Abstracts of Leases on Earl Fitzwilliam’s Estate in Counties Wicklow, Kildare and Wexford, Ireland 1795-1808

The following are transcriptions of 50 extracted leases from the manuscript, “Abstracts of Leases in respect of the Estate of the Earl Fitzwilliam in the Counties of Wicklow, Kildare and Wexford, 1795-1797 and 1800-1808,” Ms 6068 found at the National Library of Ireland (NLI) in Dublin. Please note that these are not full transcriptions of the manuscript. These and similar documents can all be found in the Manuscript Room of the NLI.  The following is an index of leases and townlands, with the transcriptions below:

-All transcriptions by Erika Ward Lopresti

Lessee Townland Year Others Mentioned
William Hume, Esq Hillbrook, Parkmore, Kilcavan 1795 son Joseph Samuel Hume
James Ralph, Esq Carnew 1795 Richard Leonard, son of Michael Leonard
Andrew Kavanagh Ballyconnell 1803 son Michael Kavanagh
Denis & Lawrence Kavanagh Mullans 1803 James Kavanagh, son of Denis
Edward Kavanagh Leamore 1801 Edmund Carney of Newcastle
Matthew Kavanagh Kilballyowen 1795 George Greyley, son of George
William Kavanagh Kilballyowen 1795 son Owen Kavanagh
Robert Leggett Coolafaney 1796 son Benjamin Leggett
Ann Leonard, Wid Carnew 1800 son Michael Leonard
John Leonard Farnees 1802 grandson John Campion
John Loftus Kilballyowen 1795 Robert Graham son of George Graham
Patrick Magee Askakeagh 1801 James Byrne, son of Peter Byrne
Alice Revell, Wid Ardoyne 1797 George Braddell son of Henry Braddell
John Revell Newcastle 1802 brother Henry Revell
Robert Rickaby Ballykelly 1805 son John Rickaby
John Ryan Stranakelly 1803 Thomas Ryan son of Henry Ryan
Darby Toole Ardoyne 1796 Edward Byrne son of Patrick Byrne
John & James Toole Askakeagh 1801 Michael Healy son of James Healy
Peter Toole Crone Beg 1796 son Peter Toole
John Tomlinson Glasnarget 1800
Adam Byrne Kilmullin 1801
Charles Byrne Coolruss 1796 nephew Michael Byrne, son of Garrett Byrne
Christopher Byrne Gallows Lane, Wicklow 1797 William Rogers, son of John Rogers
Edward Byrne Liscolman 1797 grandson Patrick Moore, son of John Moore
Geo & John Boyne, James Byrne Toorboy, Ballinguile 1801 Patrick Doyle, son of Thomas Doyle
John Summers Toberpatrick 1802 son Daniel Summers
Anne Symes, Wid Upper Coolboy (Hillbrook) 1796 John Symes, son of James Symes
Garrett Tallon Ballynultagh 1796 Laurence Tallon, son of James Tallon
Laurence Tallon Stranakelly 1800 Peter Dunn, son of Michael Dunn
John Brownrigg, Esq * Mullans, Farnees, Crossbridge 1804 Daniel Kavanagh, son of Dennis Kavanagh
*also mentioned: John Kennedy, William Byrne, James Dalton, Andrew Lacy, Charles Murphy
Charles Byrne Ballinglen 1804 son Matthew Byrne
James Byrne Rathdrum, Ballygannon 1804 son William Byrne
Phelim Byrne Ballinglen 1804 James Byrne, son of Peter Byrne
James Morton Toberpatrick 1804 son John Morton
George Morton Tinahely, tenements 1804 William Dalton, son of Thomas Dalton
William Brady Knocknaboley 1805 Patrick Kerrivan, son of James Kerrivan
Miles & Andrew Byrne Kilpipe 1805 Philip Byrne, son of Andrew Byrne
Edward Byrne Muskeagh 1805 son Henry Byrne, also Thomas Byrne, Samuel Card,
Joseph & Charles Byrne* Muskeagh, Farnees 1805 Patrick Byrne son of Joseph Byrne, also: Hugh Byrne, Thomas Byrne
*also mentioned: Edward Byrne, James Dunn, John Donnelly, Hugh Clare, Richard Giddins, James Meagher, Samuel Card
Thomas Byrne & John Donnelly Muskeagh, Farnees 1805 Dennis Byrne, son of Thomas, alsoRichard & John Giddens, Samuel Card
James Kavanagh Ballagh 1805 Robert Gilbert, son of Richard Gilbert, Samuel Slater
Francis Henry Morton Fairwood, Gorteen 1806 Robert Dowse, son of Henry Dowse of Tinahely
James Byrne Toberpatrick 1807 stepson Michael Byrne son of Sarah and Luke Duffy
James Byrne Knockeen 1807 son Joseph Byrne, former occupier: William Patrickson Esq. deceased
William Leonard Farnees 1807 Thomas Ord, son of Thomas Ord of Cork St Dublin
John Morton* Whitefield, Rosbane 1807 son John Morton
*ocupiers: James Byrne, Abraham Slater, Christopher Twamley, Robert Bates, Sylvester McDaniel, Michael Kelly, John Carroll, Andrew Kelly, Patrick Cullen, Edward Murphy, Henry Andersond
James Byrne Kilcavan 1808 Loughlin Deegan son of Dennis Deegan of Tomacork, former ocupier: William Hume Esq, deceased
James Byrne, butcher Kilcavan 1808 son James Byrne, former occupiers: Nicholas Kempston, William Hume Esq, both deceased
Matthew Byrne the Elder Kilcavan 1808 son Matthew Byrne, also: Nicholas Kempston, William Hume Esq
Michael Leonard Lugduff 1808 Wm Taylor son of Wm Taylor of Tinahely, occupiers: William Driver, James Smith, Henry Dowse

William Hume, Esq—[Illeg.] In Lease to him for the Life of Joseph Samuel Hume his second son (21 years old) and 10 years from Ladyday 1795—Rent £100—Residence or £33 per Annum additional Rent—To expend £50 in 3 years the said Messuage or forfeit £100—Liberty for the Tenants and Occupiers of any other part of the Lands of Kilcavan aforesaid, and for all persons whomsoever to have a free Road for [illeg.] there and over this farm from the Highway at Kilcavan Gap to and from that part of Hillbrook called Parkmore—25 barrels of Lime per Acre—Plant 500 Forest and [illeg.] in 3 years—Liberty to Coppice any quantity not exceeding 20 Acres

Ralph James Esq—Messuage, Malthouse, Kitchen Garden in Carnew 0a 2r 7p—Cabbin [illeg] other part of Carnew 9a 3r 30p—other part of Carnew 38a 2r 17p—cabbin and other part of Carnew 0a 2r 15p—In lease to him for the life of Richard Leonard son of Michael Leonard of Carnew, Shopkeeper (8 years old) and 24 years from Ladyday 1795—Rent £70—Residence or £35 per annum additional Rent—Liberty for the Occupiers of any part of the Lands of Carnew (with the Consent of Earl Fitzwilliam) to draw Water over those Grounds by such Courses or Channels as he shall think fit and to repair the said Water Course for supplying any part of the Town and Lands of Carnew aforesaid with Water—25 barrels of Lime per Acre—plant 500 [illeg] and 50 apple trees in 3 years—Liberty to Coppice 5 Acres.

Andrew Kavanagh—Dwelling House or Tenement and part of Ballyconnell 27a 0r 9p In lease to him for the life of Michael Kavanagh his Eldest Son (2 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1803—Rent £21—Residence or £10.10.0 per annum additional Rent—30 barrels of Lime per Acre. To plant 200 Forest and 30 Apple trees in 3 years—Liberty to Coppice two Acres. 11 Jan 1804

Denis Kavanagh, Laurence Kavanagh, Denis Kavanagh the Younger and Laurence Kavanagh—Part of the Lands of Mullins 63a 3r 14p and 5/24 of 96 Acres—In Lease to them for the life of James Kavanagh Son of the said Denis Kavanagh the Younger (5 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1803—Rent £43.1.0—Residence or £16.19.0 per annum additional Rent—To Expend 4 [illeg] in building a Farm House [illeg] on the premises in 3 years or forfeit £80 on 29th September 1806—30 barrels of Lime per acre—Plant 500 Forest and 100 Apple Trees in 3 years—Liberty to Coppice 6 Acres.

