Introduction to the Leinster Papers
PRONI's holdings of Leinster Papers comprise 28 volumes and around1800 documents deriving from the Fitzgerald family of Maynooth Castle and Carton, Co. Kildare, Earls of Kildare and Dukes of Leinster, 1250 to 1949, and relating to the province of Leinster in general and to Co. Kildare in particular, with some material concerning the family's Co. Down estate which at one time embraced the whole barony of Lecale. Up to the early 19th century, the papers relate almost exclusively to the family's estates in Ireland and to the municipal affairs of the boroughs of Harristown and Athy, Co. Kildare. Thereafter, the bulk of the papers consist of personal, political and business correspondence, 1809 to 1874, of the 3rd Duke of Leinster, leader of the Irish Whigs.
(Also available on microfilm under MIC541.)