Hollybrook House, Skibbereen, Co. Cork, Greenhouse and Vinery 1852 Residence of Richard Henry Hedges Becher, Esq., with Plans.



Richard Henry Hedges Beecher Esq., Pre 1838, listed 1838,  Hollybrook, Skibbereen,  sitting Skibbereen, 1835, Came into possession pre 1833 very neglected set about improving.  In re organising compensated tenants according to Ulster Custom.  Engaged in road building.  Abolished rundale system.  Subscriber Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland 1837. Attending Protestant Conservative Society meeting 1832. Bandon Brunswick Constitutional Club 1828.  Anti-Repeal Meeting, Dunmanway 1845.  Skibbereen 1847 distress meeting. Presentment sessions Ballydehob 1845. Signed ‘No Popery Petition 1851’. 1866 Freemason Skibbereen 15th Lodge.  Long litigation with Lord Bandon added to financial woes over townland of Rathooragh near Mount Gabriel.  Imprisoned but later freed by his creditors 1848.  The Hollybrook estate was sold in the Encumbered Estates Court in 1851, 17,000 acres, 42 townlands, 8 parishes, debts in 52 charges amounting to £52,275. The sale realised £52,080.  It was estimated that the rent of £4,500 per annum represent only 25% of the value of market rents but two thirds  were given long leases on low rents  with a capital sum in the 1794 to families such as the Ballydehob Swantons.

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