Patrick O'Daly's Prisoner of War autograph book. IE TCD MS 11670

Patrick O'Daly's Prisoner of War autograph book. IE TCD MS 11670

Alternative title
  • Prisoner of War autograph book
Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 11670
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.
Publisher location
  • England
Date Created
  • between 1917-1918
Physical extent
  • 46 numbered folios
  • IE TCD MS 11670 is an autograph book owned by Co. Cork man Patrick O'Daly (formerly Daly, born 1877; died 1942), a pacifist and conscientious objector to the First World War, who was imprisoned Dartmoor Prison, Devon as a direct result of his beliefs. In the album there are Irish sympathies evident in some of the signatures. Bram Langstaffe (folios 3v-4r) references the Easter Rising; on folio 22r there is a pencil sketch, possibly of James Connolly, by John Diamond. In many cases the contributors left their full names and home addresses, together with details of previous places of incarceration. The contributors came from various walks of life, and the contributions vary significantly in length and content. Among the artwork is a painting entitled 'two bridges' by F.W. Pullinger (folio 27r); an ink sketch by W.Stanton, entitled 'For valor' showing injured military survivors of war, seeking alms, and being ignored by well-dressed passers-by (folio 32 r); a sepia-wash portrait of a child by Henry P.F. Farmer (folio 33r). A full transcript of the album is attached in PDF below. The autograph book forms part of a small collection which also comprises a number of photographs and letters, including O'Daly's certificate of discharge from the Royal Fusiliers.
Biographical note
  • Patrick Daly (7 February 1877-1942), born Drimoleague, Co. Cork, one of two children of Denis Daly (1837-1895) and Ellen (nee Sullivan), and one of 16 grandchildren of John Daly (1792-1882) and Ellen (nee Wholey). Patrick Daly emigrated to England, where he settled in Brentford, West London. He changed his surname from Daly to O'Daly. In 1913 he married Mary Martin, with whom he had three children: Patrick Brendan (Brendan; 1914-1957, a Catholic priest), Sheila Ellen Brigid (13 April 1916-27 July 1993), and Kieran John Joseph (20 February 1919-1985). O'Daly was employed in Royal Botanic Gardens Kew at the outbreak of World War I ('in the arboretum since 1896'). A devout Catholic and socialist, he was incarcerated in Dartmoor Prison, Devon, as a conscientious objector to the War.
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Collection title
  • Patrick O'Daly Collection. IE TCD MSS 11670-11670a
Finding aid
  • This autograph book was the property of Patrick O'Daly. The album, along with a small collection of photographs and letters, was presented to the Library of Trinity College Dublin so as to return it to the country of birth of the compiler, and to advance the message of pacifism which led to Patrick O'Daly being incarcerated.
Resource type
  • ink
  • colored ink
  • leather
  • paper (fiber product)
Digital Object Id
  • MS11670_001
  • b203344340


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