Tenants of the Domvile Estate in Co. Dublin 1769-75

Small Sources No. 80:     This is a list of 95 tenants of the Domvile Estates in Santry (58 tenants) and Templeoge (37)  in Co. Dublin in the period 1769-1775.  It is in a folder entitled ‘Rentals of the Domvile estates in Counties Dublin and Meath, 1769-1775; 1713-1728‘ which is among the Domvile papers in the National Library of Ireland (Mss. 11,766).  Rentals are the account-books used by an estate agent to manage the affairs of their tenants.   Although primarily business accounts, they can provide valuable family information.

Fig 1. Extract from the ‘C’ index of tenants

Rental records are variable in format as there is no prescribed format and each agent or landlord has devised a system to suit their own needs.  However, the surviving Domvile papers are in a particularly unusual format.  They comprise a large collection of 100+ separate rentals, valuations and other property-related documents that have been pasted into a single large ledger to form a ‘scrap-book’ of rental material.   Although the index (shown in Fig 1)  is one of these documents,  it is not possible to determine to which of the rentals the index refers.  All we can say is that the tenants named in the index occur in one or more of  the rentals for the dates specified above, with some variation by year as might be expected.

Apart from the index,  the further information available on each tenant (see Fig 2)  is a basic description of their holding (headed ‘Denominations’),  the tenant name;  dates when rent is due; yearly rents and fees; receipts; and observations.  The latter three columns are on a separate page within the estate papers and not shown in Fig. 2.   A full description of rentals and the useful family information they can provide is in our blog “Rentals as a resource for Irish family history” which is available here.

Fig. 2. The Santry Estate rental page showing tenant holdings and dates for rent payment

The Domvile or Domville family had two estates (and residences) in Dublin county:  one was  Templeogue House,  (spelled Templeoge in this record) to the West of Dublin  and the other was Santry Court, to the north of the city.   The family left the Templeogue house in 1780 and moved to the Santry residence.   Some of the servant’s records for these housholds  is in a separate blog entitled ‘Servants of Domville Households in Dublin from 1768-95‘.

The specific location of the holdings within townlands in the Santry and Templeoge estates is provided in the rentals, although the spellings of these townlands are often not the currently accepted forms.

The papers refer to the area as the ‘Santry estate’  bu this is not a geographical division.  Although there is a Civil Parish called Santry in north county Dublin (comprising almost 7 square miles),  many of the properties listed are in North or central Dublin but not within this parish.  These include the townlands Cabragh, Pickardstown  and Tubberbonny (now Toberbunny)  listed in Fig 2.  Similarly, the Templeoge estate has properties not within the immediate area of Templeoge.  It may be that these terms are used to indicate the location of the management of the respective estates.

The names in the rental are an interesting mix of commoner and gentry including the Lord Mayor of Dublin and the Lord Chancellor.  Less common names among them are Onge, Kelso, Sanky, Plessey, Campleson and Leland.   Further information on some of the families listed may be included in our publication ‘Sources for Irish Family History 2021‘ which lists books and articles on over 2,500 Irish families.  Note also that name variants are common at this period.

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The tenants of the Santry and Templeogue holdings are listed below.  A brief search was conducted for some of the tenants with   rarer names and the results of this are also reported where relevant.    Note that first names are abbreviated, but are generally easily interpreted (e.g. Patk. = Patrick, Willm = William, Jno = John etc).

Allin, Geo
Arthur, Bess / Ben ?
Andrews, Patk.
Brackin, Thos.
Boyne, Andw.
Bayly, Thos.
Byrne, Revd. Randolph
Berrill, Laurence
Crean, Nicholas
Connolly, Jno.
Croker, Edwd. Heirs
Coughlin, Chs.?
Cavanagh, Wm.
Cavanagh, Ant.
Coughlan, Widow
Corbally, Christ.
Carberry, James
Cook, Rich.
Clinch, Jno.
Crilly, Edwd.
Chancellor (Lord)
Cavanagh, Anty.
Clark, Precs.
Doran, Thos.
Dillon, Henry,
Divin, Christr.
Ellis, Rt Hon. Welb. ?    (Possibly Welbore Ellis)
Ellis, Mrs.
Fairbrother, Wm
Foster, Geo. Tuff?
French, Ald.   (Alderman)
Garden, Wm.
Gorden & Walker
Hendrick, Edwd. heirs
Hamilton, Robt.
Jackson, Henry’s heirs
Jackson, Revd. James
Knox, Jno. Esq.
Kelso, Jno.
Lyndon, Wm.
Merryman, –
Mitchel, Thos.
Mecum, Jas.         (James Mecum, Flax draper is witness to a lease in 1768) 
Moore, Fras.
Meredyth, Exors.   (executors)
Meredyth, Henry
Moore, Mr?
Mitchell, Hugh
Mitchell, Henry
Meredyth, Mr.? by Mr. Trake

Pecher (Pechell?), Saml. Esq.
Sanky, Jno.
Snow, Mary
Sweeny, Michl.
Taylor, Thos.
Wilson, Alex,
Ward, John’s heirs
Yeates, Willm.

Templeoge   (usually spelled Templeogue) 

Aughmuty, Town J.   (probably Towneley Aughmuty)
Byrne, James
Bayly, …sd.
Burnett, Thos.
Coates, Hosea
Conway, Genl.
Connolly, Jno.
Campleson, Jno.    (very rare – generally spelled Camplisson)
Casey, James
Dean of St. Patrick’s
French, Alderm.
Howard, Ralph.
Hillsborough, Lord
Houstan, Jno.
Henan, Thos.
Leland, Richd.
Lord Mayor
Lawless, Jno.
Litton, Thos.
McMahon, Jno.
Mahon, Tim
Massey, Thos.
Murphy, Robt.
Onge, Capt.            (Probably Capt. Abel Onge)
Place, Geo.
Plessey, Widow
Proud, Nichs.
Paine, Thos.
Rankin, Jas.
Reed, Laurence
Reed, Howard
Sleator, Ann
St, Patrick’s, Dean of
Underwood, Richd.
Walsh, Sophia
Ward, Elizth
Willson, Councillor Hugh

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