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Listed below are some general guides, bibliographies, works and websites which researchers may find useful. These listings are not intended to be comprehensive but to give some indication of the range and depth of material available on the Irish Diaspora at the British Library.

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Irish settlers to the Cape: history of the Clanwilliam 1820 settlers from Cork Harbour, Graham Brian Dikason. Cape Town: A. A. Balkema, 1973.(South African biographical and historical series; v.20) X.0700/226(20)

The Missions: Africa and the Orient. Dublin: Gill & Son, 1967. (History of Irish Catholicism; vol.6 fasc. 8). X.0100/237.(6.)

Occasional papers on the Irish in South Africa, Donald Harman Akenson. Grahamstown: Institute of Social and Economic Research, Rhodes University, 1991. (Occasional paper; No. 32). AC.2700.fa

An Ulsterman in Africa, Robert Hugh Henderson. Cape Town: Unie-Volkspers Beperk, 1944. X.809/20192.

Under the blue flag, Raymond Smith. [New edition of The Fighting Irish in the Congo]. Dublin: Ahorlow, 1980. YA.1995.a.12564


The Irish in America: a guide to the literature and the manuscript collections, by Patrick J. Blessing. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1992. YA.1995.b.10099

The Irish in North America: a regional bibliography, by Seamus P. Metress and Donna M. Hardy-Johnston. Toronto: P.D. Meany Publishers, 1999. YA.2000.a.42985

Emigrants and exiles: Ireland and the Irish exodus to North America, by Kerby A. Miller. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985. YH.1986.b.398

The people with no name: Ireland's Ulster Scots, America's Scots Irish, and the creation of a British Atlantic world, 1689-1764, by Patrick Griffin. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2001. YC.2001.a.18767

The Scotch-Irish: from the north of Ireland to the making of America, by Ron Chepesiuk. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co, 2000. YC.2000.a.5791

The Irish Catholic diaspora in America, by Lawrence J. McCaffrey. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1997. YC.1998.a.4508

Irish voice and organized labor in America: a biographical study, by L.A. O'Donnell.
Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997. YC.1997.b.4339

Erin's daughters in America: Irish immigrant women in the nineteenth century, by Hasia R. Diner. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983. (Johns Hopkins University studies in historical and political science; 101st ser., 2). YA.1990.b.40

The Irish in the South, 1815-1877, by David T. Gleeson. Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 2001. YC.2002.a.1664


Tom Crean

Courtesy of Scott Polar Research Institute.The figure on the left is of Tom Crean (born in Gurtuchrane, Co. Kerry 1878) pictured next to Shackleton on the Endurance. Expedition 1914-1916 in South Georgia. © The British Library Board

An unsung hero: Tom Crean – Antarctic survivor, by Michael Smith. London: Headline, 2000. YC.2002.a.6494


Australia and Ireland 1788-1988: bicentenary essays, edited by Colm Kiernan. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, c1986. YC.1987.b.1035

A biographical register and annotated bibliography of Anglo-Irish colonists in Australia, compiled and edited by G.J. Forth.
Warrnambool: Deakin University, c1992. YA.1996.b.8063

Croppies, Celts and Catholics: the Irish in Australia, by Chris McConville. Caulfield, East Vic.: Edward Arnold Australia, 1987. YA.1989.b.7185

Ireland and Irish-Australia: studies in cultural and political history, edited by Oliver MacDonagh and W.F. Mandle. London: Croom Helm, c1986. YC.1986.a.6787

The Irish-Australian connection = An caidreamh Gael-Astrálach, Seamus Grimes and Gearóid O'Tuathaigh, editors. Irish-Australian Bicentenary Conference:1988: University College Galway. Galway: University College Galway, c1989. YC.1990.a.7202

The Irish emigrant experience in Australia, edited by John O'Brien & Pauric Travers. Dublin: Poolbeg, 1991. YK.1993.a.8276

The Irish in Australia, Patrick O’Farrell. Revised edition. Kensington, N.S.W.: New South Wales University Press, 1993. YA.1995.b.12097

Irish women in colonial Australia, edited by Trevor McClaughlin. St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 1998. YA.1999.a.9913

Oceans of consolation: personal accounts of Irish migration to Australia, David Fitzpatrick. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1995, c1994. YA.1999.b.1280

Through Irish eyes: Australian & New Zealand images of the Irish, 1788-1948, Patrick O'Farrell, contemporary photographs by Richard O'Farrell. Richmond, Vic.: Aurora Books [in association with] David Lovell Pub., 1994. YA.1995.b.8054

Vanished Kingdoms: Irish in Australia and New Zealand, Patrick O’Farrell. Kensington, N.S.W.: NSWU Press, 1990. YA.1992.b.3129

Irish convict lives, edited by Bob Reece. Sydney: Crossing Press, 1993. YA.1995.a.4036

Exiles from Erin: convict lives in Ireland and Australia, edited by Bob Reece. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1991. YC.1991.a.4464

The origins of Irish convict transportation to New South Wales, by Bob Reece. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001. YC.2001.a.2930



Photo by Paddy Fahey. Courtesy of Brent Archive.This group of Irish sisters of Charity are celebrating the centenary of their convent school at Sternhall St, Walthamstow in 1958.

The history of the Irish in Britain: a bibliography, complied by Maureen Hartigan, edited by Mary Hickman. London: Irish in Britain History Centre, 1986. 2725.c.880

Irish women in England: an annotated bibliography. Clare Barrington. Dublin: Women’s Education, Research and Resource Centre, 1997. YC.1998.a.756

Across the water Irish women’s lives in Britain, Mary Lennon, Marie McAdam and Joanne O’Brien. Yc1988b5606

The Irish in Britain, 1815-1939, edited by Roger Swift and
Sheridan Gilley. London: Pinter,1989. YH.1989.b.883

The Irish in Britain, 1815-1914, Graham Davis. Dublin: Gill and
Macmillan, c1991. YC.1992.a.1273

Irish migrants in modern Britain, 1750-1922, Donald M. MacRaild
Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1999. YC.2000.a.2037

The Irish in Modern Scotland, by James Edmund Handley.
Cork: Cork University Press, 1947. 010370.k.68.

The Irish in Scotland, 1798-1845, by James Edmund Handley. 2nd edition. Cork: Cork University Press, 1945. 09196.dd.24.

The Irish in the west of Scotland 1797-1848, trade unions, strikes and political movements, Martin J. Mitchell. Edinburgh: John Donald, 1998. YC.1999.b.9503

Immigration and integration: the Irish in Wales, 1798-1922, by Paul O'Leary. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000. (Studies in Welsh history; 16). YC.2002.a.6240

The Great Famine and beyond: Irish migrants in Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, edited by Donald M. MacRaild. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2000. YC.2001.a.8613

Black '47: Britain and the Famine Irish, by Frank Neal. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998. YC.1998.a.149


Flight from Famine: the coming of the Irish to Canada, Donald Mackay. Toronto: M & S, c1990. YA.1995.b.2069

Irish American material culture: a directory of collections, sites, and festivals in the United States and Canada, compiled by Susan K. Eleuterio-Comer. London: Greenwood, 1988. Material culture directories; no.1). YC.1988.b.7736

Irish emigration and Canadian settlement: patterns, links, and letters, Cecil J. Houston, William J. Smyth. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation, c1990. YC.1993.b.6068

The Irish in Atlantic Canada, 1780-1900, edited by Thomas P. Power.
Fredericton, N.B.: New Ireland Press, c1991. YA.1993.b.6048

The Irish in Newfoundland, 1600-1900: their trials, tribulations and triumphs, by Mike McCarthy. St. John's, Nfld.: Creative, 1999. YA.2000.a.25102

The Irish in Ontario: a study in rural history, Donald Harman Akenson. 2nd edition. Montreal, London: McGill-Queen's University Press, c1999. YA.2000.a.42483

Irish migrants in the Canadas: a new approach, Bruce S. Elliott. Kingston, Ont.: McGill-Queen's University Press, Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies, Queens University of Belfast, 1988. (McGill-Queen's studies in ethnic history; 1). YC.1990.b.5068

Patrick Lenihan: from Irish rebel to founder of Canadian public sector unionism, edited by Gilbert Levine, with an introduction by Lorne Brown. St John's, Nfld.: Canadian Committee on Labour History,
Department of History, Memorial University of Newfoundland, c1998. YA.2000.a.67

Religion and identity: the experience of Irish and Scottish Catholics in Atlantic Canada: selected papers from a conference on Roman Catholicism in Anglophone Canada: The Atlantic Region, held at Saint Mary’s University, 19-22 September 1984, edited by Terrence Murphy and Cyril J. Byrne. St. John’s, Nfld.: Jesperson Press, c1987. YA.1989.b.6197

The Untold story: the Irish in Canada, edited by Robert O'Driscoll & Lorna Reynolds. Toronto: Celtic Arts of Canada, 1988. 2 volumes. YA.1990.b.3702

Central America

The Irish soldiers of Mexico, Michael Hogan. Guadalajara, Mexico: Fondo Editorial Universitario, c1997. YA.1998.a.12252

The rogue's march: John Riley and the St. Patrick's Battalion 1846-48, Peter F. Stevens. Washington, London: Brassey's, c1999. YC.2000.a.3295


Biographical Dictionary of Irishmen in France, Richard Francis Hayes. Dublin: M. H. Gill & Son, 1949. 10804.r.7.

The Irish Augustinians in Rome, 1656-1994 and Irish Augustinian missions throughout the world: edited by F. X. Martin and ClareO'Reilly. Ballyboden, Dublin: Augustinian House of Studies, 1994. YC.1995.b.6470

The Irish continental college movement: the colleges at Bordeaux,Toulouse, and Lille, by T.J. Walsh. Dublin: Golden Eagle Books, 1973. X.809/43672

The Irish-French connection, 1578-1978, edited by Liam Swords. Paris: Irish College, 1978. X.709/32486

The Irish Nuns at Ypres: an episode of the war, Dame M. Columban, edited by R. Barry O’Brien, with an introduction by John Redmond. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1915.

Old Irish Links with France: some echoes of exiled Ireland, Richard Francis Hayes. Dublin: M. H. Gill & Son, 1940.

The Spanish monarchy and Irish mercenaries: the Wild Geese in Spain 1618-68, R.A. Stradling. Blackrock, Dublin: Irish Academic, c1994. YC.1994.b.3894

Wild Geese in Spanish Flanders, 1582-1700: Documents, relating chiefly to Irish regiments, from the Archives Géenérales du Royaume, Brussels, and other sources, edited by Brendan Jennings. Dublin, 1964. C.S.A.116/13.

The wild geese: the Irish soldier in exile, Maurice Hennessy. Old Greenwich, Conn.: Devin-Adair, 1973. X.809/44596


The Connaught Rangers, T.P. Kilfeather. Tralee: Anvil Books, 1969. X.708/6189

"Damn tight place(s)": with apologies to Rudyard Kipling: the life and times of Nicholas Marshall Cummins, a young Irish Civil Engineer in the employment of the East India Railway Co., prior to, during and after the 1857 Indian Mutiny ..., compiled from N. M. Cummins [sic] memoirs and other sources by Lorne C. MacPherson. Magog, Que.: MacPherson Lumber Inc., 1994.
British Library Oriental and India Office Collections shelfmark: ORW.1994.a.1649

The devil to pay: the mutiny of the Connaught Rangers, India,
July, 1920, by Anthony Babington. London: Leo Cooper, 1991. YC.1991.b.6568

Imperial affinities: nineteenth century analogies and exchanges between India and Ireland, Scott B. Cook. New Delhi, London: Sage Publications, 1993. YC.1993.a.4769

Ireland and India: connections, comparisons, contrasts, edited by Michael Holmes and Denis Holmes, sponsored by the Irish-Indian Business and Economic Association, the Department of Government and Society, University of Limerick. Dublin: Folens, 1997. YC.1998.b.3972

The Irish Raj: illustrated stories about Irish in India and Indians in Ireland, Narinder Kapur. Antrim: Greystone, 1997. British Library Oriental and India Office Collections shelfmark: ORW.1997.a.2307

The Rajah from Tipperary [George Thomas 1756?-1802], Maurice Hennessy. London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1971. British Library Oriental and India Office Collections shelfmark: T 25952

New Zealand

A distant shore: Irish migration & New Zealand settlement, edited by Lyndon Fraser. Dunedin, N.Z.: University of Otago Press, 2000. YA.2000.a.42045

Half the world from home: perspectives on the Irish in New Zealand, 1860-1950, Donald Harman Akenson.Wellington, N.Z.: Victoria University Press, 1990. YA.1992.a.5752

Irish issues in New Zealand politics, 1868-1922, Richard P. Davis. Dunedin, N.Z.: University of Otago Press, 1974. YA.1986.a.9402

Through Irish eyes: Australian & New Zealand images of the Irish,1788-1948, Patrick O'Farrell, contemporary photographs by Richard O'Farrell. Richmond, Vic.: Aurora Books [in association with] David Lovell Pub., 1994. YA.1995.b.8054

Vanished Kingdoms: Irish in Australia and New Zealand, Patrick O’Farrell. Kensington, N.S.W.: NSWU Press, 1990. YA.1992.b.3129

South America

El aporte de los irlandeses a la formación de la nación argentina, Eduardo A. Coghlan. Buenos Aires: Privately published, 1982. YA.1987.b.2102

English and Irish settlement on the River Amazon, 1550-1646, edited by Joyce Lorimer. London: Hakluyt Society, 1989. (Works issued by the Hakluyt Society. Second series. no.171). YC.1990.a.4698

Father Fahy. A biography of Anthony Dominic Fahy, O.P., Irish Missionary in Argentina, 1805-1871. [With plates, including a portrait.], James Martin Ussher. Buenos Aires, 1951.

Irish participation in Bolívar’s campaigns, Enrique Naranjo Martínez. New York City: Colombia Publishing Service, 1937. X.709/15996