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Description:"Observations sent up by Mr Stewart". Detailed observations on
tenants, noting crop failures, emigration, etc, (see transcript). Earl of Erne.  Lifford and Croghan Estates, Co. Donegal.

Earl of Erne's Donegal Account: Observations sent up by Mr Stewart

Thanks to Boyd Gray for allowing the use of this data.


[c.1820]

No. Denominations Tenants Names Observations

5 Ballindrait Eleanor Denny Served with notice to quit which must be proceeded on.

6 Ballindrait James Meehine has expended a large sum on his farm this year
in ditching and other improvements which made him fall back a quarter's rent
with his yearly rent.

7 Ballindrait Hugh and Toal Gallagher Tenements in the village; poor and no
distress to be got on their premises

8 Ballindrait Michael McGheehan A carpenter; met an accident which disabled
him from work for above six months; is now recovered and has a good crop in
his ground.

10 Ballindrait Michael McGheehan This plot now on hands having been [in
ruins purchased] from the tenant by Colonel Crichton being a good situation
for building.

12 Ballindrait James Henderson Claims this house as an appendage to his farm
in Tammy Wood No. 256.

13 Ballindrait Nicholas McCunned Served with notice to quit.

14 Ballindrait Michael Brennan Served with notice no distress on premises.

15-18 Ballindrait William Beacam Widow Walsh Andrew Moore William McFarland
Tenements in the village of Ballindrait held by paupers who are in treaty to
give up their premises.

23 Ballinabrien Peter Gallagher, Senior Must be served with notice to quit.

24 Ballinabrien Charles McShane Must be served with notice very poor.

25 Ballinabrien Joseph Stevenson Gone to America; now in possession of
Robert Stevenson who is answerable for the arrear and it must be paid. The
last year's crop destroyed by overflowing of the River Burndale (?).

30 Ballinabrien Catherine Bogan Must be served with notice to quit.

31 Birdstown James Henderson See No. 92.

32 Birdstown Henry McDermott Died last year; his son must be served with
notice to quit.

34 Birdstown William Sanson No distress on premises; has a pension and must
be proceeded against.

37 Birdstown John Wetherall Lost last year's crop by bank of River Burndale
bursting; will pay up this year.

39 Birdstown Michael Boyle Must be noticed to quit; carried off his crop
last year to avoid distress.

40 Birdstown Eleanor and Pat Meehine Must be noticed to quit, carried off
his crop last year to avoid distress.

43 Cavan George Keys If he does not pay up before next May must be served
with notice to quit. They are very old tenants but latterly reduced in
circumstances.

50 Cunnybonow Hugh Brady A man in respectable circumstances; some
proceedings must be taken to enforce payment; an attachment would be most
effectual.

53 Cunnybonow George Little A good tradesman but keeps no stock on the land;
an attachment would force him to pay up.

56 Cunnybonow Patrick McShane Served with notice to quit.

63 Curraghlane Unity Doogan Served with notice to quit.

65 Curraghlane Hugh Kelly Served with notice to quit.

67 Curraghlane John Morton No distress on the premises must be noticed to
quit.

69 Drumbuoy John Morton This townland held under an old lease which should
be ejected and a new letting made to the best of the present occupiers.

76 Drumleen John Stewart Served with notice to quit.

77 Drumleen John Gilfillan Was confined in gaol for two years for abetting
in a case of abduction; he has now put down a good crop in the land.

81 Drumleen The rents of this townland on re-setting was nearly doubled and
I fear many of the old tenants will be unable to pay the rents though it is
not above the fair value.

90 Dromore Matthew Gormley Is served with notic to quit.

91 Dromore Catherine William Gilfillan and Must be served with notice.

92 Drumnahaw James Henderson Served with notice.

95-96 Galgonagh Patrick Meehine See No.40.

97 Glencosk Neil Lynchahan now John Mahaffy Died this year after purchasing
the goodwill of this place to add to No. 88. There is a good crop in the
land.

Robert Garland One of a desperate faction; tried for the murder of Moore son
of his neighbour. Lynch and Michael Carland of the same party have been
induced to sell their interests in the farms and I hope to be able to do the
same with this man. Severe legal measures might cause further outrages.

Robert Galbraith Has fallen back since the new letting which was near double
the former rent.

100 Gortinmore William Weir An improving tenant; purchased the goodwill of
No. 104 to add to his farm; will pay the deficiency of the past year with
this year's rent.

107 Green Brae Fishery Daniel McMenimin Fell back a year's rent during the
year of the cholera raging as there was no sale for fish that year which was
stated on the former rental.

110 Gortnagole Andrew McConnell A large farm of poor grassland which this
man is unequal to stock. The rent has been considerably increased on new
letting and I fear this man will be unable to hold the farm.

111 Guystown John Porter Agreed on the new letting to expend a large sum on
the farm but has not yet made any improvement and it was with difficulty the
receiver obtained the £100 now credited; he should be served with notice to
quit.

118 Lifford Reps. G. Thompson This is part of the Commons of Lifford; the
occupiers have an idea they are not liable to pay rent to Lord Erne
considering the land as belonging to the Corporation of Lifford and the only
money received from them has been by distress which is difficult to obtain;
some of them were served with notice to quit which failed by death of old
bailiff who had served the notices.

119 Lifford James Kelly This is part of the Commons of Lifford; the
occupiers have an idea they are not liable to pay rent to Lord Erne
considering the land as belonging to the Corporation of Lifford and the only
money received from them has been by distress which is difficult to obtain;
some of them were served with notice to quit which failed by death of old
bailiff who had served the notices.

