The Boulter letters

Kenneth Milne & Paddy McNally, editors

Hardback €49.50
Catalogue Price: €55.00
ISBN: 978-1-84682-290-2
November 2016. 468pp.

‘This volume, admirably edited and produced, can only assist understanding of how the conscientious  grappled with the intractable problems of eighteenth-century Ireland’, Toby Barnard, Search (Spring 2017).

‘This new book is a very significant addition to the excellent corpus of works published on eighteenth-century Ireland … Hugh Boulter quickly established himself as a central figure in the government of Ireland and the foremost upholder of the “English interest” in Ireland until his death in 1744. Published in 1769–70 as Letters Written by His Excellency, Hugh Boulter, DD, Lord Primate of All Ireland, this collection of letters represents one of the most important printed sources for the political and ecclesiastical history of Ireland in the early Hanoverian period. This collection reproduces for the first time the originally published correspondence in its entirety, includes previously unpublished letters written by and to Boulter, and contains an extensive introduction to the collection. Taken together, this reprinted, expanded edition offers a fascinating insight into the political and ecclesiastical history of Ireland in the first half of the 18th century', Michael Merrigan, Ireland’s Genealogical Gazette (2017).

‘The Letters written by … Hugh Boulter, DD, Lord Primate of all Ireland, 1724–42, have long served as one of the most accessible avenues into the politics of the Irish administration in the second quarter of the eighteenth century … The editors have amplified the original eighteenth-century edition with some fifty letters from various collections of public and private papers', James Kelly, Irish Economic and Social History (2017).