Edward Kavanagh—Part of Leamore (including the Tithes of Corn and Grain) 123a 3r 3p—In Lease to him for the life of Edmund Carney of Newcastle (an old Man) and 8 years from Ladyday 1801—Rent £200—Residence or £100 per Annum additional Rent—30 barrells of Lime per Acre—Plant 500 Forest and 100 Apple Trees—Liberty to Coppice 12 Acres

Matthew Kavanagh—Part of Kilballyowen 54a 2r 0p and an undivided 1/3 of 104a 1r 5p of Mountain Pasture part of Kilballyowen—In lease to him for the life of George Greyley son of George Greyley of Kilballyowen aforsaid Cordwainter (1 year old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1795 Rent £34—Residence or £17 per annum additional Rent—Liberty to draw Water from those Lands or any Lands adjoining [illeg.] through and over the premisis for supplying any other part of the Estate with Water. 25 barrels of Lime per Acre—plant 400 Forest and 50 Apple trees in 3 years, Liberty to Coppice 2 acres

William Kavanagh—Part of Kilballyowen 32a 3r 20p—In Lease to him for the life of Owen Kavanagh his son (12 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1795—Rent £14—Residence or $7 per Annum additional Rent—Liberty to draw Water from the Springs on those premises or any Lands adjoining into from through and over this Farm for Supplying any other part of the Estate with Water—25 barrels of Lime per Acres—Plant 250 Forest and 30 Apple Trees in 3 years—Liberty to Coppice 3 Acres

Robert Leggett—Messuage and part of the Lands of Coolafaney [illeg.] Acres—In Lease to him for the life of Benjamin Leggett his son (11 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1790—Rent £45—Residence or £22.10.0 per Annum additional Rent—To expend £20 English in building Out Offices on the premises in 3 years—Liberty to Coppice 6 Acres [note on side: Dead]

Ann Leonard, Widow—Messuage and part of the lands of Carnew 20a 2r 0p—In Lease to her for the life of Michael Leonard her Son (7 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1805—Rent £20.10.0—Residence or £9.10.0 per annum additional Rent—to expend £500 English in repairing the Messuage and building a Malthouse on the premises in 3 years—25 barrels of Lime per Acre. Plant 300 Forest and 100 Apple Trees in 3 years—Liberty to Coppice 2 Acres

John Leonard—Part of Farnees 301a 2r 23p—In Lease to him for the life of John Campion of Athleague in the County of Roscommon, Grandson of the said John Leonard (5 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1802—Rent £110.5.0—Residence or £25.2.6 per Annum additional Rent—To expend £500 in 5 years either in building or in making other lasting Improvements on Raheenteige or forfeit £1000—Liberty of making a way from Whiterock to the Road leading from the County Carlow to Tinahely not exceeding 18 Feet in Breadth—30 barrels of Lime per Acre. Plant 1000 Forest Trees and 100 Apple Trees—Liberty to Coppice 20 Acres of Raheenteige and 10 Acres of Curravanish (Sub-denominations of Farnees)

John Loftus—Cabbin and part of Kilballyowen 35a 0r 20p—In Lease to him for the life of Robert Graham son of George Graham of Ballinclea in the County of Wicklow Gentleman (7 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1795—Rent £10.0.0. Residence or £5.5.0 per Annum additional Rent—Liberty for the Tenants and Occupiers of any other part or parts of the Lands of Kilballyowen and Tomcoyle to have a free Horse and Carriage road through and over those Lands to and from the Highway near Aughnacurragh Chapel—25 barrels of Lime per Acre—Plant 200 Forest and 40 Apple Trees in 3 years—Liberty to Coppice 3 Acres. [note on side: Dead]

Patrick Magee—Part of Askakeagh 34a 2r 12p—In Lease to him for the life of James Byrne, son of Peter Byrne of Ballinglen Jobber (2 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1801—Rent £14. Residence or £7 per Annum additional—To expend £20 in 3 years in repairing the Dwelling House or forfeit £40—Plant 300 Forest and 140 Apple Trees—Liberty to Coppice 3 Acres

Alice Revell, Widow—Messuage and part of Ardoyne late Sindall’s 57a 1r 7p—In Lease to her for the life of George Braddell son of Henry Braddell of Johnstown Co. Carlow (10 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1797—Rent £57.5.0. Residence or £18.12.6 per Annum additional Rent—To Expend £157.10.0 in repairing the Messuage in 3 years—30 barrels of Lime per Acre—Plant 400 Forest and 50 Apple Trees in 3 years—Liberty to Coppice 5 Acres

Mr. John Revell—Part of the Lands of Newcastle (with the Tithes of Corn and Grain) 67a 1r 35p—In Lease to him for the life of Henry Revell his youngest Brother (11 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1802, Rent £152—Residence or £48 per Annum additional Rent—To expend £500 English in 3 years in building a Dwelling House here on the premises or forfeit £1000—30 barrels of Lime per Acre. Plant 1000 Forest and 200 Apple Trees—Liberty to Coppice 5 Acres

Robert Rickaby—Part of Ballykelly 12a 1r 10p—In Lease to him for the life of John Rickaby his youngest Son and 21 years from Ladyday 1803—Rent £9—Residence or £4.10.0 per Annum additional Rent—Liberty to Coppice One Acre

John Ryan—Part of Stranakelly 14a 1r 3p and 1/2 of 15a 2r 1p—In Lease to him for the life of Thomas Ryan Eldest son of Henry Ryan of Stranakelly aforesaid (6 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1803—Rent N/£—Residence or £7 per Annum additional Rent—To expend £20 English value in 3 years in building a Dwelling House with suitable out offices on the premises or forfeit £40 on the 29th September 1806—30 barrels of Lime per Acre—Plant 200 Forest and 50 Apple Trees in 3 years—Liberty to Coppice 2 Acres [note on side: 2nd Oct 1806]

Darby Toole—Dwelling House and part of the Lands of Ardoyne 46 Acres—In Lease to him for the life of Edward Byrne, son of Patrick Byrne of Killinure, labourer (7 years old) and 21 years from ladyday 1796—Rent £52—Residence or £26 per Annum additional Rent—To expend £10 English value in repairing the Dwelling House in 3 years. Liberty to Coppice 2 Acres. Usual Covenants. [note on side: Dead]

John and James Toole—Part of Askakeagh 36a 1r 0p—In lease to them for the life of Michael Healy son of James Healy of Askakeagh (3 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1801—Rent £14.10.0—Residence or £6.10.0 per Annum additional Rent. To Expend £20 in 3 years in repairing the Dwelling House or forfeit £40—30 barrells of Lime per Acre—Plant 300 Forest and 40 Apple Trees—Liberty to Coppice 3 Acres

Peter Toole—Two cabbins and part of Coolroe otherwise Crone Beg 27 acres—In Lease to him for the life of Peter Toole his youngest son (11 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1796—Rent £15.15.0—Residence or £7.17.6 per Annum additional Rent—To expend £5 English in repairing the Cabbin in 3 years—Liberty to Coppice 2 Acres. Usual Covenants [note on side: 22nd June 1801]

Mr. John Tomlinson—Messuage, Water Grist Mill and part of the lands of Glasanargett 16 acres—In Lease to him from Ladyday 1800 for his life—Rent £127. Residence or £40 per Annum additional Rent—Plant 1000 Forest and 100 Apple Trees in 3 years—Liberty to Coppice 15 Acres.

