Posts in category County Kerry Land Records

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 […]

Visiting Kerry to find your ancestors...

Visiting Kerry to find your ancestors?

To-day I would like to give a few hints to any Kerry descendants who have an idea or who are even at the planning stage of coming to Kerry to walk in the footsteps of their ancestor who emigrated from there, probably in the 19th century.   I get a large number of online enquires from […]

Kerry Land & Estate Records

Kerry Land & Estate Records

In a predominantly agricultural community, land is the main resource and access to land is the basis of power.  Ownership of land, both in Kerry and Ireland in general, has been a major cause of conflict, both on the battlefield and in the courtroom.  We have our own version of it in John B.Keane’s The […]

Maps of Co. Kerry 1834 & 1893

Maps of Co. Kerry 1834 & 1893

A timely reminder this week from Ordinance Survey Ireland, reminds us that their historical mapping is a ‘much underused online facility’.  The blog from OSI continues: ‘Now an online service that is free to access and view, this older 19th century mapping may not help you find your roots, but they can be invaluable in […]

Evicted Kerry Tenants 1907

Evicted Kerry Tenants 1907

List of 396 Kerry Tenants who have lodged applications with the Estate Commissioners as Evicted Tenants or as the Representative of Evicted Tenants and who have been noted as suitable for Holdings

Some Kerry Evictions 1887

Some Kerry Evictions 1887

While the various Land Acts were being negotiated and passed in the British House of Commons in the 1880s, with no real solution to the Land question, evictions were commonplace in Kerry. From 1873 to 1896, Ireland suffered from an agricultural depression and with lower prices, higher rents and no security of tenure. Just a […]

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