Among the finest works of local history in Cork, or any other county, are the Grove White notes on places in north Cork published in four volumes between 1906 and 1915. Colonel James Grove White was an officer in the British army with an all-consuming interest in the local history of north Cork. He collected items on the history and antiquities of his chosen area in the field, from manuscripts, books, journals, gravestone inscriptions, and any other sources he found useful. The invaluable information he gathered was arranged in alphabetical order starting with Abbeyville and ending with Woodville (near Buttevant), and encompassing Buttevant, Doneraile and a host of other places in between. Among the entries you will find parish histories, family pedigrees, histories of the big houses and castles, notes on antiquarian relics and anecdotes gathered by Grove White himself. Added value is given to many of the entries by the inclusion of Grove White's transcriptions from manuscripts in the Four Courts which were later lost during the fire there in 1922. In his preface to the first volume Grove White wrote: "I trust that they [the notes] will be found to form a not unimportant contribution to the past history, antiquities, etc., of this portion of the County."
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