Listing of Townlands in Barony of Carbery, West Cork, Carew Papers 1599, Coppinger Grant 1615, McCarthy Reagh Inquisition 1636, Coppinger Will 1665, Archaic Spellings i.e. Lissynyeghtraagh, Lisheenaacreagh (Lisín Iochreacht, Lower Little Fort)


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Listing of Townlands in Barony of Carbery, West Cork, Carew Papers 1599, Coppinger Grant 1615, McCarthy Reagh Inquisition 1636, Coppinger Will 1665, Archaic Spellings i.e. Lissynyeghtraagh, Lisheenaacreagh (Lisín Iochreacht, Lower Little Fort)

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Courtesy Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, James Burke BL

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1450. Act of Irish Parliament, Finín (Fynyn) O’Driscoll, Baltimore, Barony of Carbery, Co. Cork, to be Treated as an Enemy.


 

1450.  Act of Irish Parliament, Finín (Fynyn) O’Driscoll to be Treated as an Enemy.

1450 (28 Hen. 61450 (28 Hen. 6 (Drogheda)) c. 10 an enemy [P.R.O. vol. 2] Fynyn O’Driscoll to be treated as an enemy [P.R.O. vol. 2] 1

P.106 of Statute Consolidation.

http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/bills28/bills/2007/0507/b5a07d.pdf

 

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https://durrushistory.com/2015/01/27/provisional-reconstruction-of-odriscoll-genealogy-from-pre-1414-baltimore-castlehaven-and-spain/

 

https://durrushistory.com/2014/08/31/articles-between-the-queens-commissioners-and-the-freeholders-of-carbery-west-cork-15th-september-1592-owen-carte-phenen-odriscoll-john-slewright-connour-mcmahowne-walter-graunt-donell-sol/

 

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1628, Florence McCarthy, Gent, Brahalish, Durrus, Donal O’Donovan Gent, Rathlin, Co. Cork. Arbitrators in Case of Sir Walter Coppinger and Donogh Son of Sir Finín O’Driscoll.


1628, Florence McCarthy, Gent, Brahalish, Durrus, Donal O’Donovan Gent, Rathlin, Co. Cork.   Arbitrators in Case of Sir Walter Coppinger and Donogh Son of Sir Finín O’Driscoll.

Courtesy Coppinger family website:

http://www.copinger.org/page.php?file=1_3

About the end of 1628 a dispute arose between Sir Walter and Sir Fynin O’Driscoll in respect of a certain deed of feoffment – the former contending that it was intended to operate as an absolute conveyance, the latter that it was intended only by way of mortgage. Sir Fynin commenced a suit in Chancery against Sir Walter, and Donogh O’Driscoll, a son of Sir Fynin, was employed as agent for his father. During the course of the suit the agent made several slanderous statements respecting the defendant, as appears from the award ultimately made between the parties. The dispute was referred to Donnell O’Donovane als Donovane of Rathin in the County of Cork, gent., Florence McCartye of Brahelis, in the said County, gent., Henry Gauld of the City of Cork, Alderman, and John Burgate of Fanstowne in the County of Limerick, gent.

Brahalish Tenure:

