Courtown Papers Public Deposited

Courtown Papers

Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 11183 ; IE TCD MS 11412
Rights statement
  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Date Created
  • start 1700
  • end 1950?
  • The Courtown Papers contain records and photographs of the Stopford family. They cover a period from the 18th to the 20th century and relate to the management of the lands in the counties of Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny. The collection at IE TCD MS 11183 comprises: -- Courtown volumes: 11183/V/1-251; -- Courtown papers: 11183/P1/ - P60/; -- Courtown maps & genealogy: 11183/MG/1-111. 4 volumes of photographs, reference number IE TCD MS 11412, directly connected to the Stopford family are also available. Digitised here are IE TCD MS 11412/1, IE TCD MS 11183/V/19, and IE TCD MS 11183/V/27-31. For further information about the collection see the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library’s catalogue entries here: and here: The Earl of Courtown, in the County of Wexford, is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1762 for James Stopford, 1st Baron Courtown. He had previously represented County Wexford and Fethard in the Irish House of Commons. Stopford had already been created Baron Courtown, of Courtown in the County of Wexford, in 1758, and was made Viscount Stopford at the same time he was given the earldom. These titles are also in the Peerage of Ireland. He was succeeded by his eldest son, the second Earl. He was a Tory politician and served under William Pitt the Younger as Treasurer of the Household from 1784 to 1793. In 1796 he was created Baron Saltersford, of Saltersford in the County of Chester, in the Peerage of Great Britain. This title gave him and his descendants an automatic seat in the House of Lords.His eldest son, the third Earl, was also a Tory politician. He succeeded his father as Treasurer of the Household and was also Captain of the Honourable Band of Gentlemen Pensioners for many years. He was succeeded by his third but eldest surviving son, the fourth Earl. He represented County Wexford in the House of Commons as a Tory. His only son from his first marriage, the fifth Earl, served as a Deputy Lieutenant of County Wexford. He was succeeded by his eldest son, the sixth Earl. He was Lord Lieutenant of County Wexford. His eldest son, the seventh Earl, was a Major-General in the Army and served as Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General at the War Office from 1941 to 1947. As of 2010 the titles are held by the latter's grandson, the ninth Earl, who succeeded his father in 1975. Lord Courtown is one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, and sits as a Conservative.
  • Deposited in the Library of Trinity College Dublin in 1977-8.
Resource type
  • ink
  • paper (fiber product)
Digital Object Id
  • MS11183-V-29_005
  • 0119825


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