An English Traveller in Ireland 1672-4, Observations on hospitality, bragging, housing and sleeping patterns, baptism and death customs, obsession with genealogy, propensity to litigation.

Observations of Breton traveller Jacques Louis de Bougrenet (De Latocnaye) in West Cork, Bandon, Macroom, Dunmanway ‘The Priest’s Leap’ and Bantry 1796, keening at funerals, 

Funerals not in chronological order:

Death 1634 of Daniel McCarthy (Mucklagh), Scart Castle, Bantry and Coolnalong Castle, Gearhameen, Durrus.  Buried in the Abbey Bantry. P, 5

1733,  Sir Richard Cox (1650-1733), Dunmanway, Mná chaointe (Keeners), p.5

1819-1823.  From Diary of  The O’Donovan, General Richard O’Donovan, of Bawnlahan, Leap.  Whiteboys had been caught in a pitched battle with police and troops on January 25th nine had been found guilty of Insurrection Act and hanged.

1842, James Vickery, Molloch, Parish of Durrus, Bantry, p.5

1847.  Famine Diary of Doctor O’Donovan, Dispensary Doctor, Skibbereen, West Cork, p. 6

1863, Patrick O’Sullivan, Mill Cove, Castletownbere, Seneschal and agent  to Lord Bantry, p.6

 1864, Father David  Dore, (1784-1864), Parish Priest, Caheragh, p.109

1877, Dr. O’Donovan, Senior,  Skibbereen Famine Doctor burial to family crypt of O’Donovan of the Islands. p.109

1885, Miss  Caroline Phillips, Durrus, father, owned the Bandon Arms Hotel, p.113

1887, John Copithorne, Cork and Kilcoe, p. 151

1891, James Huthinson Swanton, Ballydehob, Dubli dyed Cheltenham, p. 115

1892, Mrs. Pratt, wife of former Ministerof Durrus, p. 117

1892.  Honourable Mrs Bernard of Lord Carbery family, p. 39

1892, Mrs. Jane Dillon ne Roycroft, Bantry and Boultenagh, Durrus wife of Thomas Dillon Poor Law Guardian, extended families involved in politics of long standing culmination with Shawn Dillon, Durrus,  in Bantry 1947 Branch of Clann na Poblachta, p.117

1896, Denis McCarthy (Donnacha Talún), Bantry, Letterlickey, Durrus, major business figure, p, 58

1896, Canon Godman, Creagh, p. 128

1897, William Morris, Friendly Cove, Durrus, last of the Morris of Castle Salem/Benduff, Rosscarbery,  son in law of Richard Tonson, Potter editor of Skibbereen Eagle relative,   p, 60

1897, Mrs .Catherine O’Regan, nee Goggin, Schull, p. 276

1896, John Skinkwin, B.L., Coroner for West Cork, Bandon, brother of Canon Shinkwin prominent cleric Bantry, p. 50

1896, James Flynn, Caherdaniel Bantry buried family crypt Bandon, 121

1897, Father William Keaney, Manch Dunmanway, PP Durrus, p. 65

1898, R. Roycroft, Skibbereen, p. 71

1898, M. Swanton, Glounkilleena, Kilcoe, p.137

1898, Dowager of Bantry, 137

1898, Mrs Hadden, Skibbereen mother of Dr. Hadden, 114

1898, Miss Mary J, Donovan daughter of Dr. Daniel Donovan Famine Doctor, p.145

1899, Mrs Levis, wife of Dr. Wood Levis, Durrus, daughter of Fitzmaurice, solicitor Dunmanway, 72

1899, Richard Havey Townsend, Myross Wood, Leap, p.74

1900 Thomas Dillon, Durrus and Clashadoo, Durrus, Poor Law Guardian, p.138

1900, John Cullinane, Bantry, major business figure descendant of Ballydehob Swantons,  p 78

1900 William Sandys Bird, Land Agent, Cadogan hung for his murder, p. 80

1900, Miss O’Grady, daughter of Canon O’Grady, Bantry, p. 84

1900, Mrs Coghlan nee Daly, husband National Teacher D.J. Coghlan.  She is great -grandmother of former Irish Times journalist Frank McDonald and his brother Judge Denis McDonald of the Irish High Court. The Kilcrohane Dalys/O’Dalys as well as being Rhymers were probably also Brehons. p, 153

