Catalogue description Public Record Office: Carte Transcripts

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Details of PRO 31/1
Reference: PRO 31/1
Title: Public Record Office: Carte Transcripts

These are transcripts of papers in the Carte MSS at the Bodleian Library. That collection was formed by the Rev Thomas Carte as material for his biography of James, Duke of Ormonde, and as a result of a long series of literary and historical undertakings both before and after the completion of the biography.

The collection comprises original manuscripts and transcripts, relating principally to the affairs of Ireland between 1640 and 1685.

Date: 1571-1689
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Originals held at:

Bodleian Library, Oxford University

Copies held at:

in Dublin between 1867 and 1870. Public Record Office of Ireland, By Treasury direction duplicates of PRO 31/3/1-39 and 55-56 were sent to the

Legal status: Not Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 57 volume(s)
Immediate source of acquisition:


Publication note:

The orginal papers were used by the Reverend Thomas Carte for his Life of James, Duke of Ormonde, London 1735-1736. For the final report on the transcription of the Carte Papers see the Thirty Second Annual Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records, London 1871, Appendix I pp. 1-236. See also deputy keeper's reports numbers 29-31 for information concerning the progress of the work. For related state papers see Calendar of State Papers, Ireland and, after 1670, Calendar of State Papers, Domestic.

Administrative / biographical background:

In 1863, in order to facilitate the study of Irish history, the Treasury commissioned T D Hardy, the deputy keeper of the public records, and Professor John Sherren Brewer of King's College, London, to report, among other things, upon papers in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, of Thomas Carte, the historian and author of a life of James, Duke of Ormonde

In 1865, following the printing and publication by HM Stationery Office of Hardy's and Brewer's report in the previous year, the Treasury decided to have transcripts made of documents in the Carte collection which were of an official character, the selection being undertaken jointly by the Roman Catholic, Dr Charles William Russell of Maynooth College, and an Irish Protestant scholar, John Patrick Prendergast

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