B 174664

Files containing photocopies of port books probably mainly from the Temple Newsam MSS

Photocopies of Derry Port Books c.1612–1615

There is a file entitled Derry Port Books Index which contains approx. 50 pp listing individuals who were probably recipients of goods imported, these include the Earl of Abercorn

Similar photocopies for Carrickfergus 1614–1615 with similar analysis and possibly a full transcript handwritten

Handwritten transcript of Coleraine Port Book

Possibly 2 handwritten copies along with photocopies of original MS

Envelope entitled Lecale including photocopy of port book for Strangford 1614–1615

(blue file) possibly containing handwritten transcript of the original

Letter from Donald Woodward [              ] University 1972 after an inspection of the Temple Newsam MSS: ‘I had a look through the port books and was highly impressed with your accurate transcriptions’. He refers to the so called Wexford port book which was drawn up after a dispute about taxes imposed on herrings exported from Wexford and salt and beer imported. The format is like a port book.  He suggests that it should be printed along with the genuine port books ‘I do hope You’ll be able to get the port books published’

[In the mid 1970s Bob gave me a typescript of Ulster port book material for publication either by PRONI or the Irish Manuscripts Commission. He took it away again quite quickly and I never could persuade him to release it again. This material deserves early publication and his friend Donald Woodward would probably act as general editor … he completed work on a book on cattle in the summer of 1972 and this has probably long since been published. BT]