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Reference Code:  IE BL/SC/CC
Title:   Thomas Crofton Croker Collection
Dates:  1843
Level of description: Item
Extent:  1 item


IE BL/SC/CC is a T. Crofter
Croker letter held in UCC Library. This letter was donated to UCC in 1997 by Prof. Seán Ó Coileán, Roinn na Nua-Gaeilge, UCC. Originally the letter was given to Professor John V. Kelleher (Harvard) by Henry Shattuck. Kelleher passed the letter on to Professor Ó Coileán at UCC.


Born in Cork in 1798, he was an Irish antiquary whose collections of songs and legends formed a storehouse for writers of the Irish literary revival. From 1819 he worked as a clerk for the Admiralty. He died in London in 1854.


Access: Available by appointment with the Archives Service to holders of UCC Readers tickets.

Language: English

Finding Aid: Item Description (see below)


1.   1 May 1843

Mss letter from Thomas Crofton Croker, the Admiralty, to Sir William [Betham]. He gives his valuation of [McSwinnin’s] Manuscripts, including a history of the United Irishmen in the North. He does not believe them to hold any information not already “new or important”. He states that at the annual meeting of the Percy Society a copy of [Betham’s) Kerry Pastoral will be delivered “an interesting and…no doubt accurate account of Irish manners at the commencement of the last Century”. He also mentions two publications having been issued in the context of the annual meeting of the Camden, the effect of the death of the Duke of Sussex on the Antiquaries, and his opinion of a new volume of the Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy. He finishes with a comment on the state of the Irish Archaeological Society. 4pp

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Author: Emer Twomey, Archivist, UCC Library, University College Cork

Last updated: 19 August 2014

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