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Tenants of Temple Estate in Dublin City & County, 1788-1796

Small Sources 67: This is a list of 165 individual tenants of the estate of Henry Temple, 2nd Viscount Palmerston  in Dublin City and county from 1788-1796. The list contains 232 names as some tenants are listed for different properties (or in a separate list of ‘tenants in arrears’).   The original document is a large leather-bound rental ledger in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms. 1566).  It contains (on the left page) the holding location and in some cases a description (see Fig 1 below); and on the right page the details of the leasehold, rent and fees due etc (see Fig 2).

The original document shows the dates and duration of the original leases. They date from the mid-17th century up to the 1780s.  Lease durations vary from 999 years to 31 years while a few are for ‘3 lives’ or ‘at will’.  See our article on rentals for an explanation of these rental practices. Fig 2 is an example of the lease information provided. Although the list below only states the area in which the holding occurs, the original often has more detail. For instance Mary Ebbs holding in Chapelizod is listed as ‘Chapelizod, Great Inn at the Turnpike’, while Thomas Simpson’s holding in IslandBridge is described as ‘meadows between the road and the Liffy’ (sic). There is therefore more information in the original than we have transcribed here. Also note that some of the tenants are listed as being successors to a previous tenant, for instance ‘John Stewart now Edward Courtney’ indicating that Stewart had been succeeded in the tenancy by Courtney.  In some cases the first tenant may be the original lease-holder in which case the lease date will be useful genealogical information.  Some are also indicated as being the ‘reprives’ or descendants of the original tenant.

The list contains some prominent people including Lords, Deans of St.Patrick’s Cathedral, and Aldermen (members of Dublin City Council)  as well as a range of trademen and merchants including:

  • Robert Parvisol, a hatter
  • Isaiah Parvisol a Huguenot admitted to the Guild of Felt-makers in 1758
  • Andrew de la Maziere was a merchant in Fleet St.
  • Samuel Scarlet was a toll collector
  • Zachariah Foxall was a linen-draper

With some exceptions, the names indicate that these tenants were mainly from the Anglo-Irish families who controlled most of the trade and professions in Dublin and Ireland at the time.   Information on many such prominent families may be found in ‘Sources for Irish Family History‘ – see left.

The properties are all over Dublin, but most are on the North and West sides of the city including Black Horse Lane (23 properies), Palmerstown or Palmerston (23), Chapelizod (15),  Capel St. (12)  and Arbor Hill (15).  Five are properties in Wexford (Garrynew and Neath).   The locations of these streets may be found using Geohive  but note that a very few of these locations are old names which are no longer in use.

Henry Temple, (1739 –1802) was an ‘absentee landlord’ who never lived in Ireland. He was an eminent British politician and was an MP and Lord of the Treasury from 1777-82. His son would later become British Prime Minister.  The family had a significant estate of 12,400 acres in Sligo, in addition to 500 acres in Dublin County, and 38 acres in Dublin City.

The images were created by Ancestor Network and are reproduced courtesy of the National Library of Ireland. 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 the estate. We can also obtain images of the original documents. Click here and quote ‘DublinSS67’ in the subject line. We also publish ‘A Guide to Tracing your Dublin Ancestors‘ (see cover illustration above).

Fig. 1. Sample extract from left page of rental showing the holding (left) and the original and current tenants


Fig. 2. Sample of right page of rental with columns listing the date of the original lease; commencement date; area of holding (acres, roods and perches); amount due in rent, tythes and fees; and the basis of tenure (i.e. usually the length of lease)

