Small Sources 47: This is a list of 94 tenants on the Trant estate in the area of Dovea in the Civil Parish of Loughmoe West, Co. Tipperary mainly in the period 1815-20. Some accounts continue into the 1830s. The rentals for these estates are included in the Trant Papers which are in the National Library of Ireland. This list is from an index to a rental found among these papers (NLI Ms. 1756). See our article here for a detailed account of rentals and their relevance. The index includes the names of all tenants and the page of the rental which contains their individual account. Each of these accounts provides basic details on the rent due and the payments made. It does not always specify the location of the holding. An example is below, which shows the account of Patrick Cleary and others in ‘part of Killaghra‘. Holdings by partnerships such as this are not uncommon. Note the account of Mary Bryan below, which shows that she was paid in guineas (£1 and 1 shilling) Some common abbreviations are used, including Thos. = Thomas; Wm. = William; Michl. = Michael; Edwd. = Edward; Patk = Patrick; Corns. = Cornelius; and Danl. = Daniel. The images are by Ancestor Network and reproduced courtesy of the National Library of Ireland.
The Trant family originally held significant estates in Co. Kerry but moved to a house and extensive estate in Dovea in the Civil Parish of Inch, Co. Tipperary in the mid-18th century. By the end of the 18th century the family holdings had expanded further and they held land in Tipperary, Kildare, Limerick, Cork and Kerry. In 1883 the Trant estate in county Tipperary amounted to almost 3,000 acres in the parishes of Ballycahill, Inch, Loughmoe West and Thurles, barony of Eliogarty. Further information on the Trant family and their estates is in the Landed Estates Database. A detailed account of the family in Dovea and Killahara, and of their relationship with the Fogartys, who were the Gaelic chieftains in this area is available here. Dovea house is now owned by a company specialising in cattle breeding. An account of the great divide in lifestyles between landlords and their tenants is in our blog entitled ‘Eye-witnesses to our ancestors‘ which summarises the accounts of travellers to Ireland in the period covered by this document.
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We have previously published a list of tenants on the Trant estate in Dingle in 1791. and also a list of Trant tenants on the same estate in Dovea in 1837 . Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to conduct further research on these individuals, or on the lists of tenants of this estate. We can also obtain images of the original documents. Click here and quote ‘Tipp SS47’ in the subject line. We also publish ‘A Guide to Tracing your Tipperary Ancestors‘ by local historian Noreen Higgins-McHugh .
Brien, Patk. (Patrick)
Brien Michl in part of Tim Ryan place
Burke, John Dovea
Brian, Mary Dairy maid (appears not to be a tenant; account below only indicates wage payments)
Cleary, Patk. (see illustration below of Cleary/Gleeson shared tenancy account)
Cleary, Corns. (Cornelius)
Cleary, Edmd. (Edmund)
Cormick, Widow Thomas
Cormick, Michl. (Michael)
Dickson, Saml. (Samuel)
Eagan, Patk. (usually spelled Egan)
Eagan, Philip now White
Eagan, William Smith
Eagan, William in Lary Mahers place
Eagan, Michael & Michael Peters ?
Fogarty, Wm. (See here for some further information on the Fogarties in this area)
Farrell, Michl. (Michael)
Fogerty, John (note the name is spelled as Fogarty and Fogerty in the rental).
Fogerty, Martin now John
Fogerty, John Wm.
Fogerty Michl. (Michael)
Fogarty, Patrick in Lynch’s place
Fogarty, Patrick Andrew
Fogarty, Philip Castlequarter
Gleeson, Michl ?
Gleeson, James (see illustration below of the Gleeson/Cleary shared tenancy account)
Gleeson, William & James.
Gleeson, Larence in Lynch Place
Going, Caleb – Representatives of Cooper Crawford &
Hayden …. Reps.
Hynes, Lary (probably Larry)
Hall, William Taylor
Healy, Thos. (Thomas)
Listin, Thos. (Thomas)
Lalor, William & servants
Meagher, Mary now William Carr (‘now’ indicates that holding is now occupied by William Carr)
Meagher, Wm. (William)
Meagher, James Widow
Maher, Patrick Dovea
Maher, Michael Dovea
Mara, Michl. (Michael)
Maher, James & William …?
Purcel, Edmd. (Edmund)
Ryan, Timothy (.. overwritten with) Michael Brennin? Part of Tim Ryan
Ryan, Wm. (William)
Ryan, Phill now Thomas
Spain, Widow .. this to be charged to Patt McGrath
Towhy, Michl. (probably a variant of Tuohy)
Trant, John Esq.
Other blogs with information on Tipperary residents
Tenants of Prittie Estate, Tipperary & Offaly 1826. (CPs of Kilnaneave, Dolla & Ballynaclogh). here
Tenants of Trant Estate, Dovea, Co. Tipperary 1837 (Civil Parish of Inch). Click here
Tipperary (Carrick-on-Suir) and Waterford (Rathgormuck) tenants of Woulfe Mansfield estate. Click here
Tenants in Pudding Lane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary 1816/17. Click here
Residents of Ballyporeen Co. Tipperary 1840 (Civil parish of Templetenny). Click here
Tenants on Barton Estate, Tipperary 1775-1805. (Town of Fethard and surrounding parishes) Click here
Tenants of Lidwell estate (Civil Parishes of Inch and Holycross), Tipperary in 1829/30. Click here
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