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Dominus Hibernie/Rex Hiberniae: pre-modern Ireland, 1200-1801

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Dominus Hibernie / Rex Hiberniae

Lord of Ireland / King of Ireland

Tiarna na hÉireann / Rí na hÉireann

From the late-twelfth-century conquest to the union of the kingdoms, Ireland was a key constituent element of the dominions of the monarchs of England and Great Britain, their royal title and identity. Over six centuries institutions, policies and attitudes developed to enable the crown to tackle the challenges of governing Ireland and its inhabitants. The records which such processes generated are voluminous and afford rich, multi-faceted insights into the administration of pre-modern Ireland, its political and legal culture, its geography, environment, society, economy and trade. As the custodian of the records of royal government, The National Archives arguably holds the world’s most important collection of records of relevance to the history of pre-modern Ireland but it remains under-utilised.

In bringing together historians of medieval and early modern Ireland, this symposium aims to facilitate discussion of continuity and change across six centuries of Irish history by putting into sharper focus the collections with relevance to pre-modern Ireland at The National Archives. It also aims to consider the archival context and history of this vast collection.



Thursday 21 March (Day 1)

12:00 | Registration (please note that lunch is not provided before the start of the conference)

13:00 | Welcome and introduction

Jeff James, CEO and Keeper of Archives, The National Archives

Adrian O'Neill, Ambassador of Ireland to the United Kingdom

13:15 | Keynote: Professor Robin Frame, Durham University

Historians of medieval Ireland and the Public Records: retrospect and prospects

14:30 | Coffee break

14:45 | Panel session 1

Dr Annaleigh Margey, Dundalk Institute of Technology

Thinking geographically: cartography and state administration in early modern Ireland

Dr Neil Johnston, The National Archives

The politics of counsel in seventeenth-century Ireland

16:15 | End of day 1

Friday 22 March (Day 2)

09:00 | Panel session 2

Professor Brendan Smith, University of Bristol

Medieval Ireland in The National Archives

Dr Bernadette Cunningham, Royal Irish Academy

Governing Connacht: archival sources for the development of a provincial administration in the west of Ireland, 1560-1630

10:30 | Coffee break

11:00 | Keynote: Professor Patricia Palmer, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

'To Advertise of Every Common Person': Extending the Cast List of Early Modern Ireland

12:30 | Lunch

13:15 | Panel session 3

Dr Peter Crooks, Trinity College Dublin

Archival Medievalism: The Public Record Office (Chancery Lane) and its precursors in Ireland's Search for a Usable Past

Professor John McCafferty, University College Dublin / Irish Manuscripts Commission

State Papers, State formation: views from Dublin Castle during Ireland’s English centuries

14:45 | Coffee break

15:15 | Panel session 4

Dr Paul Dryburgh, The National Archives

Escheators never prosper: managing the landed economy of medieval Ireland

Dr Ivar McGrath, University College Dublin

Managing Parliament and Making Money: Government, Political Undertakers, ‘Patriots’ and Taxation in early Hanoverian Ireland

16:45 | Break

17:00 | Panel session 5

Dr Sean Cunningham, The National Archives

Sir Richard Edgcombe’s Voyage into Ireland in 1488: the first steps of Tudor interaction with Irish politics and society, 1485-90

Dr Rachel Wilson, University of Leeds

'The usual ceremonies': the arrival and inauguration of Ireland’s Lords Lieutenant during the eighteenth century

18:30 | End of day 2

Saturday 23 March (Day 3)

09:30 | Panel session 6

Dr Beth Hartland, Victoria County History of England

The Importance of Representation in the Governance of the Lordship of Ireland

Dr Brendan Kane, University of Connecticut

Legitimating power in Irish-English relations, 1169-1832

11:00 | Coffee Break

11:30 | Keynote: Professor David Hayton, Queen’s University Belfast

Anglo-Irish government, 1690–1750: administrative records in a composite state

13.00 | Lunch

14.00 | Panel session 7 and closing remarks

Dr David Green, Harlaxton College

Ireland and the Plantagenet Estates: Government from Within and Without

Dr Coleman Dennehy, University College Dublin

Parliament in early modern Ireland

15:30 | Conference close

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