Small Sources 21.  This is a list of labourers and tradesmen employed at Kilronan Castle, Co. Roscommon during the half-year ending 1st May 1846, when it was the estate of the Tenison family.  The original document is in the National Library of Ireland (ref NLI Ms. 5101).   The list shows the name; townland in which the person lived; rate of pay; number of  days worked;  sum due;  amount paid;  and a column for a signature and notes.

Only a few signed their names; the rest made their mark.  The standard payment was 8d (8 pence) per day.  Other rates of payment are indicated below.  Tradesmen were paid a higher rate e.g. 2/6 is 2 shillings and 6 pence per day.  The nature of the trades is not indicated, but these would logically be carpenters, masons, glaziers etc.   Owen Gaffney, paid 3d per day, is probably a boy.  All of the townlands which could be traced are in the civil parishes of Kiltoom, Kilronan or Ardcarn which are close to Kilronan castle.  Note that this period was in the middle of the Great Famine (1845-47) and labourers are one of the more difficult groups to trace in Irish genealogy.  Kilronan castle is now a luxury hotel and spa.    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 and/or to obtain copies of the original. Click here and quote ‘Roscommon SS21’  in the subject line.

Name                              Townland                             Note
John Duignan                  Cartron
Thos. Gildea                    Carrigalane                          (note at end ‘not paid’)
Owen Gildea                      “
Michl. Bracken                 Curraghmore                       paid 2/6 per day (signed)
Thos. Langon                   Derrynehinchy
Peter Gray                         “
Philip Guheen                 Glassdrummon                   paid 2/2 per day (signature column blank)
Bernerd Lyster                 Kiltygowar
Stephen Gaffney`             “                                          paid 10d per day
Peter Dealy                        “
Thos. Gaffeny                    “
Patk. Grogan                      “                                         signed
Patk. Conlon                      “
Thos. Meehan                    “
Maths McKone                   Kilgarriffe
Patk Kelly                           
Francis McManus               “
James Glinn                        “
Patk. Grier                          “
Patk. Duignan                     “
John McCone                      “
Michl. McCone E                “
Terence Rooke                   Keadue Towns
James McManus                   “                                       paid 2s per day (signature column blank)
Michael McManus E            “
Michael McManus Senr.   Keadue Regan
Bryan Regan                         
James Cooney                       “      
John Duignan                        Keadue L..ends                paid 2/6 per day
Connor Rogers                         “
Michael McGreary                   “
John McGrath                          “                                      paid 2/6 per day
James McLaughlin                   “
Patk Duignan                         Knockranny
James Kavanagh                      “                                        paid 2/2 per day
Michl Kavanagh                        “                                       paid 1/6 per day
John Kavanagh                         “                                       paid 1/6 per day
Charles Regan                       Leitra
Michael Grier                           “
Patk Kealty                             Tullylions
James Sheernan                      “
Thos. Glinn                            Tully Glass
Charles Mullany                      “
Mart. Gildea                             “
Patk. Conoly                             “
James McCone                         “
Thos. Noon                               “
Bryan Leadon                           “                                    paid 2s per day (signature column blank)
Owen Leadon                           “                                    paid 2/6 per day (signed)
John Mullany                           “                                     paid 2/2 per day
Peter Lymon                        Gate Keepers
James Gaffney                         “
Owen Gaffney                         “                                    paid 3d per day




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