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Servants of Domville Households in Dublin from 1768-95

Small Sources 53:  This is a list of 76 servants employed in two households of  the Domville family in  County Dublin in the period 1768-1795.    The records are arranged by person, and almost all are in the format ‘X was hired on (date) at (salary)‘  followed by a list of dated payments ending usually with ‘discharged on (date)’.  Some examples are below.  In some cases the details on wages, departure dates etc are missing.   The original document is a small record book among the Domvile Papers in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms.11,844).   The title (see above)  reads ‘Accompt’ which is an archaic version of ‘Account’.

The author of the record is not clear,  but as it was initiated in 1768, it is possible that it was Charles Pocklington Domville who in that year inherited the house and an estate of over 6,000 acres in County Dublin.  Whoever it was,  he seems to have been a hard task-master as almost all staff are discharged after a short period of years or even months.   The roles are all generally recognisable  (Butler, Cook, Footman etc) but also include Postillions,  who are the persons who sat on one of the team of horses pulling a coach,  to  guide them.   The coachman also guides the horses, but  is seated on the coach.  The wage rates are mainly quoted in guineas (i.e. one pound and 1 shilling) but some are in pounds. Interestingly, the highest wages were for cooks (up to 24 guineas per annum) and Gardeners  (or Gardiners as spelled here), while coachmen and grooms are also well-paid at up to 12 guineas per annum.   Lowest paid are kitchen maids and housemaids at 4 or 5 guineas per year.

Note that the staff worked in one of  two households owned by the family:  one was  Templeogue House,  to the West of Dublin (where most of these staff were located) and the other was Santry Court, to the north of the city.  The family left the Templeogue house in 1780 and moved to the Santry residence.  The images below are created by Ancestor Network and are presented by courtesy of the  National Library of Ireland.  Ancestor Network publish a ‘Guide to Tracing your Dublin Ancestors‘,  a comprehensive aid to genealogical research in the city and county.  Ancestor Network will also offer 1 free hour of research by a professional genealogist to conduct further research on these individuals or others in these estate papers. Click here and quote ‘Dublin SS53’ in the subject line.

The columns below show the roles and names of staff;  the year(s) of employment and the wage (where stated):

Unspecified position 
John Dennis                         1768-;   wage  not stated
Richard Doyle                     1768-71;   wage  not stated     (noted as being at ‘Pucks Castle’)

Butler

Charlton Sheridan              1770-81:   –   8 Guineas per year  (Died in service in 1781)
William Goold                     1781-83:   –  14 Guineas per year
Thomas Stokes                   1783- ;    –    14 Guineas per year

Cook
James Dalton                       1768-69:  –  24 Guineas per year    (see below)
Catherine Ford                    1771–72:  –  13 Guineas per year    (see below) 
Hannah Burke                     1772 – :  –   12 Guineas per year
Margaret Leary                   1773 – :  –    8 Guineas per year

Footman
Richard De Courcy                1768-69:  –  8 Guineas per year
James Corrogan                     1769-71:  –  £8 per year
Richard Callaghan                 1772-72:  –   “
John Kennedy                         1772-73:  –   “
William Magrath                    1773-:  –       “
Robert Duffield                      1775:  –        “
Robert Devereux                   1781:  –         “
John Marshall                         1768-9:  –     “
James Walsh                           1769 – 70:  –  “
Dennis Bray                            1771-73:  –   “
Michael Curtis                        1773:  –    not stated
Patrick Boyd                           1775:  –    not stated
Maurice Moore                      1784-87:  –  £9.2.0 per year
James Martin                          1787-87:  –  £9.2.9 per year
Michael Connolly                   1785:  –         “
Michael Flanagan                   1788:  –        “
John Kenny                             1789-90:  –  £9.2.6 per year
John Gallagher                       1790:  –     £9.2.9 per year
Laurence Russell                   1790:  –        “
Connor Reidy?                       1790:  –  not stated

Porter
Patrick Bourke                       1768-69:  –  £8 per year
John Laurence                       1770-76:  –     “

Coachman
Thomas Doyle                      1768-69 :  –  12 Guineas per year
Thomas Evers                       1770-71:  –    “
Richard Williams                  1781 -:  –    13 Guineas per year
Arthur Hughes                     1786-90:  –    “
John Warren                         1790- :  –       “

Groom
William Byrne                      1768 -70:  –  £10 per year
James Short                         1771-72:  –  10 Guineas per year
Lawrence Quin                    1773-75:  –  12 Guineas per year
Andrew Kennedy                1775:  –      12 Guineas per year

Postillion
George Taaffe                      1768 -71:  –  6 Guineas per year
Thomas Byrne                     1783:  –          “
Thomas Ball                         1768 -73:  –    “
Charles Goldfinch               1786 -89:  –    “
Luke Ryan                            1789 -90:  – not stated

Helper
James Jennings                   1769:  –  £6 per year
John Magrath                      1769-79:  –  “

Housemaid
Peggy Morris                      1768 -9:  –  5 Guineas per year
Mary Askin                          1769-9:  –     “
Mary Booth                         1769-70:  –   “
Jane Hely (Jenny)                1770-71:  –   “
Catherine Cardiff                1772-:  –      “
Ann Coleman                      1768-69:  –   ”
Catherine Cary                    1769:  –  not stated
Frances Kennedy (Fanny)   1769-70:  –  not stated
Bridget Cahill                       1770-71:  –  not stated
Elizabeth Cahill (Betty)              1773 -:  –  not stated
Eleanor Gammell at Santry     1769 :  –  5 Guineas per year
Elizabeth DeRoche                   1769-1770:  –    (see below) 

Kitchen Maid
Elizabeth Foreman (Betty)    1768 -69:  –  5 Guineas per year
Bridget Cahill                          1769 -70:  –  not stated
Jane Connor                            1770-71:  –  not stated
Margaret Leary                       1772 – :  –  not stated
Mary Quin                                1773:  –  £4 per year
Bridget McDermott               1772:  –     “

Dairy Maid
Mary Matthews                         1768-70:  –  £6 per year
Elizabeth Cavenagh                  1771:  –  not stated

Gardiner (or Gardener)
James Gammell                          1769:  –    10 Guineas per year
Philip DeRoche (at Santry)       1769 -70:  –  12 Guineas per year
James Codner ? (at Santry)       1785 -86:  –  £20 per year
John Flanagan (at Santry)         1786 -95:  –  16 Guineas per year

Upper Housemaid
Bridget Byrne                          1769:  –  £6 per year

Laundry Maid
Margery Walsh                       1771:  –    6 Guineas per year
Mary Kenny                            1772-72:  –  £6 per year
Bridget Styles                         1773:  –    not stated

 

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Jim Ryan

About Jim Ryan

Dr Jim Ryan is a writer and publisher on Irish genealogy. His book ‘Irish Records’ (Ancestry Inc., now Turner Publishing) is a standard guide. His other books include: Tracing your Dublin Ancestors (Flyleaf Press 2009); Irish Church Records (Flyleaf 2001); Sources for Irish Family History (Flyleaf 2001), and Tracing Sligo Ancestors (Flyleaf 2012). He has lectured extensively at genealogy meetings and his research interests include church records and Rentals. He writes blogs and articles for In-Depth Genealogist (http://theindepthgenealogist.com), and also a blog for www.flyleafpress.ie.

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