Introduction to the Lenox-Conyngham Papers

Date published: 21 November 2007

Part of: Significant privately deposited archives , L - Introductions to significant privately deposited archives

This is a document summarising some of the most interesting and significant content within the Lenox-Conyngham archive (D1449, D501, T3161 and T406) held in PRONI.


The Lenox-Conyngham papers comprise around 2,350 documents and volumes, 1630 to 1953, relating to the Lenox family of Londonderry City, the Conyngham, later Lenox-Conyngham, family of Springhill, Moneymore, Co. Londonderry, the Butle family of Belfast and elsewhere in Co. Antrim (a merchant family whose heir inherited Springhill in 1721 and changed his name to Conyngham), and other less closely connected families, such as the Hamiltons of Castlefinn, Co. Donegal, the Lowrys of Rockdale, Pomeroy, Co. Tyrone, the Richardsons of Richhill, Co. Armagh, and Rossfad, Co. Fermanagh, etc, etc.

The papers include:

  • title deeds, leases and legal papers relating to the Springhill estate of the Lenox-Conyngham family situated between Coagh, Co. Tyrone, and Moneymore, Co. Londonderry, 1630 to 1906
  • a volume of estate maps, 1722
  • a leasebook for the manor of Castlefinn, Co. Donegal, 1763 to 1776
  • Springhill rentals, accounts and account books, 1786, 1803 and 1830 to 1953
  • correspondence about the affairs of Derry corporation, 1691 to 1731
  • a letter book of David Butle, the Belfast merchant, 1696 to 1703, and a successor volume kept by his fellow Belfast merchant, Isaac Macartney, 1704 to 1707
  • some 18th century Co. Londonderry militia papers
  • the originals of the Fottrell Papers which describe the organisation of the Dominicans in Ireland, 1721 to 1739
  • the Seven Years' War correspondence of Colonel William Conyngham of Springhill, 1760 to 1762
  • the Boer and First World War correspondence of Colonel William Arbuthnot Lenox-Conyngham
  • photographs of soldiers, members of the Lenox-Conyngham family, around 1870 to around 1926, including a photograph of King George V presenting colours to the Irish battalion, Connaught Rangers, at Phoenix Park, Dublin, in 1911
  • a typescript history of the Richardson family of Richhill, Co. Armagh, and Rossfad, Co. Fermanagh, from the 17th century, compiled by J.C. Richardson, 1920


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