1831.  Fit and Proper Persons Appointed by Magistrates to Conduct Census, in the West Riding of Co. Cork.

An example of one appointments:

‘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.  Appointed fit and proper person to conduct 1831 Census with Mr. W. Murphy.  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. Ellen O’Sullivan,  Convent of Faithful Companions of Jesus, Limerick Chronicle died 6/06/1857, dau of Patrick O’Sullivan of Mill Cove, Berehaven, Laurel Hill.  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.

The Census results were alas destroyed either the Public Records Office in 1922 or were pulped in World War 1.  Some historian accessed it such as the Coles (History of Culculaghta, Durrus family), Welply.

 1821 Census and Statistical Returns

In the Chief Secretary papers there are frequent references to the 1821 census and the poor pay of the enumerators and the supervising role of the Magistrates.  There are also a number of references to the Magistrates making statistical returns but it is not clear what these are.

Cork Magistrates:


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