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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 30. Reign of James II. and William and Mary. 1689 to 1700.

Abstract of Petitions presented to the Court of Claims; Owen Considine of Dromadrehid; Ellen O’Brien, alias O’Shaughnessy of Formoyle

As every one knows, the power of James and his adherents was short lived, and the day of retribution soon came round. We can easily gather, from the subjoined abstract of petitions presented to the Court of Claims, as it was called, the extent of the ruin brought upon the gentry of the county of Clare by reason of their loyalty to a man whom they regarded as their legitimate monarch. After the surrender of Limerick they found themselves despoiled of every thing, with no prospect before them but exile and poverty. As soon as the Court of Claims sat in Dublin in 1700, it was overwhelmed with petitions from persons claiming to be exempted form attainder, and we give here those which relate to our county.

Abstract of Petitions presented to the Honble. the Trustees appointed to put in execution the Act 11th and 12th William III., intituled “An Act for Granting an Aid to his Majesty by sale of the forfeited and other Estates and Interests in the Realme of Ireland.—A.D. 1700.”

[From the Originals in the Public Record Office, Dublin.]

Owen Considine, gentleman, of Dromodrehid, in his petition sets forth that Daniel late Lord Viscount Clare, by the name of the Hon. Colonel Daniel O’Brien of Carrigaholt, son and heir of Conor Viscount O’Brien of Clare, by deed witnessed by Henry Ivers, Robert Gould, and Henry Lowndes and bearing date the 6th of November, 1669, demised to claimant the lands of Dromminamuckla and Knockane, for the lives of the Claimant, and of Daniel and Murtagh his sons, at the yearly rent of £6 10s., as by said lease exhibited and proved before John Budden, Esq., the escheator, and the commissioners at Ennis, on the 22nd of July, 1696, and endorsed by said escheator and commissioners, fully appears. By endorsement on said lease, made in the presence of Walter Hickman, John Cooper, and John Cusack, on the 25th of May, 1676, Lord Clare reduced Considine’s rent by £2 a year. His Lordship mortgaged these lands with other denominations to John Fitzgerald of Inismore, county of Kerry, and Considine paid his rent (as reduced) to the mortgagee. He states that the right and title of Lord Clare is now vested in him, by reason of that nobleman’s attainder, and prays the judgment of the Commissioners of the Court of Claims to that effect.

The petition of Ellen O’Brien, alias O’Shaughnessy, of Formoyle, sets forth that her late husband, Conor O’Brien of Formoyle, being owner in fee simple of Slapper, Carrowkeel, Caharmacrusheen, Caherycoosaun, Fanore, Ballyally, Formoyle, Coolemore, and of some lands in reversion from the widow Eleanor Grady, he by deed, witnessed by Roger Hickey, James Dowley, Hugh O’Shaughnessy, and Rickard M‘Gillareagh, and dated the 20th of June, 1659, did grant said lands, in consideration of 250 marks, being the marriage portion of Petitioner, to Wm. O’Shaughnessy of Ballinduff, county of Galway, Esq., and John M‘Namara of Creevagh, Esq., to the use of said Conor and of claimant for their lives with remainder to their heirs male. She further states that, on the inquiry made before the escheator and commissioners at Ennis, on the attainder of Donogh O’Brien, Esq. deceased, son and heir of said Conor O’Brien, she could not produce the deed, because it had been withheld from her by Helen Kelly, alias O’Shaughnessy, widow of Roger O’Shaughnessy, Esq., of Gort. Finally, she says that these lands are now vested in the Commissioners of Claims by the attainder of her said son Donogh, on account of the late rebellion, and she prays that her claim to them may be confirmed.