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Tenants of the Barton Estate, Fethard, Co. Tipperary 1775-1805.

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Small Sources 36:     This is a list of 183 tenants from the index to a rental of the Barton Estate in Tipperary. The original document is in the National Library of Ireland and contains “Rent ledgers of the estate of William Barton in Co Tipperary, 1775-1782; 1796 – 1805. NLI, Ms. 5875.” The rental does not give specific locations for the tenants, but most appear to be in the town of Fethard and the surrounding parishes. A few are indicated as being resident elsewhere. Thomas Barton bought the estate at Fethard, county Tipperary, in 1751 and the family kept possession until the 1950s.  Thomas  was a member of the Barton family of Fermanagh and in the 1720s he established a wine business in Bordeaux, France, which still exists as Barton & Guestier.  Thomas Barton was Member of the British Parliament for Fethard until 1800.  His estate in Tipperary was in the parish of Fethard (barony of Middlethird) and in the neighbouring parishes of Baptistgrange, Barrettsgrange, Coolmundry, Peppardstown, Rathcool and Redcity.   The Barton residence was at Grove House near Fethard.

It may be useful to know that, due to the way in which the rental is completed, the earlier names within each alphabetical list will be tenants from earlier in the rental period 1775-1805. Within the ‘B’ list, for instance, Widow Bacon was an early tenant, whereas Thomas Bourk was one of the later tenants registered. Many of these are prominent people and several are listed as freeholders of other properties in Tipperary in a 1776 list of Freeholders.   Note also that several are listed as ‘Esq.’  meaning Esquire, which was historically used as a title of respect to men of  higher social rank, e.g.  the landed gentry above the rank of gentleman. The earliest commercial directory for Fethard town is Slater’s Commercial Directory of Munster, published in 1846.  As this is 40-70 years after the time period of this  record, it is not surprising that few of the names listed here still occur. Exceptions are Henry Seyres (who is listed as a land agent), Matthew Jacob ( a local Magistrate) and Hugh Massey (also a magistrate). These may also be successors with the same names.

Name abbreviations are listed as found and include Michl. = Michael; Jno = John; Wm. = William; Nichs = Nicholas; Edwd. = Edward; Edmd. = Edmund; Hamn. = Hamilton etc. 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. Click here and quote ‘Tipp SS36’ in the subject line.  Note also that a ‘Guide to Tracing your Tipperary Ancestors‘ has been published by Flyleaf Press, a part of Ancestor Network.

Archer Wm.
Ailwood Wm.
Arran, Earl
Association of Fethard
Aldwell, Revd, Basil
Bacon, Widow
Bacon Revd. Edwd.
Bacon, John
Burrowes, James
Bowls, John
Bray, John
Bryan & Hanley
Bradshaw, William
Boughally, Pat
Bulburt, John
Butler, Theo
Baxendale, James
Brown, Saml.
Butler, John
Butler, James & Jno.
Boyle, Wm.
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Britteen, Wm.
Babington, Thos.
Buckley, Danl.
Bourk, James
Breen, Wm.
Brenan, Thos.
Brereton, Michl.
Bride, Pat
Baker & Hall
Brazier, Arabella
Barton, John
Baker, Kilner
Bowles & Wilson
Boyd & Woodward
Bourk Thos. Wm.
Barton Mrs.
Barton Esq. Thoms.
Carthy, John
Carthy, Florence
Connell, Thos. (late of Philip)
Campbell, Geo.
Connell, James
Cahill, James
Cormick, Thos.
Cormick, Jas. & Nichs.
Cody, Edmd.
Crane, James
Crane, John
Crane Wm. (Widow)
Crane & Partners
Carew, Thos.
Connolly, Wm.
Cooke, Joseph
Cooke, John
Carew, Phillip
Crawford, Rev. Thos.
Carew Catherine
Collins, Edwd.
Cahill, Mary
Carleton, John, Dublin
Cooke, Edwd. Clonmel
Connory, Jno. & Jas.
Champion, Richd.
Connell Jas. Jim
Daniel, W (?)
Dooling, Pat
Dalton, Thos.
Donaghoe, Wm.
Doody, John
Duan, Mary
Dee, Mary
Dee, Wm.
Dee, John
Dee, James
Delahunty, Richd.
Devine, Edwd.
Dwyer, Pat.
Despard, Wm. Esq.
Everard, Pat.
Everard Joana (?)
Everard, George
Fleming, Wm.
Fitzgerald, John
Franklin, Robt.
Fitzgerald, Jas.
Fleming, Michl.
Grady, Denis
Gleeson, James
Gleeson, Matthew
Guynan, Thos.
Guilfoyle, John
Gahan, Danl. Esq.
Hutchinson, Richd.
Herne, Danl.
Henderson, Thos.
Hartness, Joseph
Howell, John
Hackett, Thos. Esq.
Hazlitt, James
Hanrahan, Thos.
Hayes, Thos.
Houston, Wm. & Robt.
Holmes, Thos.
Hodgson, Thos. Esq.
Jacob, Matthew Esq.
Jessop, Revd. Wm. Lismore
Kelly, Daniel
Kearney, Denis
Kennedy, James Gardr.
Kickham, Henry
Kennedy, John
Kinna & Skehan
Landers, Davd.
Landers, Adam (Widow of)
Latham, Wm. Esq
Lowe, Lovelace Esq
Low, Hamn. Esq.
Lahiffe, Richd.
Langley, Henry Esq.
Loughman, Mau.
Langley, Chas & Henry
Lahiff, Robt.
Lonergan, James
Lahiff, Richd ..ept?
Meagher, Richd.
Meagher, Davd.
Meara, Denis
McAllister, Richd.
McAllister, Ann
Moran, Widow
Murphy, Michl.
Massey, Hugh Esq. Armsbrook
Meagher, Joan
McAllister, Edwd.
Meagher, Edmd.
Minchin, Francis Jr. Dublin
Moore, Docr. John Dublin
Murphy, John
Murreen, Pattrick
Meagher, Cornelius
Myrick, James

