Death of General O’Donovan, Bawnlahan, Skibbereen, West Cork, 1829. ‘The late much regretted General O’Donovan was one of the very few proprietors of this County of the aboriginal Milesian Estate, held by his ancestors from time Immemorial. The General, was , we believe, the first of his family to drop the usual designation of an Irish Chieftain of being address as ‘The O’Donovan’ only. In Smith’s History of Cork 1750 he says ‘In this Parish of Miros (Myross) is Bawnlaghan the seat of O’Donovan, Chief of that Ancient Family, a worthy and courteous gentleman. The General was son of Daniel O’Donovan, of Bawnlahan by Jane daughter of Colonel John Becher of Hollybrook (near Skibbereen), grandson of Richard O’Donovan of Bawnlahanby the daughter of Fitz-Gerald, Knight of Kerry and great grandson of Daniel O’Donovan, MP for Baltimore, in 1689, by Elizabeth Tonson, only daughter of Major Richard Tonson, of Spanish Island (great grandfather of the present Lord Riversdale) by Elizabeth sister of Thomas Beecher Esq.


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Death of General O’Donovan, Bawnlahan, Skibbereen, West Cork, 1829.
‘The late much regretted General O’Donovan was one of the very few proprietors of this County of the aboriginal Milesian Estate, held by his ancestors from time Immemorial. The General, was , we believe, the first of his family to drop the usual designation of an Irish Chieftain of being address as ‘The O’Donovan’ only. In Smith’s History of Cork 1750 he says ‘In this Parish of Miros (Myross) is Bawnlaghan the seat of O’Donovan, Chief of that Ancient Family, a worthy and courteous gentleman. The General was son of Daniel O’Donovan, of Bawnlahan by Jane daughter of Colonel John Becher of Hollybrook (near Skibbereen), grandson of Richard O’Donovan of Bawnlahanby the daughter of Fitz-Gerald, Knight of Kerry and great grandson of Daniel O’Donovan, MP for Baltimore, in 1689, by Elizabeth Tonson, only daughter of Major Richard Tonson, of Spanish…

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The Clann Cathaill Line, Death of Captain Miles Henry O’Donovan, aged 20, Royal Munster Fusileers, World War 1 in 1916, son of The O’Donovan, Liss Ard, Skibbereen, West Cork.


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From Evanson (Durrus) family history:

The first Mrs Evanson had sisters, one married the O’Shaughnessy (whose daughter married the O’Donovan, ancestor of the late General O’Donovan); and another married Mr Butler (the family of the Duke of Ormond); and another married Mr J Warren.

The Clann Cathaill Line, Death of Captain Miles Henry O’Donovan, aged 20, Royal Munster Fusileers, World War 1 in 1916, son of The O’Donovan, Liss Ard, Skibbereen, West Cork.

There is a stained glass window to him and marble plaque in St. Finbarrs  Cathedral in Cork.

Another of the O’Donovans, Clann Loughlin, the Catholic line of O’Donovan’s Cove descends from Richard o’Donovan.  he was a famous swordsman at the University of Toulouse in France in the 1740s.

The O’Donovan, Clann Cathal line of Magistrates:

Daniel O’Donovan, 1686

Dr. Daniel O’Donovan 1818, Norton Cottage, Skibbereen, listed 1838 , son Richard Esq. O’Donovan Cove, and Jane d Alexander…

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Lt Col Richard O’Donovan of Bawnlahan, Skibbereen, West Cork, son of Daniel O’Donovan, The O’Donovan of Clancahill’ and Jane Beecher, 1768; Major in 6th Dragoons 19 December 1799; Lieutenant-Colonel 2 May 1800; brevet Colonel 25 July 1810; subsequently Major-General 4 June 1813; Lieutenant-General 27 May 1825; Recognised at ‘The O’Donovan’, died Ireland November 1829.


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Lt Col Richard O’Donovan of Bawnlahan, Skibbereen, West Cork, son of Daniel O’Donovan, The O’Donovan of Clancahill’ and Jane Beecher, 1768; Major in 6th Dragoons 19 December 1799; Lieutenant-Colonel 2 May 1800; brevet Colonel 25 July 1810; subsequently Major-General 4 June 1813; Lieutenant-General 27 May 1825; Recognised at ‘The O’Donovan’, died Ireland November 1829.

From Evanson (Durrus) family history:

The first Mrs Evanson had sisters, one married the O’Shaughnessy (whose daughter married the O’Donovan, ancestor of the late General O’Donovan); and another married Mr Butler (the family of the Duke of Ormond); and another married Mr J Warren.

http://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Richard%20II%20O%27Donovan&item_id=737051

His kinsman Timothy O’Donovan, JP, O’Donovan’s Cove, Durrus corresponding with Doctor John O’Donovan:

Slightly edited letters to Dr. John O’Donovan, Scholar.

