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William Allingham Letters

Identifier: MSE/IR 1014

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of forty letters written by William Allingham of Ballyshannon to his brother John Allingham of Dublin, between 26 June 1829 and 29 March 1865. All the letters communicate business transactions, and there are occasional notes on the family and on local affairs.


  • Creation: 1829-1865


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Biographical / Historical

William Allingham (1789-1866) of Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, was a banker and merchant. After his sister's marriage to a Norwegian business partner of his father, William Allingham lived in Trondheim, Norway from 1805 to 1807. He returned to Ballyshannon where he married and continued as a businessman throughout his life. He was married to Margaret Crawford (d.1833) and later to Isabella Johnston (c.1802-75). The eldest of his nine children was the poet William Allingham (1824-89). John Allingham (1795-1877) was a brother of William. He appears to have left Ballyshannon as a young man and settled in Dublin with an address on Capel Street, to which all these letters are addressed, and he also owned a house and land in Seafield, Clontarf. He married Clarissa Brett in 1821 and had six children.


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Letters from William Allingham of Ballyshannon to his brother John Allingham of Dublin.


The letters are arranged chronologically.

Related Materials

Related material includes manuscripts in the Gunnerus Library, Trondheim, Norway. These include a diary by William Allingham and manuscripts and collections relating to Thonning Oweson, nephew of William and John, which include correspondence and manuscripts of the Allingham family.

William Allingham Letters
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Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556