Monthly Archives: October 2016
Small Sources 9: The list below is of the County Carlow tenants of the LaTouche estate. These 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 held land. 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 sell the estate. As reasons, they cite the relationship they had developed with his uncle, and the improvements they had made to their properties at his behest. Our article describing estate management practices is available here. The letter, and a favourable reply, are in the National Library of Ireland (Ms. 5948). Very unusually we have found photographs of several of these tenants as the same file also includes a scrap-book with photographs. Examples are above and below. These photographs are not directly associated with the letter, and would appear to be the work of Peter Fitzgerald, who had a personal interest in photography. It is not clear how or why he cam to have photographs of these tenants. 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 above 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. Those for which we have photos are indicated as (P) below. The images were created by Ancestor Network and are reproduced courtesy of the National Library of Ireland. 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.
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.