Brahalish. Brahalish (784 acres) (Irish: Breach Lios, meaning ‘spotted fort’) or Braichlis (place of malt or fermented grain). On the west side is Brahalish Fort and the east Cummer Fort. In 1659 census written Bracklisse. Burial ground for children, horizontal mill stone with a rindbar near the farmhouse of David Shannon on the eastern side, ringforts. Location discovered by Owen Sullivan 1843, of Brahalish gold fibula (clasp) currently in the British Museum. There are a series of walkways dating from at least the 19th century from the shore to the upper lands where people used to take baskets of seaweed to fertilize their small holdings. About the end of 1628 a dispute arose between Sir Walter and Sir Fynin O’Driscoll in respect of a certain deed of feoffment – the former contending that it was intended to operate as an absolute conveyance, the latter that it was intended only by way of mortgage. Sir Fynin commenced a suit in Chancery against Sir Walter, and Donogh O’Driscoll, a son of Sir Fynin, was employed as agent for his father. During the course of the suit the agent made several slanderous statements respecting the defendant, as appears from the award ultimately made between the parties. The dispute was referred to Donnell O’Donovane als Donovane of Rathin in the County of Cork, gent., Florence McCartye of Brahelis, in the said County, gent., Henry Gauld of the City of Cork, Alderman, and John Burgate of Fanstowne in the County of Limerick, gent. They made their award, which is dated the 13th April, 1629 McCarthy Coolnalong, lot 487 Ricahrd Earlsman, 2 Irish McCarthy Muclagh Scart, later Gearhameen c1650 Colonel Reid c1690 Nathaniel Evanson, Castledonovan, Cromwelian Officer stock, financial difficulty c 1710 sold to Francis Bernard, Bandon (ancestor of Lord Bandons) who later leased back (Doctor) Henry Baldwin Evanson (1795-1867), £20 rent charge, 1835 given by brother Rev. Alleyn over lands at Brahalish Durrus. Nathaniel Evanson as Lessee of Impropriate Tithes Rev. Alleyn Evanson c1855 the Bernards (Lord Bandon) recovered the Durrus lands presumably on the expiry of the Evanson lease. They levelled the mud cabins in Carrigboy, and laid out the present village of Durrus. The Estate was part of the Western Bandon Estate and was administered initially by Colonel Bernard and from around 1865 by the Wheller Dohertys of Bandon, Solicitors and Land Agents. From time to time Lord bandon used Durrus Court, Gearhameen as a shooting lodge. Earl of Bandon By 1912 Vested in Tenants

 

1594. Conveyance to Walter Coppinger, Lands including Half Ploughland Ballycomane, Durrus formerly Property of Donal McCarthy, Cloghane, Caheagh, Later Attained for Treason.


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Conveyance to Walter Coppinger, 1594. Lands including Half Ploughland Ballycomane, Durrus formerly Property of Donal McCarthy, Cloghane, Caheagh,  Later Attained for Treason.

Courtesy Coppinger Family website:

http://www.copinger.org/page.php?file=1_3

Conveyance to Walter Copinger, 1594.

Indenture made 16 May, 36 Eliz. Betwixt Walter Coppinger fz James of Cork, gent., on one part, and Charles McCormuck McTeige McCartye and Donogho McCormucke McTeige McCartye, of Cloghrean, in Co. Corke, gent., and sons to Sir Cormucke McTeige, late of Blaerny, Knt., dec.  Witnesseth that whereas said Charles McCormucke and Donogho McCormucke, by deed dated this day haue granted to Walter Coppinger, his heirs &c., not only the manor and castel of Cloghane, with three plowlands of demesne lands in Carbry, Co Corke, and the half plowland of Ballycomane in Carbry afs’d, but all their right, &c., in the lands, &c., of Donyll McCormucke McCartye, late of Cloghane and late attainted of high treason, &c. To haue said Castel of Cloghane, &c., and half plowland of Ballycomane, rendering yearly 43s. 4d. of Ireland.  Nevertheless the said Walter C. doth covenant with said C.McC and D.McC., that if said C. and D. do pay said W.C. at the now dwelling house of John Coppinger fz. John of Corke,  before the expiration of nine years 100 pounds, money of England, from date hereof, said deed to be void.  In witness whereof, &c.,

Thomas Sarsfelde, John Roche, John Coppinger
Edmonde White, John Moonut (sic.)

For the better understanding of the suit which subsequently arose between the parties, it may be well to show the devolution of the property previous to the date of the last mentioned conveyance or mortgage.  This appears very clearly from the recitals in a document still in existence.