Family History 24039/JOD/278/(iii)

O’Donovan’s Cove,

February 1st, 1841

Sir,

Your letter of the 18th last should not have remained unanswered for so long but I was waiting to obtain some…

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The Lost World of the Flemings of Oldcourt, Reenmurragha, Skibbereen, West Cork, Where, ‘All The Famous Horsemen Met..With Their Fowling Pieces..The Gentry of Rosscarbery Met..Song in Lionel Fleming’s Book, Head or Harp.


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The Lost World of the Flemings of Oldcourt, Reenmurragha, Skibbereen, West Cork, Where, ‘All The Famous Horsemen Met..With Their Fowling Pieces..The Gentry of Rosscarbery Met..Song in Lionel Fleming’s Book, Head or Harp.

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The Flemings as landlords had a mixed press some reviled others praised.

Lionel was brought up in Cork later he was a journalist on the Irish Times and later went to England.  The book as published in 1965.

Eliza (Dizzie) Townsend (Mrs. Lionel Fleming)

She was in  Ballydevlin, Goleen, West Cork towards the end of the 18th Century, no roads, rooms lit by smokey candles made of mutton fat, a diet of cabbage, seaweed, mutton, salt ling, salted pork, pig’s head and crubeens, playing Handel and Mozart with the Rev O’Grady.

Until Richard Griffith completed the road from Skibbereen to Crookhaven in 1824 there was only a saddle path. When the road opened, for the first time…

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1639 Ode In Old Irish (Translated) to Daniel O’Donovan, Superintendent of the West of Munster…Illustrious Chieftain of the Corenian Blood. From the papers of Lieutenant General Richard O’Donovan (The O’Donovan), Bawnlahan (1768-1829)


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1639 Ode In Old Irish (Translated) to Daniel O’Donovan, Superintendent of the West of Munster…Illustrious Chieftain of the Corenian Blood.  From the papers of Lieutenant General Richard O’Donovan (The O’Donovan), Bawnlahan (1768-1829).

From Evanson (Durrus) family history:

The first Mrs Evanson had sisters, one married the O’Shaughnessy (whose daughter married the O’Donovan, ancestor of the late General O’Donovan); and another married Mr Butler (the family of the Duke of Ormond); and another married Mr J Warren.

Some of Dr. John O’Donovan correspondence at the RIA:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GCiBrLiBZtDkU8Ug5hZn9HnIZgfN1dvK2kkfaDUb600/edithttps://durrushistory.com/2016/04/27/1829-death-of-the-odonovan-general-odonovan-in-his-61st-year-bawnlahan-skibbereen-west-cork-and-passing-of-chieftainship-of-clann-cathal-to-montpelier-douglas-cork-branch/

On O’Donovan Family:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eq_IayaxdUyWZWbpDf6LWlLNg7o-3tNJiqPGYIALy80/edit

Lt Col Richard O’Donovan of Bawnlahan, Skibbereen, West Cork, son of Daniel O’Donovan, The O’Donovan of Clancahill’ and Jane Beecher, 1768; Major in 6th Dragoons 19 December 1799; Lieutenant-Colonel 2 May 1800; brevet Colonel 25 July 1810; subsequently Major-General 4 June 1813; Lieutenant-General 27 May 1825; Recognised at ‘The O’Donovan’, died Ireland November 1829.

Letter February 1841 from Timothy O’Donovan Esq., J.P…

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Closure of Auxiliary Famine Workhouse, Durrus (Fourmile Water), Co. Cork, 1850.


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The Cork Archives contains the records of Bantry Workhouse
http://www.corkarchives.ie/media/BG43web.pdf

It contains the following resolution…..’14 Aug 1850 Resolved, that the auxiliary workhouse at Fourmilewater be given up, the girls returned to the main house, and the services of the officers in that house (chaplain, physician, matron, and porter) dispensed with’. Around the same period there was one relieving officer for the Durrus/Kilcrohane area.

A photo of the mill appears on Flickr

This is probably the old Grain Store which fronts onto Dunmanus Bay opposite Durrus Pier. This was built by the Evanson family c 1790s and put up for sale in the 1820s.  There are in fact two separate building of different construction one a store the other a kiln. There are remains of a cobbled roadway from the Durrus to Dunbeacon road giving access past Friendly Cove.

Grain Warehouse

This was probably built by the shore of the Bay…

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Thackeray visit to Bantry 1842


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From Recollecting John Clarke Sullivan, Nemasket, Mass. USA

http://nemasket.blogspot.com/2010/03/john-clark-sullivan.html

Bantry was typical of Irish towns of the era, with great disparities between the Anglo-Irish population and that of the Native Irish. The great scenic beauty of the region contrasted sharply with the poverty of a large number of its inhabitants. English novelist William Makepeace Thackeray captured this contrast in The Irish Sketch Book of 1842. Describing Bantry a year prior to Sullivan’s birth, Thackeray wrote:

The harbour is beautiful. Small mountains in green undulations rising on the opposite side; great grey ones further back; a pretty island in the midst of the water, which is wonderfully bright and calm. A handsome yacht, and two or three vessels with their Sunday colors out, were lying in the bay. It looked like a seaport scene at a theatre, gay, cheerful, neat, and picturesque. At a little distance the town, too, is pretty…

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