Historic land records in the skip

Three friends out walking in Dublin nearly forty years ago discovered a box of documents near a dumpster or trash bin, called a “skip” in Ireland. The papers appeared to relate to old land transactions and have some historical significance; nonetheless, the box remained stored away for almost four decades.

Through coincidence the records were taken early this year to the Office of Public Works (OPW) where the royal seals of Elizabeth I, George I, James I and Charles I were found on land grants.

This amazing collection of documents belonged to William “Speaker” Connolly (1662-1729), an Irish politician who made his vast fortune from land transfers. The maps/grants/seals are being donated to the Irish State today.

Read more in this Irish Times article: www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/historic-papers-found-in-a-skip-to-be-donated-to-the-state-1.2901483

Thanks to Dick Eastman for leading us to this story.

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