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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.

Ambrose Perry of Clonmoher; Samuel Burton; John Cusack of Kilkisheen; Thady Molony of Gurteenaneelig; James Crofts; James Grady; Matthew Gorman

Ambrose Perry of Clonmoher, parish of Kilnoe, presents his petition, and declares that being adjudged entitled to the benefit of the articles of Limerick, by adjudication dated 21st November, 1694, he claims a mortgage for £290, on certain lands in the co. of Kilkenny. The witnesses to his petition are Far Grady, Do. Grady, and Thomas Macklin.

Samuel Burton explains that he had purchased for £60, from Edmond Hehir, his lease of the lands of Ballyvoe and Nooaff, held from Lord Clare for the lives of said Edmond, and of his wife Margaret Austin.

John Cusack, Esq., of Kilkishen, says that the lands of Ballyweere and Knockatooreen, parish of Clonlea, were, in letters patent under the Act of Settlement, passed in mistake to Lord Clare as part of the ancient inheritance of his ancestors. It appearing to the Commissioners appointed to hear and determine claims of transplanted persons in Connaught and Clare, that these lands were not part of Lord Clare’s property, they assigned Ballyweere, containing 276 acres of profitable land, to Peter Cransborough who passed patent for them. Subsequently, Lord Clare disputed Cransborough’s right but to no purpose, and he was put into possession under a Habere by the sheriff. He afterwards sold these and other lands to Henry Ivers, Esq., of Mount Ivers, since deceased. Ivers, by deed of August 1682, conveyed to Cusack for £300, the lands of Ballyweere and Knockatooreen. Part of the last-named townland was granted to Henry White by the Athlone Commissioners, White being merely a trustee for Cusack and for one Robert Dixon.

Thady Molony of Gurteenaneelig, declares that Edmond Magrath of Derrymore, deceased, being owner in fee of Kilnoe and part of Uggoon, did, in 1680, by lease, in consideration of part of the marriage portion of Sheela Dwyer, wife of the petitioner, and of the rents reserved, demise these lands to petitioner for a term of 61 years if he and Sheela should so long survive. Edmond Magrath died in June, 1683, and was succeeded by his eldest son Redmond who was subsequently outlawed, being attainted of high treason, and his estate forfeited, the rents having been since 1696, received by Nicholas Westby for the use of Dr. John Leslie to whom the lands were granted by his Majesty. Complainant being comprehended under the articles of Limerick, prays confirmation of his lease. Witnesses to his petition, Teige MacNamara, James Molony, and Laurence Nihill.

James Crofts states that, in 1681, Donogh MacNamara of Coogy, parish of Clondagad, demised to John Huleatt of Cahercallabeg, in consideration of fifty ewes and fifty lambs, one hundred acres in Tullycommon, parish of Killinaboy, for a term of thirty-one years, to commence on the day of the death of Aney MacMahon, alias MacNamara, mother of said Donogh, yearly rent £5, and £2 10s. head rent, payable to the dowager Lady Inchiquin. Aney died in 1685; Huleatt’s term thus commenced, and his son soon afterwards assigned it to Crofts. Donogh McNamara’s title became vested in the Commissioners by reason of his attainder. [Croft’s claim was allowed, and Donogh MacNamara’s estate in Inchiquin was sold to Nathaniel Lucas of Clonmel, and his lands in Clonderalaw to Robert Harrison.]

James Grady shows that in 1671, in consideration of £370, and of the yearly rent of £10, Colonel Daniel O’Brien, afterwards Lord Clare, mortgaged to him the lands of Ballynagun, barony of Moyarta; and Toormore, Ballymacrogan, Oankeagh, Ballaghboy, Gortacroghery, Bealickania, Lisduff, and Lisboskenet, in the barony of Inchiquin. In 1683, Viscount Clare borrowed a further sum of £230 on the security of these lands.

Matthew Gorman prays for confirmation of his lease, made to him in 1668, by Col. Daniel O’Brien, of the lands of Breaghva, parish of Moyarta, for the lives of himself, of his wife Joan M‘Kenna, and of his son Thomas, at the yearly rent of £8.