Adam Byrne—Part of Kilmullin (with the Tithes of Corn and Grain) 37a 1r 0p—In Lease to him for his life and 21 years from Ladyday 1801—Rent £50—Residence or £25 per Annum additional Rent. 30 barrels of Lime per Acre—Plant 200 Forest and 50 Apple Trees—Liberty to Coppice 4 Acres.

Charles Byrne—Messuage and part of the Lands of Coolross 33 ac, 0 r, 10 p, In lease to him for the life of Michael Byrne Son of Garret Byrne of Ballykillavane in the County Wicklow Farmer and Nephew of the said Charles Byrne (16 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1796—Rent £26—Residence or £13 annum additional Rent—To expend £10 English in repairing the messuage in 3 years—Liberty to Coppice 2 Acres—Usual Covenants. [note on side: R.22nd June 1801]

Christopher Byrne—Cabbin and Garden in Gallows Lane, Wicklow—In Lease to him for the life of William Rogers, son of John Rogers of Wicklow, Inn-holder (9 years old) and 21 years from ladyday 1797—Rent £1.0.0. To expend £10 English in building a Dwelling house on the premises in 3 years. [note on side: R. 14th Nov 1801]

Edward Byrne—Messuage, Malthouse, and part of the Lands of Liscolman 82a 1r 1p—In Lease to him for the life of Patrick Moore his Grandson, third son of John Moore late of Tullow deceased (12 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1797—Rent £98.10.0—Residence or £50.5.0 per Annum additional Rent. 30 barrels of lime per Acre—Plant 200 Forest and 40 Apple Trees in 3 years—Liberty to Coppice 8 Acres. [note on side: R. 16th June 1801]

George Boyne, John Boyne, and James Byrne—Part of Toorboy otherwise Ballinguile 106a 2r 24p. In Lease to them for the life of Patrick Doyle, son of Thomas Doyle of Ballymaghroe, Farmer (14 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1801—Rent £18.7.6—Residence or £8.12.6 per Annum additional Rent—[rest illeg.]

John Summers—Cabbin and part of Toberpatrick 11a 1r 32p—In Lease to him for the life of Daniel Summers his Eldest son (7 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1802—Rent £5.5.0. Residence or £2.12.6 per Annum additional Rent—Liberty to Coppice One Acre.

Mrs. Anne Symes, Widow—Messuage and the Lands of Upper Coolboy otherwise Hillbrook 788a 0r 34p—In lease to her for the life of John Symes, eldest son of James Symes of Lower Coolboy, Gentleman (7 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1796—Rent £360—Residence or £180 per Annum additional Rent—Liberty to Coppice 10 Acres. Usual Covenants.

Garrett Tallon—Cabbin and part of Ballynultagh 36a 0r 13p and an undivided Moiety of 48a 1r 5p of Mountain pasture part of Ballynultagh. In Lease to him for the life of Laurence Tallon, son of James Tallon of Ballinamorogue in said County Wicklow, Farmer (10 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1796—Rent £24. Residence or £12 per Annum additional Rent—Liberty to draw water from this and over this farm to supply other parts of the Lands of Ballynultagh with Water with liberty to cleanse scour and repair the Water Courses. 25 barrels of Lime per Acre—Plant 300 Forest and 30 Apple Trees in 3 years. Liberty to Coppice 5 Acres.

Laurence Tallon—Cabbin and part of the Lands of Stranakelly 30a 0r 19p—In Lease to him for the life of Peter Dunn, son of Michael Done of Rathshanmore in the County of Wicklow, Farmer (3 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1800. Rent £20—Residence or £10 per Annum additional Rent—To expend £10 English in building out offices on the premises.

John Brownrigg, Esq—Messuage and part of the lands of Mullans 92a 2r 0p and 1/6 of 1/3 of 95a 3r 36p of Mountain—In Lease to him for the life of Daniel Kavanagh, Eldest son of Dennis Kavanagh the Younger of Mullans aforesaid Farmer (8 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1804. Rent £76.0.0—Residence or £30 per Annum additional Rent—To expend £200 in 3 years in rebuilding the said messuage with suitable and convenient out offices or forfeit £400 on 29th September 1807—Covenant that it shall and may be lawful for Earl Fitzwilliam his Heirs and Assigns Tenants and Occupiers of that part of the lands of Mullans aforesaid now in the possession of Dennis Kavanagh and partners John Kennedy, William Byrne, James Dalton, Andrew Lacy, and Charles Murphy to pass and repass with horses, cars and carriages through and over that part of those Lands and Grounds called Kilcrummer from the ford at Farnees or Crossbridge in such direction as Mr. Caleb Brooksbank in his Survey hath marked and laid out or shall hereafter mark and layout for that purpose without being subject or liable to make any compensation for such occupation way and also that it shall and maybe lawful for the said Earl his Heirs and Assigns, Steward, Agents, to draw and convey Water over and across those premises to supply any other part of the said Earl’s Estate with Water, leaving a proportional quantity for the use of those premises—To expend 30 barrels of Lime per Acre to plant 500 Forest and 100 Apple Trees in 3 years—Liberty to Coppice 10 Acres—By Endorsement Earl Fitzwilliam agrees to accept £66 of Annum in case the said John Brownrigg expends the said sum of £200 in 3 years as above mentioned, such reduced Rent to commence from the 29th day of September or 25th day of March previous to the Expenditure of the said sum of £200 as aforesaid. [note on side: 2nd Oct 1806]

Charles Byrne—messuage and part of the lands of Ballinglen 39a 0r 20p—In Lease to him for the life of Matthew Byrne his youngest son (3 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1804.—Rent £24.13.6—Residence or £12.6.6 per Annum additional Rent—Liberty to draw water over and across those premises for the purpose of supplying any other part of Earl Fitzwilliam’s Estate with water so that a proportional quantity be left for the use of this holding—30 barrels of Lime per Acre—Plant 300 Forest and 80 Apple Trees in 3 years—Liberty to Coppice 4 Acres.

James Byrne—Dwelling House at Rathdrum and part of the Lands of Ballygannon 3a 3r 21p—In Lease to him for the life of William Byrne his third son (10 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1804. Rent £21. Residence or £10.10.0 per Annum additional. To expend £300 in 3 years in rebuilding the said Dwelling House with suitable out offices or forfeit £600 on the 29th September 1807—Liberty to draw Water over and across those premises for supplying any other part of Earl Fitzwilliam’s Estate with water, leaving a proportional quantity for the use of this holding—30 barrels of Lime per Acre—Liberty to Coppice 1/2 an Acre—Plant 100 Forest and 50 Apple trees in 3 years.

Phelim Byrne—Dwelling House and part of the lands of Ballinglen 40a 0r 12p—In Lease to him for the life of James Byrne son of Peter Byrne of Ballinglen aforesaid Farmer (6 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1804—Rent £24.13.6—Residence or £12.6.6 per Annum additional—Liberty to draw Water over and across those premises for supplying any other part of Earl Fitzwilliam’s Estate with water—30 barrels of Lime per Acre—Plant 150 Forest and 50 Apple Trees in 3 years—Liberty to Coppice 4 Acres.

James Morton—Messuage and part of the lands of Toberpatrick 84a 1r 15p—In Lease to him for the life of John Morton his eldest son (8 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday 1804.—Rent £45.10.0—Residence or £22 per Annum additional Rent.—30 barrels of Lime per Acre.—Plant 400 Forest and 100 Apple Trees in 3 years.—Liberty to Coppice 8 Acres.

