Building the ultimate Library of Irish archaeology and history.

Part II: The
Calendar of State Papers
Originally posted online on 22 November 2013 at rmchapple.blogspot.com
(http://rmchapple.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/building-ultimate-library-of-irish.html)


George Carew, Earl of Totnes via Wikimedia Commons
In the last part of this post, I looked at the Irish annals and posted links to those available
online. In this post I wanted to do something pretty similar with the Calendar of State Papers
for Ireland. The CSP are ‘calendars’ in the sense that they are chronological lists of documents
or manuscripts. They contain a wealth of information from the perspective of the English
involvement in Ireland throughout the period from 1509 to 1670. This is from the ascension
of Henry VIII, through the reigns of Edward VI, Mary I, Elizabeth I (House of Tudor), James,
I, Charles I (House of Stuart), the Commonwealth of Cromwell, and back into the Restoration
of Charles II.

Hamilton, H. C. (ed.) 1860 Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland, of the reigns of
HenryVIII., Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth. 1509-1573. Vol 1

Hamilton, H. C. (ed.) 1867 Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland, of the reigns of
HenryVIII., Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth. 1574-1585. Vol 2

Hamilton, H. C. (ed.) 1877 Calendar of the State Papers, relating to Ireland, of the reigns of
HenryVIII., Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth, 1586 - 1588, July. Vol 3

Hamilton, H. C. (ed.) 1885 Calendar of the State Papers, relating to Ireland, of the reigns of
HenryVIII., Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth. 1588, August-1592, September. Vol 4

Hamilton, H. C. (ed.) 1890 Calendar of the State Papers, relating to Ireland, of the reigns of
HenryVIII., Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth, 1592 - 1596, June. Vol 5

Atkinson, E. G. (ed.) 1893 Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland, of the reigns of
HenryVIII., Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth. 1596, July-1597, December. Vol 6

Atkinson, E. G. (ed.) 1895 Calendar of the State Papers, relating to Ireland, of the reigns of
HenryVIII., Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth, 1598, January - 1599, March. Vol 7

Atkinson, E. G. (ed.) 1899 Calendar of the State Papers, relating to Ireland, of the reigns of
HenryVIII., Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth. 1599, April-1600, February. Vol 8

Atkinson, E. G. (ed.) 1903 Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland, of the reigns of
HenryVIII., Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth, 1600, March-October. Vol 9

Atkinson, E. G. (ed.) 1905 Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland, of the reigns of
HenryVIII., Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth, 1 November, 1600 - 31 July, 1601. Vol 10

Mahaffy, R. P. (ed.) 1912 Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland, of the reigns of
HenryVIII., Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth. 1601-3 (with addenda, 1565-1654.) andof the
Hanmer Papers

Russell, C. W & Prendergast, J. P. (eds.) 1872 Calendar of the State Papers relating to
Ireland,of the reign of James I. 1603-1606.

Russell, C. W & Prendergast, J. P. (eds. 1874 Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland,of
the reign of James I. 1606-1608.

Russell, C. W & Prendergast, J. P. (eds.) 1874 Calendar of the State Papers relating to
Ireland,of the reign of James I. 1608-1610.

Russell, C. W & Prendergast, J. P. (eds.) 1877 Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland,of
the reign of James I. 1611-1614.

Russell, C. W & Prendergast, J. P. (eds.) 1880 Calendar of the State Papers relating to
Ireland,of the reign of James I. 1615-1625.

Mahaffy, R. P. (ed.) 1900 Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland, of the reign of
Charles I.1625-1632.

Mahaffy, R. P. (ed.) 1901 Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland, of the reign of
Charles I.1633-1647. Preserved in The Public Record Office.

Mahaffy, R. P. (ed.) 1903 Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland preserved in The
Public RecordOffice. Adventurers for Land. 1642-1659.

Mahaffy, R. P. (ed.) 1908 Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland preserved in The
Public RecordOffice. 1647-1660.

Mahaffy, R. P. (ed.) 1905 Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland preserved in The
Public RecordOffice. 1660-1662.

Mahaffy, R. P. (ed.) 1907 Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland preserved in The
Public RecordOffice. 1663-1665.



I can’t seem to find the volume covering the period from 1666-1669 - suggestions would be
welcomed!



Mahaffy, R. P. (ed). 1910 Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland, preserved in The
PublicRecord Office. September, 1669 - December 1670. With Addenda 1625-70.



I know of only one earlier attempt to publish parts of the State Papers relating to Ireland:

Lodge, J. (ed.) 1772 Desiderata Curiosa Hibernica; or a select collection of State papers;
consisting of Royal instructions, directions, dispatches, and letters.
Volume 1
Volume 2

To this I would add: The Carew Manuscripts. From what I can see on-line, there are supposed
to be six volumes, but I can only appear to find four.

Brewer, J. S. & Bullen, W. (eds.) 1868 Calendar of the Carew Manuscripts, preserved in the
Archiepiscopallibrary at Lambeth. 1575-1588.

Brewer, J. S. & Bullen, W. (eds.) 1869 Calendar of the Carew Manuscripts, preserved in
theArchiepiscopal library at Lambeth. 1589-1600.

Brewer, J. S. & Bullen, W. (eds.) 1870 Calendar of the Carew Manuscripts, preserved in
theArchiepiscopal library at Lambeth. 1601-1603.

Brewer, J. S. & Bullen, W. (eds.) 1873 Calendar of the Carew Manuscripts, preserved in
theArchiepiscopal library at Lambeth.


Note: I’ve been unable to find a good on-line description of the CSP, and I’m not completely
sure if the volumes I’ve presented here are the complete series. Any contributions that could
clarify this would be most welcome! As I said in the previous post – if there’s something
available on-line that I’ve missed out, please let me know and I will update appropriately.

**Update (November 23) I'm grateful to Simon Dowling for suggesting the following
additions:
Reports of the "Deputy Keeper of the Public Records and Keeper of the State Papers in Ireland"
all online here: ... i.e. the Pipe rolls of Edward the 1st contained within the 35th report.

**Update (November 25) I'm indebted to Paul Rondelez for this contribution: 'To this you
could add the Letters and Papers of Henry VIII, which includes lots on Ireland. There is
an older set of calendars, often with more information on the same period. The CSPI are
available in full through State Papers Online. The subscription is expensive, but some libraries
have them available. This collection not only has the text-searchable calendars, but also the
high resolution pdf's of the actual manuscripts. These often contain very valuable information
not hinted to in the calendars.'

**Update (December 12) Many thanks to Donal Fallon for pointing me in the direction of Free
Irish History eBooks - a fantastic resource that is well worth further investigation!

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