1819. At Bawnlahan, (Bán Leathan/Broad Lea), Skibbereen, West Cork, House of ‘The O’Donovan’, Lieutenant General Richard O’Donovan (1768-1829), Potatoes, Using Grufán 4th February, Planting Earlies ‘American’ 19th February, Main Crop after St. Patrick’s Day, Kidney Potatoes, Brown Fancy, Beldrums, White Eyed Potatoes, 1823′ Apple Potatoes’. Using Sea Sand as Fertilizer.
From his diaries at Bath (Avon) Reference Library transcribed Diarmuid Ó Murchadha, courtesy JCHAS, 1988.
1825 Myross Select Vestry setting tithes at £500, churchwardens, Lyttelton Lyster, Glandore, William Clarke (Agent Rev. Thompson), Chairman W.S. Limrick, Rev. Edward. P. Thompson, Rector, Francis Coppinger (Magistrate), Myross Wood, The O’Donovan, Richard O’Donovan, Gent., Bawnlahan, Daniel Donovan, Samuel Jervois, Brade, Sampson Louth, Thomas F. Cullinane, James Donovan, Thomas Cullinane.
Myross Select Vestry re tithes note among vestrymen is a Catholic Magistrate:
Francis H. Coppinger Esq., Myross Wood, Rosscarbery, Pre 1830, 1832 tithes, sitting Union Hall,1835, Subscriber Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland 1837. Member Commission on Magistrates 1838. May be Francis Coppinger Esq., Parkmore for 1839 Bandon dinner for Daniel O’Connell. Monkstown Dublin, 1870, 2,047 acres. Attending dinner Devonshire Arms Hotel Bandon for Daniel O’Connell 1839, listed Parkview, Bandon, listed 1843. Bandon 1840 petition for Catholic Equality. Invitation by Henry Townsend DL, 1839, on behalf of The Reformers of the West Riding of Cork to Daniel O’Connell MP to Dinner in Bandon, Co Cork, with 200 Liberals in attendance including, Francis Bernard Beamish MP (1802-1868), Rickard Deasy (1766-1852) Brewer Clonakilty, James Clugston Allman Distiller Bandon, James Redmond Barry J.P., Commissioner for Fisheries, Edward O’Brien, Masonic Lodge Bandon, John Hurley Brewer, Major E. Broderick, Henry Owen Beecher Townsend (1775-1847), Major Mathew Scott J.P. (1779-1844), Philip Harding, Carrigafooka, Macroom, Richard Dowden (1794-1861) Unitarian, Frances Coppinger Esq., Parkview, Bandon.
A meeting of the parishioners of Myross was held in the chapel in Union Hall on 24 February 1832, chaired by a member of the local gentry and Justice of the Peace, Francis Coppinger of Myross Wood. “It was fully attended.. ..about five hundred persons present, the bulk of the substantial farmers, many of the gentry and some squalid‐looking with starvation staring out of their countenances. and covered with tatters, butall tithe payers” (SR). Evidence from many of those present spoke of the “great oppression of the tithes since Parson Thompson came to the parish” (SR) and the harsh methods imposed by his agent William Clarke on those unable to pay the tithe. The aim of the meeting was to agree and submit a petition to the British parliament regarding the unjust system of tithes in Ireland which was seen as a source of much distress and misery, especially in the parish of Myross.
This provoked an angry reaction from the more influential landed proprietors. “The combination entered into against the Rector of Myross stands now clearly revealed in all its blameable colours. The motive to it is particularly rancorous ‐ the behaviour of the contributors without a shadow of justice, or reason ‐ and the object of it to add if possible another unoffending victim to the list of persecuted and ruined Clergymen” (CC).
In response Francis Coppinger wrote to the editor of the Southern Reporter in which he provided copies of affidavits sworn before him; amongst them was one (No. 9) “County of Cork. DENIS HALLAHAN, BRYAN HOURIHAN and MARY HOURIHANE, widow, all of South Reen in the Parish of Myross, and in said County, came before me and voluntarily and severally on the oath of the Holy Evangelist, that in the autumn of 1830, Wm. Clarke distrained a quantity of dried fish, their property, for the money due to Mr. Thompson; that Clarke having brought the fish to his own house, deponents severally applied for their respective parts of it in order to take it to market for sale, at the same time offering Clarke security for the tithe if he would allow them to dispose of the fish; that Clarke did not attend to their application, but kept the fish in his own possession, until deponents were obliged to let him have it at his own price, which was very little more than one‐half of what they consider its real value, and also charged them costs along with having the fish at his own price. Sworn before me this 10th day of March 1832. FRANCIS COPPINGER” (Southern Reporter). Thanks to Brian Limrick