Small Sources 46: This rental is from the estate of the Earl of Drogheda in Monasterevin and Fonstown, Co. Kildare in 1772. The original is in the National Library of Ireland (Ms. 12,722) and the document images (created by Ancestor Network) are reproduced through their courtesy. Our article on rentals and their significance for family history is available here. This rental contains 161 names of tenants in three areas: 119 tenants in the town and surroundings of Monasterevin (spelled Monastereven in this record); 41 tenants in Fontstown (or Fonstown) and one in Cadamstown. For each tenant there is a description and/or location of the property they held, the rent due and payment made (see illustration below). Some tenants held several properties, and manyof the Fontstown tenants are substantial land-holders, or ‘strong farmers’ as they might have been called. The painting in the montage above is ‘The Strong Farmer‘ by Jack B Yeats. The rents paid vary from £157 (Francis Browne) to 7 shillings and 6 pence (Maurice Fitzgerald). Note also that some of the properties are bog-land, which would have been used for turf by local residents.
Some names are repeated several times as tenants on different properties but are only listed once below within each area. Some name abbreviations are used, including Wm. = William; Edwd. = Edward; and Saml. = Samuel; Danl = Daniel. Other more unusual abbreviations are explained below where they occur. Note that several tenants are listed as ‘Esq.’ meaning Esquire, which was a title of respect for men of higher social rank, e.g. landed gentry above the rank of gentleman.
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Alexand. Sparrow (see Note 5 below)
Augs. McDonaugh (Augustus)
Barthw. Hyland (Bartholomew)
Byrne & White
Christr. Cox (Christopher)
Corns. Lawler (Cornelius)
Edward Wale ? Esq. (See note 3 below)
Francis Browne Esq.
Gabl. Dolan (Gabriel)
Hugh Dempsey Partners
James Mouls Reps. (possibly a variant of Moyles)
John Brown’s Reps.
John Cullen’s Reps
John Lennox’s Reps.
Laurence Rooke (see note 1 below)
Laurence Wax ?
Mau. Fitzgerald (Maurice)
Neb. Flinter (see note 2 below)
Nichs. Goslin (Nicholas)
Rev. Saml. Preston
Richd. Broughall’s Reps.
Susa. Christian (Susanna)
Thos. Dugan’s Reps.
Timy. Dugan’s Reps (Timothy)
Edwd. Wale Esq. (see note 3 below)
Arthur Kinsula (usually spelled Kinsella)
Maurice Kinsula (usually spelled Kinsella)
Mark Cross (see note 4 below)
Garrt. Kinsula (Garret; surname is usually spelled Kinsella)
Heffernon & Nowland
Keran Kelly ( a variant of Kieran or Ciaran, a common Irish name)
Henry (Henny?) Kelly
John Ryan’s Reps.
(1) A Laurence Rooke obtained a Licence to marry Elizabeth Hutchinson in 1767 according to the records of Dublin Diocese accessed on Findmypast.
(2) According to the Kildare Local history website Nabuchadneezer (also Nebuchadezer) Flinter was the proprietor of an inn in the town of Monasterevin in the 1750s. Betham’s Abstracts show a death of Nebuchadnezar Flinter in 1772. (How many Nebuchadnezar Flinters can there be !!).
(3) Edward Wale, a Lieuteant in 8th Dragoons, died intestate in 1769 according to the records of Dublin Diocese accessed on Findmypast
(4) A Mark Cross and Ann Allcock obtained a licence to marry in 1767 according to the records of Dublin Diocese accessed on Findmypast
(5) Alexander Sparrow is mentioned as an employee of the Excise Office in a list published in 1773 in the Journal of the House of Commons of the Kingdom of Ireland, Volume 16
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