1804 Monday 15th October (CJ)
At Ennis Races: Tuesday 11th October.
The Clare Cup,
Mr. Vandeleur's b.m. Sapho rode by Mr. Colpoys 1st.
Committed on Friday last to our Goal by Boyle Vandeleur Esq., John
Madden, Mick Ryan and Timothy Neenane charged with having forged notes
in their possession, said notes knowing them to be forged.
1805 Monday 1st July (Ennis Chronicle &
Are unavoidably postponed until Monday 15th July
John McNamara & Boyle Vandeleur. (Stewards).
1805 Thursday 18th July (Ennis Chronicle
& Clare Advertiser)
Grand Jury of the Spring Assizes 1805--------J.O.Vandeleur (Foreman).
Ennis Races: commenced on Monday last week the Clare Gold Cup was
walked over for by Col. Vandeleur's Sapho------------.
1805 Monday 22nd July (CJ)
Ennis Races Col Vandeleur's Sapho was 5th -------------.
1805 Tuesday 3rd August (CJ)
Grand Jury------------- John O Vandeleur. Sworn in. -------------.
1805 Monday 21st October (Ennis Chronicle
& Clare Advertiser)
At the sessions held at Kilrush on the 14th inst seven persons were
summoned before the Rt. Hon. J. O. Vandeleur for breached of the Stamp
---The strict impartiality and praise-worthy exertions of the Mr.
Commissioner Vandeleur- deserve particular notice on the present occasion.
1806 Saturday 26th July (Ennis Chronicle
& Clare Advertiser).
Domestic Intelligence -Dublin July 24th.
----Col. J.O. Vandeleur is among the latest arrivals from the East
(Son of Richard and first cousin of Rt. Hon. J.O. Vandeleur of
1806 Wednesday 30th July (Ennis Chronicle
& Clare Advertiser).
Grand Jury sworn in-----Rt. Hon. J.O. Vandeleur and Boyle Vandeleur-------.
1806 Dublin Directory.
The Dublin Society for improving husbandry and other useful Arts-incorporated
----Rt Hon. J.O. Vandeleur (a member)
1807 Thursday 5th March (CJ).
Ennis Grand Jury- Boyle Vandeleur sworn in.
1807 Thursday 27th August (CJ).
Ennis-Ardsollas Races—Col Vandeleur's Honest Tom? and Sapho
1807 Tuesday 20th October. (Freemans Journal)
The Right Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur has arrived from Dublin at his
seat at Kilrush, Co. Clare.
Ennis Chronicle May 21 1808
Major Collis Brigade Major of the Clare Militia
Doonass Cavary, Capt. Massy.
Kilmore Cavalry, Capt Hickman.
Kilrush Cavalry, The Rt. Hon John O. Vandeleur.
Kilrush Infantry, Capt. Vandeluer.
Tradree Cavalry, Capt J. Creagh.
Kilkishen Cavalry, Capt. Studdert.
Killaloe Cavalry and Infantry, Major Purdon.
Killaloe Garrison Infantry, Capt. Hastings.
Tomgraney Cavalry and Infantry, Capt. Brady.
Kilnoe Cavalry, Capt. O’Callaghan.
Newgrove Cavalry, Capt. Browne.
Cliften Cavalry, Capt. Burton.
Ennis Cavalry, Capt. Studdert.
Ennis Infantry, Capt. Mahon.
1808 Statistical Survey of Clare
If capital was not wanting, Kilrush would long since have had a very
large share of these advantages; and, as Mr. Vandeleur must be sensible
of the great benefit of a flourishing town to his adjoining estate,
no doubt can be entertained, that liberal encouragement will be held
out to improving tenants. When the time lost in working up and down
the Shannon, (a distance of 120 miles,) and the expense of shipping
and reshipping, (for it will scarcely be believed, that many articles
are sent up the Shannon from Kilrush to Limerick, and there shipped,)
are considered, it must point out Kilrush as a most favourable situation
for trade, and must eventually contribute to the benefit of a part
of the county, that is the least improved, and the most improvable
in the county The principal markets for the sale of grain are Ennis,
Ennistymon, Clare, Skarriff, Six-mile-bridge, and Kilrush. Some are
abundantly supplied, as Ennis, Clare and Kilrush, where grain is purchased
very much for the Limerick exporters; the others are chiefly supplied
with oats and barley, and some wheat. The different flour-mills take
off a large quantity of the produce. The greater part of the barley
is consumed in the private stills that abound in every part of the
county and, however they may have injured the morals and health of
the inhabitants, they have certainly tended to encrease the quantity
of tillage. The market of Kilrush is rising rapidly into consequence,
and, if capital was not wanting, would take still larger strides,
as, instead of buying on commission for the Limerick merchants, as
practised at present, there would be a direct intercourse with Liverpool
and other ports in England, not only for corn, but for beef, butter,
pork, and rape-seed, which last is becoming an article of agricultural
produce, that deserves every encouragement, because so materially
connected with the improvement of the extensive bogs, with which this
neighbourhood abounds, there not being less in one tract than four
miles square; besides, the additional expense of shipping and reshipping,
and loss of time in going up the Shannon, a distance of upwards of
forty miles, would be saved. There has been lately a very commodious
and handsome market-house built here by Mr. Vandeleur. --.
1808 Saturday May 7th (Ennis Chronicle and
By a gentlemen just returned from Kilrush we are informed
that the mansion now building there for the Right Hon. John O. Vandeleur,
promises to be the most sumptuous edifice in Munster, uniting elegance
of design with the most masterly execution, and adding to the celebrity
of character so justly acquired, and so honourably supported by Mr.
Lillis, the architect, whose abilities rank him high in his professional
work, and cannot fail in a very few years, to place him at the head
1808 Thursday 19th May (CJ)
In consequence of a circular letter from his Grace the Lord Lieutenant,
to Major Collis, Brigade Major of the County Clare, the following
Yeomanry Corps being the entire in this county, have during the last
week offered their services as follows:
Kilmore Cavalry, Captain Hickman, to any part of the County.
Kilrush Cavalry, Captain the Right Hon. John O. Vandeleur, 52 of the
troop with their officers to any part of Ireland the remaining 22
in this County.
Kilrush Infantry, Captain Vandeleur, in any part of Ireland.
Kilrush is a thriving and highly improvable spot, situated on the
banks of the Shannon, and exports corn to Scotland. By referring to
the subjoined note being the substance of a memorandum which I made
in the course of my tour, the reader will perceive the reason why
it is not one of the first ports in Ireland, Mr Vandeleur, it is reported,
refused a company of Londoners a lease of the Slob, where they offered
to build wet docks for the repair of vessels in distress coming in
from the west. It is asserted, also, that he proposed such unreasonable
terms, and asked so high rent, as entirely deterred these adventurers:
who, however have since built hot and cold baths at Miltown Malbay,
twelve miles distant. This instance affords a strong practical proof
of the mischief which often arises from large territorial grants,
particularly when they fall into the hands of men whose mode of reasoning
prevents them from ever entertaining an idea of conferring a benefit
either on their own posterity, or the public. In such cases, can any
one feel the least regret, when he sees an extravagant heir dissipating
an inheritance, which becoming divided, and exchanging one master
for many, communicates in this state new life to enterprise and industry?
October 28th 1809. Kilrush, -This place, and a tract
of country extending ten miles one way along the coast, belong unfortunately
to the Right Hon.-Vandeleur, a gentleman of Dutch extraction, whose
family obtained a grant of this land from the forfeited estates of
Lord Clare. Its peculiar situation and vicinity to good anchorage
ground, being the first in that noble river the Shannon, and to the
rocky coast of Kerry and Clare, render it a place, which might be
made the Liverpool of Ireland. But as the views of its proprietor
seem to be directed more to immediate gain, than to the prospect of
future advantage, and confined rather to private interest than public
benefit, every hope of this kind must for the present be suppressed.
Mr. Vandeleur charges six shillings per foot in front for building
ground, which extends thirty feet in depth, let upon determinable
leases; this is the price in Bond-street. Hearing many complaints
on this subject, I remarked to those who were most clamorous, “Well,
but Mr. Vandeleur has built you a quay.” “No” replied
half a dozen of voices, “he has got a presentment from the county
for that.” A Scotsman, the master of a vessel, and another person
who married a Scotswoman settled here, began to export corn by the
turf boats to Limerick. Succeeding in this enterprise, they built
store-houses, and afterwards shipped oats to Scotland: a branch of
trade, which, if continued with spirit, would be of great advantage
to the county: and I doubt, that under a more liberal-minded landlord
the foundation which has thus been laid, might render this a place
of very great importance.