120 Lifford William Chambers, Esquire Counsellor Chambers and others pay
this rent. I will call upon him to pay it up more regularly.

122 Lifford John Caniss A small tenement in the town; very poor but
generally pays regularly.

123 Lifford James Risk If he does not pay before November he should be
attached; is reported to be about to be married to a woman who has a fortune
of some hundred pounds; involved himself by purchasing goodwill of farm.

126 Lifford Corporation land.

129 Lifford Hugh Brady This land held formerly direct by lease from the
Corporation at a much lower rent than this by Mrs Stephenson, aunt of Mrs
Brady who gave up her lease from Corporation to the late Lord Erne and took
out a new lease at the present rent. For some time Mr Brady paid rent until
the Commissioners to enquire into Corporations made their visit. Since that
time he objects paying this rent.

131 Lifford Charles Gallagher A poor tenement in Lifford; seldom a distress
to be had on the premises.

132 Lifford Mrs Meliora Spence now in hands of James Risk See No. 123.

133 Lifford George Little See No. 53.

135 Lifford John Martin now Moses Martin The greater part of this accrued
during the tenancy of John who became a bankrupt. The present tenant is a
half pay officer but impossible to get payment from him without a distress.

136 Lifford James Brodie On becoming tenant engaged to clear off those
arrears which he has not done; an attachment would be the most effectual
means of getting payment.

144 Lifford James Risk See No. 123.

149 Lifford Joseph Sharkey Notice to quit must be served on this man; he is
able to pay the rent if compelled to do so.

152 Lifford Widow Susan Davis Falling back in her rent; must be served with
notice to quit.

156 Lifford John Cummins Tenements in town; his undertenants refuse to pay
him on pretence of its being Corporation property; should be served with
notice to quit.

157 Lifford Patrick Mellon Never paid any rent alleging this to be
Corporation property.

159 Lifford James McBride's widow Widow of a former bailiff; fell into
arrear after her husband's death; has latterly paid pretty regularly.

160 Lifford Rev. E.M. Clarke Master of Lifford School for which there is
three years salary at £30 Irish per annum due to him. He has petitioned the
Court for a reduction of rent which is the reason of this being unsettled.

162 Lifford Patrick McCosker A poor cabin; no distress to be had.

163 Lifford Margaret McGettigan A poor cabin; no distress to be had.

165 Lifford Charles Patton Should be served with notice to quit.

167 Lifford Widow Davis See No. 152.

168-172 Lifford Poor tenements in the town. No distress to be had. The only
remedy is by notice to quit and ejectments.

176 Lifford A. Doogan and D. Donnell Served with notice to quit.

179 Lifford Neal Doherty Does not reside on the land; very difficult to get
any distress on the land; should be attached.

181 Lifford Cornelius Patton A struggling old man. I fear must be served
with notice.

183 Lifford Andrew Doogan Same as No. 176.

186-190 Lifford Corporation land; tenants refuse to pay.

194 Millessagh William Beacam This tenant is in the South of Ireland in the
police. The crop should be distrained this year.

195 Millsessagh Thomas Keolaghan See No. 34; served with notice.

198 Millsessagh Hugh Galbraith and Tol Gallagher No distress on the
premises; a very poor house and garden; should be served with notice to
quit.

200 Millsessagh Patrick Moore Refuses to pay new rent; must be served with
notice to quit.

201 Millsessagh James Sharp and Charles Logue Mere paupers; near 80 year
old. Those houses should be taken down.

202 Milessagh Andrew McBith Has presented a petition to the Court for a
reduction of rent; not yet answered.

203-209 Millessagh All these are miserable cabins. I am endeavouring by
degrees to remove the occupiers in order to have the houses thrown down.

216 Moneen John Mahaffy, Junior Tenant died in January last. See No. 97.

221 Mullinaveigh James Weir This rent considerably increased as new letting
but still fair value; an attachment would be the most effectual means of
forcing him to pay up.

219 Mullinaveigh George McKinney This man was a very bad tenant but is
improving.

221 Mullinaveigh Alexander Weir Paid up all arrear of rent charge due by him
which caused the rent to fall back.

223 Mullinaveigh Neil Fisher Served with notice to quit.

229 Murlagh Moses Quinton and This held under lease partners which should be
ejected. E. Diermott the largest holder is the person who is falling behind.

234 Murlagh William Wilson Very poor high land. This tenant unable to stock
the farm properly. I fear he must be ejected.

235 Murlagh James Henderson partners Henderson is falling back, and partners
Henderson is falling back, the other partner pays regularly.

239 Portanure Robert Throne This man yearly getting worse; must be served
with notice to quit.

240 Portanure Charles McLoughlin This man yearly getting worse; mus be
served with notice to quit.

241 Portanure Mary Galagher This man yearly getting worse; must be served
with notice to quit.

242 Portanure Daniel Kane This man yearly getting worse; must be served with
notice to quit.

243 Portanure James Gallagher This man yearly getting worse; must be served
with notice to quit.

246 Roaghan Reps. Thomas Banigan Family dividing the farm; notice should be
served. No distress to be had

247 Roaghan Catherine Thomas These are very bad and Patrick Crossan tenants;
should be served with notice to quit. The land find meadow ground close to
Lifford but subject to flood.

248 Roaghan Reps. Thomas Banigan. See No. 246

256 Tamnywood James Henderson See Nos. 235 and 92.

 



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