1782, died after a long illness Thomas Donovan, Esq., North Lowerton, West Carbery, left the bulk of his large fortune to the Rev. Mr. Walsh, in the Parish of Schull and his well chosen library of thousands of volumes and a gold watch and a gold beaded cane to the Rev. Mr. James Crowley of the same parish.
In old deeds and wills you come across example of wealth 18th century Catholics in the area such as Alexander Donivan of Squince, Castlehaven.
Decorative walking canes were once very common both in Ireland and in China.
From Rosemary Ffolliott newspaper extracts.