1809 Extract from the Political Register
21st January 1809.
----Mr. John Ormsby Vandeleur (a first cousin of Lord Castlereagh)
Commissioner of the excise in Ireland £1,200 a year.
1809 Saturday 1st January (Ennis Chronicle
and Clare Advertiser)
JUST ARRIVED (Advertisement)
To Studdert and Gabbett:
And now for sale at their stores at Kilrush. Two cargoes of American
Square Timber of the best quality, which they dispose of considerably
under Limerick prices. Kilrush 12th January.
1809 Thursday 7th February (CJ)
Limerick- Thursday last the Right Hon. John O Vandeleur arrived in
town from Dublin and proceeded for his estate at Kilrush.
1809 Monday 22nd May. (CJ).
Mr Vandeleur's Sapho won the £100 plate at Rathkeale on Friday.
1809 Thursday 20th July (CJ)
Ennis Races- Mr Vandeleur's b.m Sapho and Alarick?
1810 Saturday 10th February (EC & CA).
Port Kilrush: Sailed:
St Andrew, for Greenock: 1000 barrels of oats,140 casks and
firkin's butter, by Patterson and Spaight:1800 barrels of oats by
Studdert and Gabbett --------- Active for ditto,1800 barrels
oats by Studdert and Gabbett-----------Harper for do,1500
barrels oats by Patterson and Spaight-------Concord for do,
1500 barrels oats, 36 Russian Mats by Studdert and Gabbett.
1810 Saturday 7th July (EC & CA)
Last Thursday the Right Hon. J O Vandeleur arrived at Ralahine the
seat of Boyle Vandeleur Esq and next morning proceeded to Kilrush
where we understand he will pass some time.
|Ennis Chronicle Sept 22nd
1810 and (EC & CA).
| Game Certificates
||E. Greene Mahon,
||Robert Crowe jnr.,
||G. W. Stacpoole,
||W. Slattery, Clare,
||gamekeeper to Sir J. Peacock.
||keeper to same.
||Edward Allen, Clare,
||James Nicholson, Major,
||keeper to E. B. Armstrong.
||Rev. John Armstrong,
||James P. Crowe,
||J. Scott Vandeleure,
|| By order
Michael Canny, Dis. Stamps Co. Clare.
1812 Monday 15th June (CJ)
Friday, the Right Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur, arrived in Limerick
from Dublin on his way to visit his estates at Kilrush in this County.
1812 Monday 29th June (CJ).
On Thursday the Hon. Mrs. Burton and family and Miss Vandeleur arrived
at Miltown Malbay.
1813 Sums advanced as loans for building
£1,500 paid to Right Hon. J O Vandeleur and Rev J Whitty, Parish
of Kilrush, Diocese of Killaloe and Kilfenora.
1813 Thursday 5th August (Freemans Journal).
The following highly respectable Grand Jury was sworn: Sir Edward
O'Brien, Bart, and MP Foreman -----Right Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur.
1814-19 Manson’s Parochial Survey.
In the memory of some persons now living, the inhabitants of Kilrush
were under the necessity of resorting to the market of Couraclare,
a small decayed village at the distance of a few miles from it, for
oatmeal, and the other necessaries of life, which, from the low state
of agriculture, were not easily procured in any part of the country.
In the year 1797 it was little better, there being but two small shops
in it, badly assorted, and the articles sold in them one hundred per
cent. dearer than in Limerick. It continued much in this state, till
the year 1802, when Mr. James Paterson, a Scotch gentleman of respectable
family and connexions, who had been lieutenant of one of the gun-boats,
then paid off and discharged here, happily for himself and the neighbourhood,
turned his attention to trade, and met with the attention and encouragement
from Mr. Vandeleur, which he merited. Mr. Paterson commenced by purchasing
oats, and the farmers liking his mode of dealing, flocked into Kilrush
with their produce. He likewise stopped the shipping that came into
the river, for supplies of provisions, &c. which produced a new
circulation of money in the place, and this, combined with the regular
market, and improving state of agriculture, soon enabled the shop
keepers who had hitherto dealt in Limerick, to look elsewhere for
their goods; and they now purchase in Dublin on an extensive scale.
There are in Kilrush ten cloth shops, some of which
remit three thousand pounds a year to the manufacturers and importers
of cloth to Dublin; this fact has been ascertained by Mr. Paterson,
from whom they procure bills for the remittances. Thirty persons hold
spirit or grocery licenses, besides huxters and sellers of earthenwares,
with tradesmen of every description; and there is very little difference
between the retail terms here and in Limerick.
In the year 1806, Mr. Vandeleur had Kilrush made a port for export,
under the direction of the collector of Limerick, for whose accommodation,
or that of his pro-collector, a custom-house and dwelling house have
been since built near the quay. In 1807, near Mr. Paterson shipped
the first oats ever sent from this place to a foreign market, in the
sloop Flora of Greenock. An idea of the progress of agriculture, since
that time, may be readily formed from the following statement, extracted
from Mr. Patterson's books.
In 1802, when he commenced, the quantity of oats
sold in Kilrush market amounted to 12,000 barrels, and cost £6,666.
averaging at 11s. 1d. per barrel. In 1807, five years afterwards,
it amounted to 26,000 barrels, and cost £18,795. 16s. 8d. averaging
at 14s. 5½d. per barrel. In 1812, after a lapse of five years
more, it amounted to 34,000 barrels, and cost £33,681. 5s. averaging
at 19s. 3¾d. per barrel.
About 1,200 firkins of butter are shipped annually
from Kilrush. In 1810, Mr. Paterson shipped the first butter; and
in 1812, he began the making up of provisions, chiefly pork, of which,
(as has been already stated), there is an abundant supply. In the
same year, he fitted out the first packet between Kilrush and Limerick;
in 1813 he had a second plying. And such is the increased resort of
strangers to this part of the country, for the benefit of sea bathing
and other purposes, that the same enterprising person is now engaged
in the erection of hot baths, and an extensive hotel, near the creek
of Kilrush; and expects, in the course of a year, to have a steam
boat plying between this and Limerick. The trade of this place has
also been essentially benefited by the exertions of Mr. Studdert,
who removed here from Limerick some years ago, and has built a house
and extensive stores near the new quay, opposite the custom house.
1814 Wednesday 16th March (Freemans Journal)
The Right Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur passed through Limerick on Thursday
last for his estate at Kilrush
1814 Tuesday 11th October (Freemans Journal).
The Right Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur and Lady, arrived in Limerick
on Thursday last from Kilrush, and next morning proceeded on their
route for Dublin.
1815 Dublin Directory: Nobility and Gentry.
Vandeleur (Rt Hon. J O) 13 Rutland Square East and Kilrush Co. Clare.
1815 Monday 6th March (CJ).
Assizes Co Clare -Right Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur, Foreman of the
1815 Thursday 4th May (CJ).
Mr. Vandeleur is to succeed Lord Castlewood immediately as First Commissioner
on the Revenue Board. Mr. O'Brien brother of Sir Edward O'Brien, Bart,
is to be the new commissioner.
1815 Monday 23rd October (CJ).
(Extract from Mason's Statistical Survey -on Trade, Navigation, Commerce
In the year 1806 (the proprietor the Right Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur)
got Kilrush made a port for export and had a custom-house erected
in it, subject to the Port of Limerick, and under the direction of
the pro-collector, for whose accommodation a commodious house has
been erected since near the quay.
Clare Game Licenses 1810-1821.
John Vandeleur, Ralahine 06/09/1819.
John Scott Vandeleur 26/09/1811.
1816 Tuesday 16th January (FJ)
Thursday the Right Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur, and Lady Frances Vandeleur,
arrived in Limerick from Dublin, on their way to his estate at Kilrush.
1816 Monday 11th March (CJ)
Spring Assizes-----Co. Clare. - Grand Jury: Rt Hon. J O Vandeleur—foreman.
1816 Monday 29th July (CJ).
Grand Jury Panel—Sir Edward O’Brien, Bart, M P foreman—Rt
Hon. J O Vandeleur. ---
1817 Dublin Almanac Registry Directory.
Nobility and Gentry: Vandeleur Right Hon. J O, 13 Rutland Square East
and Kilrush, Clare.
1817 Saturday 18th January (EC)
The Vandeleur, revenue cruiser, Captain Hopkins, sailed from Cork
to the Shannon on Saturday.
