Identity Statement

Reference Code: P/49
Title: The O'Carrol Papers
Dates: 1739-2000
Extent: 25 Boxes (745 Files)


The O’Carrol Papers relate to the O'Carrol family of Tulla and Lissenhall, Co. Tipperary which includes the directly related Angas family of Coggeshall, Essex and the Scott family, also of Lissenhall and later Penton Mewsey, Hampshire. 

Content & Structure

The collection contains material created and received by the Carrol, Angus and Scott families, particularly during their ownership and residence of Tulla and Lissenhall, but also beyond. It includes legal, administrative and personal documents. There is a small amount of late eighteenth century material, the more interesting of which is a map from 1798 of the Kingdoms of Spain and Portugal, though the bulk of the documents are from the nineteenth century. Legal documents include wills, issues of probate and executorship, affidavits, judgments, opinions and correspondence covering financial and trustee arrangements. They also include a large quantity of correspondence related to land sales and transfers such as agreements, ejectment decrees and indentures, much of which arises from William Hutchison’s efforts to bring estate matters into order. Of particular interest is a return of debts due by the late Lieutenant General Sir William Parker Carrol and paid by his executors which lists many Limerick and Tipperary businesses from the period. Later documents are also illuminating, particularly those relating to a legal struggle between the Carrols and Lloyds Insurance regarding claims for losses due to the theft of livestock and equipment during the 1920s.

The Carrol family’s direct involvement with the Tulla and Lissenhall estates has resulted in the collection containing rental accounts which provide the names of tenants, acreage and their rentals, and also estate accounts, which include the names of local individuals and businesses having commercial interaction with the Carrol estate. Other estate material includes correspondence regarding day to day estate management and operations. Worthy of note is a print of the Encumbered Estates auction schedule which includes a description of Lot 1, Lissenhall, its tenants and rents at the time of William Hutchison Carrol’s purchase, and also Alice Carrol’s interactions with the Land Commission leading up to her vacating Lissenhall.

Personal material within the collection includes a great deal of family correspondence and letters, much of which is concerned with genealogy and includes printed and transcribed material from third party sources. Correspondence from institutions with regard to personal finances, stocks and taxation issues is also present. There is a significant quantity of photographs, both in albums and loose, relating to most of the principal individuals in the collection, and dating from the 1860s to the 1990s. Also present is a large scrapbook. This item is a result of a familial connection to the Scott family. Compiled over nearly fifty years from 1895 to 1944, it contains copious material on Clement Scott and also the Du Maurier family, including photographs of Gerald Du Maurier and the young Daphne with her siblings.   

Conditions of Access & Use

Access: Available by appointment
Finding Aid: Descriptive List (click on the link attached)

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