1766, Marriage License Bond, Simon White Esq. of Bantry and Frances Eyre of Macroom.
As the bride came from Macroom in the Diocese of Cloyne the licence bond emanated from the Bishop’s Registry in Cloyne.
In 18th century, Ireland because of the Penal Laws, only marriages performed by the State Church, the Church of Ireland were legal. Those of Catholics, Methodists and Presbyterians while accepted as the century moved on had no legal validity. As late as the 1820s a Father Kelleher then in Kinsale was prosecuted for performing a ‘mixed marriage’. In fairness to the local mostly Protestant Magistrates they petitioned to have the charge dropped.
From this White/Eyre marriage came in the 1820s the mining royalties of Allihies Copper Mines amounting to about £2,500 year about a quarter of the entire rent roll of the Bantry Estate.
The extended White family had mixed fortunes with marriages. A marriage to a Miss Dillon was set aside because it was performed by a ‘Popish Priest’. In the 19th century the ette was nailed out by the dowry of 30,000 of Miss O’Briens of Dromoland Castle a descendant of Brian Boru on the marriage to the Earl of Berehaven. Later in the 19th the marriage to Miss Guinness proved remunerative but Lord Ardilaun of the Gunnnes family was unimpressed by the Whites financial management.
The extended White Family had mixed fortunes with marriages.
Crowley Wills, 1743, proved 1751, Daniel Crowley, Timoleague and HMS Elizabeth, brother Denis, 1749 Demetrius (James) Crowley, Cadiz, Spain advised to go to Cork for health, son Peter, Schedule of Assets, 1786, Thomas Crowley, Priest of Coolnagurrane, Parish of Abbeystrewry has interest in lease of Coolnagarrane leaves to nieces Joanna and Mary Crowley or in default their brother Timothy Crowley, Shopkeeper, Skibbereen, to be interred in Caheragh. 1795 proved 1796, Timothy O’Crowley, Skibbereen, children, Thomas, Daniel, Timothy, Cornelius, Catherine, Mary, to be buried in the family tomb in Caheragh.
1795 proved 1796, Timothy O’Crowley, Skibbereen, children, Thomas,
Cornelius, may be a hatter in numerous deeds.
Mary, to be buried in the family tomb in Caheragh.
These are in a bundle in the National Archive and were transcribed at the old Public Records Office pre 1922. Possibly for legal title purposes. Three of those seem to be people of substance. The likelihood is all were related.
The Caheragh Crowleys may be related to the Crowleys of Ballyourane, Caheragh who in the tithe applotments c 1830 were one of the largest tenant farmers in West Cork. They may be of the same line as apothecaries Jerry and James Crowley (‘Dr’ Jerry one of the founders of Phoenix Society), North St., Skibbereen of whom James married Rachel Evans of Lissangle around 1805.
IN the old Caheragh graveyard there are many of the old Catholic gentry families O’Donovan of Ballaghadown, Caheragh and O’Donovan’s Cove, Durrus, O’Regan’s, Barrett’s Colomane.
Transcripts of Wills, to be updated
Some of the pleadings of the Chancery Courts in Dublin survived the destruction of the Public Records in 1922. They are In English, many if not all were abstracted by
Areas of Interest
- Irish history, especially social, legal and institutional, – late medieval and Early Modern (including religious history).
- Scottish History (pre-modern).
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They are in the National Archives.
There are only a limited number relating to West Cork as the British King’s writ did not generally run until after the Plantation of Bandon in the 1590s.