1735.  Will of Bishop Peter Browne of Cork, £3,000 of which one third for the Keeper of the Library of St. Barrys, one third for the Purchase of Books.

This is the library of St. Finbrrs in Cork. Some years ago most of the contents were moved to the RCB Library, Rathgar in Dublin.


Included are the ledger rolls showing property rentals for various areas of West Cork, Letterlickey, Durrus, Ballydehob, Schull, Rosscarbery and the tithes 1780s for the South Liberties of Cork.  The library alos has extensive papers relating to Welply, Cork Genealogist.

Peter Browne was responsible for creation of a ‘Publick library’ in the grounds of St FinBarre’s Cathedral in the 1720’s of what is today perhaps the oldest library building in Cork City.



The image is from the Ulster Office now in the Manuscript Section, Genealogy Collection, National Library.   Many old Cork wills are transcribed which were later destroyed in 1922.