Posts in category County Kerry History

Griffiths Valuation in Kerry

Griffiths Valuation in Kerry

While this post is headed ‘Griffiths Valuation in Kerry’ the explantions provided here for the Pierce tenanted land, are applicable to any other Griffith’s record, in any part of Ireland.  I am posting this Kerry Griffith’s Valuation explanation in reply to questions that I am often asked – to explain the different letters and figures […]

State Emigration from Kerry 1883

State Emigration from Kerry 1883

Boards of Guardians were empowered under an Act of Parliament 1849/1850 to apply part of the Rates and to borrow money ‘for the purpose of defraying or assisting to defray the expenses of the migration of poor persons’.  Power was given by The (British) Treasury to borrow from public funds  and  authorise the Commissioners of Public […]

Kerry Emigration 1851 -1906

Kerry Emigration 1851 -1906

The enumeration of emigrants from Irish Ports did not start until 1st May 1851.  From that time onward to 1906, we have a list of the numbers leaving the country, unfortunately neither their names, the ports they left from nor their destinations have been included. The figures below show that 113,237 males and 113,827 females, […]

Evictions in Glenbeigh 1887

Evictions in Glenbeigh 1887

One of the most infamous evictions to take place in Kerry was that from Glenbeigh in January 1887.  One of my readers – John O’Connor has alerted me to the published sources which give us a rounded view of what took place in that part of the county.   John’s own Great GrandUncle is the […]

Kerry Famine Evictions

Kerry Famine Evictions

Evictions  occurred in Ireland when tenants could not pay the rent? While this might be the simplistic view it is not the full story. Inability to  pay the rent was usually the reason, but there were also a number of other explanations. Unreasonable  and unjust rent increases or landlords consolidating land from smallholdings that had […]

O’Sullivan Kerry & Beara

O’Sullivan Kerry & Beara

I get a large number of queries and consultations on Sullivan/O’Sullivan families both in Kerry and in the Kerry Catholic Diocese of the Beara Peninsula, so I thought they needed a blog of their own.  For the very few of you who don’t know the importance of the O’Sullivans to this part of Ireland, I […]

Kerry Landed Estate Courts

Kerry Landed Estate Courts

Landed Estates Court Rentals 1850-1885  on FindMyPast.ie are records that I have found very useful.  If your ancestor leased or rented land from any of the Landlords who had financial problems in the late 1860s – after the Famine, this land may have gone into the ‘Encumbered Estates’ and in the sales pitch to sell off […]

Great Famine In Milltown

Great Famine In Milltown

Marie Oxx, a reader of  my blog Quakers during the Great Famine in Kerry – reminded me also of the Prendergast letters, for another contemporary insight into the Famine in Kerry and the area around Milltown,  The original letters The Prendergast Letters: Correspondence from Famine-Era Ireland, 1840-1850, edited by Shelley Barber (University of Massachusetts Press, 2006) […]

Quick Kerry Genealogy Tips

Quick Kerry Genealogy Tips

I think it might be better to keep my  opinion of Donald Trump to myself but I have to say that he seems to have awoken something in the Irish diaspora in the United States when he targeted  ’emigrants’/ ‘immigrants’ .  These words seem to have resonated with Irish descendants who had long ago half forgotten […]

Great Famine in Kerry 1847

Great Famine in Kerry 1847

This first-hand account – letters written from Kerry on a daily basis in April/May 1847 –  is one of the few contemporary records  of what was happening in Kerry during the Great Famine (1847-1852). Transcribed by myself (Kay Caball) from the handwritten letters in Quaker archives, October 2016. At a meeting of the Religious Society […]

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