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. This list shows Labourers on the Doneraile Estate in Cork in 1839/40. It includes 21 men, 2 boys and 1 woman. The names were extracted from a document among the Doneraile Papers
in the National Library of Ireland
entitled “Workmen’s accounts book, 18 May 1839 -25 Apr. 1840
” (Ms. 19,726) which shows the dates worked and payments made to each worker. Our female readers may be interested to know that the payment for the solitary female worker, Johanna Glynn, was 6 pence per day, whereas the men were paid 10 pence and even the boys received 6.5 pence per day. These were the permanent workers on the estate. This can be determined by the fact that most also appear in an 1847 Valuation of Doneraile town as residents of Mallow lane. This document, a House Book compiled during the Valuation of Doneraile Town can be accessed on the Find My Past website
. The page of the Valuation contains a note ‘This is the South side of Mallow Lane, Lord Doneraile’s workers
’ and it is also noted that the workers paid no rent. The estate had leases on many properties in Doneraile town and this line of cottages was apparently allocated to the workers. The date of this valuation is also significant as it shows that all of these workers survived the Great Famine which lasted from 1845-1847.