1817 Wednesday 28th May (EC).
Kilrush, --------The town has a custom house, revenue establishment,
sessions house, market house, chapel new and old and an excellent
seminary for young gentlemen ably conducted by the Rev Mr. Allen a
churchman of the Established Church. ---but wood is wanting –except
in the demesne of Mr. Vandeleur who is Lord of the Manor, a commissioner
of the revenue and a privy counsellor. His house is perfectly modern:
large sums having been expended in its erection, as well as the offices
A reading room has been established by the gentlemen of the town who
are men of information and politeness ---------
Mr. Paterson an active and intelligent merchant has lately engaged
in speculation which does him much credit and will be of infinite
service to the public---- a splendid hotel, tepid and vapour baths,
near to the river and a highly finished steam packet to ply between
Kilrush and Limerick in four to five hours.
1818 Wednesday 14th January (EC).
The Right Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur and Lady Frances have arrived
1818 Wednesday 4th March (EC).
The Right Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur was sworn in as a Grand Juror.
1818 Monday 6th April (CJ).
Thursday the Rt Hon. J Ormsby Vandeleur his Lady and family arrived
in Limerick from Kilrush and on Friday proceeded to Dublin.
1818 Wednesday 7th October (EC)
On Saturday morning the Right Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur and Lady
Frances Vandeleur left Limerick for Dublin.
1818 Monday 12th October (EC).
Curragh October Meeting- Kirwan Stakes- Mr Vandeleur's b.c. Turk 3
years old 7st 7lbs was 1st.
Ennis Chronicle Wednesday 19th April 1820
To Be Let
For Seven Years
From the First Day of May Next
In Jail Street, now occupied by the Representatives of Mr. Michael
Application to Boyle Vandeleur, Esq., Ennis, or Robert Kean, Esq.,
1820 Thursday 9th March (CJ)
Clare Assizes: Grand Jury: Rt. Hon. J O Vandeleur-------.
1820 Thursday 18th May (CJ).
Monday the Rt. Hon. J O Vandeleur and family passed through Limerick
from Dublin for Kilrush House.
1820 Thursday 27th July (CJ).
On Friday last came on before the Collector of Kilrush and Messrs.
Hunt and McCloskey sub-commissioners in Kilrush The trial of the ship
lately seized by the Vandeleur revenue cutter: the vessel was condemned.
We understand that the seizure will be brought before the Court of
1820 Thursday 3rd August.
(To his wife, Merrion Square, from Daniel O'Connell)
My own darling, ----------The Lord of the Soil at Kilrush
is Mr. Vandeleur the Commissioner of the Revenue. He got the place
by selling the country at the Union. I hope he will live to be fined
for the offence. He is as white-livered and as bigoted a dog as you
could wish to see. You will not therefore wonder that he should dislike
me. It mortifies him I believe not a little that his people
should testify kindness to a popish agitator, and do you know that
I think I have consumed too much of my paper in writing to you about
him but darling, it was in answer to your question. -------.
1820 Thursday 5th October (CJ).
Mr Vandeleur has advertised three racers: Olympus, Margaret and Woodnymph
to be sold at the stand of Newcastle (Limerick) race course.
1820 Monday 27th November (CJ).
Mr. Vandeleur is to be the new Sergeant at Law in room of Mr. Sergeant
Burton promoted to the Bench.
1821 Dublin Directory: Nobility and Gentry.
Vandeleur (Rt Hon. J O) 13 Rutland Square East and Kilrush Co. Clare.
1821 Thursday 15th March (CJ)
Grand Jury: Rt. Hon. J O Vandeleur-----.
1821 Tuesday 3rd April (FJ)
Saturday, the Right Hon. J O Vandeleur arrived in Limerick from Kilrush,
1821 Monday 23rd April (CJ)
Lieut. Charles Napier is appointed to command the Vandeleur
revenue cruiser on the Irish station.
1821 Monday 21st May (CJ)
The Lady of the Shannon steamboat between Limerick and Kilrush
commenced plying on Friday and arrived there in five hours. (James
Patterson owned this boat)
1821 Thursday 28th June (CJ)
The Rt. Hon. J O Vandeleur has arrived at Kilrush House.
1821 Friday 7th September (FJ)
A sharp exchange took place on Tuesday last, off Kerry Head, between
the Vandeleur Revenue Cruiser, Lieutenant Napier, and a smuggling
lugger, which lasted from seven o'clock until midnight. The action
was heard for a considerable time from Ballyheige shore, and an exchange
of upwards of forty shots, each distinctly counted accompanied frequently
by cheers from each vessel. We are at present unacquainted with the
result of the engagement-The smuggler was observed to retire gradually
at the commencement. It is reported that the Vandeleur had
two of her men killed on the occasion, but this we trust rests upon
no satisfactory authority. Southern Reporter.
1822 Monday 4th March (CJ)
Yesterday evening, five men entered the house of the Rt. Hon. J O
Vandeleur within a short distance of Kilrush, and having broke opened
the room occupied by the steward demanded a brace of pistols they
had seen on the window a few days before, but which had been removed:
finding they were disappointed the ruffians beat the man in a cruel
manner, broke his arm in two places, and cut off some of his fingers
and also cut him severely about the head-------.
1822 Thursday 5th September (CJ)
New Road to Kilrush.
The grant of a sum of money by his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant
now expending under the direction of Mr. Killaly in opening a new
line of communication from this town to Kilrush, giving employment
to a great proportion of the peasantry ---- The road is to be made
fifty two feet wide.
(Perhaps the start of the laying of the Mail Line / Kilrush to
1822 The Edinburgh Annual Register.
Death Notice: November 1st .At Clifton, Bristol, in the 55th year
of his age, John Ormsby Vandeleur, late Colonel in the Army, and Lieut-Colonel
of the 5th Dragoon Guards.
(John Ormsby Vandeleur, of Maddenstown, Kildare and of Ballinamona,
Co Limerick and brother of Colonel Thomas Pakenham Vandeleur who was
killed at the Battle of Laswaree on the 1st Nov 1803)
Connaught Journal February 1823.
John Scott Vandeleur, Esq., of Ralahine, is to be High Sheriff of
the County of Clare for the present year.
1823 Friday 18th July (FJ).
The Right Honourable John Ormsby Vandeleur and family arrived in Limerick
on Monday last, from the Continent, and next day proceeded to Kilrush.
1824 Sunday 18th July.
At a meeting of the Kilrush “Catholic Rent” committee
held in the Chapel of that town, on Sunday the 18th July. The Rev.
M. Corbett, P P in the Chair. “It was resolved that our chairman
be requested to make a respectable communication to the Right Hon.
John O. Vandeleur on the subject of threats, held out by the Rev.
Mr. ---, to some of Mr. Vandeleur's tenants, to the following effect:
That any person who became or becomes a subscriber to the “Catholic
Rent” will incur the marked displeasure of Mr. Vandeleur. That
this communication is made for the purpose of enabling Mr. V. to wipe
off such an imputation, and of declaring himself on the subject.”
July 20th 1824 Dear Sir, --I have received your letter, in which you
communicated to me the Resolution of a Meeting of which you were chairman.
I have never, in any instance interfered with the personal interests
of my tenantry, so long as their conduct was not inconsistent with
the laws of their country, I am, Dear Sir, Yours faithfully, J O Vandeleur.
At Kilrush in Dec 1824 Revd. Gideon Ouseley's attempt to preach in
the street, as had been his custom, sparked off a violent incident.
A crowd gathered and before long he was he was pelted with stones.
The police arrived on the scene very quickly, but they too came under
attack. Two days later an investigation was held before the High Sheriff
J.O.Vandeleur who was the leading landlord in the area. Matthew Corbett,
parish priest of Kilrush vigorously defended the rioters who he said
found Mr. Ouseley “reviling and calumniating” their religion
and also the Established Church. The atmosphere during the inquiry,
which was held in Kilrush, was extremely tense, with a heavy police
guard on the courthouse on the second day. The investigation ended
when Mr. Vandeleur tried to calm the situation by an adjournment “with
a sincere hope that all parties should live in peace and concord with
each other, and that they would clearly see the necessity of refraining
from all sorts of riot”. (See Appendix 3 Vandeleur Leases
for Kilrush 8th August 1812)
1826 Monday 6th March (CJ).
Ennis Grand Jury. -------John Scott Vandeleur (of Ralahine),
Rt Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur.
1826 Thursday 8th June (CJ).
The Lady of the Shannon-steam packet started from Limerick
on Thursday for Kilrush.
1826 Monday 10th July (CJ).
The Rt. Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur left London for the Continent.
1826 Kilrush Bridewell.
A new bridewell is erecting here on a good plan, to replace the illegal
dungeon, which has been so often reported on. I visited it, accompanied
by Mr. Vandeleur, the proprietor of the town and the workmanship appears
to me to be good so far as it has gone. It is intended eventually
to establish it as a district bridewell. The old dungeon has no furniture,
but such prisoners as are confined are fed. The keeper should receive
at least £10 per annum under the Act: as the trifle he has hitherto
received is not sufficient to encourage zeal and attention.
