“ 3rd Dragoon Guards, Ballincollig, 1845
This fragile and torn letter still has a great interest for the contents. The letter is addressed to Lieutenant Adjutant Robinson, 3rd Dragoons Guards, BALLINCOLLIG Barracks, Cork and concerns finding a suitable horse. The person who received the letter has made a note on the outside.
Letter from H Renolds Contractor for Army Cavalry horses to Adjt Robinson of 3rd Drgns Grds 29th March 1847
Ballincollig is a large town outside of Cork with an interesting history. This information is from Wikipedia
The Barrett family (after whom the barony which contains Ballincollig is named) built Ballincollig Castle during the reign of Edward III. The castle was taken from Andrew Barrett by rebels in 1641, but they were expelled by English Parliamentary forces under Murrough O'Brien, Earl Inchiquinn, in 1645. It was garrisoned for James II in 1689, during the Williamite war in Ireland, then remained unoccupied after his defeat, and fell into decay.As can be seen from this letter, the 3rd Dragoon Guards were stationed at the barracks in 1845, and I have found an image of their cap badge on this website https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50249841 by Dormskirk - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0.
From the postal history side, the letter is definitely in poor condition, and has had the adhesive postage stamp removed, but the postmarks are clearly marked. The Dublin Diamond in red with single frame was in use from 1815 to 1846, so this is quite a late example of this mark. It has the figures 20 above MR 29 over 45 and BALLINCOLLIG circular date stamp of MR 30 1845 E.
There was no postmark for when the letter was posted, only the Dublin transfer and then to the delivery point.
The illustration shows that the sender of the letter did not have enough room to write on the other side of the paper, so continued on the outer page. This would have been folded in when the letter was sealed, so not visible until it was opened.
The letter begins on the inside page, and is clearly legible.
Ballinalee Mch 29th 45
Notes: The linear measure for a horse the ‘hand’ equals 4 inches so 15 hands would be 60inches, that is, 5ft but I don’t know what the 2½ could be.
The Mullingar Horse fair was well known, and I checked the calendar and April the 8th was a Tuesday.
As a matter of interest, if the horse was purchased, I wonder what Adjutant Robinson named his horse with this breeding, perhaps “Lucky Note?”
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