1900,Tomas Dillon, bantry, p. 158

1901 Mrs. Margaret Jennings, Old Court Skibbereen aged 72 born Galway, has Irish, p, 207

1901, Luke Canty, Clashadoo, Durrrus,  brother had Canty’s Hotel, Bantry, p. 213

1904, Richard Tobin, Durrus of ‘King Tobin’ family, Kilcrohane, p. 222

1904, Mrs Thomas Young (1799-1904), Rathravane, Methodist has Irish, p. 215

1904, Mrs.Canty, Bantry, p.176

1904, Patrick Hourihane, Dunmanway, p. 169

1904, R.L. Allman, Distiller, Bandon ,p.170

1904, Mrs Jeremiah Hurley, Coonagh, Leap, p.193

1904, John F. Lyons, Bantry uncle of Bantry businessman and historian Paddy O’Keeffe, p. 188

1904, Dr. James Edward Somerville, Bawnlahan, Myross aged 94,  former Coroner, p. 220

1904, Mrs. Roycroft, Cove, Derryleary, Schull, mother of Ned Roycroft, J.P., County Councillor, p.179

1905, funeral of Tomas Camier, (1853-1905), Shronagree, Ballydehob, p.226

1906, Daniel McCarthy, Hawthorn Cottage, Drimoleague father major figure in National Teaching circles, 102

1906, Mrs. Hester Hingston (1855-1906), Stouke, Ballydehob, p. 230

1906 John Copithorne, Kilcoe, p. 233

1906, Mrs O’Driscoll, Schull. Father Phil Shanahan, Poor Law Guardians Schull, Phil Shanahan Census Collector, Barony of West Carbery,  1831, p.86

1907, Mrs.Dukelow, Brahalish, nee Sullivan (Hurrig), p. 235

1907, Michael J.Daly,, Drimoleague, p.240

1909, Mrs. Copthorne, Kilcoe, 1651

1910, Timothy Hurley, San Francisco, late Ballycomane, Durrus, p. 255

1911, Anne Copithorne,  p. 252

1911, Funeral of Richard Daly, aged 79 , Derrycarron, Ballydehob, p. 258

1912, Funeral of Mrs. Daly, Derrycaroon, Ballydebob probably nee Catherine Williamson, Brahalish, Durrus, p. 261

1912, Mrs. Mary Swanton, Glounakill, Ballydehob, p. 265

1913, Miss May Gilhooly, Bantry daughter of James Gilhooley, M.P., p. 269

1913, Funeral of Rev. R. H.Carroll, KIlmoe (Goleen), and William Roycroft aged 93, Schull, p.266

1915, Mrs. Julia Leahy nee Moss, Durrusp, p.274

1915, Souvenir of Funeral of O’Donovan Rossa (1831-1915), p. 273

1915, Jeremiah O’Mahony, Kilcrohane, merchant, Magistrate, obituary, probate, p. 279

1916,  Miss Jane Tobin, Durrus, daughter of Denis McCarthy,  and probate, p.299

1917, Mrs. Maggie Jane McCarthy, nee O’Regan, aged 30, Drimoleague, p. 289 

1917, D.C.Mccarthy, Drimoleague, p.291

1941, Pat O’Leary, Solicitor, Bantry, p. 301

1943, J. P. Hegarty, Ballrisode, Goleen, p. 305



Death 1634 of Daniel McCarthy (Mucklagh), Scart Castle, Bantry and Coolnalong Castle, Gearhameen, Durrus.  Buried in the Abbey Bantry.



Mná chaointe (Keeners) at Church of Ireland and Methodist Funerals 18th and 19th Century, West Cork:  Sir Richard Cox (1650-1733), Dunmanway, Mná chaointe (Keeners)  Is it possible that Keening is pre Christian.   There are references to Keeners being employed at Cox’s funeral in 1733 in Dunmanway.  Cox was the founder of Dunmanway and promoter of the linen industry.   For someone who was virulently anti Catholic it is also surprising that there is a praise poem dedicated to him as set out below



1842, James Vickery, Molloch, Parish of Durrus, Bantry.

Grandfather died first and though a lad I remained up two nights during which time the usual “wake” was held. It was a sight I can never forget when the old companion of a long and happy life hobbled in, leaning on two sticks, accompanied by a skilled and no doubt a professional keener and both toge

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