Returns of Cork Manor Courts by Seneschals of Altam (Beara), Abbey Mahon (Timoleague), Ballymodan (Bandon), Bantry, Bridgetown (Skibbereen), Castlemahon/Castlebernard (Bandon), Castlemartyr, Charleville, Clonakilty, Dunmanway, Inchiquin (Midleton), Lemcon (Schull), Mallow, Newmarket, Newcastle and Garricloyne (Cork may be Bishop of Cork’s Manor Court),

The Manor Court were generally within the purview of the Landlord who appointed the Seneschal. A 1837 Parliamentary enquiry hear evidence which was of a very poorly functioning system.


Barrister Examiner of title, Land Commission father of Elizabeth Bowen. Lived in Dublin. Kings Counsel 1930s “Prohurst.—I am informed by Mr. Henry C. Bowen, B.L., of Bowen’s Court, that the lands of Prohurst (or Proish) were originally granted under the Act of Settlement to a gentleman named Weekes, who was an officer in Lord Broghill’s Regiment of Cromwell’s Army. The interest of Weekes was afterwards acquired by Mr. Bowen’s ancestor, John Nicholls, who was a captain in the same regiment, and passed under will of Nicholls to his grandson, John Bowen. This was sold in 1794 to George Evans Bruce of Charleville. Henry Bowen, who died in 1721, is described in some of the family deeds as of “” Prohurst.”” ” Quoted by Rev. Dr. Canon Webster, Dean of Ross, in history of parish of Kilfaughnabeg (Leap/Myross) on origin of Court of Leet, Manor Courts

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1837, Manor Courts, Seneschals, and Some 17th Century Manor Patents




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