1963, John T. Collins, ‘Durrus, ‘An Ancient Highly Prized Celtic Parochial Centre. Listed in a Papal Decree 1199 AD’
He was from around Kilmeen outside Clonakilty and in th e1910 became a nurse in Cork Mental Hospital. He retire in the early 1960 as a senior administrator.
His historical work emerged in the 1930 perhaps before and is characterized by a very high degree of accuracy. His circle included Paddy O’Keeffe, Bantry businessman (40 boxes of his papers are in the Cork Archives), Bernard O’Regan of Aughadown, Basil O’Connell, a descendant of Daniel O’Connell and author with is brother of the O’Connell Tracts.
A lot of John T. Collins articles have been digitalised
A big funeral, lots of priests, a daily communicant. Credited with having the hospital upgraded because of his surgical skills.
1580 Bandon Settlers, p. 1
1641, Depositions, Individuals, Bantry, Durrus, Schull areas, p.4
1659, Bandon District, Census of Ireland 1659 with supplementary material from the Poll Money ordinances 1660-1661
1688, Jurors, Inquisition, Ballinspittle. Initiated by Mary de Courcy, Lady Kinsale, Widow of Patrick to Recover Dower
1732, Subscription list of donations by the Gentlemen of the Parish of Bantry, sent by Father Peter O’Sullivan, Parish Priest of Bantry, West Cork, 8th January 1732 to Bishop Doctor Teige McCarthy Rabagh, against Penal Laws
1766, Probable West Cork Subscribers of 1766 ‘The History of the Irish Rebellion’, Cork,
1778, UNDERNAMED SUBSCRIBERS; DO AGREE TO ASSOCIATE OURSELVES FOR THE PURPOSE OF PRESERVING THE PEACE OF THIS CITY AND THE PROPERTY THE INHABITANTS THEROF: CORK 26th March, 1778″
1780, West Cork Subscribers, John Fitzgerald’s Cork Remembrance.
1787, Subscribers to William Collins Poetry, West Cork
1787, Lucas Commercial Directory, Bandon
1789-1839, Churchwardens, Kilbrogan, Bandon
1794, On the eve of the Assizes The Minister, Churchwardens, and the Principal Inhabitants of Kilmeen thank the Government for their aid when their property was attacked by a deluded mob. p. 36
1796, Spinning Wheel Premium, Irish Flax Growers, 1796, p. 4
1799, Game Certificates, p. 89
1799, West Cork Supporters, Act of Union
1822, West Cork Subscribers Dr. Wood’s primitive Inhabitants of Ireland
1822 Local Fishery Committees
1825, Donors New Catholic Chapel, West Schull.
1826, Teachers of Baronies of East and West Carbery, Bantry and Bere, West Cork, p. 72
1826, United Parishes of Durrus and Muintervara, The Rev. Richard Quinn P.P. begs leave the undermentioned Ladies and Gentlemen by which he has been enable to nearly complete two churches in the United Parishes.
1827, Lost, Beagle Bitch answers to name of ‘Lily’. Belongs to Dr. O’Donovan, O’Donovan’s Cove, Durrus, Reward to Person if Poor.
This may be the celebrated Dr. O’Donovan active in Famine Relief adn author of a History of Carbery. Up to the 1830s there was a large beaging establishment at O’Donovan’s Cove. There may have been a change in the law at the time ending it.
The general area of uplands was much used for hunting, to the East Lord Bandon from 1850 used Durrus Court as a shooting lodge and paid some of the tenant to act as Gamekeepers.
Across the Bay in the 1870s Michael Morris of Friendly Cove (Evanson descendant) held coursing meetings at Coolculaghta.
In the newspaper ad there is a reference to Barrett of Dunmanway. That family were intermarried to the O’Donovans of the Cove. One branch of of the Barrett family were agent…
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1887 Board of Trade Enquiry ino Loss of Steamship Augusta in Dunmanus Bay.
This is a good example of the system of local government prior to the County Council taking over the operations of the Grand Jury in 1899.
The presentment were suggested rodworks or such projects. The meeting of the Magistrate approved the presentment adn since about 1830 the largest farmer in the are were nominated as cess payer representative to try and limit perceived abuses. The contractors are often substantial farmer who9 probably ahd labourers working fro them tht they would allocate to the works.
Large scale projects were presented to the Grand Jury twice a year after the Assize were over. From the mid 19ht century the Grand Jury had professional surveyors employed.
