1831, Address to the Reverend Alleyn Evanson, at a Numerous Meeting of the Protestant and Roman Catholic Inhabitants of the Parish of Schull, West Cork, a Unanimous Address was Agreed.


Southern Reporter and Cork Commercial Courier 29 October 1831


It is interesting that the Catholic Clergy joined in the address.  In his time in Schull he is reported as attempting to secure effort to get much needed relief.  He was mostly ‘an unbefieced clergyman’ ie not practising  but acting as a land agent and a  middle man.  His clerical career was in contrast to the numerous proselytisers in the area at the time the Revs. Donovan, Schull, Tiphook, Fisher at Teampall na mBocht, Spring  at Cape Clear, Alcock and Crosthwaite in Durrus.  There are a number of accounts praising him.  In Durrus as a Magistrate he acted in concert with the various O’Donovan Magistrates to defeat an attempt by the Rev. Crosthwaite of Durrus to blacken the name of the relieving officer Mr. Galwey c 1846.


Rev. Alleyn Evanson TCD AB, (1790-1853) Pre 1828, Four-Mile-Water Court, Durrus, sitting Bantry, 1835.  Son of Nathaniel (Generosus) and Mary Townsend Baldwin (1764-1827). Ed Dr. Sullivan, Bandon, TCD aged 16.   Middle Man, Land Agent. Voted for Hutchinson 1826 election. Signed petition 1827 against Catholic Emancipation.  While a curate in Schull 1829 he stated that there were 1,200 Protestants in the Parish.  Signed public declaration to Alexander O’Driscoll on his removal as Magistrate 1835 with Lord Bantry, Simon White, John Puxley, Arthur Hutchins, Thomas Baldwin, Samuel Townsend Junior and Senior, Hugh Lawton, Thomas Somerville, Richard Townsend Senior, Rev. Alleyn Evanson, Timothy O’Donovan, Richard Townsend, Lyttleton Lyster. Freeman Bandon, 1841 election voted Longfield/Leader.  Apart from Bandon estate he was renting Church lands in West Carbery including Crookhaven and Kilcrohane from Robert Delacour who was made bankrupt in 1839.  Attending 1840 Great Meeting Bantry re Poor Law.  Probate 1853, £5 (may be nominal for conveyancing). Presentment sessions Ballydehob 1845.  Friendly with Father Ryan, Drimoleague features in an account 1836 of journey from Drimoleague written by John Windle in Dublin Penny Journal.  


After death wife Harriet daughter of Henry Hardy Esq., moved to Mespil Estate, Dublin his brothers Dr. Hungerford and Dr. Henry Baldwin Evanson (1795-1867) of Cork guardians of young children. Subscriber Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland  1837.   In 1835 his rent charge over lands at Brahalish Durrus was granted to Henry Baldwin Evanson, his brother entitling him to vote.  Assisting 1848 Henry J. Fawcett, Practical Instructor on Husbandry of Visit to Bantry  Either his sister or cousin Martha Evanson married Rev. John Madras, their grand daughter m 1867 Ann Marie (Millie) Curtis, Magourney she descended from Huguenot Rev. John Madras and married Daniel O’Connell’s grandson, his father was Charles O’Connell, Resident Magistrate, Bantry.




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