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Irish History


Early Modern in Primary Sources

This is an introductory guide to resources available to students at Boston College on Irish History.

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This page is currently under construction and far from complete. If you notice broken links or have suggestions, please write the subject librarian an e-mail. 

What's on This Page

This page has a lot on it. You can use the following anchors (links down the page) to jump straight to a relevant box.

    1797 Map of Ireland

    Daniel Augustus Beaufort, WIlliam Faden, and Samuel John Neele, A New Map of Ireland: Civil and Ecclesiastical, Map (Dublin: William Allen, 1797), Library of Congress.

    Broad Digital Collections

    These are collections with extensive content, covering dozens of topics related Irish history. We recommend trying each of these to see if they are relevant to your research.

    Broad Digital Collections from Ireland

    Burns Box


    In our very own special collections library (Burns), you'll find a selection of material on your topic. Consider visiting the library and seeing history in your hands. To do so, you should start by searching for material through BC Libraries' catalog and then ordering it (if you haven't registered, you'll be prompted). For a guide on the process, check out the "Finding Burns Material" page.  You might also check out the following recommendations: 

    Searching the subject heading Ireland -- History -- 1691- in the library catalog will include some materials on this time-period, including:

    For more Burns resources on specific topics, check the Burns Blog for posts on The Williamite War and The Penal Laws in Ireland.

    Sources: Law & Gov. Docs

    Broad Collections with Gov. Docs.

    Sources: Literature

    Sources: Newspapers

    For historical newspapers and television, visit BC Libraries' Historical News page.

    For additional help

    For additional recommendations, contact your subject liaison (Dr. Bee Lehman) at or schedule an appointment with them.