Historic Papers Found in a Trash Bin to be Donated to the Irish State

A chance discovery in a Dublin skip and a curious coincidence 40 years later have resulted in a significant historical find including grants of land bearing the royal seals of Elizabeth I, kings George I, James I and Charles I.

Translation for Americans: The Irish term “skip” means a dumpster, or trash bin.

The collection of maps, grants, seals and royal letters of patent and containing the will of William “Speaker” Conolly is to be donated to the State on Thursday. It was discovered in a skip on Fitzwilliam Square, almost 40 years ago, by three friends out walking.

You can read more in an article by Time O’Brien in the Irish Times web site at https://goo.gl/JwYIDG.

My thanks to newsletter reader Dave Mitchell for telling me about the article.

One Comment

I was quite interested in this find as William Conolly was the landowner of the lands some of my ancestors leased (in perpetuity) in Co. Derry. Specifically, lands of the Vintner’s Company in the parish of Ballyscullion.

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