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Tenants of the O’Hara Estate, Sligo 1796

Small Sources 65: This is a list of 212 tenants from a rental ledger among the O’Hara Papers in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms. 36,318).  It is titled ‘A rental of Chas. O’Hara Esq’s Estate in the county of Sligo for the half-year ended 1st November 1796’.   The extensive O’Hara estate papers in NLI detail the properties and transactions of the family in the county from 1585 to 1967.  The O’Haras in the 18th century were anomalous as a Catholic family who survived as landowners in a period when Catholics had no power and were prey to all forms of legal attempts to rob them of their lands.   They did so by becoming expert in the legalities related to land confiscation, and by  judicious conversion  (or appearance of conversion) of some of their members to the Church of Ireland.  An article on the family by Bartlett, Thomas entitled “The O’Haras of Annaghmore c. 1600—c. 1800: Survival and Revival.” is in the journal Irish Economic and Social History, vol. 9, 1982, pp. 34–52. It is available on  JSTOR.     One element of their survival strategy was to give tenancies to non-Catholic tenants, so as not to appear to favour Catholic tenants, and also to develop protestant allies among their tenantry.   This policy is evidenced by those listed as tenants,  which include few of the names associated with Sligo Catholic families.  However, in other respects Charles O’Hara was actively pro-Catholic and was a member of the Irish Volunteers who campaigned for an Irish independent parliament.

There are some interesting and unusual family names within the list:

  • Clovane is generally only found in Kerry
  • Colovane is mainly found in County Cavan
  • Correstine is very unusual and only rarely seen in Ireland
  • Boey, Dyra, Lynshegan (or Lynchahan), Tonyclift and Culkeen, although rare, are found in this region
  • Wotheraile is very rare and probably a variant of Wetherall – none occur in Ireland according to the major databases.

Some distinctive Irish personal names also occur such as Cormick (or Cormac),  Darby (Dermot), Moses, Con (or Cornelius), Farrel  (or Fergal), Phelim (Felix) and Owen  (or Eoin).

The list below shows only the tenant names and the property held.  The full rental (see example in Gig. 1 at the end of the page) shows the rent due and has a column for observations).  The holdings are usually defined as being part of a named townland. They are mainly situated in the area west of Cooloney town in the parishes of Killoran, Ballysadare and Kilvarnet. Some tenant names include ‘and partners’,  indicating that the named tenant represents a consortium who jointly farm the land.  This, and other information on rental practices, is described in our article on Rentals available here.   In some cases ‘Chief Rent’ is indicated which means that these tenants were freeholders who paid only a chief rent (or quit rent) in lieu of their land. Identification of some of the listed townlands may be difficult as the spelling used here differs from currently used name-forms.  For instance,  Lugavarry is now Lugawarry,  and Cloonacurrow is now Cloonacurra.  A site  that may be useful in identification of current townland names is  thecore.com/seanruad,   while www.townlands.ie will provide a map of the location of each townland.

The images of the document above and below were created by Ancestor Network in the National Library of Ireland and are reproduced here through their courtesy. Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to conduct further research on these individuals, or on other tenants of this estate. We can also obtain images of the original documents. Click here and quote ‘SligoSS65’ in the subject line.   We have also recently published a new edition of our authoritative ‘Guide to Tracing your Sligo Ancestors‘ by James Ryan.    It is available directly from bookshops or from our website.  Note that we also have genealogy guides for the neighbouring counties of Donegal, Mayo and Leitrim and for other counties – see here.

