Posts in category County Kerry Land Records

Ballybunion Eviction 1884

Ballybunion Eviction 1884

One of our readers, Mary Wesley-Smith  has kindly alerted me to this letter which her relative John Stack wrote to the Kerry Sentinel in 1884.   A well written letter outlining his case: Ballybunion   7/6/1884 Sir,You will oblige me by giving publicity to the following facts in the columns of your popular journal to demonstrate the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Big Fair Listowel

Big Fair Listowel

I read this lovely story in Listowel Connection last week and I thought that you my readers might think it equally captivating.  I remember the ‘Big Fair’ myself.  Being a ‘townie’ I was terrified of the ‘cows’ and we had to wend our way to and from school through the mayhem,  cattle sliding and skittering […]

Revenue Man in Kerry 1869 (2)

Revenue Man in Kerry 1869 (2)

Ebenezer Turner, an Inland Revenue Officer, spent six years in Milltown “a somewhat squalid village” between 1869 and 1874.  Second instalment. I would like to thank Dr. John Knightly for allowing me to copy this from his post in the Milltown & Castlemaine Down Memory Lane FB  page. In this second post Ebenezer Turner  paints […]

Revenue man in Kerry 1869 (1)

Revenue man in Kerry 1869 (1)

I would like to thank Dr. John Knightly for allowing me to copy this from his post in the Milltown & Castlemaine Down Memory Lane FB  page. In this first post this Revenue Officer paints a vivid picture of life in Milltown and its surrounds just twenty years after the Famine. Ebenezer Turner, the Inland […]

Kerry OSI Letter Books 1834-1841

Kerry OSI Letter Books 1834-1841

I posted a blog headed Maps of Co. Kerry 1834 & 1893  a couple of months ago.  That blog outlined in particular the historic maps available to help Kerry people researching their ancestors, to visualise the county/parish/townland in pre-Famine times. To-day I want to bring to your attention the Ordnance Survey of Ireland letters relating to […]

Kerry 1834-1841

Kerry 1834-1841

The Ordnance Survey letters in regard to Kerry 1834-1841 are a valuable resource for the local historian.  The collection, commonly known as O’Donovan’s Ordnance Survey Letters, after the historian, John O’Donovan (1806-1861), who led the project are now available online here. In the early 1820s, a consistent island-wide valuation of property in Ireland was initiated by […]

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