1827 Thursday 26th April (CJ)
The Rev. Mr.Kenny of Tulla is appointed Parish Priest of Kilrush vacant
by the death of Rev. Mr. Corbett.
1827 Monday 15th October (CJ)
Ennis- the Right Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur, Lady Frances and the
Misses Vandeleurs arrived in town on Monday evening from Kilrush on
their way to Killaloe to spend some days with the Lord Bishop and
his family. They proceeded from hence on Tuesday.
1828 Monday 10th March (CJ).
Ennis Assizes- Friday 7th March – Rt Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur
1828 Tuesday 1st July.
Ennis: Eight o'clock- Between 300 and 400 of J.O. Vandeleur freeholders
are now passing up the street to the court house, preceded by colours,
every man with a green leaf in his hat and amidst the loudest cheering
from the townspeople. They are western men from Kilrush, and brought
in by the clergy to vote for O'Connell. Along the road the general
cry of those men are “Here's Kilrush, high for O’Connell,
high for our priest”. Mr. O'Leary the priest from Kilrush came
with them and the town is full of catholic clergy. There are fifteen
boots opened for polling.
1828 New Monthly Magazine.
The tumult was produced by the arrival of some hundred freeholders
from Kilrush, with their landlord, Mr. Vandeleur, at their head. He
stood behind a carriage, and with his hat off, was seen vehemently
addressing the tenants who followed him. It was impossible to hear
a word, which he uttered: but his gesture was sufficiently significant:
he stamped, and waved his hat, and shook his clenched hand. While
he thus adjured them, the crowd through which they were passing, assailed
them with cries,” Vote for your country, boys! Vote for the
old religion! -Three cheers for liberty! -Down with Vesey, and hurrah
for O’Connell!” These were the exclamations, which rent
the air, as they proceeded. They followed their landlord until they
had reached a part of the square where Mr. O'Connell lodged, and before
which a large platform had been erected which communicated with the
window of his apartment, and to which he could advance whenever it
was necessary to address the people. When Mr. Vandeleur's freeholders
had attained this spot, Mr. O'Connell rushed forward on the platform,
and lifted up his arm. A tremendous shout succeeded, and in an instant
Mr. Vandeleur was deserted by his tenants-------.
1828 Monday 21st July (CJ)
Ennis Assizes-Rt Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur – Foreman.
1828 Wednesday 12th November (Ennis Chronicle
& Clare Advertiser).
It is with serious concern we this day announce to our readers the
death of the Right Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur at Kilrush in this county.
This melancholy event took place early on Monday at the home of his
brother the Hon. Judge Vandeleur, near Dublin where a few days previously
he had arrived from England, in a very delicate state of health, having
been taken suddenly bad at the other side of the water. He was in
his seventy-seventh year and for the last four or five years had been
declining very fast to the great regret of his acquaintances, but
more particularly his justly attached domestic circle.
In the hasty post morning sketch of a newspaper obituary we can scarcely
be expected to do justice to the public or private character of such
a man: neither is it necessary that we should detail to the people
of any rank who knew what Mr Vandeleur was: suffice it to say, he
was in public like all that exalted rank, independent fortune, superior
talent, and a good education should be- a man of liberality, kindness
and uncompromising integrity: while in private like he was much more
than we regret to say such men generally are, the most kind affectionate
and endearing master, landlord and patron. However it was as a brother,
a husband, a father and a friend, those who knew him best formed the
truest estimate of the amiable qualifications of this excellent man,
whose death is a source of public and private sorrow. (A plaque
on the Church of Ireland wall at Kilrush states that he was in the
63rd year of his age born c 1765)
1830 Public Works Ireland.--------Fisheries
An account of all piers built, repaired, improved, or in progress
of building on the Coast of Ireland, under the direction of the Commissioners
of Irish Fisheries distinguishing those which remain in a perfect
state, those which have sustained dilapidations those which are in
progress of building.
Burrin New Quay: This pier is completed, and continues in a perfect
Carrigaholt: This pier is completed, and continues in a perfect state
Dunbeg: This pier is completed, and continues in a perfect state
Kilrush: This work is in progress of building, and executing by contract.
Kilbaha: This work is completed, and continues in a perfect state.
Liscannor: This work is in progress of building, and executing by
Seafield: This pier is finished, and remains in a good state.
(The first 200 feet section of the pier at Cappa was constructed
in 1764 by the Board of Customs, with the second section of 168
feet started in 1829 by the Board of Irish Fisheries and Mr Vandeleur
at a cost of £1840. See also 1837 Commissioners of Irish Fishery
Inquiry, 1844 Commissioners for improving Navigation of the River
Shannon and 1885 Select Committee on the Shannon Navigation below.)
1830 George John Lee (Vandeleur) born- -------------died
His legal parents were Robert (a corn merchant in Dublin)
and Eliza Lee, of Kilrush in Co. Clare, although he claimed to be
the natural child of Colonel Crofton Moore Vandeleur, M.P JP DL of
Kilrush House, County Clare, and he may have benefited financially,
on his maturity, from a Vandeleur settlement. --
Between 1851 and 1853 the Lee family must have found some money-possibly
from Colonel Vandeleur on the coming of age of George ---as they moved
from 2 Portobello Place which had a rateable valuation of £5-10s
to Harrington Street which had a valuation of £34. ------------
Lee was friendly with George Bernard Shaw's mother and she became
his principal singer when he presented operas and recitals in Dublin.
He was the illegitimate son of a Clare landowner, Crofton Vandeleur,
and would adopt his father's patronymic as his middle name.
No record of the marriage of Robert and Eliza or the baptism of George
or his brother William (b 1831) survives in the Kilrush Protestant
registers. I use the word survives advisedly. A curious gap in the
dates of the register made me look closer at the volume and to my
astonishment I found that four pages recording baptisms and marriages
between 1831 and 1833, the vital years of the search, had been carefully
removed. That these pages were there at one time is confirmed by the
gap in the pagination. The then Rector of Kilrush: the Rev. Canon
A. V. Smyth assured me that the registers had certainly not been tampered
with in his time (he became rector in 1945). In 1959 the registers
were sent for microfilming to the Irish Public Record Office, and
I found out that the pages had been missing then as well. ------------------When
were the pages cut out? My guess is that they went about 1872. In
December 1871 Lee began to advertise his concerts as under the direction
of “G. V. Lee”, the first time he had signed himself thus
in his press announcements. Perhaps he had diplomatically refrained
from the Vandeleur while Colonel Vandeleur's wife was still on the
But at this period Lady Grace Vandeleur (she was an Earl's daughter)
had retired to Kilrush House, the victim of the “ovarian disease”
which killed her on the 2nd June 1872.Perhaps Colonel Vandeleur out
of regard for the feelings for his dying wife destroyed the official
evidence that substantiated Lee's claim to be his son: perhaps some
member of the Vandeleur family then, or subsequently, felt that the
Roman Catholic impresario of Dublin, or the man who was letting his
Park Lane house for shady nightclub activities, was no adornment of
the family tree and took appropriate action with the registers. There
would be no difficulty in gaining access to them. If Colonel Vandeleur,
the Squire of Kilrush, asked the rector to loan him the register for
an evening's browsing the rector wouldn't have made any bones about
doing so. -----------Lee's musical tastes may well have been a Vandeleur
inheritance. The Vandeleurs themselves were musical. A set of pipes
was specially made for Col. Vandeleur, who was noted for his musical
evenings in Kilrush: and Ormsby Vandeleur bequeathed a Stradivarius
violin, a Margine violin and £4,000 to the Royal Irish Academy
of Music (RIAM). The RIAM had an annual piano, organ and violin competition
for the Vandeleur Scholarship.
1831 Monday 24th January (CJ)
Repeal of the Union
The following notice was a few days ago posted in Kilrush. “Mr.
Vandeleur requests the inhabitants of Kilrush to pause before they
affix their signature to a measure that is looked upon by every person
holding the interests of his country at heart, as calculated to blast
the prospects of trade and rising prosperity of the country”.
--- We wish we had a few such men amongst us as Mr. Vandeleur who
has the boldness and honesty to avow and express his opinions-------.
1831 Monday 7th February (CJ)
Meeting of Magistrates
. ---- Resolved: That the atrocious murder of William Blood----we
agree to pay the sums annexed to our respective names, to whoever
shall within twelve calendar months give such information as shall
lead to the conviction of the offenders. ---------J.S. Vandeleur J
P ---£5,Crofton Moore Vandeleur £30------------------.
