Small Sources 14: Farmers in Castletown Parish, Co Limerick 1848/49.

The list of small farmers below is derived from 2 documents in Ms. 8344 in the National Library of Ireland, entitled “Rent ledger of lands in Co. Tipperary the property of the Maunsell (?) family, 1848”. Despite the title, the properties are in the townland of Carrig Beg (spelt Carraghbeg in the document) which is in the Parish of Castletown, Co. Limerick (403 acres). It is on the Tipperary border and in the Poor Law Union of Tipperary. The two relevant documents are a rental with a list of 22 tenants, and a separate letter from Michael Ryan (presumably the land-agent writing to the landlord) detailing the “..number of acres in tillage and meadowing in Castletown” dated Oct. 24 1849. The latter document contains almost all of the same names as the rental, but the final three on the list below are additional to the rental list and may have taken up tenancies from the original list in the interim. The file also contains rent receipts which clearly show the location of the properties as being Carrig Beg.

Thomas Crowe
John Ryan
Mary Ryan (Widow Ml.)
John Maher
William Ryan
Denis Berrane
James Stapleton
John Stapleton
Denis Stapleton
William Coffey
Denis Coffey
Connor Gorman (1)
John Berrane
Patk. Berrane
Denis Anderson
Patk. Anderson
Thomas Hammersly
James O’Brien
Widow Buckley (2)
William Power
James Doyle
Mary Ryan
Michl. Fraley (?)
Jas. Maher
Widow Birrane
John Crowe

(1) listed as ‘Cornelius’ in letter (2) noted as ‘Honora’ in letter

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