1822.  From Diary of  Richard O’Donovan, of Bawnlahan, (Bán Chlocháin), Skibbereen, Co. Cork, Ireland, said the Whiteboys had been caught in a pitched battle with police and troops on January 25th nine had been found guilty of Insurrection Act and hanged.  This was prompted by an Excise raid on a Poteen Making Operation which developed into a running battle with the Whiteboys.   Some Local Customs Personnel.

Attempt to build new bridge at Bealkenmar (Béal Cinn Mara). Covenant in leases to fertilize with 4 boat of sea sand, he builds his own Sand Boat. Mr Hull calls with News of Failure of Roche’s and Leslies Bank in Cork.

Cork Banking Collapses:




Bawnlahan Fair, Ascension Thursday. Flax grown on Estate. Various varieties of early Potato. Tree Planting , Landed by Boat from Cork.


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Because of the Penal Laws his father Daniel O’Donovan conformed to the Church of Ireland in 1727. He married firstly Anne Kearney of Garrettstown House, Kinsale.

The O’Donovan’s mother was Jane Beecher who his father married as a widower in his 60s. She was between the age of 15 to 17. The following is from a Beecer relation:

Some really useful information there, especially the social events.  21. 1. 19 Fleming married at Brade.; that is the marriage of Lionel John Fleming to Eliza Townsend. The location is new to me.

31.8.19 M. Anne and Henry went in a car to dine at Brade on Miss Jervis’s marriage with Mr. Scot. This is the marriage of Mary Anne Jervois and William Scott.

25.2.20 Went to Hollybrook and attended the funeral of John Becher to Aughadown church. The date and place of John Becher’s funeral is new to me.

27.11.20 Sent my letter to Richard Edward Hull Esq [married to Henrietta Becher], congratulatory on the birth of his son and heir. Not a child known to me, so sadly, this baby probably died.

2.1.22 Johnston church (between Milford Haven and Haverfordwest). In this church yard my Aunt Evans was buried. [footnote 24]. This one was especially interesting to me, as “Aunt Evans” would be Elizabeth [nee Becher] Evans, wife of William Evans of Bulgaden Hall. I had no idea what happened to Elizabeth.

12.10. 22 Tom Somerville married to Miss Townsend. This is Colonel Thomas Somerville to Henrietta Augusta Townsend.

ON the O’Donovan’sdeath the tithe devolvd to his kinsman Morgan ‘Donovn whose descendant is the currrent The O’Donovan.

The estate of around 3,000 acres devolved to his wife the former Miss Powell from Wales. On her death it went to her nephew Colonel Powell. Apparent he was a fair landlord but not being an O’Donovan he was not hugely popular locally.

From Diary of Richard O’Donovan, of Bawnlahan, Skibbereen, Co. Cork, Ireland, said the Whiteboys had been caught in a pitched battle with police and troops on January 25th nine had been found guilty of Insurrection Act and hanged. This was prompted by an Excise raid on a Poteen Making Operation which developed into a running battle with the Whiteboys.

Quoted p. 50 in Donald McKay, ‘Flight from Famine’ The coming of the Irish to Canada’, Natural Heritage Books, Toronto, 2009.

Some Local Customs Personnel:

