Collins was born in Woodfield, Sam’s Cross, near Rosscarbery, County Cork, on 16 October 1890, the third son and youngest of eight children. His father, Michael John (1816–1897), was a farmer and amateur mathematician, who had been a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) movement.
It is believed that many hedge school masters were either failed priests or those who studied at the various Irish Colleges in the Continent but did not proceed to take final vows as a priest. This might apply to John Collins the Silver Tongue of Munster.
1822 Deshure Special Commission, Cork. Battle of Deshure, Kilmurray, Whiteboys and Macroom Rifle Brigade Abortive Raid on Benjamin Swete, Landlord and Tithe Collector, later 5 Hung at Gallows at Deshure.
Presumably the tithes wee being collected on behaalf of the Rev,.Somers Payne
Augustine Warren Payne, (1817-1844), 1840 Bantry, Home place Upton. 1837 alleged to have seized cattle in lieu of unpaid tithes presumably due to his father Rev. Somers Payne, incumbent of Ballinadee before sunrise. Attending the 1840 Great Meeting Bantry re Poor Law. Managing Lord Bantry Estates with Patrick O’Sullivan, Millcove managing Beara Estate also managing Conner estates. Gave extensive evidence 1841 election petition that he was in Longfield Leader conservative interest. Member Dalys Conservative Club Cork. Died in Bantry of famine fever around the same time his brother a year younger the Rev. Percy Gethin Payne died of fever at his father’s house. His son Augustus died 1844 leaving £450 he was executor but in 1858 as he was dead his son’s estate was administered by James Henry Payne, Beechmount, Co. His brother John took Augustus’ place at Bantry House as a result.
Rev. Somers Payne (1785-1857), TCD, son of James, physician, Pre 1815, 1823, Ardagh as Rev. S.H. Payne, Upton, Grand Master Orange Order, Co. Cork. Ordained 1810. Sons Rev. Henry, James, John Warren daughter Mary married Nash. Voted for Hutchinson 1826 election. Bandon Brunswick Constitutional Club 1828, sitting Bantry and Bandon, 1835, Provost of Bandon. Agent to Lord Berehaven since 1820 son Augustus agent to Lord Bantry. 1828 Bandon Quarter Sessions. Following a large Protestant meeting 1834 at Castlebenard nominated to prepare a petition to the British King and Parliament with the Rev. Somers Payne, Councillor Mannix, Lords Berehaven and Bandon. Parliamentary Commission sitting Bantry 1845 showed sympathy for labourers and cottiers. The Rev. Somers Payne’s mother was sister of John and Henry Shears, Barristers in the City of Cork, who perished on the scaffold for alleged ‘high treason’ at the opening of the ‘present century’. 1835 Subscriber Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland 1837. A grandson mentioned in the will of Eliza Gethin, Cork, 1801 property for him held in trust by Dr. Boyle Coughlan and Gilbert Henry Fleming, attorney, Dublin. His son Augustus died 1844 leaving £450 he was executor but in 1858 as he was dead his son’s estate was administered by James Henry Payne, Beechmount, Co. Cork. Died in Bantry of famine fever around the same time Augustus Warren Payne aged 27 his brother a year younger the Rev. Percy Gethin Payne died of fever at his father’s house. His Upton property became a Reformatory School under the Rosminian Fathers in 1860. Land record, 1870, 653 acres. Sir Augustus Louis Carre Warren succeeded to the baronetcy in 1811. He and his wife Mary had two sons and two daughters. They were Augustus, born on 17th May 1791 and John Borlase, born on the 13th September 1800. The daughters were Esther and Charlotte. Esther married James Colthurst of Dripsey Castle on the 30th July 1808, which linked the family by marriage into two of the most powerful families in Cork: the Bernard’s and the Colthurst. Esther died on the 22nd July 1872. Charlotte married Reverend Somers H. Payne of Upton House. Sir Augustus Louis Carre Warren died on the 30th January 1821. Listed 1856 as Rev. Somers H. Payne as having 21.050 trees planted in Brinny. The Brinny estate was previously lived in by Rev. William Lewis Beauford.
Henry Herrick TCD, Woodlands, Bandon. TCD admissions 1809, aged 17, son George. Member 1832 Cork Friendly Club. Attending Landlord Meeting Bandon Courthouse 1846. Reps, Cork, 1870 return 1,011 acres.