Whereas Queen Elizabeth, of famous memorie, by Letters Patent under her broad seale of the Kingdome, dated the 19th year of her Raigne,[3] in consideration of manie great and acceptable services vnto her highness in times of hostillity and rebellion performed and done by the said Sir Cormacke McTeige, Knt, as a speciall mark of her princelie favour and as a recompense of the great merits and service amongst other things granted vnto him the said Sir Cormacke and his heirs, all that and those the Manour and Castle of Cloghan, three plowlands thereunto belonging, and all and singular the parts and parcells, members, and appurtenances therevnto as well in desmesne as in service, and all other rents and hereditaments of whatsoever quantitie, nature, or degree now taken, accepted, or reputed as part member or hamlett hereof or held or possessed as member, part or appurtenant therevnto, situate, lying, and being in the barronie of Carrabry in the Countie of Courke, and all the halfe plowland of Ballycomene situate in the said Countie and Barronie excheted vnto the Crowne by the attainder of Danell McComake McCartie, late of Cough, attained of high treason by force and virtue whereof the said Sir Cormacke McTeige, Knt, ent’red into the said Manner, Castle, and lands and other hereditaments, and was thereof seised in his demeasne as of fee, and died of such an estate soe thereof seised after and by whose decease the said Manner, Castle, Toune, and lands and other hereditaments discended and came vnto Charles Cartie,[4] sonne and heir vnto the said Sir Cormake whose sonne and heire being thereof seised in his demeasne as of fee by his deed in due forme of lawe perfected, wherein Donoge Cormake, brother to the said Charles did ioyne, dated 16 May, 1594″

granted premises as above mentioned to Walter Copinger.

A bill was some years afterwards filed in the Court of Chancery by the above-named Charles McCormacke McTeige McCartye to set aside this deed, or rather to obtain a decree that it was intended to be by way of mortgage only. The proceedings are set forth at great length in the decree, dated the 5th December, 1633, which is preserved in the Public Record Office, Dublin.  In these proceedings McCartye’s son alleges that the deed was “upon confidence and trust upon condition comprised in a defeazance signed, sealed, and delivered by the said Walter Coppinger bearinge equall date with the said deede of feoffment by which the said Walter Coppinger did by himselfe, his heirs and assigns, convenant and graunt to and with the said Charles McCormacke and the said Donogh McCormacke and euerie of them and the heirs and assigns of the said Charles McCormacke and Donogh McCormacke and eurie of them that if the said Charles McCormacke and Donogh McCormacke or one of them or the heirs or assigns of them or one of them did well and truely content, satisfie, and pay or cause to be contented, satisfied, and paid to the said Walter Coppinger, his heirs or assigns at the dwelling house of John Coppinger fitz John within the Citti of Courke,” the amount advanced the premises should be reconveyed.

The Court does not seem to have given effect to the alleged deed of defeazance, for it ordered that “notwithstanding any previous order or orders to the contrary Sir Walter Coppinger should hold and enjoy all and singular the Castle and 3 plowlands of Cloghane, situate in the Barony of Carbery and Co. of Cork, and the half plowland of Ballycoman als Ballycomem with the appurtenances for ever against the plaintiff Charles McCarty.”  It further ordered that the plaintiff should execute a conveyance of the said premises to the defendant Sir Walter or others to his use in consideration of £300 to be paid by instalments.

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Ballycomane. Ballycomane (1349 acres) (Irish: Baile an Chumain, meaning ‘town of the little valley’). Part of it is Ballinwillin with a boulder burial,with the remains of a millrace which may have been used by monks at the nearby church of Mouliward, ringfort and standing stone pair. Mass rock in Vincent Hurley’s farm. Former graveyard in Sam Attridge’s lands no remains. The oldest family are probably the Hurleys (Vincents), they moved from Ballnacarriga outside Dunmanway and Darby Hurley who held Ballycomane Middle was allegedly evicted by Lord Carbery when a rent payment was missed, the farm was then given to the Vickerys c 1770 Conveyance to Walter Copinger, 1594. Indenture made 16 May, 36 Eliz. Betwixt Walter Coppinger fz James of Cork, gent., on one part, and Charles McCormuck McTeige McCartye and Donogho McCormucke McTeige McCartye, of Cloghrean, in Co. Corke, gent., and sons to Sir Cormucke McTeige, late of Blaerny, Knt., dec. Witnesseth that whereas said Charles McCormucke and Donogho McCormucke, by deed dated this day haue granted to Walter Coppinger, his heirs &c., not only the manor and castel of Cloghane, with three plowlands of demesne lands in Carbry, Co Corke, and the half plowland of Ballycomane in Carbry afs’d, but all their right, &c., in the lands, &c., of Donyll McCormucke McCartye, late of Cloghane and late attainted of high treason, &c. To haue said Castel of Cloghane, &c., and half plowland of Ballycomane, rendering yearly 43s. 4d. of Ireland. Nevertheless the said Walter C. doth covenant with said C.McC and D.McC., that if said C. and D. do pay said W.C. at the now dwelling house of John Coppinger fz. John of Corke, before the expiration of nine years 100 pounds, money of England, from date hereof, said deed to be void. In witness whereof, &c., Originally McCarthy probably Mucklagh mortgaged it to Sir Walter Coppinger, defaulted he went into possession. His estates fofeit Evans Freke family later Lord Carbery probably bought from Hollow Blade Company of Commissioner of Forfeit Estatrs. Recites deed dated 7th June 1823, John Vickery then of Ballycomane, Co.Cork demised by George Vickery now of Knockane, Co. Cork land of Ballycomae. Recites deed 2nd August 1790 whereby Lord Carbery demises to John Vickery then of Ballycomane since deceased part of lands of Ballycomane called the middle division as then in his possession. These lands became vested in the said John Vickery’s three sons namely William, George and John Vickery and they afterwards agreed to divide the lands. Vickery lease of 1785 of substantial farm may hev been Hurle earliee at some tim a Hurley/Vickery marriage recordedd 1926, James Sullivan, (Descendant of Michael Sulivan reputed descendant of O’Sullivn Beren adn Mary Vickery of Whiddy m 1783) Clonee, sold having bought Moskeigh House, October, Mrs Vickery, Ballycomane (moved to French Furze, Carrigaline) 125 a bought by Deanes (their Crottees property now owned by Carmel Deasy) .

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1871. Linguistic Map Ireland. Majority Irish Speaking, Parts of Ballydehob, Beara, Caheagh, Clonakilty, Garretstown, Muskerry, West Cork


1871.  Linguistic Map Ireland Majority Irish Speaking, Parts of Ballydehob, Beara, Caheagh, Clonakilty, Garretstown, Muskerry, West Cork.

 

https://durrushistory.com/2012/06/04/irish-speaking-protestant-west-cork-19th-century/

 

https://durrushistory.com/2016/01/28/rev-patrick-ernest-donovan-1861-1953-foronaught-myross-skibbereen-west-cork-methodist-missionary/

 

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Legal INterpeters:

 

1902 Andrew Kelleher Interpeter for Glengariff District 1901 census Humphrey Kelleher was living in Bantry with his son Andrew, 27, a draper’s assistant, and daughter Hannah, 35, housekeeper. By the time of the 1911 census, there were nKellehers on Barrack road. http://doras.dcu.ie/17739/1/Irish_Language_Court_Interpreting_1901-1922_Mary_Phelan.pdf Some interpreters, such as Humphrey Kelleher, combined interpreting with being a civil bills officer (C.B.O.). Summons servers and civil bill officers were paid a salary of £10 per year plus up to one shilling for each summons served. They had to travel considerable distances to serve summonses and keep a record of when and where summonses were serve
1902 Humphrey Kelleher Process Server, Interpeter In 1902 at Skibbereen quarter sessions, a solicitor called Mr Wolfe asked the judge about the appointment of a process server and interpreter at Bantry. The context was that Humphrey Kelleher, the person who had been fulfilling these two functions, had died, his son was willing to take his place as process server, but as he did not speak Irish, not as interpreter. The son had the support of all the solicitors in Bantry bar one, a Mr Flynn, who favoured a man called Power from Glengariffe (sic) who ‘could speak Irish well’. He argued that there were already two process servers in Bantry but none in Glengariffe where it was difficult to have processes served. http://doras.dcu.ie/17739/1/Irish_Language_Court_Interpreting_1901-1922_Mary_Phelan.pdf 1901, Humphrey KelleherBantry Cork aged 74 Co. Cork
1864, 1921 Edward Collins Civil Bill Officer since 1864, Interpeter Liscarroll. Edward Collins civil bill officer for Macroom, occupation ‘interpreter’ in the 1911 census, was raised in the Dáil in 1927. At that stage he was 77 and had worked as a summons server for 58 years and as a civil bill officer for 57 years. He was discharged from his job and was not offered any form of compensation or pension. The two posts of summons server and civil bills officer were combined into one post, summons server, under the Court Officers Act 1926 (Dáil Éireann vol. 19, 26 April 1927). Guys: http://www.corkpastandpresent.ie/places/streetandtradedirectories/1921guyscitycountyalmanacanddirectory/1921pagesito95/1921%20p.18-25.pdf

 

 

Magistrates with Irish Competence:

1815 John Eugene McCarthy Middle Temple since 1815 practised as Conveyancer in England, Seneschal of Manor of Rathbarry and Gorthnahoena since 1826 and for some time Timoleague. Kings Inns 1837. Rathbarry, Rosscarbery. 1st son of Eugene McCarthy, Gent, Blennerville, Co. Kerryand Ellen O’Sullivan in 1837 for Kings Inns , Newtown, Co. Cork. Rathbarry. Conducted when requied Manor Court as Senescal in Irish. Purchased a house and garden for bailiff to avoid being dependant on him. Earlier Seneschal used a pub. Advised Mr. Spring Rice (Lord…Mount..) on proposed changes to legislation 1837 Parlimentary report.

 

From 1837 John Borlease Warren Seneschal of Macroom, Kilcrea, Blarney Appointed by his relation Lord Bandon. Macroom held in Courthouse, Kilcrea in two farmhouses. John Borlease Warren (1799-, Magistrate also for Kerry, Warren Grove, Crookstown and Sillerdane Cottage, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, brother of Sir Augustus Warren, m 1823 Mary d Rev R. Warren, Involved in attempts to amicably resolve tithes 1838. 1835 Subscriber Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland 1837. Related and tenant of Lord Bandon. Lord Bandon as Lord of Manor of Macroom, Kilcrea and Blarney appointed him Seneschal to Manor Courts replace Mr. Brown who heard cases to his death at 87 in 1836. Permitted witnesses to give evidence in Irish.

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1796, 1 August 1796, Skibbereen Meeting, ‘Members of the Atlantic Society will meet next club day at Castle of Old Court in Ilen River, signed Michael Beecher, Adm, Daniel O’Donovan Vice Adm.’


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1796, 1 August 1796, Skibbereen Meeting,  ‘Members of the Atlantic Society will meet next club day at Castle of Old Court in Ilen River, signed Michael Beecher, Adm, Daniel O’Donovan Vice Adm.’

 

It is not clear what the purpose of the Society was.

 

Old Court:

 

http://landedestates.nuigalway.ie/LandedEstates/jsp/property-show.jsp?id=2614

 

http://landedestates.nuigalway.ie/LandedEstates/jsp/estate-show.jsp?id=2436

 

Courtesy Becher family web site

 

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~becher/bechers_in_the_newspapers.htm

1717. Patrickson monument in St. Mary’s Church, Dunmanway, West Cork. Here are Deposited the Bodies of Rev. John Patrickson, AM, Chantor of the Cathedral of Cloyne and Ross who Died 1717 aged 73, Martha his daughter By Frances Daughter of Sir Emanuel Moore Bart, and His 2nd Wife daughter of Colonel Robert Phaire Died 1717, Among connected Families: Blairs of Blair’s Cove, Durrus, Children and Descendants of Father/Rev. Daniel McCarthy (Muclagh) and Sarah Blair, Clearys of Dunbeacon, Durrus.


