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19th- and 20th-Century Irish Political Papers

MS 7890/8/55: images of gun running from the Childers’ collection

MS 7890/8/55: images of gun running from the Childers’ collection

The Manuscripts and Archives Research Library holds the papers of some of the most influential political figures in 19th- and 20th-century Irish history. These include:

  • MSS 7781-7931: the papers of Robert Erskine Childers (1870-1922) the Irish nationalist, executed by the authorities during the Irish Civil War
  • MSS 9320-9681: the papers of Michael Davitt (1846-1906) the Irish republican agitator, MP and co-founder of the Irish National Land League
  • MSS 6455-6909: the papers of John Dillon (1851-1927) the Irish Home Rule activist and MP

Catalogues and Bibliography

Catalogues for individual collections are available in the reading room of the Manuscripts and Archives Research Library.

C. King, Michael Davitt (Dundalk: published for the Historical Association of Ireland by Dundalgan Press, 1999)

F.S.L. Lyons, John Dillon: A Biography (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1968)

L. Marley, Michael Davitt: Freelance Radical and Frondeur (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007)

T.W. Moody, Davitt and Irish Revolution 1846-82 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1981)

L. Piper, Dangerous Waters: The Life and Death of Erskine Childers (London: Hambledon and London, 2003)