Labourers in Lismore, Waterford in 1850.

Small Sources 24. This small list shows 30 Labourers on the Devonshire Estate, Lismore, Co. Waterford in 1850. Lists of workmen are useful as they tend to be difficult to find in the records. The list below is a composite of names  extracted from several related documents in a file of accounts of the Devonshire Estate in the National Library of Ireland.  These show the dates worked and payments made to each worker on dates in 1850.    Most are also tenants on the estate and paying their rent through labour.  This was a very common practice in Ireland at the time.   A full description of this practice,  and other aspects of rental formats and content, including  the useful family information rentals can provide is in our blog Rentals as a resource for Irish family history.

Fig, 1. An extract from the ledger showing the days worked per person in the period 10 to 17 August 1850.

The names are listed as spelled, and with the abbreviations used, e.g. Michl. = Michael, Wm. = William etc. The originals are in National Library of Ireland Ms. 43,760/1.   Most of the names are common in Waterford including Power, Walsh, Sheehan, Ryan and Lyons.

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John Power
Wm. Ahern
Jas. Nugent (Neugant in 1 list)
Michl. Roach
Ned Neil
Michl. Walsh
Thos Sheehan
James Lee
Patt Ryan
Michl. Flail
Mary Lyons
Alley Ahern
Peggy Sweeney
Mary Riley
Peggy Lyons (Peg in some lists)
Peggy Bryan (Peg in some lists)
Pat Walsh
James Mansfield
Morris Power
Dainel Brayan
Dick Broderick
Nelly Falley
Narey Falley
Mary Colman
John Landers
Darby Griffin
Pat Colliert
James Ferguson
James Conners

Mick Ryan

Further articles in our series on Irish Family History sources include: