The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of Ireland, from the Earliest Times to the Reign of Queen Victoria. London: Longmans, Green, 1870. First Edition. Two volumes. (1) Pp xxi, 555, ; (2) Pp xxii, 621, . Rebound in red buckram, with original cloth laid-on to upper covers featuring Royal Seal to centre. A very good set.
The office of Lord High Chancellor of Ireland (commonly known as Lord Chancellor of Ireland) was the highest judicial office in Ireland until the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922. From 1721 to 1801, it was also the highest political office of the Irish Parliament: the Chancellor was Speaker of the Irish House of Lords. The Lord Chancellor was also Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of Ireland. In all three respects, the office mirrored the Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain.
The Great Seal of Ireland was used from at least the 1220s and used until 1922 by the Dublin Castle administration to authenticate important state documents in Ireland.