Medieval and Early Modern Charters of Youghal 1462-1609

Cork City and County Archives preserves a set of ancient royal charters, and copies and translations of same, that were granted by the crown to Youghal Corporation to confer various rights and privileges upon the colonial town government. 6 original royal charters survive from Youghal for the Medieval and Early Modern periods, from Edward 4th in 1462 to James 1st in 1609. For the Medieval period in particular, the survival of original charters, or indeed any original records, is exceedingly rare in Ireland, and these items are amongst the earliest records in our collection.

The original charters are written on parchment (animal skin) in Latin.

King Richard 3rd Youghal Charter 1485
King Richard 3rd Youghal Charter 1485

Queen Elizabeth 1st Youghal Charter 1584
Queen Elizabeth 1st Youghal Charter 1584

The charters and their descriptions may be viewed on our online catalogue:

King Edward 4th Charter 1462

King Richard 3rd Charter 1485

King Henry 7th Charter 1489

Queen Elizabeth 1st Charter 1559

Queen Elizabeth 1st Charter 1584

King James 1st Charter 1609

Note: The above form part of a wider series of copies and translations of Youghal charters plus associated material 1375 - 1609

You may also view a high resolution version of the Youghal Charters 1462-1609 (YTR/A/1)

King James 1st Youghal Charter 1609
King James 1st Youghal Charter 1609