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We are delighted to make available to the public some key documents relating to Garinish Island.

The Bryces collected items from all around the world: Italian paintings, antique Persian carpets, Dutch marquetry and rare furniture, Chinese, Burmese and Siamese bronzes, metal works and wood carvings, ivories, jewellery, tapestries, porcelain, glass, silver plate, books and curios. Their collections represented their interests and travels, especially those of Roland’s father John Annan who spent many years working in Asia before entering politics in 1906. Although the London collection was dispersed at auction as early as 1923, the Irish collection has remained as it was left by Roland in 1953.

Click on the image of the document to access it. You can either read it online or download to your own computer. Please acknowledge the Office of Public Works in any use of these documents. Bryce House and Garinish Island facilitates those carrying out historic research by allowing access to its archives and collection. Access is by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact us.

Visitor Book, 1959

English writer Agatha Christie left her signature in the guest book during her visit in 1959.

Memorial Booklet

Memorial booklet for Nigel Erskine Bryce, son of Violet and John Annan Bryce. 1910.

Letter from Eamon de Valera

Typed letter from Eamon de Valera to Roland L’Estrange Bryce, dated 21st May, 1943.

Dinner Souvenir

Souvenir of a dinner given by a few members of the Sulgrave Institution as a testimonial of their affectionate regard for Viscount Bryce and Lady Bryce.