Weaving Vittory Linen Cloth in Dunmanway, West Cork, 1813 for Brazilian Slaves, William Norwood , Master of Charter School, family originally from Ballinascarthy when the moved they may have brought two Deasy brothers as ploughmen from whom Dunmanway Deasys are descended.

The 1813 Parliamentary Report in to the Charter Schools includes Dunmnway and gives a good account of William Norwood, the Master for 23 years, and his wife. The boys are put out as apprentices to weavers. An interesting account of the trade which for Vittory cloth supplied in Dunmanway was not thriving and was bought by Cork Merchants for Brazilian Slave trade.


Norwoods Magistrates:

William Norwood, Junior, 1862, Ballyhalwick, Dunmanway, Resident, £207, listed 1886-6.  Norwoods migrated to Dunmanway from Ballinascarthy, listed 1913.

William S. Norwood BL, 1909, Ballyhalwick, Dunmanway and 21 Lower Baggot St., Dublin, Resident, £207, listed 1886-6.  Norwoods migrated to Dunmanway from Ballinascarthy, listed 1913.


The Norwoods were a prominent Dunmanway family, it is believed they originated in Ballinascarthy and when they came to Dunmanay they brought with two Deasy men as ploughmen. The Dunmanway Deasys descent from this line.

Norwood Estates West Cork:


The charter schools, founded in the early eighteenth century, were envisaged by their supporters as the positive side to government policy towards the Catholics of Ireland. The various penal laws sought to restrict power to those with an interest in maintaining the Protestant (Anglican) state, while the charter schools were to open the scriptures to the children of the poor, educating them in the Protestant habits of loyalty to the Hanoverian crown, of industry and of good husbandry.