Barnacle, Papers relating to the Will of Annie
Reference code: P11
Title: Barnacle, Papers relating to the Will of Annie
Date(s): 1942-1943
Extent: 156 items
Location: NUI Galway
Scope and Content

This collection consists of the legal papers relating to the application for an Order of Probate on the Will of Annie Barnacle, 4 Bowling Green, Galway, mother of Nora Barnacle. She died on 9th November 1940, and had made her will in 1936. Complications arose when the original of the will was misplaced, and the letters from Nora barnacle and Miss Weaver to Kathleen Griffin reflect this search. The terse response from Nora Barnacle to her sister [P11/2] reflects the dire straits she was in at the time as a result of James Joyce's death and the fact that she could not contact her daughter Lucia in France. Miss Weaver's letter also reflects how the war impinged on their lives with the news of the arrest of Paul Leon [P11/1]. They have no knowledge of the whereabouts of the original of the will.The rest of the material relates primarily to the work of McDermott and Allen, solicitors for Kathleen Griffin, and their motion for an Order of Probate on the Will of Annie Barnacle. This includes dealing with the legal, medical and funeral costs, as well as the execution of the terms of the will. The material reflects the painfully slow legal process surrounding the case.

System of arrangement

The arrangement of the material reflects the different legal stages of the application for Probate, as well as keeping the legal correspondence relating to the case by McDermott and Allen together. For the placing of this material within the context of Nora Barnacle's life, see Brenda Maddox, Nora: A biography of Nora Joyce (London: Hamilton: 1988).

Conditions governing access

The material in this collection is available to all bone fide researchers and subject to the conditions of access governing the consultation of archival material at the James Hardiman Library. No material may be reproduced from this collection without the written permission of the archivist and reproductions are subject to the conditions of access. The most appropriate form of reference is title of item: date of item: reference number (P11/?), James Hardiman Archives, NUI, Galway.

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