Revised Birth, Marriage and Death Records of Durrus, Barony of West Carbery, West Division, Mainly Church of Ireland, Methodist some old Catholic.

This is an attempt to try and reconstruct old records, many of the then written records were destroyed in the Public Records in Dublin in 1922 when they were unfortunately sent for safekeeping.

The bulk of the Catholic records are online free to access at Included in these records are many Protestant who may be sponsors or witnesses.  There are also many names originally Protestant who converted at some stage.  If searching there are multiple spelling variations of names and townlands.

The bulk of Durrus Protestant population was located on the former Evanson/Lord Bandon Estates. It is likely in the early 18th century the lands were cleared of the local population who either became labourers or were moved to the less fertile uplands. Until the early 20th century there are very few marked gravestones of Catholics from these townlands unlike other townlands such as Ballycomane (Carbery Estate), Letterlickey (Hutchinson Estate).

IN the 1740s Sir Richard Cox ws advertising in Ulster fro Protestant artisans weavers, those with knowledge of the lines.flax business to settle in Dunmanway. On the Becher Estate in Skibbereen, Ballydehob,Schull the Marmion originally Norman from Dundalk to manage the Becher Estates.  A Similar Process may have been involved.

In Durrus the Evasions were aligned in the early 18th century wit Jeremiah Coughlan, originally from Carrigmanus.  He was an attorney and manager with Andrew Crotty of the Devonshire West Waterford Estates.  He was renting a number of ploughlands in Durrus what is brother in law Nathaniel Evanson from the Bandon Estate that time Bernard.

It is likely that the Evanson brought in weaving families from Armagh, Allen, Ferguson, Lannin, Love, Miller, Williamson, Shannon, Johnson, Levis, Huguenot from Bandon/Innishannon, Dukelow, Camier, Connell (Quesnel).  From Bandon, Acton, Attridge, Bateman, Bradfield, Croston?, Draper, Evans, Forbes, Hosford, Kingston, Jagoe, Lamb, Newman, Phillips,  Roycroft, Salter, Varian, Webb, Whitley, Woulfe, Wright. Possibly Scots Forbes, Swanton there are conflicting versions of the Swanton’s origin. There are families probably in the area from the early 17th century perhaps with fishing Warner, Vickery, Baker.  From East Donegal, Brooks,. In the record there are quite a few names with a Gaelic background, Coughlan, Daly, O’Driscoll, O’Sullivan, Maguire,  McCarthy, Hegarty (probably originally down with Battle of Kinsale 1601), Hurley, Kelly,  probably reflecting significant intermarriage in the late 18th and early 19th century.  This patterns reflecting the DNA results of those word wide from the Muintervara Peninsula and surrounding districts.

It is likely that those arriving in the 18th century apart from religion quickly assimilated the local culture. The 1901 census for the older Protestants and this is also reflected in the Mizen show many of the old Protestant to be bilingual, In 19th century census record for Canada and the USA many Protestant from the general district self report their first language as Irish, it is not possible to say if this is Irish/Gaelic or the variety of English spoken in Ireland.

Of those emigrating, some in particular to Rochester New York borough with them a high degree of political consciousness, developed local in the late 1820s with the successful anti tithe campaign. The Durrus Protestants were described by Lord Bandon’s agent  Wheeler Doherty, a Bandon Solicitor as ‘animals ‘as they joined the rent strike of the 1880s. during the Land War.