From the Encumbered estates Court 1854 where the title to land before the court is recited. This court was an attempt to ‘dry clean’ in a legal sense property which was so heavily encumbered that in effect in was unsaleable. Apart from bank mortgages much of this property, the insolvent estates of Irish landlords, was heavily affected by family settlements to provided for annuities for family members, marriage portions and so on. The famine was only the last straw which broke the camel’s back, the financial distress had been piling up since the collapse in agricultural prices with the ending of the Napoleonic Wars in 1817.
Deed 12th April and 13th 1738, Earl of Burlington and Cork (descendants of Boyle), Sir William Heathcote to Richard Tonson (one of the Tonsons was the illegitimate son of Hull, who ran a fishery in Schull and was a major landowner). All manorial rights to the Lord of the Manor of Ballydehob and lands of Dromreagh, Murreagh and Ardoginna (these three townlands are in Durrus on the Schull side of the Mizen peninsula), acquires Dromrigh, alias Drumreagh, Dromlowe, and Ardogennae, three ploughlands in tenure and occupation of Edward Boyle and Mary his wife lease of 21st May 1626 for 5,000 years, sold to Richard Tonson for £1,700, Evanson 24th September 1765, Richard Tonson to Richard Tonson Evanson received by William Tonson Lord Baron Riversdale to Nathaniel Evanson 12th March 1811, Parliamentary conveyance his Grace to have right to protect claim, minerals to be excepted, (in fact the area is rich in minerals there were a number of mines in the region in the 19ht century).