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1717.  Patrickson monument in St. Mary’s Church, Dunmanway, West Cork.    Here are Deposited the Bodies of Rev. John Patrickson, AM, Chantor of the Cathedral of Cloyne and Ross who Died 1717 aged 73, Martha his daughter By Frances Daughter of Sir Emanuel Moore Bart, and His 2nd Wife daughter of Colonel Robert Phaire Died 1717, Among connected Families: Blairs of Blair’s Cove, Durrus, Children and Descendants of Father/Rev. Daniel McCarthy (Muclagh) and Sarah Blair, Clearys of Dunbeacon, Durrus.

Patrickson monument in St. Mary’s church, Dunmanway.  There was a reference to that stone in the minute book. It is the only piece of the old St. Mary’s church, built around 100 years previously to make it into the new church in 1821.  Patrickson put up quite a lot of money towards the building of the first one.

The Patricksons were one of a number  of families such as the Fenwicks Little Island, Inis Beg Skibbereen, Phairs, Whites (Later Lord Bantry), Davies of Macroom, Blairs (later Blair’s Cove) active in the Land Market late 17th and early 18th century acquiring large tracts of West Cork from the Hollow Blade Company.

There is a large extended family Catholic and Protestant in Ireland, UK and Australia.  The Cleary branch is in Australia.

Courtesy Eunice Jeffers

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https://durrushistory.com/2014/06/21/sale-of-blair-estate-coolculaghta-blairs-cove-durrus-west-cork-by-landed-estates-court-1866-with-details-of-legal-tenure-tenants-leases-maps/

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1766 John Thomas Patrickson MD Surgeon. Dr. Farmer 1762 involved in founding South Infirmary with Dr. Davis, Surgeons Hungerford Daunt and John T. Patrickson. Subscriber ‘History of the Irish Rebellion’ reprinted 1766 Cork Bagnell of Castle St. May have Dunmanway connections

Moore, Rosscarbery genealogy:

 

http://liviomoreno.altervista.org/Genealogia/1st%20Bart.pdf

April 1921, Burning by IRA of The College, Rosscarbery, Co.Cork, reputedly the lineal successor of a Famous School Established in the Sixth century by Saint Fachtna and Derry House Rosscarbery, House of Alexander Sullivan, Kings Counsel and Last Serjeant-at-Law Only Barrister Who Could Be Obtained to Defend Sir Roger Casement 1916


 

April 1921, Burning by IRA of The College, Rosscarbery, Co.Cork, reputedly the lineal successor of a famous school established in the sixth century by Saint Fachtna and Derry House Rosscarbery, House of Alexander Sullivan, Kings Counsel and Last Serjeant-at-Law Only Barrister Who Could Be Obtained to Defend Sir Roger Casement 1916

From James S. Donnelly, Junior, Big House Burnings, Co. Cork.

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Though their initial plan for a full-scale assault against the Rosscarbery police barracks was derailed, members of the West Cork Brigade mounted another and this time successful effort at the end ofMarch 1921. Bombs and fire destroyed the ground-floor rooms of the barracks before its defenders surrendered with heavy casualties two dead and nine more wounded. Adjacent to the barracks, and almost in the centre of the town, stood that venerable and Protestant institution called “The College” (figure 3), which was directed byMrs. Zoe Louise Becher, wife of the Rev. Harry Becher, the Anglican rector of Rosscarbery.1 Reputedly the lineal successor of a famous school established in the sixth century by Saint Fachtna, foundress of the diocese of Ross, the college had served “for a long time past”as a Protestant academy, and in 1921 it had perhaps forty students from well-to-do families. After the Rosscarbery RIC barracks had been blown apart, rumours spread that the crown forces were about to occupy the college; the IRA promptly intervened and burned it down on 2 April. About a week later, the Volunteers pressed their advantage, returned to Rosscarbery, and torched Derry House purchased two years earlier by the prominent barrister Alexander Sullivan.   As His Majesty’s first serjeant-at-law for the British administration in Ireland, Sullivan was highly unpopular. In fact, he had been the target of an attempted assassination in January 1920 while working as a crown prosecutor in County Kerry.  He was widely known for his denunciations of both the Sinn Féin party and republican violence. The destruction of Sullivan’s mansion removed one of the few remaining Big Houses in or very near the town was potential accommodation for police or soldiers.

