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.
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