George Morton—Several Tenements in and part of the lands of Tinahely 9a 3r 15p.—In Lease to him for the life of William Dalton third son of Thomas Dalton of James Street in the City of Dublin, Farmer (6 years old) and 21 years from Ladyday in 1804.—Rent £22.1.0.—Residence or £9.9.0 per Annum additional Rent.—To expend £200 in 3 years in building an addition to his dwelling hosue and also to erect and build a good and substantial dwelling house on some part of the premises or forfeit £500 on the 29th September 1807.—Plant 200 Forest and 50 Apple Trees in 3 years.—30 barrels of Lime per Acre.—Liberty to Coppice 1 Acre.

William Brady—Dated 20th July 1805—All that cabin or tenement wherein he now dwells. Also all those three acres three roods and thirty eight perches (more or less) plantation measure of inclosed ground, with all that undivided one fourth part of all those twenty nine acres and twenty eight perches of Boggy pasture ground part of the lands of Knocknaboley aforesaid to the aforesaid cabin or Tenement belonging as the said premises are now in the actual possession of the said William Brady, Together—To hold from 25th March last past, for and during the natural life of Patrick Kerrivan, son of James Kerrivan of Rathbawn in the said County, farmer, now the age of 9 years or thereabouts, at and under the nonresidence rent or sum of £10.6.3 Residence £6.17.6—To plant 50 Forest and 20 Apple Trees—Liberty to Coppice 3 Roods. [note on side: Brady will not register]

Miles & Andrew Byrne—July 1805—All those dwelling houses cabins or tenements situate standing and being at Kilpipe aforesaid wherein the said Andrew Byrne and Miles Byrne—severally inhabit and dwell. Also all those several closes, enclosures or parces of land arable meadow and pasture ground part of the lands of Kilpipe aforesaid and parcel of the premises before mentioned continuing according to Mr. Caleb Brooksbank’s Survey on a division of the said premises Twenty-four acres, Three roods, and Nineteen perches (24a 3r 19p) plantation measure (be the same more or less). Also all that undivided third part the whole into three equal parts to be divided of an in all those sixty-eight acres one rood and thirty perches (68a 1r 30p) more or less plantation measure of open pasture ground and of and in all those one hundred and thirty seven acres and twenty six perches (127a 0r 26p), more or less of like measure of heathy mountain part of the lands of Kilpipe aforesaid as the said several closes and parcels of pasture and heathy ground are now in the possession, tenure holding, or occupation of the said Andrew Byrne and Miles Byrne and their undertenants and are also parcel of the premises herein before surrendered together Do.—To hold from 25th March last past for and during the natural life of Philip Byrne eldest son of the said Andrew Byrne now of the age of eleven years or thereabouts, at and under the nonresidence rent or sum of £34.13.0 Residence £23.2.0—To plant 300 Forest and 60 Apple Trees in 3 years—Liberty to Coppice 10 Acres.

Edward Byrne—15th June 1805—All that messuage or tenement situate standing and being at Muskeagh aforesaid wherein the said Edward Byrne inhabits and dwells. Also all that dwelling house or tenement there now or late inhabited by Thomas Byrne and also all those several closes or parcels of arable meadow and pasture ground part of the lands of Muskeagh aforesaid containing according to a Survey and Division of the townlands of Muskeagh aforesaid lately made by Mr. Caleb Brooksbank, Eighty-three acres, Two roods and Eleven perches, plantation measure (be the same more or less) All which said several closes or parcels of Land are now in the possession tenure holding or occupation of the said Edward Byrne, and were late in Lease (among other premises) to Samuel Card deceased—Together Do. To hold from 25th March last past for and during the natural life of Henry Byrne, eldest son of the said Edward Byrne now of the age of two years or thereabouts—at and under the nonresidence rent or sum of £60.0.0—Residence £40.0.0—And also that it shall and maybe lawful to and for the said Earl his heirs and assigns and his and their tenants or Occupiers of Newtown Mill for the time being from time to time and at all times during the continuance of this demise to enter into and upon the said demised premises for the purpose of cleaning and scouring opening and keeping clean and in good order and repair the water course or race of the said Mill without being subject or liable to an action of Trespass for so doing  and without making any recompense or satisfaction to the said Edward Byrne his executors administrators or assigns for the same, and also that the said Edward Byrne his Executors—Administrators or Assigns shall not or will at any time or times during the continuance of this demise divert alter step up or in any other manner injure prejudice or damage the said water course or Mill Race which supplies the said Newtown Mill with Water—To plant 500 Forest and 100 Apple Trees.—Liberty to Coppice 8 Acres.

Joseph & Charles Byrne—All those several parcels of land, arable meadow, and pasture ground part of the Upper Town of Muskeagh aforesaid containing according to Survey and measurement thereof lately made by Mr. Caleb Brooksbank thirty-six acres and twenty-eight perches (36a 0r 28p) plantation measure (be the same more or less) bounded Eastward by the parcel of pasture ground called The Hill herein after mentioned, Westward by other parcels of the lands of Muskeagh let to Edward Byrne, Northward by the aforesaid Hill and of the lands of Muskeagh let to James Dunn and others and Southward by the lands of Newtown also all that moiety or half part of all those thirty-six acres two roods and eighteen perches (36a 2r 18p) more or less plantation measure of stony pasture ground and also a moiety or half part of all those thirty-five acres one rood and eighteen perches (35a 1r 18p), more or less, of like measure of heathy mountain thereto adjoining both part of Muskeagh Hill, bounded Eastward and Southward by the Hill of Ballycionogue [Ballyshonog] and Newtown, Westward by the premises herein before described and the Northern part of Muskeagh and Northward by the lands of Farnees, also a moiety of all those two several parcels of pasture ground called Joe’s Lane and the Town Green containing together two acres, two roods and thirty-one perches (2a 2r 31p) more or less, plantation measure. And also all that moiety or half of all those fifty-three acres one rood and two perches (53a 1r 2p) more or less, plantation measure of bog pasture ground also part of Muskeagh bounded Westward by lands let to John Donnelly and others and the New Road leading from Newtown bounds to the bounds of Farnees, Eastward by the enclosures of the North Division of Upper Muskeagh, Northward by the lands of Farnees, and Southward by the aforesaid enclosures of John Donnelly and others, and a parcel of Boggy Ground let to Edward Byrne, together with all those several cabins or tenements part of Upper Muskeagh wherein the said Charles Byrne, Hugh Clare, Richard Giddins the Elder, and James Meagher lately did or now inhabit and dwell, which said premises were (amongst other tenements late in lease to Samuel Card deceased and are now in the tenure or occupation of the same Joseph Byrne, Charles Byrne, Hugh Byrne, and Thomas Byrne, and their undertenants.—To hold from 25th March last past for and during the natural life of Patrick Byrne eldest son of the said Joseph Byrne now of the age of Ten Years or thereabouts at and under the nonresidence rent or sum of £54 Residence £36.0.0—Covenants and also that it shall and maybe lawful for to and for the said Earl his Heirs and Assigns and to and for his and their undertenants holdings or occupying all or any part of the lands of the low Town of Muskeagh and any part of the said Earl’s Estate adjacent thereto by and with the consent and approbation of the said Earl his Heirs or Assigns or his or their Steward or Agent for the time being from time to time and at all times during the term hereby demised to draw lead and carry away water from any of the springs, wells, streams, or water courses in or upon any part of the said premises hereby let or in or upon any lands adjoining thereunto into from over and through all or any of the premises hereby demised in order to and for the better furnishing and supplying the lands of the said Lower or any other lands of the said Earl adjacent thereto, with water, so that in the doing thereof a proportional quantity of water be left for the said demised premises and for the lands  of which the said water shall be so taken or conveyed through as aforesaid.—To plant [1000?] Forest and 120 Apple Trees.—Liberty to Coppice 6 Acres.

