Keady O'Donovan, Gent., Rosnacaheagh, Ahakista and Pilchard Point, Bantry, deeds of 1805 of Skibbereen town property, 1811 Skahanagh (Mealagh Valley), Bantry. Will 1829.


Keady O’Donovan, Gent., Rosnacaheagh, Ahakista and Pilchard Point, Bantry, deeds of 1805 of Skibbereen town property, 1811 Skahanagh (Mealagh Valley), Bantry. Will 1829.

The people who appears in the deeds such as the Shannons of Durrus are affluent, contractors and in the 1790s advancing money to local impecunious landlords.

The Bantry Birs adre long esatablished fish merchant suggesting wiht the address Pilchad Pointsome marine involvment as seel as the 1802 store in Skibbereen.

Only a small fraction of the

The transcription of memorials is starting to throw up people of significance in the late 18th and early 19th century in West Cork who up to now have been hidden

Registry of Deeds Project, search by surname:

Interestingly here Keady O’Donovan is described as Gent., with various addresses. It is possibly that the Richard O’Donovan who died in 1795 at Pilchard Point, Bantry is his father.

Keady O’Donovan, Gent.

Other addresses are Rosnacaheragh the home of Richard O’Donovan, who build the house a O’Donovan Cove and whose three sons Timothy, Richard and Doctor Daniel were all landlords adn magistrates. It is possibly they were cousins of Keady. They look like they have a common place of origins at Ballaghadown, Caheragh/Drimoleague.

Extended O’Donovan family:

That O’Donovan family was sufficiently affluent to enable Richard to attend the University of Toulouse in France in the 1750s. Later Daniel O’Donovan in about 1820 qualified as a physician in Edinburgh.

O’Donovan Wills

1766, Denis Donovan, Cahergall, Kilcrohane, 1766.

1829, Keady O’Donovan, Ross Kearagh (Rosnacaheragh), Kilcrohane.

1795, Richard O’Donovan, Gent., Pilchard’s Point (O’Donovan’s Cove? Or Bantry), 1795.

1826, Richard O’Donovan, O’Donovan’s Cove, Durrus. 

1752, Timothy (O’) Donovan, Ballyhadown (Caheragh) ancestor of Cove/Fort Lodge family, not clear if one or two in grants.

1843, Timothy O’Donovan, Ardahill, Kilcrohane.

1844, Timothy O’Donovan, Ardahill, Kilcrohane.

Keady O’Donovan, Ross Kearagh (Rosnacaheragh) d 1829, Prerogative Court.

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   Type of deedDate of current deed27 May 1802VolPageMemorial 
   Rent ChargeDate of earlier deed 550303364897 
NoRole(s) in earlier deed(s)Role in current deed(s)Family nameForename PlaceOcc or titleA
A P1REYCROFT[ROYCROFT]FrancisofBreenymoor [Breeny More, Bantry], Co CorkEsq 
B P1REYCROFT[ROYCROFT]FrancisofBreenymoor [Breeny More, Bantry], Co CorkEsq 
C P2O’DONOVANKeady[?]of[illegible], Co Cork A
D WDMCCARTHYDanielofBeach [Bantry], Co CorkRev; Clerke 
E WD WMMCCARTHYJeremiahofSkibbereen, Co CorkGentA
F WMMCENERYGeraldofSkibbereen, Co CorkGentA
AbstractA & B granted B, a rent charge out of the lands of [illegible], Parish of Kilmocomogue, Co Cork.
MS  Date registered13 Nov 1802 Date abstract added20190913 

Memorial faded:

   Type of deedDate of current deed29 Jan 1811VolPageMemorial 
   SaleDate of earlier deed 627467434141 
NoRole(s) in earlier deed(s)Role in current deed(s)Family nameForename PlaceOcc or titleA
AP2, P1P1SULLIVANJeremiahofSkibbereen, Co CorkShopkeeper 
B P2BILKSJohnofSkibbereen, Co CorkGlazierA
CP1 DONOVANKeadyofPit..?..ers[Pilchard?] Point, Parish of Kilmocomogue, Co CorkGent 
D O prevCLAYTONJamesofSkibbereen, Co CorkMason; theretofore tenanted a hous in Skibbereen, Co Cork 
EP2 COLLINSDanielof farmer; had been granted a lease of a house in Skibbereen, Co Cork 
F WD WMHUMPHREYJohnofBridgetown [Skibbereen], Co CorkWriting ClarkA
G WD WMMAHONYJamesofBridgetown [Skibbereen], Co CorkGentA
H WDLEARYHenryofDerrigrea [Derrigra, Ballineen], Co Corkfarmer 
AbstractA sold to B, a lease of property in Skibbereen, Co Cork
MS  Date registered6 Feb 1811 Date abstract added20200203 