1695Edward BoyleCollectorCustoms service in London 1701 referes to Mary widow of Edward who had been plundered of £600 by ‘Tories’ in 1695
Died 1849William BrickleyLate Customs and Excise
1806, diedJames CampbellGaugerGauger of up to 30 years
1851A. ChatfieldCollector C&ESigned ‘No Popery Petition 1851’
1848Michael DoyleComptroller Customs may be SkibbereenMarried Skib 1848 Mary Jane, 2nd daughter J. Crolwey, Surgeon.
1778-William HingstonEnglish Customs service later Light House Keeper Cape ClearWhitehall one of 21 children of Lt. Edward Hingston adn Lucia Small, he m Jane carroll 1897 she was botn Old Court, 1783-1837.
1864G. W. HughesCollectorSkibbereen Eagle
Dead pre 1791JonesCollectorDauaghter died 1791 he is ‘late’
1862Thomas H LoveReceiver of wrecksMarch sale of Frederick Brunner BantrySkibbereen EagleJohn H. Love married Mary Elizabeth Collins , Skibbereen, may be related, March 1842, eldest daughter of late Thomas Collins Esq.
1816 ReportEdward Pentland Surveyor of Excise £130 p.a., Ambrose Allisor, Peter Tatton, Gaugers £80 p.a.Edward kearney Schull Gaugher £80 pa
1739Luke MercerCommander Thompson adn Vessel BessrigCreagh, m Mary Townsend (widow of John Becher), later estate Brennanstown, Co. dublin
1867Mr. McIntoshInland Revenue OfficerTransfered to Castlepollard
1851H.H. LyoldComptroller, C&ESigned ‘No Popery Petition 1851’
1808Samuel MorrisCollector CustomsWife Sarah nee O’Donovan son Danile Kings Inns 1808 he then retiredMay be related to Benduff Morrises
1839Daniel O’ConnellExcise OfficerGiving evidence Ballydehob licencing prosecution
1860James O’DonovanFrom Skibbereen prominent in Exise in SwanseaDescended from O’Donovans of Myross one of the oldest in IrelandPikes Biography 1909
1846Michael Daly, Comptroller, Custom House, New road, James Lynch Tide waiter,
1829Laurence ReganCustoms manBantry voter registration. Regan, Laurence, High-st., Skibbereen, Custom-man2 Lives, townland of Gortnaclogh
1829John ReganCustoms ManBantry voter registration. Regan, John, High-st., Skibbereen, Custom-man2 Lives, townland of Gortnaclogh10b
1822Alleyn RocheTide waiter
1761Thomas SpaighCollectorUK Archives
1806 DiedEdward H TownsendCollectorDied at CastletownsendSaunder’s Newsletter 16th September 1806
1763John SweetnamSurveyor of Excise adn Gauger
1796John SweetnamSurveyorBridgetown, married Mrs Christina Attridge widow, dau of later Redmond Fitzgerald Esq., Cork CityHibernain Journal 1796
1775-1847Henry Owen Townsend TCDLandwaiter, Dublin, 1810Malmaison, Castletownsend, son John Mary Morris m Sarah Fenwick, Anne Homan, Vice Chairman Skibbereen Poor Law Union, Secretary Commissioners of Irish Fisheries 1820Col John Townsend Australia History item 223
1737-1810John Townsend TCDOne of His Majesties Commissioner’s of Revenue 1799ShepertonMP Dingle, Castlemartyr. Barrister
1851Augustus WarrenGaugerSigned ‘No Popery Petition 1851’
1781, 1790Richard Wright Esq.CollectorSon Samuel Townsend Wright Esq. married at Christchurch Cork to Miss Louisa Digby, 30th July 1790Rosemary FfoliottIt is likely that he got the Customs job throught the Townsend colllection
According to legend the Hulls and Coughlas were intermittently involved in smugling
1700Thomas DyerTide WaiterReferred to in Dives Downes visitation
October 1707Complaint by William Lowdnes to Rev Com Ireland6 East India Company Ships arrived and broke bulk to prejudice of Customs RevenueBritish History Online
1788James McCarthy and Isaac BakerRevenue OfficialsDeed witnesses, O’Driscoll/McCarthy Middle MenTher is also a Baker family at the time tithe Proctors to the absentee rector, mortal enemies of newly appointed Daniel Coughlan in 1810s
c1820sMichael TisdallCustoms in EnglandRockhouse, Clifton, father Rev. Fitzgerald Tisdall, Rector Kiloe, Founder Crookhave Yeomanry Corps murdered Priest’s Leap, 1809
1759Goodwin SwiftToby Bernard, Mizen Journal 2004. Extract from letter of Godwin Swift (Customs Man), 16th May 1757 from Crookhaven ‘Now with regard to the place and provisions: you are to know that you see nothing here but mountains of rock (not cliffs) and yet those rocks are more dear to poor people or strangers as the lands within 2 miles of Dublin. There is here undoubtedly great plenty of fish, yet the people are so lazy they’d rather live on salt mackerel and potatoes then give themselves the trouble to take fresh fish. There is no garden stuff here, very bad mutton and lamb, and no beef, not a tree or even a shrub within 8 miles of the place….30th June 1757 ‘…nothing but rocky mountains around us for 20 miles, where not even a slide car can go the road, nor any other cattle than little horses bred and used to this country….you can’t conceive the wretchedness of it. We have neither bread to eat nor malt liquor wine or cider to drink, nor meat except a little mutton and bad lamb. Our liquor a bad toddy, our victuals potatoes and fish and lie in a cottage..
1656Roger HaughtonCollectorMay be from Shanagarry East Cork Penn Quaker connections
1732, 1753Richard Tonson Collector, possible JPFrancis Post died in affray, he Cutoms seized 80 anchors of Brandy from the sloop ‘Conerrt’ belonging to Murtogh mcwn Sullivan RossmacowenThe Sullivans and Thomas Trenwith attacked the Customs killing Thomas Post a Proclomation was issued for their seizureTonson may be an ilegetimate descendant of Hull
1820Patrick Harrington 32 years service Cockswain, Murtogh O’Sullivan 24 years service Cockswain,W Anderson Cockswain 40 years service Jeremiah Denshy 28 years service CockswainParliamentary Report 1820
November 1826 DiedHungerford Baldwin Esq.Port SurveyorDied at CastletownsendRosemary FFolliott
1840F Skuse Revenue Boatman, D Buchanan Boatman (Coast Guard) 28 years service retirement bodily debilityParliamentary Report 1840
1761Thomas SpraighCollector of BaltimoreFreedom of Cork 1761, brother-in-law Jhn Hely Hutchinson, MP, Provost Trinity College
1624James StanleySearcherPresent at Leamcon at seizure by Sir William Hull of cargo of Dutch Pirate Claes CampaneCaulfield’s Annals of Cork
1824SAM YOUNG,Surveyor, Bantry, Feb. 19.SAM YOUNG, Surveyor, Bantry, Feb. 19.Shipwreck