Croker Papers, 1798-1858

Reference code: IE LA P8

Extent: 15 Items

Scope & Content

The collection is divided into two sections. The first section relates to John Corker of Ballyneguard, CountyLimerick. The second section relates to Thomas Crofton Croker. 

Crokers of Ballyneguarde Limerick- Account book (1807-1815);

Thomas Crofton Croker Material Relating to Fairy Legends and Traditions (1798-1858), Letters and Printed Material (1800-1857).

 

 

Subjects

Crokers of Ballyneguard, Thomas Crofton Croker

Creator(s)

Crokers of Ballyneguard, Thomas Crofton Croker

Biographical / Historical Note

The Croker Papers relate to the Croker family of Ballyneguard, County Limerick, and to Thomas Crofton Croker (1798-1858), the noted writer and folklorist.

John Croker of Ballynauguarde and Raleighstown was born 4 October 1784, one year after the marriage of his parents Edward Croker and Margaret Anne Hare (m 1783). He married Catherine Adeline Bagwell, the youngest daughter of Colonel John Bagwell, MP of Marlfield, county Tipperary .  He later became a J.P, then High Sheriff in 1832 and died on 3 March 1858. He started his account book two months after his marriage. Examining the entries helps paint a vivid picture of his lifestyle, that of his family and of economic conditions in Ireland during the period. These deeds can be used to use to construct the Croker family tree, research local history and ownership of land in the Ballyneguarde area and also to research old boundaries and place names.

Thomas Crofton Croker, was born in Cork in 1798. He was a descendent of the Elizabethan English settlers of Cork and the son of a British army officer. He left Ireland at the age of 28 and in 1850 retired from his position as a senior clerk of the first class of the Admiralty of London. Croker then set out to collect and publish the text of folktales. The material relating to Thomas Crofton Croker was contained in a folder titled ‘Crokerania’. It is organised into two sections. The first section contains miscellaneous material relating to the publication of Fairy Legends of the South of Ireland, Croker’s most well known work. The first series of Fairy Legends of the South of Ireland was published anonymously in 1825. The international nature of Croker’s stories attracted the Brothers Grimm, whose translation of his work appeared within a year of the publication of the first edition in 1825. A French translation followed, and when in 1828 Croker’s second series of Irish legends arrived, it came in company with a third volume containing Welsh legends and a lengthy essay by William Grimm analysing the Irish tales and setting them into a broad European context. The next section consists of letters, which are arranged chronologically. Of particular interest is a letter received from T.C. Croften from M. J Williams containing notes relating to Devonshire fairy tales. The final section consists of printed material relating to literary and folklore matters.      

Adminstrative Information

Access Restrictions: N.A.

Use Restrictions: N.A.

Related Materials: N.A.


Collection Content


I. Crokers of Ballyneguarde Limerick (a) Account book (1807-1815)
   P8/1. 19 November 1807-25 October 1815 (DjVu - 9.15 Mb)
    Account book of John Croker, Ballynagarde, Limerick arranged N.A.by money 'received' and 'expended' and generally in chronological order. Entries include sum of money, the date, and a description. Money expended generally relates to wages, food and sundries such as 'washerwoman in full', 'labour 3 days',' 'the old garden woman for vegetables', and 'childs shoes'. Money received mainly relates to rents or loans received such as 'from John Lyons Esq. ½ a years rent...' and 'from my father who lent me'. Includes also a timber account detailing timber sold and money 'laid out for the timber' between [] April 1812 and 13 March 1813.
Extent: c. 100ff
Access Rules: N.A.


II. Thomas Crofton Croker  (1798-1858) (a) Material Relating to Fairy Legends and Traditions
   P8/2. Undated (DjVu - 1.36 Mb)
    Printed draft of Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland Part II consisting of title, inscription, preface, contents pages and chapter titled 'Legends of the Merrow'. Annotated with handwritten instructions to revise various parts of text and layout.
Extent: c. 40pp
Access Rules: N.A.


   P8/3. Undated (DjVu - 1.09 Mb)
    Printed draft of Fairy Legends consisting of title, inscription, contents page and dedicatory letter to The Brothers Grim. Handwritten annotations and alterations to text.
Extent: c. 30pp
Access Rules: N.A.