Captain Chambre Corker Esq., Pre 1824, Downdaniel, Innishannon. 1822 attempted assassination. 1823 confiscation. Bandon Brunswick Constitutional Club 1828, listed 1838, Member Commission on Magistrates 1838. Gave evidence 1835 to enquiry to Poor Law Commission. 1837 hearing case at Innishannon with Henry Herrick of Magistrate Augustine Warren Payne alleged to have seized cattle in lieu of unpaid tithes presumably due to his father Rev. Somers Payne, incumbent of Ballinadee before sunrise. 1843, sitting Innishannon 1835. Co. Freeman of Cork City voted in the 1837 election Cork City probably related Charles Henry. Subscriber John Ryan, 1845 ’20 Years of Popish Persecution’. CSO/RP/1820/308. Petition of Chambre Corker, magistrate, Downdaniel Castle, Innishannon, Co. Cork, to Earl Talbot, Lord Lieutenant, Dublin Castle, requesting appointment to the post of commander of Innishannon Yeomanry; refers to military service under lords Doneraile and Riversdale and asserts that he is a resident of the neighbourhood and ‘fully capable of the discharge of all Military duties, including training of men for Military Service’.
Barrister for the plaintiffs
Joseph Scannell Barrister, 1818, 4, Smith St., 13 Marlboro St 1845. Occasional Advocate Consistory Court, Cloyne Catholic. 1830 Finny Almanac. Pigot 1824. 1850 very extensive practice. Advocate for Provenant Consistory Court, Cloyne. Daughter Mary died aged 19, 1838. 1840 at Bantry Voter registration instructed by Galwey represented Liberal interest. Listed in St. Ann Shandon Ministers list 1793 and 1829 as living on Fair Hill valuation of £5 high for area, the Catholic enclave. Van Der Plus Deeds Cork Archives 1694. A Darby Scannell deceased 1735 lending money. Scannel listed Alderman’s clerk Cork election Hely Hutchinson papers 1783. JCHAS, prosecuting criminal cases 1836 Aldwell’s Directory 1845
His Landlord Richard O’Donovan, Fort Lodge, Durrus. Richard O’Donovan 1818, Fort Lodge, Durrus listed 1838, son Richard Esq. O’Donovan Cove, and Jane d Alexander O’Donovan, Squince. Father of Richard O’Donovan J.P. History Brother of Timothy and Dr. Daniel O’Donovan J.P. He married Maria O’Sullivan on the 15th October 1833Her father was Murty Og, of Ceimatringane House, Castletownbere. She died at Fort Lodge, aged 52, voted 1850 for Denis Galwey as High Constable for Ibane and Ballyroe (Clonakilty). Lease Richard O’Donovan, Magistrate, of Glanlough, Cork
Re the above first time I have seen a reference to a female land agent. The Orpens here are the system of the DublinLegal family and artist Willaim Orpen. Related by marriage to Hutchinsons of Durrus, family of Eugene O’Sullivan, Ballygahadown, Drimoleague/Caheragh and Swanton of Ballydehob. During the minority of Artur Hutchinson of Durrus landlords one of the Orphans acted as his trustee.
William Orpen the artist spent part of his honeymoon about 1905 in Kealkil outside Bantry where a relation was a dispensary doctor and a number of paintings of the area recently surfaced.
Burke describes the Orpen family as claiming great antiquity. They settled in Ireland after the Cromwellian wars and married into some of the other influential families in county Kerry including the Herberts. Richard Orpen was agent for Sir William Petty on his county Kerry estates. Over 4000 acres of the estate of Richard Becher Opren in the barony of Glanarought were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court in November 1852. The petitioner was John B. Warren, who later acquired parts of the Orpen lands in this area. Over 10,000 acres of the estate of Adrian Taylor, in which members of the Orpen and Warren families had an interest, were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court in May 1855. Richard J.T. Orpen was one of the principal lessors in the parishes of Kenmare and Kilgravan at the time of Griffith’s Valuation. In the 1870s the estate of the late Sir Richard Orpen amounted to over 12,000 acres in county Kerry as well as 300 acres in county Cork. The representatives of F.H. Orpen were the proprietors of 800 acres in county Kerry at the same time.
Yet if the Repeal campaign was not to collapse completely under the weight of government prosecutions, it needed to adapt to changed circumstances. For O’Connell himself, perhaps the most successful Irish barrister of his generation, the courtroom was a familiar stage on which to perform. The long-drawn-out drama of the state trial process, from the grand jury’s finding of the indictment in November 1843, through the jury selection and trial proceedings of January and February 1844, to the sentence of a year’s imprisonment on 30 May and the quashing of the convictions on appeal in September, attracted intense public interest. The court galleries and approaches to the Four Courts in Dublin were frequently thronged; detailed accounts appeared in the press and were serialised as pamphlets.
On the 1st July the Lancaster Gazette carried a report on the Monster Meeting addressed by Daniel O’Connell. Quoting the ‘Cork Examiner ‘, it repeated the reputed number of attendees of 500,000.
Daniel O”Connell arrived heading four stage coaches and a battalion of bands. Parishes from all over West Cork were represented by crowds headed by the respective clergy of each parish.