Research Tip of the Week.

Each newsletter we offer you a research tip written by one of our expert researcher’s, in the hope that we can somehow help along your genealogy path. This week Fiona Fitzsimons has written a research tip on.

Tenants on Crown estates in Ireland

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Between 1848 and 1851 over 1100 tenants on Crown estates in Ireland availed of assisted emigration schemes to resettle in North America. In some instances more than 95% of all tenants emigrated from Crown estates in Kingwilliamstown in the parish of Nohaval Daly Co. Cork; Irvilloughter parish of Ahascragh, and Boughill parish of Taghboy Co. Galway; Castlemaine otherwise ‘Constables Acres’ in the parish of Kiltallagh Co. Kerry; Kilconcouse in the parish of Kinitty Co. Offaly; and Ballykilcline parish of Kilglass Co. Roscommon;
All emigrants are listed by the family groups in which they travelled. There are also some additional detail including full names; ages; relationship to head of household i.e. wife/ daughter/ son/ brother / ‘in-law’; dates of departure and arrival in port.

Catherine Donnellan 55 years of Irvilloughter, widow of Patrick labourer, occupied a cabin and rood, “very poor”; sailed for New York on board the Sea Bird, accompanied by her sons Thomas 30, John 26: Pat 20; and daughters Catherine 33 and Bridget 17; and her “orphan grand-child” Thomas Dooley 1 year, of Irvilloughter.
The late Eilis Eillis, a scholar among genealogists, published a list of all crown tenants that availed of the scheme in Analecta Hibernica 1960.

 


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