Tenant name
Archdale, Reps. Hamilton
Archdall, Hamilton (Now Mrs.)
Ashbrook, Mrs
Baldwin, Richard
Belfield, Lord
Bentley, Haskett
Bently, Hasket
Borbidge, John
Boylan, Patrick
Boyland, Patrick
Broomer, John
Broomer, Henry
Broomer, J.
Browlow, James Stephen
Browlow, James Stephen
Brown, Robert
Brown, Robt. Esq.
Brownlow, J S
Brownlow, James
Brunton’s reps. (widow Ann Hughes)
Butler, Richard
Butler, Richd.
Callen, Bartholomew
Carr, Richard Cooban
Cavanagh, Jane
Clarke, Edward
Clarke, Edward
Clarke, Edward
Classon, James’s reprives
Clibbon, Henry
Clibborne, R.
Clonfert, Bishop of
Cooban, Richard
Courtney, E.
Courtney, Edward
Cox, Richard
Crow, Thomas
Dalton, B.
Dames, John
Dames, John
Damsell, George
Damsell, George
Darcy
Darcy..
Dawson, Joshua
Dawson, Widow
De la Maziere, Andw.
Deane, Reps. Wm.
Deane, William
Dillon Peter
Dillon, Sir Willm.
Dillon, William
Donnelly, David
Dooner, Patrick
Duffy, John Esq. & Co.
Ebbs, Mary
Edgeworth, C.
Ellis, William
Ellis, Wm.
Farnham, Lord
Farrell, Hester
Farrell, James
Farrell, Hester
Fleming, J.
Fleming, John
Flood, Thomas
Foxall, Zachariah
Fury, John
Gallagher, Wm.
Ginn, Richard
Ginn, Reps. Richard
Ginn, Richard
Ginn, Richard
Ginn, Richard Reps.
Ginn, William
Goodwin, Peter’s executors
Gordon, Wm’s reprives
Grant, Saml.
Grant, Saml.
Gregg, Richard
Grier, Reps William
Grier, Wm.
Hand, Christopher
Hand, Christopher
Harris, James
Hatch, John
Hay, Ann Mrs
Hay, Ann
Hay, Ann
Heney, Revd. Thomas
Heney, Rev. T
Horan, Alderman
Horan, Aldn.
Hughes, Ann – see Brunton
Hughes, Mrs. Ann
Hutchinson, Rt. Hon. J H
Hutton’s reprives
Inglis, William
Inglis, William
Jackson, Thomas
Jervis, H.
Jervis, Reps. Henry
Jones, John
Jones, John
Kelly, James
Kelly, Michael
Kennan, Mary
Kennan, Mrs.
Keyser, Andrew
Keyser, Reps. Andrew
Kilpatrick, Jacob
La Eeve ? , Henry
Latouche, David
Latouche, Rt. Hon. D.
Le Favre, Nicholas
Lewis, Ellinor
Macklelan, John
Macklelan, John
Magan, Richard
Mangin, Mary
Maxwell, John
Mazier, Messrs.
Maziere, Andrew
McKensie, Benjamin
McOwen, Denis
Miltown, Rt. Hon. Lord
Mooney, Marks
Mooney, Marks
Moore, Richard
Moore, Richd.
Moore, Rev. James
Moore, Richard
Moore, Wm. Maxwell
Morris, Thomas
Mulholland, Morgan
Nicholls J.
Nicholls, Reps. John
Nichols, J. Reps.
Nowlan, Edward Esq.
O’Neile, Patrick
Owens, Patrick
Owens, Patrick
Parkinson, Robert
Parvisol, Isaiah
Parvisol, Isaiah
Parvisol, Robert
Parvisol, Robert
Pemberton, Henry
Pemberton, Henry
Percival, Doctor
Plunket, Plunket
Powell, John
Price, Mrs.
Proby, Thomas
Reeves, Robert
Reilly, James
Reilly, James
Reilly, James
Richardson, Richard
Richardson, Richard
Roberts, Charlotte
Roberts, John
Robinson, David
Roche, David
Rooney, Walter
Ryan, Margery
Ryan, Margaret
Sally, Mrs. Catherine
Scanlan, Thomas
Scarlet, Samuel
Sherigley
Sherigley
Sherigley, F.
Simpson, Thomas
Simpson, Thomas
Singleton’s Exors.
Singleton’s Executors
Sleator, Wm.
Smith, Patrick
Smith, Alderman
Smyth, Reps. Alderman
Spring, Alice, now her son Mathew
Spring, John
Spring, Alice
Spring, Reps Alice
Stanton, Denis
Stanton, Reps. D.
Steevens, P.
Steevens, S P
Steevens, Steevens
Stephens, Somerville Pope
Stevens, S.
Stewart, J.
Stewart, John
Stewart, Reps. John
Tankard, Peter and Sons
Tate, David
Taylor, Pascal
Tighe, Patrick
Tighe, Patrick
Trench, Fredk. Esq.
Turkington, John
Turkinton, John
Tuthill, Roger
Vigne, James
Vigne, James
Walker, Reps Sarah
Walker, Joseph Cooper
Walker, Cooper
Waller, Edward
Walsh, Charles
Walsh, Charles Esq
Walter, John – now his widow
Walter, Reps. Sarah
Walter, Sarah
Walter, John – now his widow
Walter, Sarah
Warren, Wm.
White, Henry
White, Henry
White, Hugh
White, William
Whittingham, William
Wilkinson, Cr.
Wilkinson, C.
Wilson, Joshua
Winstanley, Richard
Woodward, Aldrick Woodward
Yarner, Wm.
Yorke, Sir Wm.
Young, John
Young, William

