was successfully added to your cart.


Labourers in Shanagolden, Co. Limerick 1808.

Small Sources 3:  This is a sLimerick Labourers Ms 605 (323x640)ource we found in research for a new edition of ‘Tracing your Limerick Ancestors’. It is a list of 86 labourers working on the Spring-Rice Estate, Mount Trenchard, Limerick (Shanagolden area) on 5 dates from April to July 1808.   The only specific tasks mentioned are at the end of the list and concern cutting and ‘drawing’  (i.e. hauling) turf,  which was the main household fuel used at the time.     Labourers are among the most difficult people to trace as they will typically not be listed as landholders.   The original account book is in the National Library of Ireland,  Ms. 605.    The image from the record above and left was created by Ancestor Network and is reproduced courtesy of the National Library of Ireland.

The names are abbreviated: Jno = John; Michl. = Michael; Wm = William, Mau = Maurice etc. No first name is listed for a few, and some are only indicated as ‘Son’ or ‘daughter’.  Some names are also repeated on the different days. The payment to each person is also included in the original. Further Limerick sources are available in other blogs in this series including:  Flax Growers in Shanagolden 1808;  and Farmers in Castletown 1848/49.  Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to  conduct further research on these individuals or obtain copies. Click here and quote ‘Limerick SS3′  in the subject line.

April 25th 1808.
Richd. Shaughnessy
Richd. Flanigan
Mau. McMahon  

April 28th 1808
Jno. Shaughnessy
Michl. Trehy
Thos. Lacy
Connor Kinnerk (?)
Patk. Kennelly
Catherine Canty
Garrett Joyce
Madigan & Browne
Timothy Shea
Willm. Dooly
R. McMahon
Michl. Shaughnessy
Thos La??
James Clancy
Catherine Canty
Carthy’s daughter
Murphy’s daughter
Biddy Purtell
Nancy Connor
May 8th
James Clancy
Peggy Lacy
Jno. McMahon Collier?
Jno Sullivan
Michael Dooly
Rogr. Neale
Nancy Flanly
Mary Flanagan
Willm. Gregg
Jno. McMahon, Tion?
Jno. Browne, Loughill (the latter is a townland in the area)
Pat. Greg
May 20th
John McEnnerny
Mark Gieran
James Si…. ?
Jno. Bradish
Jno. Barrett
James Gregg.
Rchd. Shaughnessy
James Purtell
Peggy Browne
Michael Flanagan’s son
Mary Flanagan
Biddy Barrett
James Clancy
Jno. O’Brien
Jno. Welsh
Jno. Joyce
Jno. Sheehy
Michl. Trehy
James Ward
?? Barrett’s son
Jno. Scanlan
Richd. Flanagan
Patk. Enright
Jno. Flanagan
Jno. Sullivan
Thos. Ward and Pat Fl..ney
Michael Moloney
Jno. Joyce
Old (?) Bradish
Simon O’Brien
Michl. Scanlan
Catherine Nolan
Richd. Shaughnessy
Jno. Gregg
Connor Shaughnessy son
Daniel Moor
Biddy Barrett
Welsh & ?? levelling ditches
Timothy Carthy
Michl. Shaughnessy
Jno. McMahon Roger ?
Wm. Tr….? Cutting and Drawing turf
Widow Madigan’s son
Griffin for Striping ground
Jno. Barrett for watching turf
Darby Dooly
July 4th.
Michl. Clancy
Patk. Connor
Our Guide to Tracing Limerick Ancestors is available here
Jim Ryan

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.

Leave a Reply

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.