Reference Code: IE 2135 P27
Title: The Allott Papers
Dates of Creation: 1782-1999
Extent and Medium: 11 boxes, of which 1 outsize (158 files and 144 items)

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Name of Creator(s): The Allott family, and the related families of Odell, Morony and Lloyd.

Biographical History: Odellville was built in the 1770s by John Fitzcharles Odell and passed to the Moronys through the marriage of Helen Mary Odell to Edmund Morony in 1860.  Their elder daughter, Eliza Helena, married in 1884 her cousin, Henry Vereker Lloyd Morony, while the younger daughter, Geraldine, married Henry Molony in 1889.  On the death of Henry Vereker, the property passed to his only child, Helen Mary Matilda Morony, who married Edward Locke Lloyd of Heathfield, county Limerick, in 1917.   Their daughter, Helen Lucia Lloyd, married in 1945 Michael Allott of Dublin and on the death of her father in 1963 the Odellville property passed to the Allotts. The Allotts operated a dairy farm on the estate and were founders of the Munster Herd of British Friesians in 1945.  They were also active members of the National Farmers’ Association (later the Irish Farmers Association), their local co-operative creamery committee at Glenwilliam, and later the Golden Vale Cooperative Creamery Ltd.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Most of the material was donated to the University of Limerick on 10 December 2008 by Norman Allott, second son of Michael and Helen Allott.  Items P27/3/1/1-4 were purchased on 29 August 2008, and P27/3/1/5 on 19 September 2008, by Special Collections Librarian Ken Bergin on behalf of the University of Limerick from Alan Warnock Books, Dublin.  Alan Warnock Books are understood to have acquired the items from the Allott family at the time of the sale of the Odellville property following the death of Helen Allott in 2008.  Items P27/1/2/1/9, P27/1/2/1/16, P27/1/2/1/20, P27/1/2/3/2, P27/1/2/3/4, P27/1/2/3/5, P27/1/2/3/7, P27/1/2/4/3, P27/1/2/4/4, P27/1/2/4/7, P27/1/3/2/4 and P27/1/3/2/7 (2) were donated on 27 June 2018 by Sean O’Grady.  Their archival history is unknown.


Content and Structure

Scope and Content: The material consists of leases, mortgages, conveyances, marriage settlements and wills relating to the families of Odell (1782-1891), Morony (1831-1937), Lloyd (1829-1965) and Allott (1947-1999).  Of particular interest is the copy will relating to Helen Sophia Chenevix (1890-1963), General Secretary of the Irish Women Workers’ Union (1955-1957), member of the Irish Trade Union Congress executive committee (1946-1956), and one of the first female graduates of Trinity College, Dublin (see P27/1/4/1/3/1).  There are also extensive records relating to the dairy farm managed at Odellville from 1945 to 1994, including stock breeding and sales records, milk records and farm accounts (P27/2/1/2-6).  There is some architectural material relating to improvements carried out at Odellville between 1880 and 1900 (P27/1/2/7/1-3).  There are also 19-century scrapbooks and other items of Quaker interest relating to the Watson and Webb families (P27/3/1/1-4).

Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling Information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: No accruals are expected.

System of Arrangement: The material is arranged into three series.  Series 1 comprises in the main leases, mortgages, marriage settlements and wills which map out the succession of the Odellville property from its original owners to the Allott family. Series 2 comprises farm and household records documenting the management of the dairy farm operated by Michael and Helen Allott at Odellville between 1945 and 1994.  Series 3 comprises mainly items of Quaker interest and some photo­graphic material relating to the Morony family.

Items P27/1/2/1/9, P27/1/2/1/16, P27/1/2/1/20, P27/1/2/3/2, P27/1/2/3/3, P27/1/2/3/5, P27/1/2/3/7, P27/1/2/4/3, P27/1/2/4/4, P27/1/2/4/7, P27/1/3/2/4 and P27/1/3/2/7 (2) donated in 2018 form a set but owing to their relatively complex nature they have been listed and described individually.  Full cross-referencing between these items is provided in the catalogue.


Conditions of Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access: Unrestricted access to most items.  Some files contain personal information relating to people living or presumed living and are closed for 50 to 80 years to protect individual privacy.  Some items require conservation treatment and are too fragile to be safely handled.  These files have been identified in the descriptive catalogue.

Conditions Governing Reproduction: Standard copyright regulations apply to all items.  For photocopying or reproducing material, please consult with the staff.

Language/ Scripts of Material: English; one item in Latin (P27/1/1/4).

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements: Paper documents and photographs, mostly in good condition.

Finding Aids: A hard copy of the descriptive catalogue is available at the University of Limerick Special Collections and Archives Department.


Allied Materials 

Related Units of Description: Items donated by Helen Allott relating to the Morony family are available in the National Archives Private Accessions 1961-1981 collection.  Limerick Museum holds a small number of mainly correspondence relating to Henry Vereker Morony.  For related material remaining in private hands, see P27/1/4/2/1.


Description Control

Archivist’s Note: Papers arranged and described by Seán Liston and revised by Anna-Maria Hajba.

Rules or Conventions: This description follows guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd edition, 2000; Irish Guidelines for Archival Description, 2009; National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; and EAG Guidance on Data Protection for Archive Services, 2018.

Date of Description: November 2009.  Revised October 2022.


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