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Tenants of Prittie Estate, Tipperary & Offaly 1826.

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Small Sources 17. This document lists tenants of 57 holdings on the estates of Hon. Francis A. Prittie during March and May 1826. It lists 71 names as several are in joint tenancies. It indicates the townland, rent and arrears for each. Only the rent amount is shown here as an indication of the holding size. The list is among the ”Dunalley Papers, of the Prittie family Lords Dunalley, 1665-1937” in the National Library of Ireland; NLI Ms 29,808 (2). The holdings appear to be in 2 counties. Loughan or Loughane is in the Parish of Finglas, Co. Offaly close to the Prittie family home at Corville, which is just across the county border in Tipperary. Most of the remainder are in the area South of Nenagh, Co. Tipperary in the Civil parishes of Kilnaneave, Dolla and Ballynaclogh. Ballyandrew, which is the location of 19 tenancies, could not be found. There are townlands called Ballyandrew in Cork and Wexford. However, this property would appear to be in Tipperary, based on the family names. Does anyone have suggestions (noting that it might not be the name of a townland)?

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Tenant – Place – Rent (£.s.d)
Michael Carroll & Wm. Brenan – Loughane (Offaly) – 16.1.6
Benjamin Talbot – Loughane – 2.17.7
William Williams – Loughane – 10.12.0
Michael Hickey – Loughane – 16.19.7
John Toohey & son – Loughane – 19.0.0
James Toohey – Loughane – 19.4.10
John Carroll & M Greene – Loughane – 1.3.3
Roger Tracy – Loughane – 0.11.4
Francis Pye – Loughane – 1(?).3.3
John Blackwell – Loughane – illegible
Thomas Pye – Loughane – 11.10.19
Dennis Cummins – Loughane – 19.18.3
George Minchine – Loughane – 2.5.3
Francis Pye – Loughane – 4.8.3
Connor (Cannor?) Kennedy – Loughane – 12.17.9 –
Michael Carroll – Loughane – 6.10.3
Thomas Wall (Meagher) – Loughane – 6.4.10
George Minchine – Loughane – 9.15.8
William Talbot – Demesne (Offaly) – 8.4.9
William Talbot – Cow Park (Offaly) – 16.12.8
Michael & A Bourke – Killawardy (Tipp) – 25.5.9
Edmund Buckley – Killawardy (Tipp) – 30.6.5
John & Wm. Bohan – Killawardy (Tipp) – 32.17.0
John Davis – Killawardy (Tipp) – 18.17.4
M Halloran & P Morrissey – Killawardy (Tipp) – 6.3.3
Thomas Lloyde – Killawardy (Tipp) – 47.8.3
Michael Treacy – Killawardy (Tipp) – 16.3.3
Michael Treacy – Wood (Tipp) – 7.10.3
John Gleeson – Clonknockane (Tipp) – 26.7.4 –
Henry Allen – Ballyguivane (Tipp) – 39.5.0
James Mara – Clonknockane (Tipp) – 0.11.3
John Gleeson – Cloncane (Cloncare?) (Tipp) – 13.7.1
Richard Prittie – Ballyglasheene (Tipp) – 3.17.11
Richard Hawkshaw – Sragh little (Tipp) – 19.10.2
Richard Hawkshaw – Sragh big (Tipp) – 43.6.6
Philip Going & J Bennett – Coolagh & Ballyquinane (Tipp) – 72.15.0
Benjamin Hawkshaw – Barnagore (Tipp) – 45.0.0
Lord Dunally – Dolla bog (Tipp) – 18.18.2
William Cullinan – Ballyandrew – 21.2.6
Thomas Kennedy (both rents) – Ballyandrew – illegible
Thomas Corcoran – Ballyandrew – Illegible
Thomas Kyle – Ballyandrew – Illegible
Morgan & M. Connery – Ballyandrew – 19….
Thomas Mara & son – Ballyandrew – 20…
Martin & Pat Mackey – Ballyandrew – 2?.6.11
Michael & P Ryan – Ballyandrew – 1.5.0
John Ryan & J Kyle – Ballyandrew – 2.11.2
Patt & James Ryan – Ballyandrew – 40.13.9
J Ryan & S Mackey – Ballyandrew – 2.6.11
Edmund and John Kennedy – Ballyandrew – 4.14.4
James Horan & M Caine – Ballyandrew – 2.2.8
John Brien – Ballyandrew – 27.17.4
John Horan – Ballyandrew – 4.13.11
John O’Meara – Ballyandrew – 30…..
Michael Hanley – Ballyandrew – 6.14.9
William Cullinan – Ballyandrew – 40.8.0
Morgan Connery – Ballyandrew – 2.0.0