Tenant Name

Allen, James
Allen, Thomas
Anderson, John
Anderson, Reps. of John
Armstrong, David and John
Armstrong, Henry
Armstrong, James
Armstrong, John
Armstrong, Reps. of Thomas
Barber, James
Barber, Robert
Barke, Charles
Black, Charles
Black, Edward
Black, James
Black, Reps. of Charles
Blakely, James
Boey, Hugh                 A variant of Bowe,  from the Gaelic Ó Búadhaigh
Boey, Michael                              ”
Brennan, William
Brett, Michael
Brett, Pat
Brie, James                Usually spelled Bree
Brie, Samuel                     ”
Brinkman, Peter
Burk, Stephen
Burke, Charles
Burrows, John
Chambers, Moses
Church, John
Church, Thomas
Church, Thomas
Church, Thomas
Clifford, Thomas
Clovane, Patrick & partners
Colovan? Darby & partners
Connell, Michael
Correstine, Bryan
Cregg, Moses
Culkeen, Con
Cuningham, William
Darran, William & John
Davey, Patrick
Davis, Reps. Joe
Davis, Thomas
Davis, Widow of John
Davis, William
Davis, William
Derrig (& Michael O’Donnell)
Dogherty, Widow
Dowd, James & Gibbons
Duke, Rood? Alexander
Durkan, Michael
Dyra, Richd. & James O’Connor
Early, Terence & partners
Ferguson, Mathias
Ferguson, Messrs.
Ferrall, William Esq
Finley, James
Flanagan, McGowan etc.
Forbus, James
Forbus, Luke & Partners                       A variant of Forbes
Francis, Geo. & John Lewis
Gallagher, Hugh
Gibson, Daniel
Gilgan, Mathew
Gilmor, James & Saml. Lockhart
Glinny, James                   Usually spelled Glenny
Golden, Peter
Graham, Patrick
Gray, Mrs.
Grier, Robert
Grimes, James & Matw. Taylor
Haran, James & Son
Haran, Terence
Haran, Terence
Harloe Phibbs, Wm. Esq.
Henderson, Robert
Henderson, William
Henry ?, James
Henry, Reps. John
Henry, Edward & partners
Henry, Michael & partners
Henry, Patrick
Henry, Reps.of Tom
Henry, Walter & partners
Hern, Revd. W.
Hernan, James
Higgins, W. Andrew
Hillas, George
Hyland, Michael
Irwin, John Esq.
Irwin, Henry Esq.
Irwin, John Esq.
Jackson, James
Jackson, John
Jennings, Thomas & partner
Johnston, James
Kelly, Francis
Keogh, Reps. John
Kerrigan, Hugh
Kerrigan, John
Kilbride, James & partners
Kilduff, James & partners
Kilmartin, Chas & Domk. Looby
Knox, Francis Esq.
Lahey, Thomas
Lally, Edward
Lewis, John & Geo. Francis
Lindsay, John
Lloyd, John
Lockhart, Saml. & Gilmor, James
Looby, Domk. & Chas. Kilmartin
Lowry & Jackson
Lynshegan, Patrick & partners
Mackey, Thomas
Mansfield, Robt. Esq.
Marques, Hugh
Martin, Edward
Martin, William
Martin, William
Masterson, Thomas
Masterson, Thomas
Masterson, Thomas
Masterson, William
McBryan, Farrell & partners
McCarrick, Bryan
McCarrick, Reps. Bryan
McCawly, John
McCormick, Michael
McCormick, Peter
McCormick, Peter
McCormick, Widow & son
McFaden, Richard & partners
McGettrick, Manis
McGloughlin, John
McHugh, Laughlin
McKim?, Philip & Robert
McKim, Mr. Joe
McKone, Darby
McManus, John
McNeese, Anthony
McNeese, Anthony
McNolty, John                           Usually spelled McNulty
Meredith, Jos. Esq.
Meredith, Joseph Esq.
Meredith, Thomas
Meredith, Thomas
Mitchell, Messrs.
Morrison, John
Morrison, Mathew
Mulhern, John
Mulligan, Thomas
Murdagh, Joseph               Usually spelled Murtagh
Muredagh ? John                               ”
Murren, Connell
Murren, James
Murren, John
Murrin, Phelim
Nangle, Patrick
Nealon, James & partners
Nicholson, Arthur
James O’Connor (& Dyra, Richd)
O’Connor, John
O’Connor, Patrick
O’Donnell, Michael & Derrig
O’Hara, Reps. Cormick
O’Hara, Reps. of Cormick
O’Hara, Oliver
O’Hara, W. Dan
Ormsby, Owen Esq.
Ormsby, William Esq.
Ormsby, William Esq.
Pettypiece, Thomas
Pettypiece, Anthony
Pettypiece, Reps. of John
Pettypiece, William
Powell, Isaac
Powell, James
Powell, John & James
Powell, Reps. John
Quigly, Owen
Quigly, Patrick & Charles
Quin, Maurice and partners
Ruttledge, Reps. Thomas Esq.
Savage, Robert Esq.
Simpson, James
Simpson, James
Simpson, James
Simpson, John
Starling, Terence
Stokes, Geo.
Stokes, Joseph
Stokes, Joseph
Tahany, Peter
Taylor, Matw. & James Grimes
Taylor, Thos. & David Lockhart
Thompson, David
Thompson, James
Thompson, Thomas
Tighe, Thomas
Tonyclift, Daniel
Trumble, Roger Esq.
Tyler, James Junr.
Tyler, James Senr.
Tyler, James
Tymon, Andrew
Walker, James
Wallis, Mr. Bartly
Williams, Essey?
Wotheraile, Mrs. Anne
Young, John Esq.

Property Held  (townland name)