1831 Monday 30th May (CJ).
State of the Country
Extract of a letter from Kilrush, May 27th 1831. ----The partial security
we enjoy is to attributed to the exertions of Crofton Moore Vandeleur,
Randal Borough and Joseph Lucas Cox Esqs who are indefatigable in
their exertions to preserve the peace of this district, and arresting
the turbulent and disorderly in which they are succeeding --- On yesterday,
Messrs Borough and Vandeleur apprehended eight Terrys (Terry Alts)
in the neighbourhood of Kilmihil -------.
1831 Saturday 4th June (EC)
Ennis- Grand Jury
-----C M Vandeleur sworn in
1831 Thursday 16th June (CJ)
Election of a Treasurer. Monday the magistrates of this County assembled
called by the Secretary to the Grand Jury-----for the purpose of electing
a County Treasurer in the room of the late Giles Daxon Esq------ Crofton
Moore Vandeleur Esq of Kilrush House, then proposed Charles Mahon
of Cahercalla---- (He lost Mr O'Callaghan got 33 votes Mr Mahon
1831 Saturday 16th June (CJ)
Ennis Assizes. ---------- Crofton Moore Vandeleur sworn in on the
1831 Monday 28th November (CJ).
New Irish Sheriffs. Clare – Crofton Moore Vandeleur Esq, of
Kilrush House, Kilrush.
1831 Thursday 29th December (CJ).
Crofton Moore Vandeleur Esq son of the late Right Hon. John Ormsby
Vandeleur will shortly lead to the hymeneal altar the amicable daughter
of the Earl of Norbury.
1832 Monday 30th April (CJ)
On Monday last at St. George's Church, Dublin, by the Right Hon. the
Lord Bishop of Meath, Crofton Moore Vandeleur Esq., of Kilrush House,
to Lady Grace Toler, the lovely and accomplished daughter of the Earl
1832 Thursday 3rd May (CJ).
Arrival of Mr. Vandeleur and his bride at Kilrush
Early on Thursday Kilrush was all bustles in preparation to meet Mr.
Vandeleur and his Lady who were expected to dinner on that day. The
different trades with their banners &c&c and dressed in their
respected colours were marshalled through the town. The surrounding
gentry, respected yeomanry and peasantry crowded in and by twelve
o'clock the town presented a busy and lively scene. Business of every
kind was suspended except at Miss Casey's Fancy Warehouse, where hundreds
of ribbons were dispensed to decorate the procession. The spade and
plough stood still and “the country came into the town”.
Shortly after noon the country had its turn for the town emptied itself
except for the ladies who with the sweetest and fairest flowers of
the spring themselves decorated the windows on the line through which
the procession was to return: And for miles the road to Ennis presented
a brilliant array of carriages, horsemen, trades with banners, peasantry,
and servants with cockades decorated wands &c&c all proceeded
by Mr. Vandeleur's excellent private band in full dress. In this order
the procession moved on slowly and regularly to “Piper's Hill”
where the cavalcade part of it “shot on” at a canter pace
towards Ennis: but the work was soon too hard for men, or horses,
and at Fanny O'Dea's the word “halt” (in a voice like
Dick O'Donnell's) was simultaneously responded to and the poor horses
instantly yielding to Fanny's sign of invitation to “Refreshments
for man and horse” needed but little pressure on the bridle
to obey the call. ------------------------
----- In Kilrush a congratulatory address was then presented by Mr.
Mr Vandeleur Replied: “Gentlemen it is believe
me with feelings of no ordinary nature, that I now return thanks for
myself and Lady Grace for the very unexpected and highly flattering
manner in which you have expressed the sentiments of such a considerable
portion of Kilrush and its vicinity. -------- I trust I shall always
merit a continuation of such favours for Lady Grace and myself and
it is our firm resolve that whether in tranquillity or in agitation
no effort shall be wanting on our part to secure the comforts and
promote the interests of so deserving a tenantry”.
1833 Thursday 25th July (CJ).
Clare Assizes: The following Grand Jury were sworn in----- Crofton
1833 Thursday 25th July (CJ).
Clare Assizes: The following Grand Jury were sworn in----- Crofton
1833 Monday 7th October (CJ).
At her residence in Rutland Square, Dublin the Lady Frances Vandeleur,
widow of the late Right Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur. The memory of
the Lady Vandeleur will be long and cherished by the people of Kilrush---
To the poor she was a munificent benefactress and every wish of her
heart seemed to increase the happiness of all around her.
1833 Thursday 21st November (CJ).
Court of the Kings Bench
Bankrupt. -John Scott Vandeleur, Ralahine, Co. Clare.
Provisional Assignee-Mr. William Magrath.
1834 Report from the select Committee on
--- Is there a pier now at a place called Kilrush? -There is a substantially
built pier there, but not sufficiently large, which has been erected
partly by a grant from the late Fishery Board, and partly by a contribution
from Mr. Vandeleur: but there is no provision for its maintenance.
Mr. Vandeleur, as lord of the soil, exercises a salutary controlling
power: but I believe that if it was disputed he could not maintain
it. The toll, however, he levies is light, and cheerfully paid.
1834 Monday 24th Jaunuary (CJ).
Outlawry of Mr J. S Vandeleur. -------The proclamation read this “John
S. Vandeleur come and appear on pain of transportation for life”.
1834 Thursday 27th February (CJ).
Ennis Assizes---Crofton Moore Vandeleur was sworn in on the Grand
1834 Monday 23rd June (CJ).
Crofton Moore Vandeleur Esq, of Kilrush has in addition to his subscription,
liberally given twenty pounds towards the Shannon Regatta, which it
is understood, is likely to be attended by the Royal Yacht squadron.
1834 Monday 7th July (CJ).
Clare Assizes. Crofton Moore Vandeleur Esq, sworn in as foreman of
the Grand Jury.
1834 Thursday 7th August (CJ)
The following gentlemen were admitted members of the Royal Western
Yacht Club during last week viz.; -- Duncan C Patterson Esq of Kilrush----
Nicholas J O'Gorman Esq, of Bellview, Co Clare. ----Randal Borough
jnr. Esq, Kilrush-----.
1834 Thursday 7th August (CJ).
To the Editor of the Clare Journal, Kilrush, Tuesday 5th August. Re
Regatta--------- The ball on Thursday was numerously and brilliantly
attended and the festivities of the week, particularly at Mr. Vandeleur's
were on a scale extensive and magnificent. Here I am in justice bound
to say Mr Vandeleur and Lady Grace have endeared themselves to the
people, beyond what I can well describe, by the urbanity and studious
attention to the amusement and convenience of every class of persons,
the poorest, as well as the greatest. By their influence was Mr. Spaight's
beautiful lawn thrown open to the public. Their Band (a delightful
one) was in constant attendance and added much to the hilarity of
the scene. --- It is reported that Mr. Vandeleur not only promised
a re-occurrence of the amusement annually here, but declared his intention
of forming a race course on part of his estate at Moyne. That where
their cannot be a more delightful situation for the purpose. Such
are the acts by which high-minded young gentlemen ensures the improvement
of his own property and a place in the hearts and affections of his
Kilrush belongs to Crofton Moore Vandeleur, Esq., of Kilrush House,
who is lord of the manor. His property extends about twelve miles
along, the Shannon side, east of Kilrush, and, westward on the road
to Kilkee, about five miles: and his income is said to be about £15,500
per annum. He is a young man, and is an excellent landlord, giving
encouragement by granting longer leases, and ground for building on
and is ready to join any company that may be established for the benefit
of the country. Within the last five years, the town and neighbourhood
have undergone an astonishing improvement mainly attributable to the
establishment of the steam navigation. The trade of the place is rapidly
increasing: several stores are building: branches of the National
and Agricultural Banks have been established: a patent slip has been
constructed: and the Steam Company are about to extend the pier by
200 feet. These are unequivocal signs of increased prosperity. Nor
are advantages resulting from these changes confined to the town.
The agricultural interest is benefited to a very considerable extent,
by the opening of the trade of Kilrush: the farmers, for instance,
who formerly were obliged to take 2d. or 3d. a stone less than the
Limerick prices, now sell their grain within a farthing of these prices............
It was highly gratifying to witness the animation that prevailed in
Kilrush-the neatness of the little shops, the flagged pathway, and
the absence of accumulated dirt, so prominent and offensive a peculiarity
of most small towns in Ireland. The people of Kilrush (whose population
is 5000) are handsome, and appear considerably more intelligent than
in many other places. The whole town, indeed, presented abundant proofs
of the advantages that result from a spirited and enlightened policy..............
