Pre famine Caheragh had one of the highest rural population densities in the world.  The Protestant population was small.  Here perhaps not all signed, the Evans family of Lissangle, who were probably there are not signatories, perhaps they were Methodist.

Most of the Caheragh townlands appear early 17th century in surrender and re grants of the O’Donovans of Castledonovan and Sir Walter Coppinger (he mortgaged to the McCarthys and went into possession when they defaulted).  Their lands were forfeit for rebellion post 1641.

One of the complaints of the parishioners in that of a non-resident clergyman, who only appears once a year to collect tithes. The areas was the centre of anti tithe agitation in the 1820s.



1825 Petition of 70 Named Protestant Parishioners of Caheragh Pray to have a new church constructed

Mr. Thomas Wood, Woodford, Near Skibbereen




Thomas Wood Senior (Relatives still in West Cork)

John Snr. Wood

Thomas W. Wood

Amelia Wood

William Levis

William Ross

Mary B. Ross

Amelia Ross

Mary Ross

Elizabeth Ross

Tristam? Ross

Letitia Ross

John Jermyn

Ursula Baker (Bakers of Rossmore, Durrus and Rochester, New York, Canada reputed related to Jermyns)

David Jermyn

Elizabeth Jermyn

David Jermyn

Mary Jermyn

John Jermyn

Thomas Jermyn

Mary Jermyn

John Jermyn

Thomas Jermyn

Mary Jermyn


Jane Jermyn

Fanny Jermyn

Thomas Wood

Mary Wood

Richard Hitchcock (Hitchcocks alos in Durrus)

Mary Wood

William Taylor

Mary Taylor

Catherine Wood

Thomas Ross

William Ross

Gibbs Ross (Gibbs a common name in families in Caheragh, Drimoleague, Durrus and in Catholic branches)

Anne Ross

Richard Cue

Samuel Cue

Anne Cue

Rebeca Cue

Richard Talbert

William? Talbert

Evizea? Talbert

Samuel Talbert

Robert Talbert

Mary Cotter (Cotters of Danish origin, a branch migrated from East Cork 1640s)

James Cotter

Annie Cotter

Michael Cotter

Paul Kingston

Eliza Kingston

William Kingston

Mary Kingston

Alexander Roberts

Richard Roberts

John Roberts

Sara Roberts

Abigail Roberts

Henry Sweetnam

George Sweetnam

Mary Sweetnam

Anne Sweetnam

Saragh Sweetnam

Mathew Sweetnam (Mathew/Matthew a common name in family in Dunbeacon, Skibbereen, Drinagh)

Henry  Sweetnam

John Sweetnam

Mary Sweetnam

Anne Sweetnam


TITLE: Petition of parishioners of the parish of Caheragh, County Cork, requesting aid be provided to build a parish church
SCOPE & CONTENT: Copy petition of the Protestant [Church of Ireland] parishioners of the parish of Caharagh [Caheragh], County Cork, to Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquis Wellesley, Lord Lieutenant, Dublin Castle, requesting aid be provided to build a parish church. States that Thomas Wood, one of their members, has agreed to supply a site for the proposed church at a reasonable cost, or alternatively that are agreeable to have a new building in the vicinity of the old graveyard. Remarks unlike their counterparts in neighbouring parishes, they have neither place of worship, resident clergyman or school; observes their rector, Reverend [John] Webb, only visits the parish once a year ‘for the purpose of Collecting his Tythes [tithes]’. Warns of the decline in religious observance and claims numbers of their community have ‘turned to mass and several have been buried without received Protestant burial’ rites. Complains that a number of applications for redress directed to the bishop of Cork and Ross [Thomas St Lawrence] have not received an answer, and asks that a reply to their memorial be sent to Thomas Wood Sr, Woodford, near Skibbereen, County Cork. Document signed by 70 parishioners with surnames Wood, Levis, Ross, Jermyn, Baker, Hitchcock, Taylor, Cue, Talbert, Cotter, Kingston, Roberts and Swetnam [Sweetman]. [Contains list of names not given in this description.]
EXTENT: 1 item; 3pp
DATE(S): c18 Mar 1825