Thomas Byrne & John Donnelly—June 1805—All those several parcels of land arable meadow, and pasture ground, part of the Lands of Muskeagh aforesaid containing together according to a Survey and Admeasurement thereof lately made by Mr. Caleb Brooksbank, Twelve acres, two Roods and thirteen perches (12a 2r 13p) plantation measure (be the same more or less), bounded Eastward by the new Line of Road laid out from Newtown bounds to the bounds of Farnees, Westward by the Lands of Knockatomcoyle, Northward by other Lands of Muskeagh let to Richard and John Giddens, and Southward by other part of Muskeagh let to Edward Byrne. Also all that parcel of land, arable meadow, and pasture ground now divided into two closes part of the lands of Muskeagh aforesaid containing by the aforesaid Survey nine acres, two roods and thirty-eight perches (9a 2r 38p) (of like measure) bounded Eastward, Northward and Southward by a parcel of boggy pasture allotted to the tenants to Upper Muskeagh and Westward by the said new Road and also all that undivided moity or half part of all that parcel of boggy pasture ground part of Lower Muskeagh let to Richard and John Giddens, Westward by the Lands of Knockatomcoyle aforesaid, Northward by the Lands of Farnees, and Southward by the holding of the said Richard and John Giddens, All which said premises (were amongst other tenements) late in lease to Samuel Card, deceased, and are now in the possession, tenure holding, or occupation of the said Thomas Byrne and John Donnelly, Together Do.—To hold from 25th March last past for the life of Dennis Byrne son of the said Thomas Byrne now of the age of three years and four months or thereabouts, at and under the nonresidence rent of £28.7.0__Residence £18.18.0—Covenants, That the said Thomas Byrne and John Donnelly, their executors, administrators, or assigns shall and will within the time or space of three years to be accounted from the twenty fifth day of March last past lay out and expend the sum of eighteen pounds, eighteen shillings English value in building or erecting two dwelling houses or tenements on the said premises with suitable and convenient out offices, there to the walls of the said dwelling houses or tenements be laid in lime mortar and the roof thereof covered with slates to the approbation and goodliking of the Steward or Agent of the said Earl, his Heirs, or Assigns, or in default thereof shall and will pay or cause to be paid unti the said Earl, his heirs, or assigns, the rent or sum of thirty seven pounds, sixteen shillings of like value on the Twenty-Ninth day of September which will be in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and eight.—To plant 500 Forest and 100 Apple Trees.—Liberty to Coppice 3 Acres.

James Kavanagh—13 Jun 1805—All that cabin or tenement situate standing and being at Ballagh aforesaid wherein the said James Kavanagh inhabits and dwells and also all those several closes, Enclosures or parcels of arable meadow or pasture ground part of the Lands of Ballagh aforesaid containing according to a Survey and Admeasurement thereof lately made by Mr. Caleb Brooksbank twenty-seven acres and seven perches plantation measure (be the same more or less) all which said premises are now in the possession tenure holding or occupation of the said James Kavanagh, and were (amongst divers, other Tenements) late in Lease to Samuel Slater deceased, Together Do.—To hold from 25th March last past for the life of Robert Gilbert, son of Richard Gilbert of Killaveny now of the age of sixteen years or thereabouts, at and under the nonresidence rent of £22.10.0__Residence £15.0.0—Covenants, That the said James Kavanagh, his executors, administrators, or assigns shall and will within the time or space of three years to be accounted from the twenty fifth day of March last past lay out and expend the sum of fifteen pounds English value either in repairing the said cabin or tenement or in erecting other lasting buildings or some part of the said demised premises to the approbation and goodliking of the Steward or Agent of the said Earl, his Heirs, or Assigns, or in default thereof shall and will pay or cause to be paid unti the said Earl, his heirs, or assigns, the rent or sum of thirty pounds of like value on the Twenty-Ninth day of September which will be in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and eight.—To plant 200 Forest and 40 Apple Trees.—Liberty to Coppice 3 Acres.

Francis Henry Morton—29th August 1806—Indenture between the Right Honourable William Wentworth Earl Fitzwilliam, of the one part and Francis Henry Morton of Fairwood otherwise Gorteen in the Half Barony of Shillelagh in the County of Wicklow, Surgeon of the other part, Whereby the said Earl demises unto the said Francis Henry Morton all that lately erected messuage or tenement situate standing and being at Fairwood otherwise Gorteen aforesaid wherein the said Francis Henry Morton now inhabits and dwells, with the out offices and garden thereto adjoining and belonging and also all those several closes, enclosures, or parcels of land, arable meadow, and pasture ground according to a survey and admeasurement thereof lately made by Mr. Caleb Brooksbank, thirty-six acres, three roods, and thirty-three perches (36a 3r 33p) plantation measure (be the same more or less), now in the possession, tenure holding, or occupation of the said Francis Henry Morton, Together Do.—To hold from 25th March last past for the life of Robert Dowse son of Henry Dowse of Tinahely in the said County, yeoman now of the age of two years and six months or thereabouts, at and under the nonresidence rent or sum of £60__Residence £40—To plant 200 Forest and 50 Apple Trees.—Liberty to Coppice 3 Acres.

James Byrne—26th August 1807—Indenture between the Right Honourable William Wentworth Earl Fitzwilliam, of the one part and James Byrne of Toberpatrick in the Barony of Ballinacor in the County of Wicklow in that part of the said United Kingdom called Ireland, Farmer, of the other part, Whereby the said Earl demises unto the said James Byrne all that dwelling house or tenement situate standing and being at Toberpatrick aforesaid  and also all those several closes, enclosures, or parcels of land, arable meadow, and pasture ground, part of the lands of Toberpatrick aforesaid thereto belonging containing according to a survey and admeasurement thereof lately made by Mr. Caleb Brooksbank (11a 3r 37p) plantation measure (be the same more or less), which said premises were late in the possession of Sarah Duffy Widow but now of her Husband the said James Byrne—Together Do.—To hold from 25th March last past for and during the natural life of Michael Duffy son of the said Sarah Byrne by Luke Duffy her former husband deceased, now of the age of twelve years or thereabouts, at and under the nonresidence rent or sum of £6.15.0__Residence £4.10.0—To plant 50 Forest and 20 Apple Trees.—Liberty to Coppice one Acre.

James Byrne—August 1805—Indenture between the Right Honourable William Wentworth Earl Fitzwilliam of the one part and Jas Byrne of Knockeen in the Half Barony of Shillelagh in the County of Wicklow in that part of the said United Kingdom called Ireland, Farmer of the other part Whereby the said Earl demises unto the said James Byrne all that Dwellinghouse or Tenement situate standing and being at Knockeen aforsaid and also all those several closes or parcels of Inclosed Land Arable Meadow and pasture Ground part of the Lands of Knockeen aforsesaid to the said Dwellinghouse or Tenement belonging and usually held therewith containing according to a survey and admeasurement there of lately made by Mr. Caleb Brooksbank [17 acres, 1 roods, 15 perches] Plantation Measure (be the same more or less) which said premises were (among other premises Tenements) late in Lease to William Patrickson Esq. deceased, and are now in the posession Tenure holding or Occupation of the said Jas Byrne Together Do. To hold from 25th March last past for and during the natural life of Joseph Byrne, eldest son of the said James Byrne now of the age of seven years or thereabouts and 21 years to run therewith at and under the Nonresidence Rent or Sum of £31-10s-0—Residence £21 to plant 150 forest and 50 apple trees. Liberty to Coppice two Acres.

