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Archive of the Talbot family, Barons Talbot de Malahide


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Documents from the earlier period are largely confined to the series of deeds, which begin in the late 13th century and relate to the Talbot estates in Dublin, Louth, Meath and Waterford. Other estate papers are few and such as survive are chiefly for the Malahide estate itself between 1880 and the Second World War, although there are some relating to the family estates in Scotland and Somerset.

Few personal papers exist before the late 18th century but the collection is rich in the correspondence and papers of 19th-century members of the family. It includes an important series of letters and papers of James Talbot, 3rd Baron, while on diplomatic service in the Swiss Cantons and Sweden, 1796-1801; and a large quantity of papers, including many copies of documents in the public records, amassed by his elder brother Richard Wogan Talbot, 2nd Baron, in connection with two legal disputes with the Crown in the 1830s. The correspondence of their brothers and sisters and of the descendants of the 3rd Baron also survive in quantity and includes series of letters home from William Talbot while on service in India and the Crimea, 1849-55, and from Milo Talbot in India and Afghanistan, 1876-88, and in Egypt, 1916-17. There are also good series of personal and estate correspondence of the 4th and 5th Barons from the mid 19th to the early 20th centuries.

The collection also includes some strayed business records of Dillons, the Dublin solicitors, who were agents for the Malahide estate from 1861 to 1919.


  • Creation: 13th-20th cent.


39.6 Linear metres (350 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Talbot. b. 1, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Talbot a. 1-17, b. 1-148, c.1-115, d. 1-17, e. 1-38, f. 1-10, g. 1-5

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13948


Papers of Richard Wogan Talbot, 2nd Baron Talbot of Malahide (Irish Peerage), James, 3rd Baron, James, 4th Baron and 1st Baron de Malahide (United Kingdom Peerage), and Richard Wogan, 5th Baron Talbot of Malahide, with family and estate papers, 13th-20th cent.

Biographical / Historical

The Talbot family possessed the Castle and Lordship of Malahide on the coast near Dublin from the earliest period of English government in Ireland, and furnishes a rare instance of a baronial estate continuing in the male heirs and name from the original confirmation in the reign of Henry II until the 20th century, ending with the death of Milo Talbot, 7th Baron Talbot of Malahide in 1973. James Talbot, 4th Baron Talbot of Malahide in the Irish Peerage, received the title 1st Baron Talbot de Malahide in the United Kingdom peerage in 1856.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers, formerly on deposit at Trinity College, Dublin, were transferred to the Library in 1977 as a gift from the Hon. Rose Talbot, sister of the 7th Baron.

Catalogue of the archive of the Talbot family, Barons Talbot de Malahide, 13th-20th cent.
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Conversion to EAD supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom