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TitleHayes, Samuel (1743-95); Irish politician
Ref NoCOLL MISC 0038
Extent4 volumes
Admin Biographical HistorySamuel Hayes was a politician, improving landlord, and amateur architect, and eldest son of John Hayes of Hayesville, Co. Wicklow. He registered at London's Middle Temple in 1761, graduated BA from Trinity College, Dublin in 1762, and entered Christ Church, Oxford, in the same year. Called to the Irish bar (1767), Hayes was sheriff (1773) and joint governor (1779-95) of Co. Wicklow. He was a colonel in the Wicklow Foresters and subsequently lieutenant-colonel in the Wicklow militia. His national career in politics began as a delegate for the county at the Volunteer convention of 1783. He was then elected MP for Wicklow borough (1783-90) and Maryborough (1790-95) and was politically linked to Sir John Parnell (qv), 2nd baronet, to whom he was related on his mother's side. Hayes was also governor of the Foundling Hospital and Workhouse (1786-95) and commissioner of stamps (18 July 1789-1795).
[Biography taken from the Dictionary of Irish Biography, July 2023]
Custodial HistoryThis collection was originally attributed to Sir John Parnell and previously given the title 'Parnell; Sir; John (1744-1801 ); 2nd Baronet; Chancellor of the Irish Exchequer'.
DescriptionThree volumes constituting a journal of a tour through Wales and England. The author visited country seats and commented on design, making notes and drawings. The fourth volume is an account book detailing personal expenses, expenses of building his house in Ireland plus an account of the building progress.

These diaries were originally attributed to Sir John Parnell but following research in 2023 by David Menzies, an MA Student of Local History at University College Cork, it is now believed that they were written by Samuel Hayes (1743-1795), who was a first cousin of Sir John Parnell. Samuel Hayes had no direct heir and on his death, under the terms of his will, his estate passed to Sir John Parnell.
Access ConditionsOriginal withdrawn; microfilm must be used (Archives MF 1)
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