The Wynne family of Tigroney, Co. Wicklow, was a branch of the Wynne family of Hazelwood, Co. Sligo. Their successful mining concerns in Germany at the end of the nineteenth century were run by cousins Albert Augustus and Wyndham Henry Wynne. A downturn in financial circumstances followed some unwise investments in American, Canadian and Tunisian mines, after which the cousins took over the running of the Glendalough estate, and Albert Augustus became involved in mining in Wicklow.
The collection, in English and German, contains family and business correspondence; and records related to mining, mostly in Germany, and to the running of the estate in Wicklow. The letters written during World War I include those referring to the death in action of Charles W. Wynne, and letters written by sisters Veronica and Winifred Wynne while working in the censor's office in London. There is also a series of letters from a local man fighting in France to whom Alice Katherine Wynne wrote. Literary work by two of the sisters include a corrected typescript of Every Dog (Ernest Benn: 1929); an incomplete novel; short stories, possibly contributed to a private literary club magazine called 'The Nautilus'; riddles and poetry. Alice Katherine Wynne was an accomplished watercolourist and some of her small sketchbooks are among the artworks in this collection. Some of the Wynnes collected, repaired and sold antique lace and this is reflected in the collection; there is a very small amount of material relating to the Avoca Handweavers firm which was established by the Wynnes in Avoca, Co. Wicklow. There are also diaries, travel journals, children's letters, family photographs, gardening-related material, recipes, religious notes and records of domestic finance in the collection. More Wynne family papers are held in the National Library of Ireland.
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