 
  Type of deedDate of current deed21 Feb 1811VolPageMemorial 
   SaleDate of earlier deed 631430434955 
NoRole(s) in earlier deed(s)Role in current deed(s)Family nameForename PlaceOcc or titleA
A P1COPINGER/COPPINGERJamesofskibbereen, Co Cork  
B P2O’DONOVANKeadyofRoscreagh [Rossnacaheragh], Parish of Kilborohane[Kilcrohane], Barony of W Carbery, Co CorkGentA
C O adjCONNOLLYMichaelof had a house in Skibbereen, Co Cork 
















B
 
P2
O’DONOVAN
Keady
of
Roscreagh [Rossnacaheragh], Parish of Kilborohane[Kilcrohane], Barony of W Carbery, Co Cork
Gent
C
 
O adj
CONNOLLY
Michael
of
 
had a house in Skibbereen, Co Cork
D
 
O
COLLINS
Timothy
of
 
had a house & storehouses on the quay in Skibbereen, Co Cork
E
 
WD WM
MAHONY
James
of
Bridgetown [Skibbereen], Co Cork
Gent
F
 
WD WM
HENESY[HENNESSY]
John
of
Bridgetown [Skibbereen], Co Cork
Writing Clerk


In this 1811 deed the Roycrofts of Brennybeg, Kealkil are referred to. They may be related to the Roycrotfs of Clonee, Durrus. They are partners with the Drimolague O’Reagans as middlemen on the townland of Kealties adjoining Roscacaheragh

   Type of deedDate of current deed27 May 1811VolPageMemorial 
   AssignmentDate of earlier deed 625425438561 
NoRole(s) in earlier deed(s)Role in current deed(s)Family nameForename Place


Occ or titleA

 P1O’DONOVANKeadyofRossecragh [Rossnacaheragh?], Parish of Kilcrohane, Barony of W Carbery WD, Co CorkGentA
 P2O’DONOVANHenryofSkehonough [Skahanagh, Bantry], Parish of Kilmocomogue, Barony of Bear & Bantry, Co CorkGent 
P1 O’SULLIVANJeremiahof formerly granted a lease of Skahanagh, [Bantry], Co Cork 
P2 ROYCRAFT[ROYCROFT]Thomasof 


formerly held a lease of Skahanagh, [Bantry], Co Cork 

E lifeROYCRAFT[ROYCROFTRichardof formerly held a lease of Skahanagh, [Bantry], Co Cork 
F lifeFIELD[?]Johnof formerly held a lease of Skahanagh, [Bantry], Co Cork 
G WDDONOVANRichardofRossceragh [Rossnacaheragh, Parish of Kilcrohane, Barony of W Carbery WD], Co Cork  

