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The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost

Part III. History of the County of Clare
Chapter 22. Act of Settlement—Court of Claims

[Petition of] Mary O’Brien, widow of Conor O’Brien of Leamaneh

Roll II, page 35.—Inrollments of Innocents.—Abstract of Decree.—Whereas John Cooper of Meelick, county of Clare, Esq., and Mary his wife, previously widow of Conor O’Brien of Leamaneh, Esq., on behalf of Donogh O’Brien, the son and heir of said Conor and of his two daughters Honora and Mary, all three minors, made their claim before the late Commissioners for carrying into effect the Act of Settlement, on the 6th of October in the thirteenth year of Charles II., and set forth that Conor O’Brien, in his lifetime, was owner, amongst other lands of the following, viz.:—Leamaneh, Cahermoyle, Caherfadda, Ballymurphy, Clooneens, Moherballanagh, Ballygriffy, Ardkearney, Aughrim, Ballyportrey, Inchicuolaght, Derry, Ballyashie, Ballyinsheen, Ballynabunny, Moylegrane, Ballynealane, Gortlahane, Dromniga, Carrownoowle, Turlaghmore, Kiltock, Aglish, Feanmanagh, Tullynachorna, Carrowmadara, Roughan, Teeska, Leana, Killinaboy, Tubbermaley, Cahermacun, Moilreane, Poulcoolickey, Fehafane, Caherpolla, Poulaphoria, Rannagh, Kilmaglassy, Magouha, Kilnoe, Cragganboy, Tonelegee, Gortnaglogh, and Maghera. They further set forth, that said Conor, being so seized, did by his Deed of Feoffment, dated the 19th of October, 1639, in consideration of a marriage between him the said Conor, and his then wife Mary O’Brien, the daughter of Turlogh Roe MacMahon, late of Clonderalaw, Esq., deceased, and of a sum of one thousand pounds, the portion received by the said Conor with the said Mary, convey the premises to John McNamara, and Turlogh McMahon, to the following uses:—that they should be seized of Leamaneh, Cahermoyle, Caherfadda, Ballymurphy, Cloneens, and Moherballanagh, to the use of said Conor O’Brien and Mary McMahon his wife for their lives, and for the life of the survivor, remainder to their issue male, in tail male. The trustees were to raise a sum of one thousand pounds for the first daughter of the marriage, at her age of sixteen years, and eight hundred pounds for each of the younger daughters. They further set forth, that the surviving children of the marriage were Honora, born in November, 1645, Mary, in 1650, and Donogh. They further set forth, that Conor O’Brien was slain in his Majesty’s service, and that the estate came to Mary, his widow, with remainder expectant to his son Donogh and his heir male; that they were dispossessed by the late “Usurped Powers;” that the children were brought up in the Protestant religion; and they pray to be restored to their property. A final hearing of their case was had on Friday, the 21st of August, in the 15th year of Charles II. in open Court, and it appearing to the Court that Donogh O’Brien was, and is an Innocent Protestant, and that his father Conor, was in possession of the premises, on the 22nd of October, 1641, a Decree was made, giving him the property, saving the rights of Bryan Goodwin, Mat. O’Hea, James Bourke, Teige Kerin, Mat. Griffa, More and James Brody, and William Barry. This Decree is signed by the same Commissioners, who adjudicated on the claim of John McNamara. [2]