1855 Landlord Richard O’Donovan, Esq., Fort Lodge, Durrus reserves to himself the right of making a lease to Mary Foley at Rosnacaheragh until the minor comes of age provided she marries with the lessor’s consent. 1854 Sale Estate of Arthur Hutchinson, deceased, intestate, Durrus, Tenant Listing
Lease 1855, Richard O’Donovan, Esq., to Maurice and Thomas Foley for 61 years from 1855 of 58 acres at Rosnacaheragh at a rent of £7 12 shillings for Maurice Foley and £7 12 shillings to Daniel Burke, Maurice and Thomas Foley. Lessee to supply a horse and guide for 4 days a year or to pay 2 shillings for each day in lieu of a horse is not provided and 1 shilling a day for every day a guide is not provided. The lease contains a covenant not to have more than one dwelling house on the premises under a penalty of £20 and the lessor reserves to himself the right of making a lease to Mary Foley until the minor comes of age provided she marries with the lessor’s consent. The holdings are intermixed and the quantity held by each cannot be stated. Recited in the Landed Estate Sale of O’Donovan lands 1876.
Timothy O’Donovan, Justice of the Peace, Durrus, and his Extended Family Network, The O’Donovans of Squince (Myross), The Clonakilty Deasys, a Survival of Catholic Gentry in the 18th and early 19th century in West Cork
1854 Sale Estate of Arthur Hutchinson, deceased, intestate, Durrus, Tenant Listing
Hutchinson Landlord Family:
1782, died after a long illness Thomas Donovan, Esq., North Lowerton, West Carbery, left the bulk of his large fortune to the Rev. Mr. Walsh, in the Parish of Schull and his well chosen library of thousands of volumes and a gold watch and a gold beaded cane to the Rev. Mr. James Crowley of the same parish.
In old deeds and wills you come across example of wealth 18th century Catholics in the area such as Alexander Donivan of Squince, Castlehaven.
Decorative walking canes were once very common both in Ireland and in China.
From Rosemary Ffolliott newspaper extracts.
David Cagney in the newspaper letter is thanked for his kindness in providing free lime to his tenants to Whitewash their cottages.
This is probably the Alexander O’Driscoll of Crookhaven referred to Post 1817 Florence McCarthy (The Grinder) Crookhaven 1817 married Mary grand daughter of Morty Óg O’Sullivan. He is believed to have taken own life. He sister married 1816 Alexander O’Driscoll, Crookhaven Another of her sisters Mary married Amos Bennett, Schull Paddy O’Keeffe, Bantry
David Cagney, (1806-1885), Cork. 1840 petition for Catholic Equality, voted 1850 for Denis Galwey as High Constable for Ibane and Ballyroe (Clonakilty), Member Election Committee, Alexander McCarthy 1855. Famine Relief 1847. Seeking equality of endowment in Catholic education 1859, subscriber 1861 to Smith’s History of Cork. 1877 donor Newcestown Church Spire. Probably David Cagney, died widower aged 79, merchant, 1885, Parkgariff, Monkstown. Probate £68,639 to Francis Cagney and Thomas Francis Lyons, merchants.
Michael Cagney -1861), 1857, Tivoli, sworn in by John Besnard J.P.. Police Court, Paradise Place, Cork, 1857. Besnard family of Huguenot descent ran a major sail making factory in Douglas. Wife Mary O’Regan she a descendant of Sit Teague O’Regan whose lands at Leap were restored under the Treaty of Limerick, 7 sons. 1840 calling for Testimonial to late William Crawford Cork benefactor. Seeking equality of endowment in Catholic education 1858. Subscriber 1861 Rev. Gibson’s History of Cork. Probate 1861 to widow Louise?, £9,000. The Clonakilty lands were sold to the tenants under the Land Purchase Act 1903
Not known if he was in jail or at home when he died of cholera.
Colourful character, dismissed and reinstated as a Magistrate. May have been charged after whipping a young boy during a hunt at Shepperton.
His father Timothy was an excise man known as ‘Tim the Gauger’ appears in multiple deed wj the Beechers on the Mizen Peninsula.
He was a ‘Lay Impropriator’ of part of the tithes in the Parish of Kilcrohane. 1831 Kilcrohane (Cill Chrócháin) tithes applotments. The Commissioners appointed to value were William Symms, William Pearson, certified 13th February 1831, Parish of Kilcrohane (Cill Chrócháin), 18,353 acres, value, £2,435.2 shillings. Apportioned as to Rev. Alcock,Vicar Durrus, £170, 45?, Alexander O’Driscoll, Esq., Lessee of Lord Donoughmore, £170, 45%, Nathaniel Evanson, Esq., £30, 10%, lessee of Lord Riversdale.
