Introduction to the Primate Beresford Papers

Date published: 16 November 2007

Part of: Significant privately deposited archives , B - Significant privately deposited archives

This is a document summarising some of the most interesting and significant content within the Primate Beresford archive (D664, D3278 and T2772) held in PRONI.


Arund 4,500 documents, 1739 to 1902, comprising the papers of Lord John George de la Poer Beresford, 1773 to 1862, who was Primate of all Ireland from 1822 to his death in 1862. 

A smaller part of the collection consists of around 500 documents,  around 1823 to 1902, relating to the Dunbar family of Wobum, Millisle, Co. Down - the Dunbar connection to the Beresford archive is explained by the fact that one of Beresford's nieces married George Dunbar, D.L., of Wobum, who was M.P. for Belfast, 1835 to 41, and Beresford, who never married, spent his final days at Dunbar's Woburn seat.


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