The College is mentioned in the 1840s letters of Dealy, (Daly) Bantry shipowner and timber merchant, trade is bad and only for a loan from friends could he afford to send his boys to the college.

Private. I wrote you some disponding letters in April last. at that time I was hard pressed to meet some bills – and I was preparing to remove my boys from Rosscarbery School (Diocesan Secondary School) which would have been a severe blow to your aunt. but thank Providence I met more kind and good friends and if I can rub over another season I am in hopes that I will not owe any a man a shilling particularly if I can effect good sales & to encourage which I am offering goods on low terms. The fisheries have nearly failed here as yet this season & I hold a large stock of salt __ has improved the English market & I am a considerable holder.

https://durrushistory.com/2013/04/08/letter-william-j-dealy-shipowner-bantry-co-cork-re-trade-fishing-business-to-his-son-in-canada-1840-and-the-dealy-brig/

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Past Pupil:

William Wood Wolfe (1871-1960), Magistrate, , 1905, The Bridge, Skibbereen, eldest surviving son of William John (1836-1894), farmed 500 acres shopkeeper, ed St. Faughnans, Rosscarbery, Methodist, agnostic in 1911 census later became Catholic, brother of Jasper Wolfe Crown His mother described his wife, a Catholic as a ‘low wretched barmaid  Skibbereen UDC, only Non-Catholic to chair UDC in 1910, listed 1913 at Snugville, Skibbereen, listed 1921.  Received IRA threats to withdraw just before Truce in July 1921.

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Sergeant Sullivan’s mother was Donovan perhaps linked to the area his father was from Bantry.

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1837. House of Lords The Right Honourable The Earl of Bandon v Henry Becher, Lands in 1737 Mortgage Killeenleagh, Lassanaroe, Cappamore, Cahergall (Kilcrohane), Marriage Settlement 1740 Including Ardenant (Schull), Balteenoughtra, Ballyourane (Caheragh), Barnitonicane (Ballydehob), Caherolickenny, Mauldenny, Derrynalamane (Ballydhob), Dunkelly (Crookhaven), Keelbronhoe (Ballydehob), Lassanaroe, Rathcool, Ratourah (Schull), Letterscanlan. Families Mentioned, Alleyn, Becher, Hedges, Townsend, Wright, Evans, O’Donovan, Hungerford.


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1837.  House of Lords The Right Honourable The Earl of Bandon v Henry Becher, Lands in 1737 Mortgage Killeenleagh, Lassanaroe, Cappamore, Cahergall (Kilcrohane), Marriage Settlement 1740 Including Ardenant (Schull), Balteenoughtra, Ballyourane (Caheragh), Barnitonicane (Ballydehob), Caherolickenny, Mauldenny, Derrynalamane (Ballydhob), Dunkelly (Crookhaven), Keelbronhoe (Ballydehob), Lassanaroe, Rathcool, Ratourah (Schull), Letterscanlan. Families Mentioned, Alleyn, Becher, Hedges, Townsend, Wright, Evans, O’Donovan, Hungerford.

The case recites the tortious history of various land transfers in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Many of the townlands former part of the Western Bandon estate that by 1910 was vested in the tenants.  Many of the tenants details are in the Cork Archives, Bandon Estate papers.

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