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Carlow Tenants 1856: Small Sources 9

By October 19, 2016 Uncategorized
Terence Byrne

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.
John Evans
John Tennant (P)
Luke Agar
George Parker
John Parker
William Ruddock (P)
Robert Kehoe (P)
Thomas Doyle
Ralph James
Patt Walshe
Michael Lawlor
Thomas Burgess
George Young
Patrick Kearney (P)
Terrence Byrne (P)
James Nolan
Edward Rose (P)
George Feltus
Michael Kehoe
Ephraim James
Jas Stewart


Patrick Kearney

Patrick Kearney (above)

William Ruddock


William Ruddock (above)









About Jim Ryan

Dr Jim Ryan is a writer and publisher on Irish genealogy. His book ‘Irish Records’ (Ancestry Inc., now Turner Publishing) is a standard guide. His other books include: Tracing your Dublin Ancestors (Flyleaf Press 2009); Irish Church Records (Flyleaf 2001); Sources for Irish Family History (Flyleaf 2001), and Tracing Sligo Ancestors (Flyleaf 2012). He has lectured extensively at genealogy meetings and his research interests include church records and Rentals. He writes blogs and articles for In-Depth Genealogist (http://theindepthgenealogist.com), and also a blog for www.flyleafpress.ie.

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