Small Sources 25: This list shows 26 residents of the townland of Tourin, (in the Civil parish of Lismore and Mocollop, Co. Waterford ) in 1841. The list is on a single loose page among papers of the Devonshire Estate, which are in the National Library of Ireland (Ms. 43,781/ 3). The legend to the list states “The above-named persons live on the lands of Tourin. B Musgrave 1841 June 3rd”. The specific purpose of the list is not clear but the Musgrave family had a residence close by, and were building a further family house and developing a large garden at this location at this time, so it may be related to this work. This new house still exists and is now open to visitors (see http://tourin.ie/about-tourin-house).
It is interesting to compare this list with the residents of the townland in 1848/9 listed in Griffith’s valuation (see www.askaboutireland.ie/griffith-valuation). The intervening years included the devastating Great Famine (1845-47) which resulted in very extensive death and emigration. The 1841 list includes 17 different family names, which suggests a similar number of households, while the Griffith valuation lists only 10 households in Tourin townland and in the neighbouring townland of Tourin Demesne. Only three names, Walsh, Keily/Kiley, and Fives are common to both lists. In relation to name-variations, note that James Fives in 1841 has become James Fife in 1848. Although the same family names occur, it is not possible to determine relationships from these sources.
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