDonnell, 1934, with a copy of a speech by her and of the address given at her funeral
  • (fol. 49v) cuttings about MacDonnell's illness, 1905
  • (fol. 50v) cuttings about the death of Sir Henry Dobbs, 1934

With folder of items formerly folded into the guardbook, including

  • (fol. 65) a letter from Adelaide, duchess of Bedford to Lady MacDonnell, 1918
  • (fol. 69) a letter from Sir Henry Streatfield to Lady MacDonnell, 1925
  • (fol. 72) a letter from Sir Clive Wigram to Miss Anne MacDonnell, with her reply, 1934
  • (fol. 78) a cable from Cardinal Pacelli to Lady MacDonnell, 1934
  • (fol. 79) a letter from Gerald Griffin to Miss Anne MacDonnell and press cuttings about him, 1931
  • (fol. 91) notes by Miss Anne MacDonnell of her memories of her father with a curriculum vitae, n.d. and 1955, together with Lord MacDonnell's ribbon of the Star of India

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