In the 1827 tithe applotments he is a middleman on numerous townlands in the Parish of Schull
Captain Alexander O’Driscoll, 1827, Clover Hill, Superseded 1810-30, Restored 1843. Norton Cottage, Skibbereen (two of the same name at time), Ancestor Alexander married daughter of McFineen Dubh O’Sullivan, son of Tim ‘The Gauger’, sister Mrs Freke of Baltimore Castle. 1820 signed Memorial for new road Glengariff to Castletownbere. Married to the daughter of Thomas Attridge, Ballydehob. Correspondence with Chief Secretary appealing dismissal of 1820. Bridge at Bawnlahan 1820. 1822 supporting new road Skibbereen to Bantry. 1822 subscriber as Clover Hill, Church Building Fund Durrus, he held tithes in Kilcrohane with Rector and Rev. Alleyn Evanson. Present at enquiry Skibbereen 1823 into enquiry into fatal affray at Castlehaven caused by Rev. Morritt’s tithe extraction. Grand Jury Presentments attending 12 from 1838-1840 at Norton Cottage. Probably engaged with his crew in marine salvage of Clio out of Crookhaven 1825. 1826 City election voted O’Callaghan conservative. Voted 1835 election as out of town Freeman address Shepperton. Public support for him on dismissal 1835 by fellow Magistrates Lord Bantry, Simon White, John Puxley, Samuel Townsend Senior, Samuel Townsend Junior, Hugh Lawton, Thomas Somerville, Rev. Alleyn Evanson, Richard Townsend Senior. Enquiry attended in Bandon 1841 into suspension arising from conduct with Stipendiary Magistrate J. Gore Jones and Sub-Inspector Andrew Creagh attended Earl of Bandon, Lord Viscount Bernard, on. H. White Hedges, Macroom Castle, Henry Bernard, Castle Barnard, Abraham Morris Dunkettle, Captain Henry Wallis, Drishane Castle, Lieutenant Colonel St. John Clerke, Overton House, William Cooke Wallis Junior, Castlecook, Mathias Hendley, Mountrivers, Henry Leader, Mount Leader, George Browne, Coolcower, St. Ledger Aldworth, Newmarket, Charles Evanson, Carlemont, Cork, Sir Thomas Deane, Thomas Hungerford, The Island, Nicholas Dunscomb, Mount Desert, Richard Henry Hedges Becher, Hollybrook, Skibbereen, John Isaac Heard, Kinsale, John Wheeler, Junior, James Gillman, Retreat, MD, Clonakilty, Thomas Herrick, Coolkerry, Captain R.A. Rogers, Petersfield, Michael Gallway, Gurtnagreena, John Nason, G. Nagle, Ballinamona Castle, Samuel Wallis Goold Adams, Jamesbrook, Jeremiah E. McCarthy, Rathduane, William F. Austen, Greenshela, Thomas R. Sarsfield, Ducloyne, Arthur Pery Aylmer, Castlefreke, Thomas Cuthbert Kearney, Garretstown, Joseph Haynes, Maryland House, Charles Connell, Cloverhill, John Barter, Cooldaniel, Francis G. Woodley, Leeds, Lawrence Corban, Maryville, E. Millett, MD, Cove. 1841 supported Conservative Longfield Longueville, Mallow even though Catholic hosted meeting attending John Ross, Rossford, Thomas Morris, Mahonagh, Thomas Wood, Dereeny, Listed 1838, dead….. with address Mount Music/Bunaulin, Caheragh when daughter Kate married Herbert Baldwin Esq., 1845. 1835 Subscriber at Gortnascrena, Skibbereen, Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland 1837. Suspended for a period as J.P. reinstated after altered by a sitting of over 70 Magistrates in Bandon from both political sides. 1828 Bandon Quarter Sessions. His lands are managed by Bird. Member Provisional Committee projected Bandon to Bantry Railway 1845, address Norton Cottage. Believed to have been committed to a debtors prison in Cork by his wine merchant where he died. Norton Cottage was lived in once by Dr. O’Donovan, J.P., and bought 1925 by Jasper Woulfe, Solicitor, Crown Prosecutor and TD,
There was another Alexander O’Driscoll around the same time a Magistrate in Caheragh and another in Cork