1656. Petition of The Following, ‘That Daniell O’Donovand als O’Donovane of Curraghnylickey, Most Knew Him before 1641 Rebellion, as a Civil Honest, and Quite Gentleman’, Samuell Browne, Edward Renys, Edward Clerke, Francis Barnett (Mark) Mathew Perrott, Amos Bennets, Robert Osborne, Dermod O’Mahowby, Samuel Skinner, William Holcombe, Thomas Attridge, Barnabe Witcherly, Der. Coughlan, Will Corlless, Thomas Recraft (Roycroft), Mathew Sweethman (Sweetnam), Geyles Smith (Mark), Timothy Coughlane, Ja? Base, Abel Marshall, John Vallyes (mark), Ralph Fuller, Teig Has (O’Hea?), Phippip Ottrrydge (Attridge), John Baily, John Abbott, Philip Madoxe, Rowland Neild, William Ottrydge (Attridge), Thomas Hungerford, Samuel Poole, James Dyer, Richard Nobbs, John Chamberlen (Mark), Bart Philpot, Richard Skines  (Skuse?) (Mark), Henry Abbott (Mark), Richard Chambers (Mark), Thomas Duggen.

Curraghnylickey, in Drinagh


There is a further certificate dated 1661 from Henrie Becher testifying that Daniel O’Donovan was civil to all English of the Chief Gentry. At his burial he was poor, there was a great conflux of all class of English.


Bennets around Clonakilty.

The Dyer family had members in the Customs service in Crookhaven.

The various Coughlans probably Protestant branch Carrigmanus, Mizen.

Hungerford probably The Island, Rosscarbery.

From papers copied in the 1950s by Paddy O’Keeffe, Bantry businessman and historian.




Courtesy Barry Bradfield:




Curraghnylickey meaning the field of the stones is about four miles north east of Drinagh. It is currently spelt Curraghalicky and is in Drinagh Parish.

Down Survey and Daniell O’Donovan / O’Donavane.

Daniel held Courelicky (639 +176 acres) and the adjoining townland of Toughbaune (602+35+23 acres) These were plantation acres and would amount to about 2400 statute acres.

In fact Daniel O’Donovan had 47 different properties.

Amongst these properties was Castledonovan.

It was the so-called “seat” of the Clann Cathail sept of the O’Donovans for a period during the 16th century. The original name of the castle, and when the O’Donovans were actually living in it, was Sowagh (or Sooagh, Suagh) before the 17th century. The name of Castle Donovan, after the Manor of the Castle of O’Donovan, is associated with a regrant from James II of England in 1615.

According to tradition the tower was severely damaged by Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers in the late 1640s, blown up with powder in retaliation for Donal III O’Donovan joining the Stuart side and for his involvement in the rebellion and massacres of 1641, and has been uninhabited since that time.



His son Donal Óg had Raheen Castle across from Castletownsend,

He appears to have fought for the Stewart King Charles in the 1641 rebellion and this petition appears to be against the confiscation of his estates at that time.

He may have had portion of his estates returned after 1660 on the Restoration of Charles 2nd but I failed to locate him on the 1670 landowners list. A lot of the names on the petition are from Bandon but some are further west from Bandon.

Barry adds:

Mathew Perrott as I had recently being doing some research on the Perrott family and failed to locate them in the 1641 Depositions or the 1659 Census of Ireland etc. I had found details published mid 1800’s by a Perrott family from near Bandon who went to America which claimed their ancestor was a Mathew Perrott who came over with King William in the 1680’s.

I did locate a Mathew Perrott marriage in the 1680’s near Bandon to a Carey woman.

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