New Free App to Help Visitors in Dublin Trace Their Irish Ancestors

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Dublin, Ireland, and Salt Lake City, Utah; Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Ancestor Network, Ireland’s leading provider of professional genealogy and probate research, has just released at RootsTech 2017 a free, new and interactive Irish Genealogy Research App; Your Dublin Map Guide to Irish Genealogy and History Sources. This ‘Ancestor Network’ App displays a list of the leading Dublin-based libraries, archives, research centres, historic sites and museums. Read More


Flax Growers in Shanagolden, Limerick. 1808

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flaxSmall Sources 16: This list is of 26 persons who purchased flax seed from the Monteagle estate in the Shanagolden area of county Limerick in 1808. It is from the correspondence of Stephen Edward Rice and the original is in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms 605A).   The heading on the list states that 124 pottles of flax seed were sold at 1 shilling 7 pence halfpenny per pottle on 15th May 1808. Read More

Maunsell Rental Docs Tipp 1848/9

Farmers in Castletown, Co Limerick in 1848/49

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Small Sources 14: ThisMaunsell Rental Docs Tipp 1848/9 list of small farmers is derived from 2 documents in Ms. 8344 in the National Library of Ireland, entitled “Rent ledger of lands in Co. Tipperary the property of the Maunsell (?) family, 1848”. Despite the title, the properties are in the townland of Carrig Beg (403 acres; spelt Carraghbeg in the document) which is in the Parish of Castletown, Co. Limerick. A map and further information is here.   It is on the Tipperary border and in the Poor Law Union of Tipperary. The two source documents are (a) a rental with a list of 22 tenants, and (b) a separate letter from Michael Ryan (presumably the land-agent)  to the landlord detailing the “..number of acres in tillage and meadowing in Castletown” dated Oct. 24 1849. The latter document contains almost all of the same persons as the rental, but the final three on the list below are additional to the rental list and may have taken up tenancies in the interim. The file also contains rent receipts which clearly show the location of the properties as being Carrig Beg.

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Labourers in Co. Carlow in 1793/4

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Small Sources 13:   These are 111 labourers employed on the Vigors Estate at Burgage, near Leighlin Bridge, Co. Carlow in 1793/94. The names are on four separate lists all apparently written by the same farm manager or foreman (based on the handwriting)  and included  in the Cliff – Vigors Estate Papers in the National Archives of Ireland (Ref NAI 1096.2.12). See here for a description of the holdings.    List 1 headed ‘Mowers 1793’ contains 20 names, all men; the second unheaded list has 21 names, all men except for 3 widows; List 3 is headed ‘January 1794 at Manure, Burgage’ which suggests that these workers were engaged in hauling and spreading manure. It contains 27 names of men and 3 widows. The final list, also unheaded, contains 43 names including 3 widows. Was it perhaps the custom to give work to widows?  Other than names, the numbers of days worked are also listed. There are some names which recur in more than one list,e.g. John Lennon, Ned and Tom McCardell, P.Mulloy, P. Delaney and a few others.
Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to  conduct further research on these individuals or others in these estate papers and/or to obtain copies 0f the original. Click here and quote ‘Carlow  SS13’ in the subject line.

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Tenants in Kilteel, Co. Kildare 1825: Small Sources 12

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KD: Tenants on Tighe Estate in Kilteel 1825

Tenants on Tighe Estate, Kilteel 1825


This rent roll lists 25 tenants on the estate of William Tighe in 1825-26. The estate is in the parish of Kilteel, Co. Kildare but no further information is provided as to which townlands they occupied. William Tighe lived in Woodstock, Co. Wicklow and had estates in several counties.  This was one of his smaller land-holdings.

The original rental is in the National Library of Ireland Ms. 872.  Flyleaf Press publish ‘A Guide to Tracing your Kildare Ancestors’ which provides full information on ancestor-tracing in this county.   Click here for further information.

Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to  conduct further research on these individuals in these estate papers and elsewhere, and/or to obtain copies 0f the original. Click here and quote ‘Kildare  SS12’ in the subject line.

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