Newry & Mourne Museum

Reside Collection

About the Collection

The Reside Collection contains documents, which are of huge importance to the study of local history and genealogy in the Newry and Mourne area. The Collection is the product of the professional lives of Major G.W. Reside, an architect and engineer based in Newry, and his wife, Margaret (neé Fisher), who was a solicitor in the town. Much of this material also reflects Major Reside's enthusiasm for local history and constitutes an essential part of the written heritage of Newry and the wider south Armagh/south Down area.

Dating from 1715 up to the 1980s, the documents in the Collection include estate records from the estates of the Earls of Kilmorey, Marquises of Downshire, the Hall family of Narrow Water and other lesser landowning families, various types of maps, Land Purchase Commission Papers, legal papers, newspapers and newspaper cuttings, architectural plans and numerous miscellaneous items. Highlights of the Collection include a complete series of rental books from the Kilmorey estates for the years of the Great Famine (1845-1850), a large number of property maps showing the historic topography of the principal streets in Newry and Warrenpoint and several scrapbooks containing newspaper cuttings which chart the impact of The Troubles on the Newry area during the 1970s and 1980s.

Cataloguing of the Reside Collection was part financed by the European Union through the Interreg IIIA Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the East Border Region Interreg IIIA Partnership.

Search the Reside Collection

To begin your search of the Reside Collection Database type a word or words into the keyword box. This will initiate a general search and enable you to explore and view information found under the title, description, date and record number fields of the database. As with most search engines, it is best to search using less common words or phrases, for example, ‘Canal Street’, ‘Custom House’ or the surname ‘Moore’.

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