   Type of deedDate of current deed27 May 1811VolPageMemorial 
   AssignmentDate of earlier deed 625425438561 
NoRole(s) in earlier deed(s)Role in current deed(s)Family nameForename PlaceOcc or titleA
A P1O’DONOVANKeadyofRossecragh [Rossnacaheragh?], Parish of Kilcrohane, Barony of W Carbery WD, Co CorkGentA
B P2O’DONOVANHenryofSkehonough [Skahanagh, Bantry], Parish of Kilmocomogue, Barony of Bear & Bantry, Co CorkGent 
CP1 O’SULLIVANJeremiahof formerly granted a lease of Skahanagh, [Bantry], Co Cork 
DP2 ROYCRAFT[ROYCROFT]Thomasof formerly held a lease of Skahanagh, [Bantry], Co Cork 
E lifeROYCRAFT[ROYCROFTRichardof formerly held a lease of Skahanagh, [Bantry], Co Cork 
F lifeFIELD[?]Johnof formerly held a lease of Skahanagh, [Bantry], Co Cork 
G WDDONOVANRichardofRossceragh [Rossnacaheragh, Parish of Kilcrohane, Barony of W Carbery WD], Co Cork  
H WDMCCARTHYJeremiahofRossceragh [Rossnacaheragh, Parish of Kilcrohane, Barony of W Carbery WD], Co CorkTeacher 
I WD WMO’DONOVANDanielofRoskenagh [Rosskerrig?, Parish of Kilcrohane], Co CorkfarmerA
J WMMCAULIFFEMichaelofCity of CorkWriting ClerkA
AbstractA assigned to B, a lease of Skahanagh, [Bantry], Co Cork, for the lives of E & F plus 39 years.
MS  Date registered25 July 1811 Date abstract added20200203 

Abstract made by: RonPrice

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Skehanagh is in the Mealagh Valley to the southwest  of Kealkill straddling the road from

Skehanagh is in the Mealagh Valley to the southwest  of Kealkill straddling the road from Donemark leading into the Mealagh Valley. It’s about a mile from Breenymore.

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   Type of deedDate of current deed3 Jun 1815VolPageMemorial 
   Sale or ReleaseDate of earlier deed 715411489346 
NoRole(s) in earlier deed(s)Role in current deed(s)Family nameForename PlaceOcc or titleA
A P1BARRYCatharine[Catherine]ofDroumadoonen [Dromdoneen, Bantry], Parish of Kilmocomogue, Co CorkSpinster 


B
 P2SHANNONJohnofBrahalish, Parish of Durrus, Co Cork 
C P2SHANNONRobertofDromersy[?], Parish of Durrus, Co Cork 
D P3DONOVANHenryofCappanaboul [Bantry], Parish of Kilmocomogue, Co Cork 
E P4CRONINMortoughofDoonamorka [Dunnamark?, Bantry], Co CorkTaylor
F P5CLERKEThomasofSkibbereen, Co CorkEsq
GP1 CLERKESt JohnofSkibbereen, Co CorkDocor of Physic

1850 Apple Seeds from Cousane, Ballydehob to Mount Horeb, Ontario Canada.


The Skuce family of Coosane, Ballydehob, emigrated to Canada in 1850, and settled in Mount Horeb, near Omemee, Ontario, Canada, they took apple seeds with them, so they could plant them when they settled. They had a special way of storing the apples through the cold winters in special straw lined pits and apparently they were delicious.  This was all mentioned in a family write up. In another  area where another branch of the  Skuce’s settled,  near Bark Lake, in a more remote part of Ontario, there are some the old farmsteads that have been left derelict, at one of these we discovered someone had gone out with a quad bike to collect fruit from the very old apple trees, that are were abandoned close to these homesteads, the crop looked amazing, and I do wonder if these were grown from seeds that were brought out by the new settlers, including the Skuce’s, when they first emigrated back in the mid-1830s or so. Bark Lake is where some of the Skuce family who had left Clashadoo/Bantry settled.

Cousane:

Ontario:

https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/durrushistory.com/17487

https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/durrushistory.com/15719

https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/durrushistory.com/35572

https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/durrushistory.com/30991

Bark Lake, Ontario

1484, World's First Common Law Woman Lawyer? Rose Bron, Dublin, Apprentice to Justice Philip Bermingham.


1484, World’s First Common Law Woman Lawyer? Rose Bron, Dublin, Apprentice to Justice Philip Bermingham.

Sergeant Alexander Martin Sullivan, defending Roger Casement, on his grave in Glasnevin he is ‘The last Sergeant of The Kingdom of Ireland’. Celebrated Painting Shows Charles Gavan Duffy, Instructing Solicitors, female Relation Attend Court by Special Permission, A First on Attorneys Bench. Constitutional Conundrum does The Kingdom of Ireland Still Exist?

https://durrushistory.com/2016/04/05/sergeant-alexander-martin-sullivan-defending-roger-casement-on-his-grave-in-glasnevin-he-is-the-last-sergeant-of-the-kingdom-of-ireland-celebrated-painting-may-show-women-solicitors-on-attorneys/

1893, Obituary of Judge John FitzHenry Townshend, Castletownshend and Dublin, Oldest Judge in the then United Kingdom. A Fine Specimen of an Old Irish Gentleman and Old Irish Judge.


