Ref NoP11
TitleBarnacle, Papers relating to the Will of Annie
DescriptionThis 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.
Extent156 items
ArrangementThe 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).
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