   P8/4. Undated (DjVu - 28.3 Mb)
    Scrap of paper with 5 lines of preface to new edition of 'Collection of Irish Fairy Tales'.
Extent: 1p
Access Rules: N.A.


   P8/5. Undated (DjVu - 50.8 Mb)
    List of names and subscriptions received generally to the sum of £0.2.3, and note relating to preface of Irish Fairy Tales.
Extent: 1p
Access Rules: N.A.


(b) Letters      
   P8/6. Undated (DjVu - 23.2 Mb)
    Letter from Thomas Crofton Croker stating he will not be able to attend the Literary Fund Committee.
Extent: 1p
Access Rules: N.A.


   P8/7. 28 January 1827 (DjVu - 1.14 Mb)
    Letter to Croker from M. J Williams enclosing handwritten manuscript with fairy stories relating to ‘various and extraordinary superstitions of this valley [Devonshire]’. Stories include 'the story of money given by the fairies to Davis Shone’s mother', 'story of the witch', 'a story of enchantment', and 'tales of spectres'.
Extent: 11pp
Access Rules: N.A.


   P8/8. 29 June 1830- []April 1832 (DjVu - 0.16 Mb)
    File of circular letters to Croker from Society of Antiquarians of London with notice of meetings.
Extent: 3 Items
Access Rules: N.A.


   P8/9. 26 February 1842 (DjVu - 0.1 Mb)
    Letter from Croker, to J.G Nicholas appealing for private charity to help the destitute family of the late Mr. Theodore Hook, and listing names of subscriptions already received.
Extent: 1p
Access Rules: N.A.


   P8/10. 26 March 180[9] (DjVu - 0.09 Mb)
    Letter from [IW] Croker to the Duchess of Welligton relating to her request to see the Northern Ships. Croker notes that 'no order is necessary for seeing the ships...I should be happy to assist to exhibit the wonders of them'.
Extent: 2pp
Access Rules: N.A.


   P8/11. 21 July 1849 (DjVu - 0.03 Mb)
    Cheque signed by Richard Jones to pay Mr. Tuck the sum of £6-1-6.
Extent: 1 Item
Access Rules: N.A.


   P8/12. Undated (DjVu - 0.43 Mb)
    File relating to Christmas play. File consists of two handwritten drafts of a Christmas play, with characters such as 'mince pie' and 'plumb pudding'. Author Unknown.
Extent: 2 Items
Access Rules: N.A.


   P8/13. August 1857 (DjVu - 0.18 Mb)
    Scrap of paper with list of expenditures made. Includes comments such as 'paid to Mr. AW' and 'chapelier'. In French and English.
Extent: 1p
Access Rules: N.A.


(c) Printed Material
   P8/14. 19 July 1823-2 August 1823 (DjVu - 0.25 Mb)
    Various newspaper cuttings from Literary Gazette no.338, 339, 341, and 342. Cuttings consist of articles by 'Count du Bray' relating to popular prejudices and superstitions peculiar to the Esthonians, and to the peasants form Livonia.
Extent: 4 Items
Access Rules: N.A.


   P8/15. Undated (DjVu - 0.04 Mb)
    Printed poem titled 'Lines addressed to George Duke of Marlborough, on seeeing him surrounded by Fiddlers near the statue of John Duke of Marlborough’. Author unknown.
Extent: 1p
Access Rules: N.A.


   P8/16. 1 August 1802 (DjVu - 0.05 Mb)
    Newspaper cutting of article titled 'prologue to the new comedy of 'Trials All', spoken by the lawyer and the authors.
Extent: 1 Item
Access Rules: N.A.


   P8/17. 2 April 1800 (DjVu - 0.03 Mb)
    Printed poem titled 'A Poetic Address spoken by Mrs. Creswell [on] the night of her benefit. Includes one handwritten alteration in final stanza, line 6.
Extent: 1p
Access Rules: N.A.


   P8/18. Undated (DjVu - 0.03 Mb)
    Printed circular requesting subscribers for 'Western “Pebbles at Play” or 'Scatter Fugitive Notes from the Port Feuille of Devon Antiquary'.
Extent: 1p
Access Rules: N.A.


Last update:15/06/2011

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