The Coollattin Canadian Connection will be launched, by Old Coollatin Country Ltd., in the Library at Coollattin House on Friday 29th January, 2016. Special guests at the launch will be Mr Simon Harris T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform and His Excellency, Mr Kevin Vickers, Canadian Ambassador to Ireland.
This exciting new initiative is aimed at facilitating the tens of thousands of Canadian Irish who can trace their ancestry to the Coollattin estate in south County Wicklow.
The Coollattin Papers
Our aim is to provide genealogical advice and guidance for those seeking out their ancestry in south Wicklow. In doing this we will maximise the use of the Coollattin manuscripts. These manuscripts are now available atDublin's National Library of Ireland. Also, Britain's National Archive house, in the Sheffield Archive, much material relevant to the Irish part of the estate. Known as the Wentworth Muniments this body of material contain a huge amount of material that cannot be ignored in any study of the Irish estate. The Dublin manuscripts, combined with those housed in Sheffield, provide students researching the Coollattin estate with unrivalled source material.
To genealogical students the estate surveys undertaken in 1827, 1839, 1848, 1850 and 1868 are indispensable. Sometimes erroneously described as 'Rentals', they contain a wealth of information on ages, family size, occupations etc. of all of the families occupying land on the estate.
The Estate Maps
In 1842 Earl Fitzwilliam commissioned the mapping agency of Hodges and Smith, 21 Merrion Square, Dublin to prepare maps on a scale of twelve inches to one mile for every downland on an estate which extended to well over 80,000 acres.
These beautiful maps are contained in five beautiful leather-bound books. Every field and every parcel of land is numbered and holdings are coloured in delicate pastel shades. Each townland has with it an index indicating the names of the families occupying each holding.
When the 1839 Estate Survey is combined with the 1842 maps it will, in most cases, be possible to pinpoint on the ground where each mid nineteenth family lived.
Memorandum Books, Agents Letters.
Students can proceed to a more advanced level in their research by delving into these. The memorandum books contained queries relating to the holding of the land which were written down until such time as Earl Fitzwilliam would give a ruling. Likewise gems of information on the day to day running of the estate can be found in a book containing all of the letters written by the agent, Robert Challoner between 1842 and 1849.
We will be honoured and proud to welcome our Canadian brethren home, during Ireland's Heritage Week, August 20 - 28, 2016.
To discover the outline plans for what should be a wonderful week of enjoyment and learning CLICK HERE.