Inside Dublin Castle is a digital edition of some 62 letters exchanged between Anglo-Irish government officials from August through December 1808. These letters are part of a much larger collection of more than 1800 letters from the Littlehales collection held at the Russell Library in Maynooth University. The correspondence included in this online edition provides a unique window onto events of that time as seen through the correspondence of three men associated with the Irish administration in Dublin Castle: Sir Edward Baker Littlehales (Under-Secretary at the Military Department), John Beckett (Under Secretary of State, Home Department) and Charles Kendal Bushe (Solicitor General of Ireland).
Created by Digital Humanities students in Maynooth University, under the supervision of Prof. Susan Schreibman, the letters were digitised, transcribed, encoded and contextualised in order to provide a better understanding of a turbulent yet often neglected period in Irish history. In the shadow of the Napoleonic Wars, Irish administrators had to cope with political change, economic transformation and a series of rural uprisings at home. We hope you enjoy exploring the collection, complete with full-text transcriptions, images of each letter and brief annotations for further information.