Cromwell family of Ardglass, Co. Down: family and estate papers Public Deposited

Cromwell family of Ardglass, Co. Down: family and estate papers.

  • The Cromwell’s of Ardglass were descended from Thomas Cromwell, Chief Minster of Henry VIII, and were related to Oliver Cromwell the Lord Protector. Edward, 3rd Baron Comwell, acquired extensive property in the barony of Lecale, Co. Down, where he settled in 1605. His son and successor was created Baron Lecale in 1624, and in return for his services to Charles I was further ennoble in 1645 as Earl of Ardglass. The family became extinct in 1709 upon the death of his granddaughter Elizabeth, Barnoness Cromwell, in 1709, the property passing to her husband Edward Southwell. The Ardglass Papers, IE TCD MS 11353, are important in that they provide an intimate picture of the settlement of an Ulster barony at a critical period in Irish History. It comprises less than fifty documents, bound in a folio-sized volume between cardboard covers, but must have originally have contained more, as many of the numbered pages in the volume are now missing. They are all either original documents or contemporary copies. They include letters, bonds, leases, patents, reports and surveys. The contents tell of carrying fortunes of an important landed family—granting of patents of their new property, surveys of that property, correspondence between landlord and agent, their relationship with ecclesiastical neighbours—the troublesome Dean Coote and the illustrious Bishop Leslie, the depredations suffered during the rebellion of 1641, the attempts to revive the estate in subsequent years and the final financial decline exemplified by the series of bond mortgages.
Alternative title
  • Ardglass Papers
Collection title
  • Cromwell family of Ardglass, Co. Down: family and estate papers
  • ink
  • paper (fiber product)
  • Irish
  • Presented to Trinity College Dublin Library in 2008.
  • Documents
  • manuscripts (document genre)
  • Correspondence
Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 11353
  • Manuscripts & Archives Research Library, Trinity College Dublin
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.
Last modified
  • 02/06/2020
Resource type
  • 0119815
Digital Object Id
  • MS11353_008


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