Ballingal and Travers

Reference Code: IE 2135 P69
Title: The Ballingal and Travers Collection
Dates of Creation: 1900-1993 (predominantly 1900-1921)
Extent and Medium: 1 standard box and 1 outsize box (32 items)

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Name of Creator(s): Ballingal, Robert Rennie (1867-1928) and Travers, Doris née Ballingal (1897-1970).

Biographical History: Robert Rennie Ballingal was born on 9 June 1867 at Killarrow, Argyllshire in Scotland.  In 1894, he was appointed land agent to the 4th Earl of Dunraven at Adare Manor, county Limerick, which role he retained for 27 years until his retirement in 1921. One of his duties included the supervision of the works at the tobacco factory established in Adare by the 4th Earl of Dunraven in 1908. A keen sportsman, Ballingal was secretary of the Adare Manor Golf Club and an active member of the Limerick Lawn Tennis Club and the Irish Coursing Club.  He was also co-director of Killoran Slate Quarries in county Tipperary and a board member of the Limerick Fishery Conservators. Following his retirement he returned to Argyllshire, where he died on 27 July 1928.

Doris Ballingal was the only child of Robert Rennie Ballingal from his marriage in 1895 to Mildred Clowes.  She was born in London on 5 January 1897 and spent her childhood in Adare.  She married Eaton Travers of Timoleague, county Cork in 1925 and died in Timoleague on 10 March 1970.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Donated by Robert Travers to the University of Limerick on 18 September 2013.


Content and Structure

Scope and Content: This collection comprises early twentieth-century photograph albums compiled by Dorothy Ballingal, anonymous threat letters received by her father Robert Rennie Ballingal during the Troubles in his role as agent to the Earl of Dunraven, presentation books received by him on his retirement, and information relating to the Royal Irish Automobile Club, of which he was a member.

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

Accruals: No accruals are expected.

System of Arrangement: The documents have been arranged into two series by form and thereunder listed chronologically by date.


Conditions of Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access: Unrestricted access to most items.  Two items require conservation treatment and are too fragile to be safely handled. These documents have been identified in the finding aid and are not accessible until they have been conserved.

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.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements: Bound albums, photographs and paper documents in fair condition.

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


Description Control

Archivist’s Note: Papers arranged and described 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 EAP Guidance on Data Protection for Archive Services, 2018.

Date of Description: May 2023.