Letters and documents of the Clements family and Earls of Leitrim,
|Main Creator:||Clements family|
The collection contains private letters sent amongst family and friends. Some of the correspondents include Lizzie Skeffington, Charles Clements, Lady Elizabeth Clements and Robert B. Clements (later the 4th Earl). These letters date from about 1786 to 1877, with several undated or incompletely dated. Item number 12, written in 1847 from Ramelton, Co. Donegal, discusses the Relief Committees and the state of the country (Folder 1).
There are also business and legal letters and documents (1819 to the early 20th century). Included in these is documentation about the Land Improvement Relief Loans from the Office of Public Works (1880s) and the Milford Steam Milling Company. There are several receipts of various dates and five small photographs of daughters of the 2nd Earl of Leitrim, Nathaniel Clements (Folders 2 and 3).
The Clements family owned estates in Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, and Kildare. William Sydney Clements, the 3rd Earl of Leitrim, was deeply unpopular with his tenantry. As he believed the land to be his alone, the notion of tenant right infuriated him and he sought to abolish the Ulster custom on his Donegal estates. In 1878 he was ambushed by an armed gang at Cratloe Wood, near Mulroy Bay and murdered.
Physical description: 3 folders (56 items).
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|MS 50,623||Manuscripts Reading Room||Manuscripts|
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