In 1837 a Parliamentary Commission took evidence on the operation of Manor Courts. It heard evidence from John Jagoe. He was one of the main witnesses. He was from Bantry a Fish Merchant, had sat on a Fisheries Commission had engaged in correspondence with Dublin Castle on fisheries and non-denominatinal education. His mother was Young of the Bantry Fishing family who propably held the property, a former mill, now the Maritime Hotel on lease from the Bantry Estate. His father originated in Kilcolman, Dunmanway. At one stage he was reputed to have been a shopkeeper on the Bandon Road/Barrack St., Cork. His only son John became a Barrister. He was admitted to Grey’s Inns London in 1835 aged 34.
His wife was O’Connor may be related to Dr. Bryan O’Connor of Bantry sent to Botany Bay in Australia with Alexander McCarthy Barrister for being United Irishman. He had three brother officers in the British Army.
He wrote a book on Irish Fishery law, 1843:
In his evidence he said that there were Manor Courts in Bantry and Leamcon (Schull). They were generally held in public houses wiht a jury drawn from a low class. The Seneshal was drawn from a drunken class and paid £50-£80 per annum. His evidence suggested that the jury demanded cash or whiskey from the successful party. This was referred to as a ‘cob’. The jury did not retire but openly debated the verdict and onlookers could hear and influence. The more respectable class of person avoided the Manor Courts preferring the Session Courts which sat in Bantry once a year.
John Jagoe was also a Fisheries Commissioner and took evidence sitting in Donegal.
He was the father of John Jagoe barrister his only son. Jago was in court appearing for an evicted O’Donovan family of long standing c 1846 who had expected their lease to be renewed by the Kenmare Estate.
He may also have been the mother of Esther Jagoe. She was the mother (Father Desmond Bantry Attorney) of Ann Marie Desmond (Mother Benigna) who set up education for women in Townsville Australia: