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Tenants of the Clements Estate in Mohill, Co. Leitrim in 1800.

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.  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.

Denomination                                                                        Lessee
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)

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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 &                                                                                                           Michl. 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 the 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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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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