Death of General O’Donovan, Bawnlahan, Skibbereen, West Cork, 1829.
‘The late much regretted General O’Donovan was one of the very few proprietors of this County of the aboriginal Milesian Estate, held by his ancestors from time Immemorial. The General, was , we believe, the first of his family to drop the usual designation of an Irish Chieftain of being address as ‘The O’Donovan’ only. In Smith’s History of Cork 1750 he says ‘In this Parish of Miros (Myross) is Bawnlaghan the seat of O’Donovan, Chief of that Ancient Family, a worthy and courteous gentleman. The General was son of Daniel O’Donovan, of Bawnlahan by Jane daughter of Colonel John Becher of Hollybrook (near Skibbereen), grandson of Richard O’Donovan of Bawnlahanby the daughter of Fitz-Gerald, Knight of Kerry and great grandson of Daniel O’Donovan, MP for Baltimore, in 1689, by Elizabeth Tonson, only daughter of Major Richard Tonson, of Spanish Island (great grandfather of the present Lord Riversdale) by Elizabeth sister of Thomas Beecher Esq.
The present Viscount Lismore is also possessed of a Milesian Estate in the Coutu at Clonmene and Bantrye near Mallow which has been since time Immemorial by the Ancient Race of O’Callaghan unaffected by the many revolutions in Ireland this ancient estate was bequeather to the late Lord Lismore by his cousin O’Callaghan of Clonmene.
From From Southern Reporter and Commercial Courier 15th December 1829.
The Lord Riversdale/Tonsons referred to are descendant of Hull from Lemcon, Schull to inherit an uncle’s property a Hull changed his name to Tonson.
It is probably not a co incidence that Timothy O’Donovan, a Catholic sometime after 1760 acquired the estate at O’Donovan’s Cove from the extended Riversdale family.