Rathbarren, part of
Rathnarrow, part of
Carrowmacarrick, part of
Cloonacurrow, part of
Coolany part of two plots
Rathosy, part of
Rathosy, part of
Rathosy, part of
Coolany part of (Greenville)
Rathosy, part of
Rathosy, part of
Carrownaleck (Chief Rent)
Lugavarry, part of
Coolany part of, and acres
Cultyliney, part of
Cloonacurrow, part of
Rathosy, part of
Carrowgaunine, part of
Carrowgaunine, part of
Cloondilrarow, part of
Killoran, part of
Ardcree Mill, part of Cloonacurra
Carrownacligh, part of
Rathbarren, part of
Carrowanleam, part of
Carrowanleam, part of
Lugavarry, part of
Lisduff, part of
Rathgran, part of
Rathosy, part of & plot in Coolany
Carrownacligh, part of
Coolany part of two plots
Sevenis, part of (Seevness)
Sevenis, part of
Cloondilrarow, part of
Anaghbeg
Ranaghanmore, part of
Rathnarrow, part of (two divisions)
Cultyliney, part of
Shanquogh, part of (Shancough)
Carrownacligh, part of
Claragh, part of
Carrowmacarrick, part of
Rathbarren, part of
Rathosy, part of & plot in Coolany
Rathbarren, part of
Carrownacligh, part of
Rathbarren, part of
Rathnarrow, part of
Coolany part of one plot
Shanquogh, part of (Shancough)
Cultyliney, part of
Gortakiron, part of
Cultyliney, part of
Rathosy, part of
Cloonacurrow, part of
Cultyliney, part of
Carrownagaragh, part of
Sevenis, part of
Carrownacligh, part of
Rathnarrow, part of
Rathnarrow, part of
Carrownagaragh, part of
Carrowanleam, part of
Carrownacligh, part of
Rathosy, part of
Carrownagaragh, part of
Rathosy, part of & plot in Coolany
Gortadrasa, part of
Rathgran, part of
Half quarter of Doomore (Chief Rent)
Killoran, part of
Carrownagaragh, part of
Glan, part of
Carrownacligh, part of
Carrowgaunine, part of
Mullane (Chief Rent)
Rathgran, part of
Rathgran, part of
Coolany part of one plot
Shanquogh, part of (Shancough)
Cloondilrarow, part of
Cloondilrarow, part of
Carrowmacarrick, part of
Cloondilrarow, part of
Laughil, West
Rathgran, part of
Shanquogh, part of (Shancough)
Larga?
Cloonbaniff
Cloonacurrow, part of
Cultyliney, part of
Carrowmares
Carrowanloghane (Chief Rent)
Claragh, part of
Rathnarrow, part of
Rathnarrow, part of
Rathgran, part of
Carrownacligh, part of
Kinlough, part of
Carrownacligh, part of
Carrownacligh, part of
Killoran, part of
Sevenis, part of
Rathnarrow, part of
Bullagh & Cloonarara (Chief Rent)
Carrownacligh, part of
Cultyliney, part of
Carrownagaragh, part of
Cultyliney, part of
Lugnaduffy
Carrownagaragh, part of
Rathnarrow, part of
Rathbarren, part of
Shanquogh, part of (Shancough)
Rathnarrow, part of
Claragh, part of
Carrowanleam, part of
Gortadrasa, part of
Rathgran, part of
Rathgran, part of
Coolany part of, one plot
Rathnarrow, part of
Rathosy, part of
Rathgran, part of
Killoran, part of
Rathbarren, part of
Rathbarren, part of
Coolany part of one plot
Rathnarrow, part of
Rathosy, part of
Carrowanleam, part of
Coolany part of & acres in Carrow…
Sevenis, part of
Cloonacurrow, part of
Anaghbeg, part of
Gortakiron, part of
Killoran, part of
Carrowmacarrick, part of
Rathnarrow, part of
Gortakiron, part of
Lisduff, part of
Lugavarry, part of
Carrownacligh, part of
Ardcree, part of Killascer
Sessucommon etc. (Chief Rent)
Claragh, part of
Gortadrasa, part of
Cultyliney, part of
Lugavarry, part of
Lugavarry, part of
Glan, part of
Sevenis, part of
Coolany part of, one plot
Coolany, part of Fair park customs
Carrowgaunine, part of
Carrownacligh, part of
Carrowgaunine, part of
Coolany part of, two plots
Rathnarrow, part of
Laughil East
Glan, part of
Cultyliney, part of
Warren, part of
Warren, part of
Rathnarrow, part of
Shanquogh, part of (Shancough)
Carrownacligh, part of
Cultyliney, part of
Carrowanleam, part of
Carrownavorane (Chief Rent)
Carrownacligh, part of
Mullaghnanarry (Chief Rent)
Cloonacurrow, part of
Cloonacurrow, part of
Cloonacurrow, part of
Cloonacurrow, part of
Gortadrasa, part of
Claragh, part of
Gortadrasa, part of
Glan, part of
Killoran, part of
Rathnarrow, part of
Cloonacurrow, part of
Kinlough, part of
Knockadoes (Chief Rent)
Rathosy, part of
Carrowmacarrick, part of
Rathosy, part of, Tullaghan, Plots etc
Lugavarry, part of
Carrownacligh, part of
Cloonacurrow, part of
Curraghaniron
Ardcree, part of Cloonacurra
Rathnarrow, part of
Carrownagaragh, part of
Carrownagaragh, part of
Killoran, part of
Carrowanleam, part of
Claragh, part of
Rathgran, part of
Cultyliney, part of
Creevane
Claragh, part of
Claragh, part of
Belnagh ?
Ranaghanmore, part of
Carane & Carthron (Chief Rent)
Carrowmacarrick, part of
Lisduff, part of
Coolany part of,
Cloonmacool

Fig. 1. Sample of rental showing the ‘denomination’ or property location,  the tenants name, the half-yearly rent, half-yearly quit-rent, total due and observations.

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