1801. Will of Eliza Gethins, Probably Grandmother of Rev. Soners Payne, Political Operator, Head of Orange Order in Cork, Agent Bantry Estate, Uncle of John and Henry Shears, Barristers in the City of Cork, who perished on the scaffold for alleged ‘high treason’ at the opening of the ‘present century’.
Rev. Somers Payne, Pre 1815, Upton, Grand Master Orange Order, Co. Cork. Voted for Hutchinson 1826 election. Bandon Brunswick Constitutional Club 1828, sitting Bantry and Bandon, 1835, Provost of Bandon. Agent to Lord Berehaven since 1820 son Augustus agent to Lord Bantry. 1828 Bandon Quarter Sessions. Parliamentary Commission sitting Bantry 1845 showed sympathy for labourers and cottiers. The Rev. Somers Payne’s mother was sister of John and Henry Shears, Barristers in the City of Cork, who perished on the scaffold for alleged ‘high treason’ at the opening of the ‘present century’. 1835 Subscriber Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland 1837. Probably grandson mentioned in will of Eliza Gethin, Cork, 1801 property for him held in trust by Dr. Boyle Coughlan and Gilbert Henry Fleming, attorney, Dublin. Land record, 1870, 653 acres.
Other Payne Magistrates:
Augustine Warren Payne, 1840 Bantry, Home place Upton. Attending 1840 Great Meeting Bantry re Poor Law. Managing Lord Bantry Estates with Patrick O’Sullivan, Millcove managing Beara Estate also managing Conner estates. Gave extensive evidence 1841 election petition he was in Longfield Leader conservative interest. Member Dalys Conservative Club Cork.
John Orpen Payne, 1876, Castletown, Berehaven, Resident, £175
John William/Warren Payne, New St. and Beech House, Bantry. Attending as ’William J’ Famine Relief Meeting Dunmanway 1846. Attending Railway meeting Drimoleague 1856. Bantry Quarter Sessions, 1862, Cork Spring Assizes 1863, listed 1854. James Gilhooly MP alleged he was sitting in Skibbereen Quarter Sessions 1888 outside his district.