Catalogue description State Papers, Henry VIII: Ireland Series

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Details of SP 60
Reference: SP 60
Title: State Papers, Henry VIII: Ireland Series

Correspondence and papers relating to the government of Ireland during the reign of Henry VIII. The records include letters to and from the King's chief ministers (including Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex), the Lord Lieutenant or the Lord Deputy, the Governor's Council, and other officials. Some letters to and from the King and the Privy Council are included, along with petitions, draft letters, instructions, reports and miscellaneous papers.

Date: 1509-1546

The papers were rearranged and rebound into a chronological sequence by the State Paper Office in the nineteenth century, preparatory to the publication of its calendars. This rearrangement was carried so far that enclosures, in order that they might be placed in correct date order, were often separated from their accompanying letter. The fundamental arrangement of the series has not changed, however, since the publication of the list for the series in 1914.

Separated material:

Large documents are in:

SP 65

SP 66

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 12 volume(s)
Access conditions: Available in microform only
Publication note:

All the records are calendared in: Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic of the reign of Henry VIII, ed JS Brewer, J Gairdner and RH Brodie (London, 1862-1932) Calendar of State Papers relating to Ireland, of the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth, 1509-1573..., ed Hans Claude Hamilton (London, 1860). The records are transcribed in Volumes II and III ofState Papers published under the authority of His Majesty's Commission (London, 1834).

Unpublished finding aids:

There is a typescript key to the calendar of Letters and Papers in eight volumes and in course of modernisation which must be consulted for the reference. Please speak to staff at the Map and Large Document Room enquiry desk for the precise location.

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