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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.
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
The list below 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
This list are the signatories to a letter of 1828 petitioning Daniel O’Connell (local lawyer and politician, and leader of the Catholic Emancipation movement – see here) to represent the tenants of Sliebheena (near Castleisland, Co. Kerry) in a legal action to resist their eviction from their homes. An extract reads “the glaringness of the wrong offered us is obvious to anybody. They first squeezed what they could out of us by wheedling and Lamh Laidir* and now they proceed to heave us out …. And they will do so unless that chivalrous generosity for which you are so eminently distinguished will make you advocate our cause..”. The letter is designed to appeal to his pity, as are the descriptions of the signatories – see below. (* literally ‘strong hand’ – meaning strong-arm tactics)
The original is in National Library of Ireland Ms 16,635. Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to conduct further research on these individuals or obtain copies. Click here and quote ‘Kerry Petioners offer’ in the subject line.
These 17 tenants are listed in the ‘Ledger Accounts’ of the Paul Estate. It also shows the annual rental amount. John’s Hill is now part of Waterford city but at the time would have been outside the city. The houses are of very variable sizes as is evident from the rental amounts which vary from £1 to £155. The original ledger is in the Paul Estate records in the National Library of Ireland NLI: Ms. 12,985. The Paul Estate had holdings in several counties, principally Kerry and Carlow but also some holdings in County Waterford. Further information on the estates of this family can be found on the Landed Estates Database.
The names are listed as spelled, and with the abbreviations used, e.g. Patk. = Patrick, Edwd. = Edward etc. Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to conduct further research on these individuals or obtain copies. Click here and quote ‘Waterford SS7’ in the subject line.
This is a small list we found in research for a planned guide to tracing ancestors in County Wexford. It shows 37 labourers or workmen on the Thomas Meyler Estate in the townland of Harristown, Parish of Kilcavan, Wexford in 1850. It is in a Workmen’s account book which shows the dates worked and payments made to each worker in May 1850. Payments vary from 4d (pence) to 12d (12 pence, which equals 1 shilling) per day with women at 4d and most males paid 6d plus. Lists of workmen are useful as they tend to be difficult to find in the records. They are arranged in couples or family groups as indicated below with one page per individual or group (with some exceptions as in the illustration).
The original is in National Library of Ireland Ms. 5356. As usual, if you make a connection with anyone on this list, we would be interested to hear. Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to conduct further research on these individuals or obtain copies. Click here and quote ‘Wexford SS5’ in the subject line.