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This blog concerns the accounts of travellers  as a  background source in understanding how our ancestors lived.   While biographical data may establish that an ancestor lived in a certain place at a certain time, it is usually hard to imagine what life might have been like in that place at that time.  It would be ...
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Small Sources No. 48.  This is a list of 78 labourers and tradesmen who worked on the Heywood Estate in Co. Laois (previously Queen’s County) in 1794. The estate is in the Civil Parish of Dysartgallen and Barony of Cullenagh. The document is a single large multi-column page headed ‘Abstract of accounts of labourers and Tradesmen ...
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Small Sources 35:  Below is a list of 114 workmen and traders serving the Fitzwilliam estate, Co. Wicklow in the period 1796 – 1805.  The original ledger, which is in the National Library of Ireland (Ref. NLI Ms. 4949)  records  payments to workmen on the Fitzwilliam Estate at Coolatin over the period 1796 to 1805.   
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Small Sources 29.   This list shows Labourers on the Doneraile Estate in Cork in 1839/40. It includes 21 men, 2 boys and 1 woman.    The names were extracted from a document among the Doneraile Papers  in the National Library of Ireland entitled “Workmen’s accounts book, 18 May 1839 -25 Apr. 1840”  (Ms. 19,726) which shows the ...
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muff-labourers
Small Sources 28:  This little list of 14 labourers working on the farm of the Hart family of Kilderry House, near Muff, Co. Donegal in 1758 and 1759 is in the National Library of Ireland  Ms. 7885. It is interesting for several reasons, not least being that Donegal records are rare, particularly for the 18th ...
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Small Sources 24. This small list shows 30 Labourers on the Devonshire Estate, Lismore, Co. Waterford in 1850. Lists of workmen are useful as they tend to be difficult to find in the records. The names were extracted from several documents in the a file of accounts of the Devonshire Estate in the National Library ...
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Small Sources 21.  This is a list of labourers and tradesmen employed at Kilronan Castle, Co. Roscommon during the half-year ending 1st May 1846, when it was the estate of the Tenison family.  The original document is in the National Library of Ireland (ref NLI Ms. 5101).   The list shows the name; townland in which the ...
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Wingfield
Small Sources 1:   This was our very first “Small Sources”, originally posted on our Flyleaf Press web-page in 2013, but now being repeated on  this page. This list includes those mentioned in the farm accounts of the Wingfield Estate in the Civil Parish of Kilpipe, near Gorey Co. Wexford in 1856-57.  They include day-labourers, suppliers ...
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