Holding
Capel St.
Chapelizod
Capel St.
Chapelizod
Capel St.
Arbor Hill
Arbor Hill
Stoney Batter
Parsley Lands
Bride’s Alley
Palmerstown
Palmerston
List of those in arrears
Mount Pelier Hill
Oxmantown
St. Laurence’s Land
Palmerstown
Montpelier Hill
Montpelier Hill
Palmerston
Hanbury Lane
List of those in arrears
Black Horse Lane
Bow Bridge
Capel St.
Palmerstown
List of those in arrears
Palmerston
Rathmines
Hanbury Lane
List of those in arrears
Upper Jervis St.
Bow Bridge
List of those in arrears
Stoney Batter
Palmerstown
Donnybrook
Donnybrook
List of those in arrears
Stoney Batter
Chapelizod
List of those in arrears
List of those in arrears
Arbor Hill
Nassau St.
List of those in arrears
List of those in arrears
Inns Quay
King’s Inns Quay
Black Horse Lane
Moore Town
Wexford, Parsley Lands
Black Horse Lane
Arbor Hill
Balls Bridge
Chapelizod
Monkstown
Arbor Hill
List of those in arrears
Palmerstown
Bride’s Alley
Black Horse Lane
List of those in arrears
List of those in arrears
Hanbury Lane
Christ Church Meadows
King’s Inns Quay
Meath St.
Donnybrook
Stoney Batter
Arbor Hill
Arbor Hill
List of those in arrears
Black Horse Lane
Stoney Batter
Islandbridge
Palmerstown
Ballsbridge
List of those in arrears
List of those in arrears
Black Horse Lane
Cabra Lane
Broadstone
Stoney Batter
Black Horse Lane
Palmerstown
List of those in arrears
Stoney Batter
Black Horse Lane
Donnybrook
List of those in arrears
Hanbury Lane
List of those in arrears
Palmerston
Palmerstown
Palmerstown
Palmerston
Oxmantown Hill
Oxmantown
Meath St.
List of those in arrears
Abby St.
Black Horse Lane
List of those in arrears
Black Horse Lane
Christ Church Meadow
Ballsbridge
List of those in arrears
Arbor Hill
Arbor Hill
Park Gate St.
Donnybrook
Capel St.
Lower Inns Quay
Donnybrook
Chapelizod
Hanbury Lane
List of those in arrears
Black Horse Lane
Oxmantown Hill
Palmerstown
Bride’s Alley
Bride’s Alley
Stoney Batter
Donnybrook
Nassau St.
Arbor Hill
List of those in arrears
Capel St.
List of those in arrears
Donnybrook
Chapel St.
Palmerstown
Chapelizod
Palmerstown
Capel St.
Lower Inns Quay
Oxmantown Hill
Rathmines
Black Horse Lane
List of those in arrears
Arbor Hill
Palmerstown
Stoney Batter
List of those in arrears
Stoney Batter
List of those in arrears
Hanbury Lane
List of those in arrears
Simmons Court
Donnybrook
Palmerstown
Capel St.
Oxmantown Hill
Ballsbridge
Cullens Wood
List of those in arrears
Stoney Batter
Black Horse Lane
Shelmandines Fields
Monkstown
Glanogary
Chapelizod
Black Horse Lane
Black Horse Lane
Palmerstown
Palmerstown
Capel St.
Black Horse Lane
Park Gate St.
Chapel St.
Stafford St.
List of those in arrears
Islandbridge
Palmerstown
List of those in arrears
Capel St.
Palmerstown
Donnybrook
Donnybrook
Donnybrook
Arbor Hill
Black Horse Lane
Black Horse Lane
Arbor Hill
Cook St.
Cook St.
Blackhorse Lane
List of those in arrears
Blackhorse Lane
Black Horse Lane
List of those in arrears
List of those in arrears
Stoney Batter
Stoney Batter
Black Horse Lane
Capel St.
Bride’s Alley
Arbor Hill
List of those in arrears
Stafford St.
Chapelizod
Chapelizod
St. Laurence’s Land
Black Horse Lane
List of those in arrears
Chapelizod
Palmerstown
List of those in arrears
Palmerstown
Palmerstown
Island Bridge
Palmerstown
Palmerstown
Chapelizod
List of those in arrears
List of those in arrears
Oxmantown Hill
Wexford, Neath
Garry New
Abbey St.
Wexford, Garrinew
Simmons Court
List of those in arrears
Donnybrook
Palmerstown
Capel St.
Arbor Hill
Cabra Lane
Rathmines
Stoney Batter
Stoney Batter

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.

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