1835 Conditions of the poorer classes in
Appendix to First Report of Commissioners
The petty sessions are occasionally held during the summer months
art Kilkee, and no punishments have been inflicted for vagrancy, neither
at Kilrush, where the magistrates sit once a week: neither is it thought
that it could be done, unless relief were extended to the really deserving
objects. Mr. Vandeleur says, “I do not think vagrancy laws could
be enforced unless relief were given to the impotent poor: but it
is absolutely necessary that we should soon have some means in our
power to repress vagrancy. Mendicancy, as it exists, i.e. injurious
to the morals of the poor: and particularly in a town of the size
of Kilrush, one cannot but be struck with the bad consequences that
result from those who give lodgings to beggars, as they carry about
disease, and frequently rob the poor people. Almost all the petty
larcenies that have lately been committed there, and brought before
us as magistrates, have been clearly traced to strolling mendicancy”.
Still it appears that there is a great repugnance to enforcing severe
laws at present: “but” says Mr. Studdert, (Mr. Vandeleur
fully concurring with him) “if a provision were extended to
the poor, the repugnance on the part of those who would be entrusted
with the enforcement of a well-digested vagrant law would be removed”--
1835 Thursday 8th January (CJ)
--------- Two such individuals have offered themselves Messrs Vandeleur
and O'Brien: both possessing hereditary claims to be representatives
of the County and it is confidently to be hoped that the people on
this occasion will step forward, and by identifying their interests
with that of the Landlords, their true friends and protectors heal
all old animosities – give them suffrages as common sense would
desire and prove to the country, that at least one of their rights
is still left them- The Freedom of Election! (Vandeleur later
withdrew from this election after coming to an arrangement with O'Brien)
1835 Saturday 28th February (FJ).
Novel Mode of Collecting Tithe
Mr. Vandeleur, of Kilrush, and his agent, Mr. Fitzgerald, of Adelphi,
County Clare, have adopted a new and easy mode of settling the tithe
question. Having appointed a day last week, for receiving rents, the
tenantry came prepared to settle, and on handing the amount to Mr.
Fitzgerald, that gentleman deducted the tithe due, and handing back
the difference, desired them to make up their rents for him. The rent,
or rather second rent, not being so convenient as Mr. Vandeleur
or Mr. Fitzgerald expected: the poor people had to submit to the alternative
of allowing fifty head of cattle to be sent to the pound, where they
were left without even a drink of water, which we believe the law
requires. We say no more until we hear again from our intelligent
Kilrush correspondent-Limerick Star.
1835 Monday 16th March (CJ).
Royal Western Yacht Club
------The Following noblemen and gentlemen were elected officers of
the club for the coming year. Earl of Dunraven, President, Crofton
Moore Vandeleur, Esq, Commodore, Thos O’Connell, Esq, Secretary,
Fs. Spaight. Esq, Treasurer, -Committee The Knight of Glin, William
Pleney, Esq, John Scott, Esq, Poole Hickman, Esq, Francis Spaight,
Esq, Francis Kennedy, Esq, Francis Coppinger, Esq, Lieut B. Hyde,
R.N, Jonas Studdert, Esq,
1835 Saturday 25th April (Limerick Chronicle).
Crofton Moore Vandeleur has returned to Kilrush from Dublin.
1835 Thursday 18th June (CJ).
Death of Judge Vandeleur
------------------------ His Lordship was called to the bar at Trinity
Term 1790, and for many years practised as leading counsel of the
Connaught circuit and was admitted a bencher of the King's Inns in
1801. Judge Vandeleur (Thomas Burton) was second brother
of the late Right Hon. John Ormsby Vandeleur and uncle of Crofton
Moore Vandeleur, Esq., of Kilrush. (Inscription of the Vandeleur
mausoleum in Kilrush states that he died in September 1835)
1835 Saturday 17th October (LC).
Registry: ----- As voters for the County and City of Limerick: Vandeleur,
Crofton Moore, Esq Kilrush, County Clare £50 freeholder in the
lands of Cloughkeating and Liberties said cities.
1836 Thursday 28th January (CJ).
The gratifying intelligence of the birth of twin sons to Lady Grace
Vandeleur was received at Kilrush on Friday evening with demonstration
of joy and satisfaction. The guns of several yachts laid up in ordinary,
rang out a reverie, whilst the various other boats and vessels in
the harbour exhibited streamers waving in the wind. At night the town
was brilliantly illuminated: an excellent amateur band enlivened the
principal square and bonfires blazed in every quarter, the joy-bells
striking out a merry peal up to a late hour. (John Toler b18/01/1836
d?? /02/1837 and Hector Stewart b 18/01/1836 d 03/10/1909).
1836 Thursday 21st April (CJ).
Co Clare – Depopulation System, Kilrush, 23/03/1836
Dear Sir, ------ The proprietor of Kilrush and its vicinity is Mr.
Vandeleur. Without mentioning the many families ejected from different
portions of his estate I shall only confine your attention to the
miseries brought upon one townland Carradotia. The families ejected
from that one townland are as follows:
|Patrick Woulfe (a house)
|James Woulfe (a house)
|Widow Loughlin (a house)
|Matthew Carmody (a house)
John McMahon, Connor Lean, Brian Connell, Patrick
Mangan and Widow McMahon. The number of the families and quantity
of land occupied by the five last named I do not know. They have all
been ejected since the Clare Election of '28 in consequence of their
refusal to vote for the Vesey Fitzgerald. ------------- Rev Jeremiah
Vaughan CC. To William Sharman Crawford Esq. M P.
1836 Monday 25th April (CJ).
Editorial Re: Letter of Rev Vaughan
. ----------------- Now the truth is that upon many farms which have
since 1828 fallen into Mr Vandeleur's hands he has left scores of
tenants on the lands who then voted against his father. He is not
a man to be influenced by such like considerations. He gives his land
to those of good character who can pay for their holdings------.
1836 Monday 13th Jue (CJ).
Arrival of Crofton Moore Vandeleur Esq at Kilrush.
The cordial reception of Mr Vandeleur and his amiable Lady
by a numerous and respectable portion of the inhabitants of this town
and vicinity on Thursday evening is a demonstration of the utter futility
of and despicable attempt however artfully devised to create a disunity
between this gentleman and his tenantry. ------------------------------.
To the Editor of the Clare Journal, Kilrush, Friday, June 10th
Yesterday was a great day here. It was announced the day before the
Mr Vandeleur with his family and suite would be down in his splendid
yacht the Caroline, towed by the Garryowen steamer,
which was to leave Limerick at one o'clock. ------------.
1836 Monday 15th August (CJ).
The Hon. Laurence Parsons and his bride are at Kilrush House, the
seat of his brother-in-law Crofton Moore Vandeleur Esq.
(Laurence Parsons was the son of the 2nd Earl of Rosse and he
married Lady Elizabeth Graham-Toler, on the 10th May 1836, sister
of Lady Grace Vandeleur)
1836 Monday 3rd October (CJ).
Ennis. The Earl of Norbury passed through this town on Friday from
Kilrush, after a visit to Crofton Moore Vandeleur Esq, and his Lordship's
relative Lady Grace Vandeleur.
1837 The importance of the Vandeleurs to
Kilrush in the 1830s is outlined in Lewis’ Topography
Kilrush: A History and Topography 1837 by Samuel Lewis
A sea-port, market and post-town, and a parish, in the barony of Moyarta,
county of Clare, and province of Munster, 21 miles (S. W.) from Ennis,
and 130¼ (S. W.) from Dublin; containing 9732 inhabitants,
of which number, 3996 are in the town. This town is pleasantly situated
on the northern shore of the estuary of the Shannon, about 15 miles
from its mouth, and on the creek to which it gives name, and to the
convenience of which for export trade it owes its present importance.
It is neatly built, and consists of a market-square intersected from
east to west by a spacious street, from which smaller streets branch
off; the total number of houses, in 1831, was 712, since which time
several others have been added. The principal streets are well paved
and flagged; and the roads in the vicinity have been greatly improved
within the last few years.
