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Papers of Giles Barber relating to the library of Justin MacCarthy Reagh, Count MacCarthy (1744-1811), book collector, of Tipperary, Ireland, later of Toulouse, 2004-2008 and n.d. [c.2005]

MS. 9101/47

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  1. 'J. MacCarthy Reagh', correspondence and papers relating to Justin MacCarthy Reagh, Count MacCarthy (1744-1811), book collector, his library, and the possibility of marking the bicentenary of his death, including sections on 'Family'; 'Collecting'; 'Sale / Dissemination'; and 'Bindings, 2004-2008
  2. 'J[ustin] M[acCarthy] R[eagh], St Géry, location lists, subject lists, whole articles', papers relating to sales of the library of Count MacCarthy Reagh (1744-1811), including a letter from H. O’Byrne of Château de Saint-Géry, 16 Jun 2005, concerning connections between the de Rey family of Saint-Géry and the MacCarthy family, with copies of correspondence and other documents relating to MacCarthy, [1797-1812], 2005 and n.d. [c.2005]
  3. 'J[ustin] M[acCarthy] R[eagh] sale, London 1789', photocopy of a sale catalogue, 'A Catalogue Of a very Elegant and Curious Cabinet of Books, Lately imported from France; The Property of a Gentleman resident in that Kingdom, [May 1789], with notes by Barber on 'recorded purchasers', n.d. [c.2005]. Barber acquired a copy of the sale catalogue, which was subsequently sold (information from Dr. Lisa Barber).


  • 2004-2008 and n.d. [c.2005]


1 box (3 folders)

Language of Materials

  • French


MS. 9101/47

Biographical / Historical

Members of the MacCarthy Reagh and O'Byrne families left Ireland for France as a result of laws regulating the status of Roman Catholics in Ireland introduced from the 17th century.

In 1828, Edward Henry O'Byrne married Gertrude de Rey de St. Geri of Rabestans, near Toulouse. He and his descendants made their home at Château de Saint-Géry.

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