William Leonard—26th August 1807—Indenture between the Right Honourable William Wentworth Earl Fitzwilliam of the one part, and William Leonard of Farnees in the District of Cashaw in the County of Wicklow in that part of the said United Kingdom called Ireland, Yeoman of the other part, Whereby the said Earl demises unto the said William Leonard, All that Messauge or Tenement situate standing and being at Farnees aforsaid, with the out offices thereto belonging and also all that water grist mill with all those several pieces or parcels of Land Arable Meadow and pasture Ground part of the Lands of Farnees aforesaid containing inclusive of the soil under the said buildings according to a survey and admeasurement thereof lately made by Mr. Caleb Brooksbank [277 acres, 0 roods, 4 perches] plantation Measure (be the same more or less) which said Tenements and premises were late in Lease to Michael Leonard deceased, and now are or late were in the posession Tenure holding or occupation of the said William Leonard and his undertenants. Together Do. To hold from 25th March last past for and during the natural life of Thomas Ord, youngest son of Thomas Ord of Cork Street in the city of Dublin Tanner now of the age of five years or thereabouts and 21 years to run therewith, at and under the Nonresidence Rent or Sum of £255—Residence £150, to plant 500 forest and 100 apple trees. Liberty to Coppice 20 Acres. Covenant and also that the said William Leonard his Executors Administrators or assigns shall and will within the time or space of three years to be computed from the Twenty fifth day of March last past lay out and extend the sum of Fifty pounds English value in pulling down and rebuilding the said Water Grist Mill hereby demised to the satisfaction and approbation of the steward or agend for the time being of the said Earl his Heirs or assigns or in default thereof shall and will pay or cause to be paid unto the said Earl his Heirs or assigns the rent or sum of one hundred pounds of the value on the twenty ninth day of September which will be in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ten.

John Morton—26th August 1807—Indenture between the Right Honourable William Wentworth Earl Fitzwilliam, of the one part, and John Morton of Whitefield in the Parish of Kilcommon in the District or Territory of Cashaw in the County of Wicklow, Ireland, Yeoman of the other part, Whereby the said Earl demises unto the said John Morton all that Dwellinghouse or Tenement situate standing and being at Whitefield aforsaid and also all those Cabins or Tenements and the several pieces or parcels of Arable Meadow and pasture Ground to the said premises belonging being part of the Townland and Lands of Rosbawn [Rosbane] commonly called Ulstertown containing inclusive of the site of the said Buildings according to a Survey and Admeasurement lately made by thereof Mr. Caleb Brooksbank [17 acres, 1 roods, 15 perches] Plantation Measure (be the same more or less) as the same are now in the occupation of the said John Morton and his undertenants John Morton of Rosbawn [Rosbane] 1807, son John Morton, occupiers: James Byrne, Abraham Slater, Christopher Twamley, Robert Bates, Sylvester McDaniel, Michael Kelly, John Carroll, Andrew Kelly, Patrick Cullen, Edward Murphy, Henry Anderson and others, which said premises were with the Romish Chapel and Chapel Yard containing according to the said survey [0 acres, 1 roods, 24 perches] of like Measure and not intended to be hereby demised, Late in Lease to Matthew Slater. deceased, and the said John Morton Together Do. To hold from 25th March last past for and during the natural life of John Morton, youngest son of the said John Morton party hereto now of the age of ten years or thereabouts, at and under the Nonresidence Rent or sum of £63—Residence £42 to plant 250 forest and 80 apple trees. Liberty to Coppice seven Acres.

James Byrne—26th August 1808—Indenture between the Right Honourable William Wentworth Earl Fitzwilliam and the Right Honourable Charles William Wentworth Fitzwilliam commonly called Viscount Milton only Son and Heir apparent of the said Earl of the one part and James Byrne of Kilcaven [Kilcavan] in the Half Barony of Shillelagh in the County of Wicklow, Ireland, Labourer of the other part, Whereby the said Earl and Viscount Milton appoints. Demises and Grants unto the said James Byrne All that Dwellinghouse or Tenement situate standing standing and being at Kilcaven [Kilcavan] aforsaid, and also all those several Closes Inclosures or parcels of inclosed Land Arable Meadow and pasture Ground now held therewith part of the Lands of Kilcaven [Kilcavan] aforsesaid containing with the soil under the Buildings according to a survey and admeasurement thereof lately made by Mr. Caleb Brooksbank [6 acres, 3 roods, 26 perches] plantation Measure (be the same more or less) also all that undivided one twelfth part the whole into twelve equal parts to be divided of and in all those several Parcels of Pasture Ground also part of the Lands of Kilcaven [Kilcavan] containing according to the said survey [25 acres, 2 roods, 38 perches] (more or less) of like Measure All which said premises were (amongst other Tenements) heretofore in Lease to Mr. Nicholas Kempston and since to William Hume Esquire both deceased, and are now in the posession Tenure Holding or Occupation of the said James Byrne Together Do. To hold from 25th March last past for and during the natural life of Loughlin Deegan, second son of the late Dennis Deegan of Tomacork in the said Half Barony Farmer, deceased, now of the age of Fourteen years or thereabouts, and 21 years to run therewith at and under the Nonresidence Rent or Sum of £11-5s-0—Residence £7-10s-0 to plant 100 forest and 30 apple trees in three years. Liberty to Coppice one Acre.

James Byrne (Butcher)—26th August 1808—Indenture between the Right Honourable William Wentworth Earl Fitzwilliam and the Right Honourable Charles William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, commonly called Viscount Milton only Son and Heir Apparent of the said Earl, of the one part and James Byrne of Kilcaven [Kilcavan] in the Half Barony of Shillelagh in the County of Wicklow in Ireland, Butcher, of the other part, Whereby the said Earl and Viscount Milton appoints Demises and Grants unto the said James Byrne, All that Dwellinghouse or Tenement situate standing and being at Kilcaven [Kilcavan] aforsaid, and also all those several Closes Inclosures or parcels of inclosed Land Arable Meadow and pasture Ground thereto belonging and held therewith, Part of the Lands of Kilcaven [Kilcavan] aforsesaid, containing with the Soil under the Buildings, according to a survey and admeasurement thereof lately made by Mr. Caleb Brooksbank [21 acres, 1 roods, 15 perches] plantation Measure (be the same more or less) which said premises were (amongst other Tenements) heretofore in Lease to Mr. Nicholas Kempston and late to William Hume Esquire both deceased, and are now in the posession Tenure Holding or Occupation of the said James Byrne Together Do. To hold from 25th March last past for and during the natural life of James Byrne, eldest son of the late James Byrne now of the age of five years or thereabouts and 21 years to run therewith, at and under the Nonresidence Rent or Sum of £25-4s-0—Residence £16-16s-0 to plant 200 forest and 60 apple trees. Liberty to Coppice two Acres.

Matthew Byrne (the Elder)—26th August 1808—Indenture between the Right Honourable William Wentworth Earl Fitzwilliam and the Right Honourable Charles William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, commonly called Viscount Milton only son and Heir Apparent of the said Earl of the one part, and Matthew Byrne of Kilcaven [Kilcavan] in the Half Barony of Shillelagh in the County of Wicklow, in Ireland, Farmer, of the other part, Whereby the said Earl and Viscount Milton Appoints Demises and Grants unto the said Matthew Byrne, All that Cabin or Tenement situate standing and being at Kilcaven [Kilcavan] aforsaid, and also all those several Closes or parcels of inclosed Arable Meadow and pasture Ground thereto belonging and now held therewith part of the Lands of Kilcaven [Kilcavan] aforsesaid containing with the soil under the said Cabin or Tenement, according to a survey and admeasurement thereof lately made by Mr. Caleb Brooksbank [3 acres, 3 roods, 9 perches] plantation Measure (be the same more or less) which said premises were (amongst other Tenements) heretofore in Lease to Mr. Nicholas Kempston and late to William Hume Esquire both deceased. Together Do. To hold from 25th March last past for and during the natural life of Matthew Byrne, second son of Matthew Byrne party here to now of the age of six years or thereabouts and 21 years to run therewith, at and under the Nonresidence Rent or Sum of £6-6s-0—Residence £4-4s-0. Liberty to Coppice twenty perches.

