Fonds P14 - Birr Castle Workmen's Daybook

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Birr Castle Workmen's Daybook


  • 1918-1919 (Creation)

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1 item; c.30pp

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Laurence Michael Harvey Parsons, 6th Earl of Rosse, Baron of Oxmantown, 9th Baronet of Birr Castle, was born 28 September 1906 to Lord William Edward Parsons, 5th Earl of Rosse, and Lady Francis Lois Lister-Kaye. He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford, where he was a member of the Railway Club. Laurence Parsons succeeded his father in 1918 as the 6th Earl of Rosse. On 19 September 1935, he married Lady Anne Messel, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Leonard Charles Rudolph Messel. Lady Anne Messel was previously married to Ronald Armstrong-Jones, and was the mother of Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, who in 1960 married the Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The 6th Earl of Rosse died on 5 July 1979 and was succeeded by his son, Sir William Brendan Parsons.

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Small bound notebook, ruled for tracking wages of casual labourers. Lists names of workmen, the number of days per week (out of six days) worked, rate of wages and amount earned. Also includes notes on pay increases or bonuses earned. Although there is no mention of the type of work, all employees are male.

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By appointment only. Contact Offaly Archives at [email protected]

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May be reproduced in accordance with provisions of the Copyright and Related Rights Act (2000). No reproduction online, in print or broadcast without the express permission of copyright holder.

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Offaly County Library

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ISAD (G), 2nd Ed.

Dates of creation revision deletion

August 2019, Ciara O'Brien




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