Exploring the eclectic world of Richard White (1800-1868), Lord Berehaven later 2nd Earl of Bantry, Collector Grand Tourist Nobleman
Probably the Magistrate referred to in Prendergast’s letter:
John O’Sullivan, Cametringane, Berehaven. Attending Great Meeting re Poor Law in 1840, Bantry. Married 1833 Mary Ann only daughter of Herbert Baldwin. Father of Herbert Baldwin O’Sullivan, JP 1863, Clonilla House, Macroom
Seneschal employed of Aged Otho O’Sullivan, Chief Driver:
‘Big’ Patrick O’Sullivan, Millcove: Castletownbere. Lord Bantry Estate appointed as Seneschal Not legally qualified. Parliamentary Report 1837, Eppi. Baronial collector since 1825 deputy Denis Murphy (Irish speaking) as collector. Seneschal of Altham, Mill Cove, Berehaven, Bantry and Donemark from 1843. 1841 organising voters from Beara in Conservative interest. Sitting as Grand Juror, Cork 1842, 1844, Cork County Agriculture Society Dinner 1842. Millcove. leased by Patrick O’Sullivan from the Earl of Bantry’s estate in 1852 when it was valued at £14. O’Sullivan worked as an agent for the White estate. A deeply unpopular Landlord local tradition has it that he used to blow his bugle outside the Church after Sunday Mass to summon his tenants to draw hay or turf or whatever other task he designated. 1856 Chairman Berehaven Board of Guardians.
The house has been demolished though traces of the stone work can still be seen in the gardens which are now part of an art gallery and sculpture display. He was agent for the Beara part of the Bantry estate working with receivers and banks to Lord Bantry while Augustus Payne from the Upton family operated the rest of the estate. His daughter Christina, who emigrated to the Unites States and became the matriarch of a very rich New York family, before ending her days sadly in a mental home. Died Peshwar India 1881 Edward O’Sulllivan, Queen’s Regiment, youngest son of Patrick O’Sullivan, Esq., Millove, Castletownbere, agent to Lord Bantry and Seneschal. Patrick O’Sullivan was nephew to Captain Paddy O’Sullivan of Faha also Agent to Lord Bantry whose sister was the mother of Peter McSweeney. 1857 Peter McSwiney, the last lineal descendant of the Mac Finin Dubh O’Sullivans (a 400 year old title), after his eviction from Dereen in Kenmare by the Lansdowne Estate, spent his last days in Ahakista Cottage. Patrick O’Sullivan, Lord Bantry’s Agent in Beara, Millcove Castletownbere, Agent to Lord Bantry brought the following to Cork 1841, to vote for Longfield/Leader in a Schooner, ‘Sophia’ via Adrigole and Bantry. Longfield paid expenses. Jeremiah O’Sullivan, Murtagh O’Sullivan, Daniel Florence O’Sullivan, Daniel Jeremiah O’Sullivan, Timothy O’Sullivan, Roger O’Sullivan, Timothy O’Sullivan, Simms (Protestant), Denis O’Sullivan, From Adrigole, Daniel Murphy (his deputy Irish speaking), Richard O’Sullivan (Protestant), Daniel Michael O’Sullivan, James Neill, William Murphy, Murtagh Kelly.