Fishing Business Bantry Bay, part of North Atlantic Fishery 17th Century.

The enclosed relates to Edward Davenant who leased part of Whiddy from the O’Sullivan estate.   From other sources it appears that the Bantry Fishery and those of Hull at Leamcon and Baltimore were part of a business financed from London. Also included would be the fishery in the West County of England and it appears that Hull also had a fishery in Newfoundland.

In the 1836 Fishery Enquiry in Bantry John Young of the family associated with fishing testified that c 1640 his family had lost a lot of money in the collapse of a Spanish Bank in Bilbao.


John Young re 1640:



Edward Davenant entry to Cambridge University 1584:


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Courtesy Seamus Crowley, Mizen Journal 2001.


17th century, Bantry
















1612 Peter Akocke Whiddy Island Will Index
1629 Richard Steventon Whiddy Island
1632 Agnes Predis Bantry
4th November 1633 Edward Turner Balligobane Merchant. Wife and exectrix Joan presumably a widow as her husband haad been Newton, he was earlier married to Joan. Eldest daughter Ann , Margaret. 3 daughters by Joan Sarah, Mary, Esther, four by wife of former husband Samuel, Jonas, John, Mary Newtown Brothers Isaac, Henry Turner sister Sarah Hugett, England, Oveseers Anthony Stowell Oneskayne (Enniskeane?), Edward Eyre, Durris, witnesses Edward Eyre, W. Snelling (active in fishing industry), Thomas Whiddington, Charles Dennis (the Bantry Dennises may dereive from him) Welply’s wills. Snelling referred to as overseer was the subject matter of a peition wiht Edward Davenant by Gavin Gibsn, Vicar of bantry that they were withholding tithes. on pilchards. Further suit with Wiliam Davenant fish merchant brought by Mark Paget Vicar of Bantry 1637 re same went to House of Lords.
1632 Robert Marshall Bantry Dr. Casey Vol. 6
1637 John Hopton Durrus
1637 Thomas Woods Bantry Will Index
1637 Margaret Johnson Kilmocomoge Cork and Ross Wills 1584-1800
1639 Edward Davenant Whiddy Island Will dated Whiddy 29th December 1636. He was brother of Bishop of John Davenant of Salisbury, active in Bantry Fishery since 1608 when he leased Whiddy Isladn from Sir Owen O’Sullivan’s widow.To son Edward D.D. New Sarum, Wilts His father-in-law was Simms, London. One daughter marrried John Palmer of Whiddy, another son JOhn of Whiddy married Ann Boyle both drowned crossing to Whiddy 1641. William may have been anaother son. Paddy O’Keeffe papers, Cork Archives
1641 JOhn Palmer, Ann Palamer nee Boyle Whiddy Drowned crossing. He son of Edward fish merchant English but in Whiddy. She may be related to Richard Boyel, earl of Cork.
1668 George Waters Whiddy island and probably London Gent In his will he was posessed of 70 ploughlands in Bantry and Bere and an agent for the transport of soldiers to the Kng of Spain Paddy O’Keeffe papers, Cork Archives
1669 Maria Galwey Bantry Dr. Casey Vol 6
1676 Henry Meagh Newtown (Bantry?) Dr. Casey Vol. 6
1679 Captain Cornelius Leury Bantry Dr. Casey Vol. 6
1881 John Beavill Bantry
1681 John Crimin Bantry Cork and Ross Wills 1584-1800
1685 Walter Lang Berehaven
1685 Simon Srevenson Skarte (may not be Bantry Scart) Dr. Casey Vol 6 from 1156
1686 Walter Lang Berehaven Cork and Ross Wills 1584-1800
5th Febuary 1707 Thomas Mandkocy? Graave no 316, Abbey oldest Paddy O’Keeffe survey
1707 Thomas Handcock Bantry Cork and Ross Wills 1584-1800
Pre 1600 Edward Eyres Possibly born England Named as overseer in will of Edward Turner, Ballygobbib (Bantry) 1633 with Anthony Stowelly, Enniskeane Copied by Welply prior to destruction 1922