Michael Leonard—21th August 1809—Indenture between the Right Honourable William Wentworth Earl Fitzwilliam and the Right Honourable Charles William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, commonly called Viscount Milton only son and Heir Apparent of the said Earl of the one part, and Michael Leonard of Tinahely in the County of Wicklow in Ireland, Woolcomber, of the other part, Whereby the said Earl and Viscount Milton appoints demises and grants unto the said Michael Leonard, All that Dwellinghouse or Tenement situate standing and being in Tinahely aforsaid, wherein the said Michael Leonard inhabits and dwells with the Garden lying in the rear thereof and thereto belonging, and also all that Inclosure or Parcel of inclosed Arable Meadow and pasture Ground parcels of the Church Lands of Lugduff near Tinahely aforsesaid containing according to a survey and admeasurement thereof lately made by Mr. Caleb Brooksbank [5 acres, 1 rood, 29 perches] plantation Measure (be the same more or less) bounded Eastward by Lands in the Posession of William Driver, westward by Lands in the Posession of Mr. James Morton, northward by Lands in Leas to William Roarke, and southward by the river, which said premises were (amongst other Lands) late in the posession of James Smith, since of Henry Driver, and are now in the Occupation of the said Michael Leonard. Together Do. To hold from 25th March last past for and during the natural life of William Taylor, fourth son of William Taylor of Tinahely aforesaid Clothier now of the age of three years or thereabouts and 21 years to run therewith, at and under the Nonresidence Rent or Sum of £30—Residence £20, to plant 50 forest and 20 apple trees. Liberty to Coppice two Roods.

Reference Notes

“Abstracts of Leases in respect of the Estate of the Earl Fitzwilliam in the Counties of Wicklow, Kildare and Wexford, 1795-1797 and 1800-1808,” Ms 6068, National Library of Ireland, Dublin.

8 Comments

  1. Ciaran OByrne

    Erika – I a trying to find if there is mention in Askakeagh of my 5th gen grandfather Arthur Byrne in these records from the Fitzwilliam estate. I have very deep roots in that area of Wicklow – also part of the Byrne DNA Project that also suggests an even deeper root!

    I have info on all Arthur’s (and wife Bridget nee Byrne’s) children all born in Askakeagh (1807-1823) so can x-ref them to any estate notes if available. Tithe records for 1823 list a Widow Art Byrne in Aaskakeagh which I am fairly certain refers to Bridget i.e. Arthur appears to have died relatively young (also jives with his absence in respect as a witness to his children’s subsequent life events).

    Is there any chance you happened to extract more complete information from the estate records specifically for Askakeagh for the early 1800’s? Whilst I am Irish, born in Dublin, I currently live abroad and have had little chance to return home to search out the physical records in the NLI. At least one of teh Byrnes (Charles) is almost certainly his brother in the records you posted for Ballinglen etc.

    Would love to hear back with any advice and/or pertinent info you might have,
    Best Regards,
    Ciarán O’Byrne.

    1. Erika Ward Lopresti

      Ciarán, I looked through the manuscript with the abstracts of leases on Earl Fitzwilliam’s estate for the years 1795-1797 and 1800-1808 only. Byrne was one of the names I looked for specifically. There are a few transcriptions I have to redo that are the end of the list at the top of this page but the remaining Byrnes are all from Kilcavan. If you would like I can email you the images of the photos I took. I looked in a few more records to see if I could find your Arthur Byrne:
      Irish Genealogical Sources No. 1, Shillelagh & Ballinacor South Co. Wicklow 1837 Memorial, published by Dún Laoghaire Genealogical Society 1997
      Askakeagh: Arthur Byrne, James Cuffe, David Edge, John Edge, John Heffron [this is 1837 so may be too late for your Arthur who died before 1823]
      Ballinglen: James Barlow, John Blake, Joseph Blake, Wm. Blake, Cutbert Blake, Peter Byrne, Daniel Byrne, Robert Gilbert, Goe Murphy, Hibbert Newton, Andy O’Hara

      There are two entries in the Registry of Deeds that mention occupiers on Earl Fitzwilliam’s estate from 1807 and 1810. Both of them mention Charles Byrne and Phelim Byrne who were in the lease records for Ballinglen. (You need to sign up for a free FamilySearch account to view these). Warning this is a very rough transcription and I have not had time to proofread it. You may do better looking at the image:
      Book 594, p. 13, 401474, 6 May 1807 (starts on FHL Film 8093674 Image 12, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSJW-C94X-C), the Right Honorable Wm Wentworth Earl Fitzwilliam the only son and heir of the Right Honorable Wm Earl Fitzwilliam by Ann Countess Fitzwilliam his wife herein for Lady Ann Wentworth the Eldest daughter of the Right Honorable Thos late Marquis of Rockingham also deceased and also the nephew of the most Honorable Charles late Marquis of Rockingham deceased the only son and heir of the said Thomas Marquis of Rockingham and the Right Honorable Charles William Wentworth Fitwilliam commonly called Viscount Milton only son and heir apparent of the said William Wentworth Earl Fitzwilliam of the first part David Babington of Rutland Square in the City of Dublin Esq on the second part the Right Honorable Fred. Earl of Bessborough…
      …continued on p. 16, Image 14, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSJW-C9H9-6
      Ballyduff, Ballycomer or Ballycumber, Carrickacrow or Carricacroe [Carrigroe], Part of Rathcott [Rathcot], Moyne Rathin [Rathmeague], Kilballyowen, Rodonaghmore or Ruddenagh [Roddenagh], Tomicoyle or Tomcoyle, Co???, Garrymore, Corneroe otherwise Croneroe, Drummin or Dromin, Ballinglen, Askeagh otherwise Askekeagh, Cor???, Garrichoe or Garryhoe, Killduffe, Corandogmoine [Corndog]…Exors of the Revd Jeremeiah Symes, John Edge and David Edge, the Representatives of Edwardd Hopkins, the Executors of John Lawrence, Arthur Lawrence and John Lawrence, Thomas Malone, Thomas Lawrence, Miles Young and William Young, Terence Byrne, John Doyle, William Gilbert, John Graham and George Graham, George Greley and Matthew Kavanagh, Matthew Kavanagh, Richard Leeson and William Leeson, John Legget, the Executors of John Loftus, Matthew McDaniel, Maurice O’Niell, Reverend Patrick Toole, Benjamin? Coates and William Coates, Charles Coates Esq, the Executors of Thomas Shelby, Anne Blake Widow, the Executors of Revd. Theobald Brownrigg, Charles Byrne, Phelim Byrne, George Edge, William Leeson, John Malone, the Executors of Thomas Malone, Richard Twamley, Mary Byrne Widow, Michael Connors?, The Executors of John Edge, Sarah Edge, George Gough and Thomas Gough, James Healy and Patrick Healy, Patrick McGhee and John Toole and James Toole or their testators…
      There is another from 1810 but it lists nearly all of the same names: Lord Dundas & others to Earl Bessborough, Book. 631, p. 57-64, No. 431578, 23-24 Apr 1810…occupier list including Askakeagh and Ballinglen starts on p. 60 (Image 36) https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSNJ-Y94J-Y

      Are you a member of the Facebook group South Wicklow Genealogy? https://www.facebook.com/groups/1587155731571225/
      Best of luck to you and that is fascinating about the O’Byrne DNA project!
      Sincerely,
      Erika Ward Lopresti

  2. Ciaran

    Erika – Thank you so much for your time and efforts here – truly appreciated.

    In regards this Arthur (and Bridget) Byrne I have the records of all their children’s births in Askakeagh from 1807 to early 1823 (Margaret, Mary Charles Arthur Hugh Peter and Ann) from RootsIreland. I also discovered the tithe applottment records (in the books and via FamilySearch) that showed an Arthur Byrne leasing property in Askakeagh and the second record specifically for a Widow Art Byrne in 1823 in Askakeagh – this is the only info I have to suspect Arthur died young but may also jive with his absence from his children’s life events later on.

    I have built layered maps of all occupiers in surrounding townlands with tithe/estate, Griffiths and later census 1901 and 1911 data (super interesting, separate discussion) and can trace some of Arthur’s children as staying in the area (which includes son Charles born in 1811 and later farming in Ballinglen etc) and another son my GGG grandfather Hugh who farmed in Ballymanus.

    In the course of doing all this I actually discovered relations I did not know I had still living in the area (5+ gen) and they too had tracked back to this Arthur. Now you can get my sense of frustration at having all this data and yet not being able to trace his origins as there are these tantalizing tidbits but no hard info other than his children’s baptisms. I am running with a tentative idea that both Arthur and Bridget are actually from Wexford (Barnaby Byrne being Arthur’s candidate father – lot of ancillary data too long to go into here but promising – again anything but conclusive). Hence why I was hoping there would be some helpful reference to Arthur and Bridget in the estate records. I will look into the facebook group – have been in touch with Catherine at their heritage center.

    The hunt continues!! 🙂
    Best Regards and Thanks again

    PS: my email is obyrnecj@me.com and yes I would love to have any images you can share – that would be excellent!

  3. Not sure what happened to my response, seems to have not loaded – hopefully not repeating here!

    Erika – Really appreciate your response and levels of detail you are providing – very helpful.

    I have records of Arthur and Bridget Byrne’s children baptisms when they lived/farmed in Askakeagh from 1807-1823 (children being Margaret, Mary, Charles, Arthur, Hugh, Peter and Ann) from RootsIreland. I also have Arthur as a tenant in Askakeagh/Askakee via the Tithe Applottment books also from FamilySearch where 2 records show him as paying taxes and very shortly after (poss. same year) a “Widow Art Byrne” as the tithe paper in the same location. This is the only info I have to suspect Arthur died young – jives with children ages and his absence in subsequent life events of his kids. His son Charles (b. 1811) I believe is the same as a Charles with leases in Ballinglen later on – his son Hugh my GGG grandfather married a local Margaret Keegan faming in Ballymanus and another son Arthur married an Ellen Byrne also living in the area.

    I have compiled all the info from Tithe, Griffith’s, 1901 & 1911 census, gravestones etc. data onto color coded 1840’s maps for al fo this part of Wicklow (itself really interesting in delineating associations etc. – beyond scope here) which help tracking folk in this regard. Nonetheless Arthur’s roots prove very difficult to trace. I am following leads that suggest both he and his wife Bridget may have come from Wexford (Arthur’s candidate father being a Barnaby Byrne and Bridget’s an Edward Byrne – all very tentative links with witnesses and other links etc but nothing hard as yet).

    Bottom line was hoping (and still am) that some records like those you posted i note Estate accounts might shed a little more light on Arthur and Bridget – not looking great as yet but will persevere!

    Will look into the facebook group – had emailed with Catherine at the Wicklow Heritage center.

    The hunt continues!
    Thanks again for all this information – and yes it would be great to receive any images/data you might have on this area – most appreciated (email obyrnecj@me.com).

    Best Regards, C.

  4. Erika,

    Sorry for above repetition – lag issues!

    Meant to add you might be interested that one of the godparents of Arthur and Bridget Byrne’s first child in 1807 in Askakee (Askakeagh) was an Elizabeth Slater Ward! The other was a John Richards – both are interesting names being 1) probable COI and 2) that they may not be locals and possibly traced to Avoca or Wexford (ongoing research). 🙂

    Cheers, C.

  5. Erika Ward Lopresti

    Ciarán,
    No worries about the double post! I have to approve comments because sometimes bots try to leave spam comments. I will email you the photographs today. I just have to look through and label them first. I definitely understand the frustration with the ~1800 time period when Catholic parish records become scarce to non-existent. That’s why I was so excited to look at the Fitzwilliam Estate records. I regret I did not get to spend more time at the NLI or I would have photographed so much more. There are more manuscripts of other leases that I did not get to. Your Arthur and Bridget may be named in one of those. But unfortunately hard to access for those of us abroad, which is why I transcribed and published all of the information I was able to get! Thanks for the note about the Wards 🙂 but Ward is from my great-grandfather directly from England. It was his wife Margaret Styles who was from Wicklow. Her parents were Styles and Kavanagh and I believe the Styles were originally COI and may have been settlers on the Fitzwilliam Estate in the late 1600s or early 1700s only because I know that name is English and was/is uncommon there. However, I need more records to know for sure!
    Sincerely,
    Erika

  6. C. OByrne

    Erika,

    I was looking back through our correspondence and hopefully I am not repeating my request (!) but in respect this Arthur and Bridget Byrne (both born in the 1700’s) that are in my direct line in Wicklow I have one outstanding and very curious ‘anomaly’. Whilst I can essentially trace godparents of subsequent children to neighbors and immediate kin in Askakeagh and neighboring town lands, the godparents of their first child Margaret are a total anomaly, namely an Elizabeth (Ward) Slater and a John Ricards (presumably short for Richards).

    I have identified some Ward/Slater (COI) candidates in Avoca and possibly Wexford but these two surnames are near absent in the local Wicklow community where Arthur and Bridget had their children i.e. I wondered if these godparents might be friends from an area they moved from before settling in Askakeagh? So without going into more detail, I am extremely curious as to whether you are aware of an Elizabeth (Ward) Slater in your records that I am guessing was a young lady (teens to early 20’s?) in 1807 when Margaret was born. The nearest candidate I have via RootsIreland might be in the Avoca area but already seems a stretch!

    Any insight greatly appreciated,

    Cheers, Ciarán.

  7. Erika Ward Lopresti

    Ciarán, although my Wards are not from Wicklow I usually notice the name when I see it in records. There seems to have been a cluster of both Wards and Slaters in Toberpatrick and Ballagh. From the 1807/1810 Registry of Deeds entries I mentioned earlier for the townlands of Coolalug, Mucklagh, Toberpatrick and Ballagh: Denis Bunbery [Bunbury], John Curran and Matthew Curran, Elizabeth Cullen and William Cullen, Charles Farrell, Patrick Farrell and Bridget Lord Widow, Bridget Meagher Widow, Michael and John Smith, Robert Thompson, Catharine Brennan and Anne Brennan, William Brownrigg, Peter Donnelly and John Donnelly, Sarah Duffy, George Slater, Thomas Edwards, James Morton Edward Pierce, and Abraham Hobson, George Sillerey, Michael Ward, John Summers, James Byrne, John Byrne [or Bryan], Thomas Freeman, John Gilleen, James Kavanagh, Murrough Kavanagh, Luke Kearen, Edward Kerriwan, Bryan Neil, Mary Slater and Thomas Slater, Samuel Slater, Thomas Smith, Sarah Toole widow, Daniel Ward, Patrick Ward and Michael Ward and James Ward.
    From the Wicklow 1837 Memorial (again same reference as the comment above): George Slator address: Ballagh, John Sleater address: Kilquiggin, Martin Sleater address: Seskin, Daniel Ward address: Coolabeg, Daniel Ward address: Toberpatrick
    Both the Slater and Ward families show up in the 1827 and 1839 residents and occupiers lists for Earl Fitzwilliam’s Estate: http://wardancestry.com/residents-and-occupiers-on-the-estate-of-the-earl-fitzwilliam-in-county-wicklow-ireland-1827/#fn-25-21 and http://wardancestry.com/residents-on-the-estate-of-earl-fitzwilliam-in-county-wicklow-ireland-part-ii-1839/#fn-26-21 although I did not get a chance to photograph the page for Ballagh. None of this identifies your Elizabeth Slater born Ward, unfortunately. It is interesting that the 1839 list has a John Slater age 30 with wife age 28 and five children, also a Samuel Slater age 27 with wife age 30 and three children but none are in the Catholic Parish records. Is this why you think they may be COI? The remaining COI records in their library in Dublin are supposed to be digitized and placed on Irishgenealogy.ie based on a recent grant so hopefully that will yield more information!
    I will take a look again tomorrow and see if I can’t find anything else,
    Sincerely,
    Erika

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