The manufactures of the town and neighbourhood, chiefly
for home consumption, are friezes, flannels, stockings, strong sheetings,
and a serviceable kind of narrow linen, called bandle cloth. There
are works for refining rock salt for domestic use, a tanyard, a soap
manufactory, and a manufactory for nails. The chief trade is in corn,
butter, cattle, pigs, and agricultural produce; and a considerable
number of hides are sold in the market. About 20 small hookers belonging
to the port are engaged in fishing and dredging for oysters off the
coast, in which about 200 persons are employed. The port is free of
dues, except a small charge for keeping the pier in repair. The pier,
which is of very solid construction, is protected by a sea wall of
great strength, and is very commodious both for commercial and agricultural
uses; it affords great facility for landing passengers from the steam-vessels,
which regularly ply between this place and Limerick. During the bathing
season at Kilkee these vessels ply daily, and at other times only
on alternate days; public cars are always in attendance at the pier
to convey passengers to Kilkee
The pier extends from the shore towards Hog Island
in the Shannon, and was erected partly at the expense of the Board
of Customs, and subsequently extended 168 feet by the late Board of
Fisheries and Mr. Vandeleur, at an expense of £1800. The custom-house,
a neat modern building near the quay, erected in 1806, is under the
control of the port collector of Limerick. The harbour is about 9
miles below Tarbert; it is frequented by vessels that trade in grain
and other commodities: its peculiar advantage arises from its depth
of water, which admits the entrance of vessels of the largest size.
Ships of war and Indiamen anchor in the roadstead, and there is a
tide harbour with piers and quays; also a patent slip for repairs.
Hence it is a good asylum harbour for vessels in distress; its proximity
to the mouth of the Shannon renders it easy of access and eligible
for vessels to put to sea at any time of the tide; and therefore it
must be considered the best position for an American packet station.
About one mile south from the shore, and between the island of Inniscattery
and the mainland, is Hog Island, comprising about 20 acres of land,
and containing only one family. A coast-guard station, forming part
of the district of Miltown-Malbay is established at Kilrush, and a
revenue cutter is stationed off the shore. Branches of the National
and Agricultural banks have been opened in the town.
The market is on Saturday, and by patent may be held
daily; the fairs are on May 10th, and Oct. 12th, and there is also
a fair at Ballyket on July 4th. The market-house, a commodious and
handsome building in the center of the market-square, was erected
at the expense of the late Mr. Vandeleur, to whom the town owes much
of its prosperity; there are also some meat shambles and a public
slaughter-house. Quarter sessions are held here at Easter and Michaelmas;
petty sessions are held every Tuesday; and a court for the manor of
Kilrush is held on the first Monday in every month by the seneschal
of Crofton Moore Vandeleur, Esq., lord of the manor. A chief constabulary
police force is stationed in the town. The court-house, a neat and
commodious building, was erected in 1831, on a site given by Mr. Vandeleur;
and a small Bridewell was built in 1825, and is well adapted to the
classification of prisoners
The parish comprises 4310 statute acres, as assessed
to the county rate, exclusively of a large extent of bog; the system
of agriculture has latterly been much improved, and tillage very considerably
extended; with-in the last seven years the quantity of wheat grown
has increased tenfold. This improvement is chiefly to be attributed
to the facility of communication with Limerick, afforded by the steam
navigation company; the quantity of agricultural produce which passed
through the market, in 1835,including pigs, amounted in value to £50,000.
Great quantities of turf are cut and sent chiefly from Poolnashary
harbour, on the western shore of the parish, to Limerick and its neighbourhood,
by boats manned by three persons, and each boat is calculated to earn
about £200 annually in this trade. At Knockeragh is an excellent
quarry of flags, the smaller of which are used for roofing; and flags
of superior quality are also quarried at Moneypoint, on the shore
of the Shannon, and sent to Cork, Tralee, and other places; good grit-stones,
from four to eight feet in length, and from two to four feet wide,
are procured at Crag and Tullagower, with sand of a good quality for
building. There are also quarries of good building stone and slate;
and in several parts of the parish are indications of lead and copper,
but no mine of either has been yet explored.
The principal seats are Kilrush House, the residence
of Crofton Moore Vandeleur, Esq., of handsome and spacious mansion
immediately adjoining the town, and commanding an extensive view of
the Shannon, and the Clare and Kerry shores; Mount Pleasant, of Capt.
J. L. Cox; Cappa Lodge, of Randal Borough, Esq.; and Oaklands, of
W. Henn, Esq. The parish is in the diocese of Killaloe; the rectory
is partly impropriate in John Scott, Esq., but chiefly appropriate
to the prebend of Inniscattery in the cathedral of Killaloe; the vicarage
also forms part of the corps of the same prebend,to which were episcopally
united, in 1777,the vicarages of Kilfieragh,Kilballyone,and Moyarta,together
constituting the union of Kilrush,in the gift of the Bishop. The tithes
amount to £429. 4. 7 ½. of which £36. 18. 5½.
is payable to the impropriator, and the remainder to the prebendary;
and the visceral tithes of the three other parishes amount to £365.
12. 9¾. The glebe-house, built by a gift of £100 and
a loan of £600 from the same Board, is a handsome residence
near the church; the glebe comprises about 3 acres.
The church, a large edifice with an embattled tower
crowned with pinnacles, towards the erection of which the late Board
of First Fruits granted a loan of £1500, was built in 1813,
near the site of the ancient church, of which the ruins form an interesting
and picturesque appendage: it contains a well-executed mural tablet
to the late Mr. Vandeleur, and has been lately repaired by a grant
of £121 from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. In the R. C.
divisions the parish is the head of a union or district, comprising
also the parish of Killeymur: the parochial chapel is a spacious building,
with a well-executed altar-piece; there is also a chapel at Knockeragh,
erected in 1833. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists
in the town, recently erected on ground presented by Mr. Vandeleur.
About 280 children are taught in three public schools, of which one
is supported by the trustees of Erasmus Smith’s charity, who
allow the master £30 per annum; the parochial school is chiefly
supported by the incumbent, and there is a large school under the
superintendence of the R. C. clergyman, who allows the master £12
per annum: the two former are held in the upper part of the market-house,
but Mr. Vandeleur has it in contemplation to build a school-house
for their use. There are also four private schools, in which are about
360 children; and a school-house has been lately built by subscription
at Knockeragh. About two miles from the town, on the road to Miltown,
and also near the Ennis road, are chalybeate springs, both considered
efficacious in the cure of bilious diseases. At Mullagha are the ruins
of an ancient chapel, supposed to have been built by St. Senan, who
is said to have been a native of that place; attached to it is a burial-ground
still in use and near it a holy well. There are several ancient forts
or raths in the parish.
1837 Thursday 23rd February (CJ). Clare Assizes.
The following gentlemen were sworn on the Grand Jury, Cornelius O'Brien
M P, Birchfield – Foreman, Andrew Stackpoole, Ballyally, Crofton
Moore Vandeleur, and Kilrush.
1837 Thursday 29th June (CJ)
Crofton Moore Vandeleur Esq, of Kilrush will offer himself to the
electors of his native county in the coming elections for Clare (Lim.
1837 Monday 3rd July (CJ).
Grand Jury sworn in-------------Crofton Moore Vandeleur.
1837 Wednesday 23rd August. (FJ) and Monday
21st August (CJ).
Royal Western Yacht Club. The fleet of this club sailed up the river
on Thursday from Kilrush under George Courtenay Esq., commodore of
the Dolphin yacht and came to anchor in the Pool, where their
arrival was announced by the signal gun from various crafts. At Kilrush
regatta, the Caroline, Crofton Moore Vandeleur Esq., and
Paul Pry, Stafford O'Brien Esq., started for the Dunraven
Tureen, which was awarded a second time to the former. The Paul
Pry yacht won a prise of £15 and the Midge, S.
Creagh Esq., another £10.
1837 Thursday 21st September (CJ).
Crofton Moore Vandeleur has arrived on a tour of pleasure in Dingle.
1837 Commissioners of Irish Fishery Inquiry.
Name of Pier Sources from which funds were derived for their construction.
Kilrush Co Clare Grant from Government £1340.
(Cappa) Rt. Hon. J.O.Vandeleur £500 Total £1840.
There are 20 small hookers engaged in fishing and
dredging for oysters, belonging to this port affording employment
to about 200 persons. The pier is of much use in a mercantile and
agricultural point of view. A small steam vessel plies between Kilrush
1838 Monday 4th June (CJ).
A Scottish company are building a distillery at Kilrush
1838 Thursday 7th June (CJ).
The Caroline, Crofton Moore Vandeleur's yacht has sailed from the
Shannon for Southampton and will attend the regatta of the Royal Yacht
Club at Cowes, Isle of Wight.
It is intended to build a draw-bridge over the Creek of Kilrush, near
the Customs Department—there could not be a greater acquisition
to the town.
1838 Monday 20th July (CJ).
The Shannon Regatta Ball will be held at the assembly Rooms Kilrush
under the patronage of Crofton Moore Vandeleur Esq on the night of
the 2nd of August next and the following night for the inhabitants
1838 Monday 20th August (CJ).
Crofton Moore Vandeleur Esq has given the Rev. Mr. Kenny PP of Kilrush
a site for a new chapel in the town---------------.
