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Title The Lyons collection of the correspondence of William King.
Creation Dates 1604-1820.
Extent And Medium 21 boxes (2467 items)
Level Of Description Collection
Author King, William (1650-1729).
Admin Biographical History William King, ( 1650-1729), D.D., chancellor of St patrick's and rector of St Werburgh's, Dublin 1679, dean of St patrick's 1690, bishop of derry 1691 and archbishop of Dublin 1703, one of the lords justices of Ireland 1714, 1717, 1718, 1721-23.
Scope And Content This collection of incoming letters to Rev. William King is known as the 'Lyons collection'. It also includes 182 letters written by King. In 1920 the Librarian (Alfred de Burgh) arranged to have incorporated into the Lyons collection: 19 letters letters from the Bryan family share of the King manuscripts and found loose in the letterbooks for 1723-5 (TCD MS 750); 90 letters obtained by Bishop Reeves from Samuel Hobson, solicitor, which may be presumed to have come from the Spence collection and which were purchased for the Library with the rest of Bishop Reeves' manuscripts in 1893; 10 letters and papers acquired in Sotheby's sale of Sir Thomas Phillipp's manuscripts 1919; 182 letters and papers of William King and others purchased by the Library in 1840 with the George Clarke collection (TCD MS 749) from Rev. Edward Marmaduke Clarke, curate of Clonleigh, Co. Donegal 1824, rector of Upper Badoney, Co. Tyrone, 1860.
Arrangement The papers are now arranged and bound in two chronological sequences, the incompletely dated forming a separate sequence, and indexed under the names of the authors.
Custodial History The Lyons Collection of King correspondence was bought from P.E. O'Donnell, solicitor, Limerick, Apr. 22, 1919 for £10.10s, 'some 2000 letters'. Some damaged correspondence presumed to belong to the Lyons Collection was found separately arranged by E.A. Phelps, with photostat in Case N in 3 folders, by W. O'Sullivan, later put in a brown box and later again incorporated with the rest of the Lyons Collection. Also incorporated is TCD MS 2009 Letters of King and others to the Duke of Ormonde which were item 844 at a Phillipps MSS sale and sold for £3.16s.6d., 27 June 1927.
Document TCD MSS 1995-2008 (A-F);.pdf
TCD MSS 1995-2008 (G-L);.pdf
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Mgt Group Religious & educational
Language English.
Related Material TCD MS 750 outgoing letters of William King
TCD MS 1488 Observation on the taxes paid by the Irish to support the government
TCD MS 1489 William King's letterbook when bishop of Derry 1699, 1702-1703
TCD MSS 1490-1491 library catalogues
Public Note Philip O'Regan, Archbishop William King of Dublin (1650-1729) and the constitution in church and state (Dublin 2000)
Robert Matheson with Gayle Barton, A large private park : the collection of Archbishop William King 1650-1729 (Cambridge 2003)
Sir Charles Simeon King (ed.), A great archbishop of Dublin: William King, D.D. 1650-1729 : his autobiography, family and a selection from his correspondence (London 1906)
An Irish Archbishop and his Library, Linenhall Review, 3, iii (Autumn 1986), pp 15-17.
Archbishop William King's library catalogue, The Library, VI, 3 (1981), pp 305-319.
The early library of Archbishop William King The Library, V, 30 (1975), pp 303-314.
Archbishop William King and the conception of his library, The Library VI, 13, pp 238-254.
J. Eckerele, Women's letters in the Lyons collection of the correspondence of archbishop King' inEckerele and Mcareavey (eds.), Women's life writing and early modern ireland (2019)
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