Small Sources No. 59: This is a list of 116 tenants from a rental of the Considine Estate, which had properties in the Baronies of Coonagh, Co. Limerick and in the neighbouring barony of Clanwilliam, Co. Tipperary. The rental ledger, entitled ‘H. Considine’s Tenant Book’ is among the Considine Papers in the National Library of Ireland (Ms. 43,073 /1). The Considine family lived in Derk House, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick and the head of the family at the time of this record was Heffernan Considine, a prominent member of the local gentry, whose official posts included resident magistrate (see our blog on The Petty Session Court) and member of the Limerick Grand Jury. During the 1850s Heffernan Considine owned an estate in the parishes of Grean and Oola, barony of Coonagh, county Limerick and in the parish of Emly, barony of Clanwilliam, county Tipperary. This region is known as the ‘Golden Vale’ because of its prime agricultural land, and is still a major area for dairying.
The list below is taken from the index to the rental. Figure 1 is an illustration of a part of this index. It shows only the tenant’s name and the page on which the account of each may be found. The index provides a location for the holdings of only a few of the tenants, but the detailed accounts will each show a specific location for most. An example of an account is in Fig 2 at the end of the blog. The accounts are in the Debit/Contra format (see our blog on Rentals for an explanation). Figure 2 shows the Debit side of the account of Daniel Lahey, who held land in the townland of Cullen for an annual rent of £4.11.8 for the years 1833 to 1836. The Contra side of the account shows the payments made, but is not included here.
Note that Griffith Valuation was conducted some 20 years later, so it is possible to track some of those listed to a specific townland through these records. However, some names are very prevalent in the area (e.g. Ryan, O’Brien, etc) and this can make it difficult to precisely identify some people with these common names. Less common names in the list include Glasheen, Gubbins and Bray. If you are interested in information on specific families, our e-book title ‘Sources for Irish Family History 2021 lists 6,500 books and articles on over 2,500 Irish families. The sources listed contain a wealth of information in the form of articles and books. The full details are described in a blog.
The references to ‘Changed to ..’ below are from the original document and indicate that the lessees of the holding had changed. The index shows only the name and the page for the detailed account of each tenant. 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 also 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 ‘LimerickSS59’ in the subject line.
The tenants in the property are listed below showing the townland in which their holding was located. Further information on the location of each townland can be obtained at Townlands.ie This site only works if you use the currently accepted spelling of the townland name, which is also shown below if different to that in the original.
Tenant Name Townland (where stated) or author comment (in italics)
Armstrong, Rev. Cullen
Armstrong, Robert Rev. ?
Baker, Patrick Emly
Beary, John Barna
Beary, Mrs. Widow Derk
Bourke, David Garrydoolis
Bourke, James Cullen
Bradshaw, Hugh Brady Esq.
Brien, Richard Cullen (Co. Tipp)
Brien, Dennis Monemore (now Moanmore)
Brien, Michael Monemore
Brien, Morgan Rhodas (now spelled Rodus)
Brien, William Monemore (now Widow Daniel)
Carroll, John Killeenwara (possibly Killeenavera)
Cleary, Patrick Cullen
Coffy, William (usually spelled Coffey)
Conway, John Garrydoolis
Conway, Owen and son
Dempsey, Darby Monemore
Devereux, Thomas Garrydoolis
Donavan, John (usually spelled Donovan)
Donavan, Malachy Emly
Donavan, Matt Cullen
Donavan, Sandy Cullen
Donavan, Thomas Emly
Donavan, Widow Emly
Dooly, James Emly
Fleming, Thomas two holdings
Glasheen, Michael or Hayes
Hawly ?, Michael
Hayes, Matt or M.? Glasheen
Hays, John Killeenewara (possibly Killeenavera)
Hays, Nicholas (usually spelled Hayes)
Heawy ? Revd. Mr.
Holaran, Revd. Mr. (usually spelled Holleran)
King, William Leonard
Lahy, Connor (usually spelled Leahy)
Lahey, Daniel (see account below)
Lee, Thomas Feleming ?
Leonard, Patrick or King
Magrath, Michael and Co.
Murphy, William changed to John
O’Donnell, Patrick changed to Dennis
O’Dwyer, Morgan Esq.
Parsons, William Revd. Mr. (Changed to Armstrong)
Purcill, Thomas (usually spelled Purcell)
Ranspott, David (a very unusual name – only a very few occurrences anywhere in Ireland)
Reordon, Mrs ? (usually spelled Riordan)
Ryan, Clother or Martin
Ryan, Timothy and Michael Ballynahinch
Ryan, Timothy Esq. (Timothy changed to Thad)
Ryan, William Smith
Sadlier, Clement Esq.
Scully, James Esq.
Scully, John Esq.
Scully, Roger Esq.
Short, William Esq.
Tracy, Michael, Hogan
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- Catholic Church records
- Grand Jury Presentments – records of local councils on payments for public works and staff
- Rentals – management of tenants by estates and the records created
- Middle names – the use (or non-use) of second or middle names in Irish records
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- Census returns in Gaelic or Irish language
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