1838 Thursday 27th September (CJ).
The Limerick Shipping Company has purchased the steam ship Dover
Castle for £4,500 to ply up and down the river between
Kilrush and Limerick.
1838 Thursday 1st November (CJ).
A branch of the Limerick lace factory is about to open at Kilrush.
1839 Thursday 17th January.(CJ)
Funeral of Lord Norbury.
The body was brought into the church and the beautiful burial service
of the Church of England read by the Revs. Lever and Toler in a most
impressive manner. At the conclusion of which the Rev. Mr. Lever addressed
the assembled numbers in substance as follows.” ------ You men
of Durrow (Co Offaly) have lost a parent and a friend-----------”.
1839 Tuesday 29th January. (FJ)
Crofton Moore Vandeleur and Lady Grace Vandeleur are leaving Kilrush
for some time in consequences of the trouble the family have been
plunged into by the assassination of his father-in-law Lord Norbury.
Their departure will throw grave damp on many projected improvements
in Kilrush and neighbourhood.
1839 Thursday 30th May (CJ)
On Thursday evening, her Majesty's birthday was celebrated by a public
dinner at Kilrush: the Rev. John Kenny in the Chair. After the cloth
had been moved, the chairman gave the toast to the Queen, the People,
the Ministry, the Duchess of Kent, the Duke of Sussex, and the Royal
Family, the Lord Lieutenant, and the Irish Government, old Ireland,
civil and religious liberty, Daniel O’Connell, the Liberal Protestantism.
Vandeleur, trade and commerce of Kilrush, &c &c. To these
toasts Mr. Charles O' Connell, Mr. Jackson, Rev Mr. Meehan, Mr. Wm.
Brew, Dr Foley, Mr High O’Keeffe, Counsellor Fitzgerald, Rev
Mr. Breen, &c severally addressed the meeting and the conviviality’s
of the evening were kept up to a late hour.
The new lace factory at Kilrush will be opened by Mr Walker early
next week, where 300 girls in that neighbourhood may find the desired
employment, upon a most eloquent and fashionable article of dress.
1839 Monday 3rd June (CJ).
Hospital in Kilrush.
Mr Wm. Hunt, has been declared the contractor for erecting this very
desirable refuge. The work will be commenced immediately.
1839 Monday 17th June (CJ).
Wednesday morning a fire was discovered to have broken out in Mr.
Irwin Patterson's concern at Kilrush it was extinguished without material
1839 Monday 15th July (CJ).
The Lessee of Crofton Moore Vandeleur v. Patterson.
An application is intended to be made to the Court at the ensuing
term to set aside the verdict obtained by the defendant in this cause
at the last Assizes of Ennis on the grounds of its being contrary
to law, evidence and the Judge's charge. (Limerick Chronicle)
1839 Monday 22nd July (CJ).
Kilrush Fever Hospital.
On Saturday 20th inst. the first stone of the Kilrush Fever Hospital
was laid by the architect J.B.Kean.Esq on a most eligible site selected
for the purposes and given free by the worthy proprietor of the soil,
Crofton Moore Vandeleur, Esq. He has also given the site of an extensive
chapel now in progress on a new line of street, with several important
improvements now being in progress in Kilrush.
1839 Thursday 8th August (CJ).
“--------------- A meeting of magistrates was held in the Court-house
Kilrush on Saturday last H.P. Hickmann, Esq in the Chair, where the
following magistrates were appointed ex-officio guardians of the Union:
Mr. Vandeleur. Mr. Hickmann, Mr. Scott, Mr. Burton, Mr. O'Grady, Mr.
Geo Studdert, Mr. James Studdert, Capt. Studdert, and Mr. Richard
1839 Friday 25th October (FJ).
Crofton M. Vandeleur, Esq, is expected to Kilrush this week, when
the site for a Union Work-house will be decided on.
1839 Monday 28th October (FJ)
Crofton Vandeleur Esq. has arrived at his house Cavendish-Row, Rutland
Square, from London.
1839 Thursday 7th November (CJ).
Crofton Moore Vandeleur, Esq, laid the foundation stone of the new
chapel now erecting in Kilrush, on Saturday. About 600 of Mr. Matthew's
disciples walked in procession having their medals suspended round
their necks by a ribbon, and carrying wands with leaves of laurel
on them in their hands. Mr. Vandeleur addressed those assembled. We
understand he subscribed £300 towards the erection of the building.
1839 Thursday 28th November (FJ)
West of Ireland Steam Navigation Company.
Capital £250, 000, in 25,000 Shares of £10 each, Deposit,
£1 per Share.
Directors: Bernard, Edward Esq. Bourne, Richard Esq, Brown, John Esq,
Hartley, James Esq, Mahony, Pierce Esq, Roche, Sir David, Bart, M
P, White, John Esq, Wood, Thomas Alderman, Vandeleur, Colonel Crofton
Moore Esq D L.
The Directors stand pledged to the Subscribers that
no trading shall be commenced nor liability incurred beyond the expense
of obtaining a Patent under the act of Victoria, limiting the responsibility
of the Shareholders to the amount of their respective subscriptions
and other incidental charges until such non-liability Patent shall
have been obtained.
The Company is established for the purpose of affording
to the West of Ireland the benefits of Steam Communication with England,
there not being at present a single Steam Vessel plying from thence
to any port in England. It is intended that the first vessels shall
ply between Limerick and London, touching at Tarbert and Kilrush,
and having a branch Steam Vessel to Tralee. The Company propose subsequently
to avail themselves of the trade of Galway, and other places on the
Western Coast. ------------.
1839 Monday 9th December (CJ).
We direct the public attention to the new distillery open in Kilrush
by Mr. Patterson, a gentleman deserving public support, for his enterprising
spirit and anxiety to benefit the County generally.
1839 Tuesday 17th December (FJ).
MR BULLEN'S REGISTRY REPORT.
To the Editor of the Limerick Chronicle.
Sir-My learned friend, Counsellor Bullen, in his report upon the state
of the registry in Clare, in the mention of Crofton Moore Vandeleur’s,
Esq. says- “This gentleman. It is said, has a design upon the
county, so that if he should begin to exert himself, he should be
watched, and a corresponding effort made to neutralise him.”
Was Mr, Bullen aware that this gentleman has given
an extensive site for one of the largest Catholic churches in Ireland?
Was he aware that he laid the foundation stone of that church-which
he gave a large subscription, and over £200, worth of lime towards
its completion? Was he aware that upon that occasion he made a liberal,
fair, and manly speech? Was he aware that Mr. Vandeleur wrought upon
that day a greater work than laying the foundation stone of a temple
to the Mighty God?
Yes, Sir, Mr. Vandeleur laid the foundation stone
of peace, unanimity, and concord, amongst a generous but heretofore
disunited people: he, upon that day, cemented a union between Protestants
and Catholics which will exist as long even as the foundation of that
majestic pile. I am sure my learned friend was not aware of those
facts and if he has been, he would not have sounded a war whoop against
the laudable ambition of Mr. Vandeleur to represent the county of
his birth, with a princely fortune.
If Mr. Vandeleur set up for the county upon fair
and liberal principles (not by swallowing pledges, and disgorging
every one of them at St. Stephen's after), there is no doubt of his
return. There is one thing certain, Mr. Vandeleur is no double
dealer, no pretended (yet false) friend-whatever he promises
he will perform: and if Mr. Vandeleur does not think fit to adopt
the political views of one party, as a step to a seat in parliament,
he should be allowed quietly to follow up the happy results of that
fellowship he has established amongst the people at home.
Yours very obedient servant,
1839 Monday 30th December (CJ).
The members of the Temperance Society at Kilrush assembled on St.
Stephen's Day, and having been joined by a large number of teetotallers
from the parish of Kilmacduane, headed by the Rev. Mr. Kelly formed
a procession and marched through the principle streets of the town
and round Bellview on the Cappa Road with white sashes and medals
attached. ----At Market Square Very Rev. Mr. Kenny addressed them
in a forcible and eloquent manner--------- about their emancipation
from the degrading and beastly vice of intoxication----------.
Three cheers were then given for the Queen, The Rev. Mr. Matthew,
Mr. Vandeleur &c and the multitude (3,500) separated in the most
1839 Pettigrew & Oulton Almanack and
Rutland Square East, 13 Colonel Vandeleur. (John of Mannister,
Co. Limerick, Lt-Col 10th Hussars married Alice (d 21/12/1884) widow
of Rev. Charles Moore Stewart, and youngest daughter of Rt. Hon. John
Ormsby Vandeleur, of Kilrush)