The valuation of Doneraile was also useful in interpreting names in the accounts record. The handwriting in this record is difficult to decipher in many places and the names are listed as apparently spelled, with notes on possible other interpretations included. The spelling of several of the names has been clarified by reference to the Valuation document. For instance Herhilly is actually Herlehy (or Herlihy). Note that the author makes a very ornate capital ‘M’ which makes ‘Mullane’ appear to be ‘O’Mullane’ etc. The abbreviations are included as used e.g. Ml. = Michael, Wm. = William, Ths. = Thomas etc . The Griffith Valuation, conducted in 1851 approximately, includes 8 of the same individuals and several other households of the same names.
The Doneraile estate was owned by the St. Leger family. An account of their association with the town can be found here. The grounds and garden of the estate are now a public park and €1.6m has very recently been provided by government to renovate the house, Doneraile Court – see here. 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 ‘Cork SS29’ in the subject line. Flyleaf Press have also published the third edition of the acclaimed guide to researching families in this county – ‘Tracing your Cork Ancestors‘ by Tony McCarthy and Tim Cadogan, which is also available as an e-book.
All of these are listed in the workmen’s accounts. On the right is indicated the other records in which they were found at the Mallow Lane address in Doneraile.
Wm. ?? (name indecipherable)
Wm. Murphy (Listed in 1847 valuation and Griffith Valuation)
Tim Shea ?
Maurice Carroll (Listed in 1847 valuation and Griffith Valuation)
Wm Stackpoole (Listed in 1847 valuation)
Patt Stack (Listed in 1847 valuation and Griffith Valuation)
David Crimin (Daniel ?; (Listed as Crimmins in Griffith Valuation)
Ml. Herhilly (probably Herlehy; Listed in 1847 valuation and Griffith Valuation)
Ths. Cummons (Cummins?)
John Duane (Listed in 1847 valuation)
Patt Glynn (seems to be Glyinn; Listed in 1847 valuation and Griffith Valuation)
Humphr. Shea (probably Humphrey; Listed in 1847 valuation)
Wm. Crimin (Listed in 1847 valuation and Griffith Valuation)
John Shea (Listed in 1847 valuation)
Ml. Herhilly (probably Herlehy – based on Valuation Office list)
Patt Roche (Listed in 1847 valuation and Griffith Valuation)
Shee (Could be variant of O’Shea or Sheehy)
Some of the articles in our series on Irish Family History sources:
- Petty Sessions– the records of local courts
- Catholic Church records
- Grand Jury Presentments – records of local councils on payments for public works and staff
- 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?
- Census returns in Gaelic or Irish language