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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.

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 of the original. Click here and quote ‘Limerick SS14’ in the subject line.

Thomas Crowe
John Ryan
Mary Ryan (Widow Ml.)
John Maher
William Ryan
Denis Berrane
James Stapleton
John Stapleton
Denis Stapleton
William Coffey  (Coffy in agent’s letter)
Denis Coffey
Connor Gorman  
(listed as ‘Cornelius’ in the agent’s letter)
John Berrane
Patk. Berrane
Denis Anderson
Patk. Anderson
Thomas Hammersly   (Hamersly in agent’s letter )
James O’Brien
Widow Buckley  
(noted as ‘Honora’ in agent’s letter)
William Power
James Doyle
Mary Ryan
Michl. Fraley (?)
Jas. Maher
Widow Birrane
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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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Kerry Tenants of the Earl of Listowel 1755: Small Sources 11

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This document lists ~100 tenants in the area of Listowel,  Co. Kerry in 1755. It is among the papers of the Earl of Listowel but may then have been owned by the Knight of Kerry.  It lists the property name (all appear to be townland names) and rent due on 29th of September 1755. Further information on the family  estate can be found here.   The high rents suggest that most tenants are gentry, or perhaps ‘middlemen’ who sublet the property to smaller tenants.  However, the list of names in the illustration at the top (all from the village of Lixnaw) are smaller tenants.   The original document is in the National Archives of Ireland (reference  NAI M 2353) and is a single page with six columns: 3 per tenant. The illustration shows only 3 columns.   The numbers indicate the rent in £.s.d ( i.e. pounds, shillings and pence).

The document is in poor condition and there  are therefore gaps in the transcription. Question-marks indicate uncertainties;   ‘….’  indicates an indecipherable word. First names are abbreviated in most cases (Jno = John, Frs = Francis etc). Townlands we have been able to identify are in the Barony of Clanmaurice, and in the PLU of Listowel, Co. Kerry.

Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to conduct further research on these individuals or to obtain copies. Click here  and quote ‘Kerry SS11’ in the subject line.  Flyleaf Press also have a guide to research in Kerry – see here. Read More

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Poor list in Killinick, Co. Wexford 1813-20:  Small Sources 10

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This is a list of payments made wex-par-reg-coi-nai-m5063-cropped-1024x640by the Church of Ireland to the poor  in the parish register of Killinick, Co. Wexford.  The list is in the Register of Killinick Parish which is in the National Archives of Ireland (ref M 5063). The lists are for Killinick and the neighbouring parishes of Maglass/Mayglass, St Iberius, and Kilmacree. The register covers the period 1804 to 1820, but the poor list is for the years 1813, 1817 and 1820 only.  The payments range from 10 shillings  to  1shilling  and 8pence for each person. The years in which payments are made is indicated – e.g. (1817, 1820) means that payments were made in both of these years. Other notes are also indicated with the date.  Note that some of these recipients were probably Catholic as the Church of Ireland commonly assisted all poor in the parish.
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Carlow Tenants 1856: Small Sources 9

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The list carlow-tenantsbelow is of the County Carlow tenants of the LaTouche estate in Carlow,  and unusually we have found photographs of several of them. The tenants are signatories to a letter of Sept 1856, sent to the Knight of Kerry, Peter Fitzgerald, requesting that he not sell the properties on which they were tenants. Peter Fitzgerald had apparently recently inherited the estate from Lt. Col. LaTouche, who was his uncle.  The tenants, fearful of the possibility of a rapacious landlord, asked him not to do so in view of the relationship they had developed with his uncle, and the improvements they had made to their properties at his behest.    The letter, and a favourable reply, are in the National Library of Ireland (Ms. 5948).  The same file also includes a scrap-book with photographs of six of these tenants (indicated below as P).  These photographs are not directly associated with the letter, and would appear to be the work of Peter Fitzgerald,  who was interested in photography.   It is noteworthy that the signatories are not all big farmers.  Analysis of Griffith Valuation shows that their holdings vary from 18 to 225 acres and they are located mainly in the Civil Parish of Dunleckney, Co. Carlow.  The photo at left shows (left to right) tenants Patrick Kearney,  Robert Kehoe, John Tenant and Terrence Byrne.  The latter,  for instance,  held 76 acres in the townland of Ballywilliamroe.    If you can make a connection with anyone on this list, we would be interested to hear, and we can also share the other photos.   In addition, Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to  conduct further research on these individuals or to obtain copies. Click here and quote ‘Carlow SS9’ in the subject line. Read More

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