1893, Obituary of Judge John FitzHenry Townshend, Castletownshend and Dublin, Oldest Judge in the then United Kingdom. A Fine Specimen of an Old Irish Gentleman and Old Irish Judge.

Courtesy Colonel John Townsend. This family history is fact based and apart from the Townsend/Townshend family it is valuable record of the times.

http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~townsend/tree/scrapbooks/250.pdf

Rent Roll Bishop of Cork 1676, Schull/Crookhaven to Sir Richard Hull, Drumkilmore, Letterlickey, Durrus to Boyle Hull, Kilmocomogue (Bantry), to John Hull, Kilcrohane to Richard Hull,Clonee, Durrus to George Sims in trust for Widow Burridge, Skart, Aghagoheen, Durrus Abbey of Gneeves, to John Read, Esq. Dioceses of Bishop of Ross 1679, Tenants included Hungerford, Emanuel Moore, Richard Travers,Henry Beecher, Richard Tonson. Dioceses of Cork 1699, Rent Roll Dioceses of Cork. Excluding one half of the wrecks of sea for Schull area and the islands, Kilcrohane and Dunmanway area.


From Smiths History of Cork, p. 125-

http://www.corkhist.ie/wp-content/uploads/jfiles/sh/bSH-002.pdf

Rent Roll Bishop of Cork 1676, Schull/Crookhaven to Sir Richard Hull, Drumkilmore, Letterlickey, Durrus to Boyle Hull, Kilmocomogue (Bantry), to John Hull, Kilcrohane to Richard Hull,Clonee, Durrus to George Sims in trust for Widow Burridge, Skart, Aghagoheen, Durrus Abbey of Gneeves, to John Read, Esq.,

Dioceses of Bishop of Ross 1679, Tenants included Hungerford, Emanuel Moore, Richard Travers,Henry Beecher, Richard Tonson.

Dioceses of Cork 1699, Rent Roll Dioceses of Cork. Excluding one half of the wrecks of sea for Schull area and the islands,and Dunmanway area.

Updated 1781, Bishop Mann Visitation of Church of Ireland, Dioceses of Cork. Selected West Cork Parishes, Parish Clerks, Teachers, Churchwardens, 1699 Bishop Dives Downes Tour. 1827 Parliamentary Return of Vestries including Ross Dioceses.


West Cork History

1781, Bishop Mann Visitation of Church of Ireland, Dioceses of Cork. Selected Parishes, Parish Clerks, Teachers, Churchwardens.

The visitation book is in good condition but a few names are hard to make out.

RCB Library, Dublin,

https://www.ireland.anglican.org/about/rcb-library

Ref D121.1

Updated version:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FUf37RhSaONXYllElgpDOdwUA9nWaYACxQwxrz4QzEI/edit#gid=0

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1781, Bishop Mann Visitation of Church of Ireland Dioceses of Cork. Ref D121.1

With 1827 Parliamentary Return of Vestries, including Ross Dioceses:

1781, Bishop Mann Visitation of Church of Ireland Dioceses of Cork. Ref D121.1

Going on the names of some of the teachers they may have come from hedge school background. Some West Cork Teachers:

Bishop Dives Downes did a visitation in 1699/1700 much of which is reproduced in Maziere Brady’s History of the Dioceses by parish:

http://www.corkpastandpresent.ie/history/bradysclericalandparochialrecords/

Other Cork Records:

D12 Cork Cloyne & Ross
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1605 Acquisition of Interest in Certain Church Properties at Schull, Myross, Killemuck Barony of Carbery and Garryvoe by Sir (Great Earl of Cork) Richard Boyle.


1605 Acquisition of Interest in Certain Church Properties at Schull, Myross, Killemuck Barony of Carbery and Garryvoe by Sir (Great Earl of Cork) Richard Boyle.