Rent ledgers of estate of William Barton in Co Tipp, 1775-1782; 1796 - 1805. NLI, Ms. 5875 - Area of Fethard. Rental does not give locs but most appear to be in Fethard

The ‘M’ index of names

Nugent, Ann

Napper, John
Needham, John
Napper, James
Otway, Cooke Esq.
Portice, Robt.
Phelan, Bryan
Quinn, Andrew
Roberts, George
Russell, Thomas
Ruirk & Morrissy
Ruirk, John
Ryan, John. Cooper
Ryan, Joan
Read, Catherine
Roche, Wm. Youghal
Ransberry, Robt.
Sankey, Richd.
St John Edmd.
Shea, Richd.
Shea, Wm.
Slattery, James
Small Richd.
Small, George
Smith, Edward
Sutton, Caesar
Smith, Nichs. Esq
Skirmer, David
Strang, Mary
Sheppard, Jos. Dublin
Seyres, Henry
Strong, Charles
Traverse, Richd.
Walsh, James
Walsh, John
Walsh, Wm.
Watson, Robt.
Winston, Henry
Walsh, James, Kilsallagh
Walsh, Oliver C. Esq
Watts, Rev. Robert

New Guides to tracing ancestors in Tipperary and Leitrim

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Flyleaf Press has published two new guides: to tracing ancestors in Counties Tipperary and Leitrim. Both are filled with information on the records of these counties, and how and where they can be accessed. This includes guidance on Irish archives and on many on-line sources. Both titles are well illustrated with maps and examples of the types of records to be found; and with other background material. They also provide an understanding of the social history of the respective counties and how this history has affected the keeping and survival of records. There is also a comprehensive index. Read More


Tracing Your Leitrim Ancestors: the authors view

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By Tom Coughlan,  Author:       Research always seems to throw up the unexpected. Before starting to write Tracing Your Leitrim Ancestors (Flyleaf Press 2018),  I believed that Leitrim had always been the least populated county in Ireland – as it is today. However, this is not the case.  In 1841 Leitrim had 155,000 residents, making it only the 6th  smallest county in terms of population. It dropped to 112,000 in 1851, and continued to drop in every subsequent census.  Other economic factors during the 20th century continued the decline to a low of around 25,000 in 1996.  Since then it has risen to about 32,000. The decline of 28% between 1841 and 1851 can be attributed to the Great Famine of 1845-1849, and its aftermath of emigration and disease. The scale and duration of the impact makes Leitrim one of the most significantly affected. Perhaps the simplest explanation for this can be found in McPartlan’s Statistical Survey of the County Leitrim, 1802, which jokes that land in Leitrim was sold by the gallon and not by the acre. Like many other words written in jest, there is a large element of truth in this.  Much of Leitrim is covered in water, and much of the rest is either mountain or bog. It is not a county offering a great living to a farmer, and neither does it support much industry.

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New Title – “Tracing your Leitrim Ancestors” now available

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New Title – “Tracing your Leitrim Ancestors” now available
By Tom Coughlan

The title is a comprehensive guide to all of the records available for tracing families in County Leitrim and is filled with information on what the records contain, and how and where they can be accessed. This includes guidance on researching in Irish archives and on the many on-line sources now available. It is well illustrated with maps and with examples of the types of records to be found; and with other relevant background material. It also provides background on the social history of Leitrim and how this history has affected the keeping and survival of records. There is also a comprehensive index. This is the latest in a series of county guides published by Flyleaf Press. These include guides for Dublin, Kildare, Limerick, Sligo, Galway, Cork, Clare, Westmeath, Kerry, Limerick, Roscommon, Mayo and Donegal. Read More

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