Small Sources No. 39. This is a rental of the Earl of Leitrim listing tenants in the Mohill area, Co. Leitrim on 29th September 1800. Although it contains only 67 names, the genealogical value is significantly increased by the fact that almost all leases are ‘leases for lives’, i.e. for the duration of the lives of three named individuals. For instance, the lease to Pierce Simpson below is defined as being for the lives of his sons Launcelot, Edward and Thomas. There are therefore almost triple this number of people listed, most of whom are family members with specified relationships. An illustration of a further example is below. The record is from a document (NLI Ms. 12,790) in the National Library of Ireland among the extensive Leitrim Papers, which contain the records of the Clements family from 1749 to 1946.
The Mohill estate (of about 6,000 acres) was one of several Clements estates spread over 5 counties. The rental lists the ‘denomination’, i.e. the property name first and then the tenant. ‘Ditto‘ means ‘the same’ indicating that the tenant or property is the same as that above. The more commonly used versions of the townland names are indicated in brackets where relevant. ‘and ors.’ means ‘and others‘. Such multiple tenancies were not uncommon in Irish rentals. The land would have been divided up by these tenants by their own arrangement. Gaelic names which occur include: Conboy, Reynolds, Quin(n), Egan, Cannon and Fox. The latter is an interesting anglicisation of the Gaelic names Sionnach, and Mac an tSionnaigh. This was because the names sound like the Gaelic name for a fox. Interesting non-native names include Geoland, Pallas, Bustard, Halfpenny and Accles. If you are interested in information on specific families, some may be included in our e-book title ‘Sources for Irish Family History 2021 lists 6,500 books and articles on over 2,500 Irish families. The sources listed contain a wealth of information on the history and genealogy of the listed families. The full details of the book are described in one of our blogs.
The dates of leases range from 1751 to 1790, and the acreage of the holdings is from 21 to 224 acres. Ancestor Network will 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 ‘Leitrim SS39’ in the subject line.
Anaghadarge & Selton (Seltan) John O’Brien
Gortincony & Burrant /Burrast Michael and Peter Conboy
Clonclive (Cloonclivvy) Christopher Pallas
Cloonecarrene (Clooncareen) Pierce Simpson
Corrycramph (Corracramph) Ditto
Corrishoffy (Corrascoffy) Andw. Crawford
Ditto David Crawford
Carrowbeagh Michl. Fox
Cloncoo? (Clooncoe) W. O’Brien
Cloncumber & Clonohill Robt. Johnston, Chas. Johnston & Petr. Geoland
Caldoo John Bustard
Drumdoo Darby Reynolds & ors. (others)
Drumharry Thos. Maher
Gobbagroffy (Gubagraffy) Ditto
Drumrahill John Halfpenny
Ditto Duke Crofton
Tryne (Trean) Ditto
Drumsalla …. & North Cloncoo George Harrington
Eskeragh John Crawford
Ditto Chas. Reynolds
Farnaught Jno. Elliott and Jas. Elliott
Ditto Pat Reynolds
Gortnelamph & Cloneboyna John Nesbitt
Gortlitaragh South Gortletteragh Jas. Ballam & Abm. Pratt (the lives specified in this lease are shown below, as an example. Almost all entries have similar information)
Garvagh John O’Brien
Dooneran (Doonarah) Willm. Lattimer, Fras. Lattimer & Robt. McCullagh
Drumgilra Robt. Jones Lloyd
Bohey part Wm. Egan, Fras. Cannon, W. Howard, Jno. Quin &
Ditto part Thos. Bohan, Fras. Cannon, W.Howard, Jno. Quin & Michl. Quin
Ditto part Michl. Quin, Wilm. Murphy & John Cane
Bohey Part John Reilly, John Quin, Benj. Castles & Benj. Quin
Ditto part Martin Mellon, John Mellon & ors.
Ditto part Bryan Cane, Daniel Cane & John Cane
Ditto – part and mills James Accles the elder, Andw. Accles, Wilm. Accles & James Accles younger
Laheen & Rusduane (Rosdoowaun) Henry Clements
Drumligan Arthur Mahan & ors.
Errew John Lloyd
Ditto Jas. Donally & ors.
Drumlaragh Stephen Magan
Breynross (Breanross) T Murphy & Mrs Reynolds (crossed off) ; Thos. Dunbarr, John Connor Ditto Rev. Thos. McKean (?) & ors.; Thos. Dunbarr, John Connor
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