Introduction to the Annaghmakerrig papers
The Annaghmakerrig papers contain c.40 volumes and c.1,000 documents, comprising papers of the Moorhead and Power families of Annaghmakerrig, Co. Monaghan, mainly 1804-1930s.
The last and most famous private owner of the house was the distinguished 'man of the theatre', Sir Tyrone Guthrie, whose mother was the heiress of the Powers.
Annaghmakerrig is now administered by the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, a company formed in July 1979 to carry into effect the provisions of Sir Tyrone Guthrie's will. These were, as regards the house, that it should be run as a centre or retreat for artists.
Among the trustees are the Directors of the Arts Councils (North and South), and Mr Kenneth Jamison, then Director of the Arts Council in the North, approached PRONI with a view to obtaining help with the unsorted and very miscellaneous papers to be found in various parts of the house.