These properties and those at Bantry, Durrus, Kilcrohane were held by the College of Youghal and St. Catherine’s of Waterford. Presumably a legacy of small Norman incursions. Some of these properties appear at late as 1780 in the account books of the Cathedral of St. Finbarrs Cork and are available for inspection at the RCB Library in Dublin

This is from a commentary by Dr. Richard Caulfield of Dr. Smith’s History of Cork

http://www.corkhist.ie/wp-content/uploads/jfiles/sh/bSH-002.pdf

From c 1730, Old Catholic Landed Families West Cork, Baronies of Carbery and General Area, Reinvent Themselves as Middlemen, Merchants, Professionals.


Introduction:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/19YE5U7alhWUprHxyAGzAPUxdm0MKMI0ijytcCU_qQfI/edit

This is an attempt to see how the descendant of the old Gaelic families fared after the ancestral lands were forfeit or confiscated for ‘rebellion’ against the English Crown and administration. It is impossible to be definitive but is likely that many of those represented here are of the old lines.  In the long run they have done well and even thrived.

In contrast those families granted estate, Beechers, Townsends  or those like the Whites of Biantry or Bernards of Bandon who bought land cheaply early 18th century from the Hollow Blade Company did not fare as well.  Few of the West Cork Landed families invested locally in productive assets. Even of the large estates the rentals were modest compared to the larger Irish estates.  An exception would be Cox in the development of the Dunmanway linen industry or Addelry in Innishannon. The building of large houses, ostentatious lifestyles residences in Dublin and London ensued large debts and ultimately little disposable income.  Papers such as the Chief Secretary are replete with Petitions from the West Cork Gentry for Government aid for road, harbour building various types of distress. However their individual personal contribution can characterised by the following during the cholera epidemic in 1833:

1833, John Roberts, Bantry, Magistrate, reported 15th April 1833, death of one of his policeman Ferguson of cholera.  Has been prevalent since the 11th March, 20 cases 5 dead many more now being treated.  This is a miserable neglected town without any resident gentry and the few who do, don’t exert themselves whether by contribution or otherwise to check the advance of the disease.  The Board of Health do not have the money to open a hospital which is the cause of this disease.

There is an untold story of economic development by the likes of the Bandon Clothiers and textile entrepreneurs, the millers, shippers, brewers such as the Deasys of Clonakilty of McCarthys of Skibbereen, the Bantry Vickeries who were the founders of West Cork tourism. Of Thomas Vickery who founded the hotel and pioneers the ’Prince of Wales Route, Bantry to Killarney, ‘he did more for the people of Bantry and surrounding area all the belted Earls.

The section of deeds in the Bantry/Durrus shows the emergence of a class up to now invisible. They comprise Catholic and Protestant farmers of substance, merchants, Grand Jury road contractors who were in a position to advance loans to the local small Landlords such as the Blairs of Blairs Cove, Evansons of Durrus, Hutchinson of Clonee, Durrus.  These are either by way of mortgage or rent charge. Ironically the advances commenced in the late 1780s a time of unparalleled prosperity when a well managed estate should have being doing well. It is estimated the land rent went up by a factor of 3 between 1780 and 1815 the dated of the Battle of Waterloo.

Introduction, p.1

Subject area, p.2

General Charles Vallancey (1731-1812) Survey Report 1778, p.5

Crowley Wills ,p. 8

Professionals

Apothecaries, Doctors p. 16

Lawyers, p.18

1825 Balance of economic advantage grievance of Catholics excluded from Juries, p.19

Convert Rolls/Converts, p.23

Game Certs (Gun Licences), p. 25

Grand Jury Records, Cess payer representatives, p.26

Caheragh/Drimoleague Deeds. P. 40

Deeds Bantry Durrus area, p.40

Magistrates, p 62

Tudor Map of The Barony of Carbery Showing Location of Families, Prior to Confiscations, Forfeitures and Plantations.


West Cork History

Courtesy Cork Historical and Archaeological Society 1904.

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The families shown are strongly still represented. The influx of those who have arrived since have been absorbed. DNA evidence suggests a significant amount of intermarriage in the late 17th and 18th century so the headline surname is no guide to the multiple origins of the particular family regardless of religion. From the mid 18th to mid 19th century this was one of the most densely populated rural areas in the world, excluding lake, bog and mountain.

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