Small Source 22: This list shows 59 residents of the village of Ballyporeen (Civil parish of Templetenny, Co. Tipperary) in 1840. They were tenants of the Kingston Estate and the original rental ledger is in the National Library of Ireland (Ms. 3276). The ledger gives no information other than stating that these were tenants in the town, and providing details of rent and arrears. It is interesting to compare this list with the residents of Ballyporeen which appear in the Griffith’s valuation survey of 1852. This was a comprehensive listing of all occupiers of land and premises in the country. It can be found on-line at www.askaboutireland.ie among other sources. Of the 59 residents of Ballyporeen listed in 1840 below, only 17 are on the Griffith Valuation list in 1852. Those who are still in residence are indicated below with an asterisk. The intervening years, of course included the devastating Great Famine. Residents with the same family names are listed but it is not possible to determine relationships. Ballyporeen is best known as the home of Michael Regan, great-grandfather to US President Ronald Reagan. Indeed, Michael would have been resident in the village when this list was compiled. It would appear that he was not a tenant of this estate. Further information on Tipperary tenants is available in other blogs in this series including: Woulfe-Mansfield Estate 1783; Prittie Estate 1826; Trant Estate Dovea 1837; Barton Estate Fethard 1775; and Thurles tenants 1816.
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Tenant Name (author comments in brackets)
John Brien *
John Londugan (John Lonergan listed in Ballyporeen in the Griffith Valuation)
John Fox *
Arthur Oakley * (for Wm. Ladugan) (Wm. Lonergan is listed in Griffith)
Thomas O’Donnell Jnr *
Thomas O’Donnell Sen.
John Brian (Dan)
Edwd. Fitzgibbon *
Edward Fox *
Tim Fitzgerald *
James Fitzgibbon *
Thos. Smyth yaer?
Patt Griffith *
Thos. Griffith *
Michael Gallavan (for his widow) (Margaret Gallavan is listed in Griffith)
James Russell *
James O’Brien *
Michael Russell *
James Fitzgibbon *
John Fitzgibbon *
John Forde *
Michael Bourke *
Rev. Paddy Bourke
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- Rentals – management of tenants by estates and the records created
- Middle names – the use (or non-use) of second or middle names in Irish records
- How comprehensive are Irish Civil Records?
- Catholic Church Records
- Travellers’ accounts of Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries
- Census returns in Gaelic or Irish language
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