Welcome to CIRCLE
The Reign of Richard II (1377–99)
The records of the Irish chancery were destroyed in an explosion in the Public Record Office of Ireland at the Four Courts, Dublin, in 1922.
A Calendar of Irish Chancery Letters (CIRCLE) will provide a reconstruction of these important records. It will bring together all known letters enrolled on the Irish chancery rolls during the Middle Ages (1244–1509) using copies, transcripts and calendars ranging in date from the fourteenth to nineteenth centuries and located in various archival repositories in Ireland and the U.K. The final version of CIRCLE will be launched in June 2011.
This pilot website contains over 3000 reconstructed chancery letters for the reign of Richard II (1377–99). Users are advised that the calendar of these letters presented here is still in progress and is subject to change. We welcome feedback on the website and corrections to specific entries: please contact us through our feedback form.
This website also contains a digitized version of the Latin Calendar of Irish Chancery Rolls (RCH), edited by Edward Tresham and published by the Record Commission of Ireland in 1828, as well as many images of sample manuscripts.
The Irish Chancery Project is being carried out at the Otway-Ruthven Centre for Medieval History, Trinity College Dublin, funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (IRCHSS).