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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.

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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.
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 ‘Wexford SS10’ in the subject line. Read More

Kerry petitioners against eviction 1828: Small Sources No. 8.

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This list are the signatoroconnellies 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.

 

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Rental for John’s Hill, Waterford in 1831-40: Small Sources No. 7.

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These 17 waterford John's hilltenants 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.

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Tenants on Ram Estate, Gorey, Co. Wexford in 1826 (Small Sources No. 6)

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This is another list wewexford-ram-rental-7-ms-823818 found in research for a planned guide to tracing ancestors in County Wexford.  See our existing titles here.    This list is from a single-sheet rental of part of the estate of Abel Ram Esq. in county Wexford for 1826.  It shows tenant’s names, location, acres held, and yearly rent. The holdings vary from 2 to 152 acres and rents vary from ~£2 to £200.  The properties are mainly in the Gorey area (Civil parishes of Liskinfere, Kilmacilloge, Kilcavan and Kilnahue) and one property is in Finglas, Dublin. The original is in the National Library of Ireland Ms.8238 (18).
The names are listed as spelled, and with the abbreviations used, e.g. Reps. = Representatives;  Robt. = Robert  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 ‘Wexford SS6’ in the subject line.
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Small Sources 5: Labourers in Kilcavan Parish, Wexford 1850.

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This is a swx-meyler-estate-labourers-nli-ms-5356mall 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.
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Culture Night at the Irish History Hub at O’Shea’s Merchant in Dublin’s Viking Quarter

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We hope you can join us at the Irish History Hub in O’Shea’s Merchant on Culture Night, Friday, 16 September.  Opening Hours are from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.  We will be providing talks on how to trace your elusive Irish ancestors and you can also speak with professional genealogists on hand to help you with your research and advise you on how to break down those research brick walls.  More information can be provided on the link below.  We hope to see you there!

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Quansbury (642x800)

Small Sources 4: Tenants of Quansbury Estate (Galway) 1777-78

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This is a reQuansbury (642x800)ntal document among the estate papers of Francis Thomas FitzMaurice, 3rd Earl of Kerry, which are held in the Archives Nationales, Paris (Fonds T. Cote 451 (6)). A microfilm copy is in the National Library of Ireland No. P7239. It shows 35 tenants of the Quansbury Estate which is in the Civil Parish of Kilquain, Co Galway in 1777/8. Some properties are in neighbouring parishes. Information on the Kilquane estate is at: http://landedestates.nuigalway.ie:8080/LandedEstates/jsp/estate-show.jsp?id=1254).
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In this document, and many others,  the property name is spelt Quansbury but on Ordnance Survey maps it is spelt Quainsborough. Some comments in parentheses are included for explanation.   The property was owned by Denis Daly from 1722, and later passed by inheritance to the Earl of Louth. Why the document is within these estate papers is unclear. The rents vary from £237 to £3.10.0.  It also includes ‘observations’ on tenants or lettings. Those with higher rents are likely to be middlemen (who sublet the property to others) or large farmers.  Some tenants rent several properties. 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 ‘Galway SS4′  in the subject line.

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