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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.

Dermot Ryan of Moannageenagh; Daniel Finucane of Garruragh; James Molony of Kiltanon and his wife; Dermot Considine of Clonreddane

Dermot Ryan of Derryargid, gent., says that his father John Ryan of Moanogeenagh, gent., was, in his lifetime, owner in fee of (amongst other lands) Moanogeenagh, containing 319 acres of profitable soil, and by his will devised these, with other lands to the petitioner, being his second son, for ever with remainder to his third son Edmond. His will was dated 4th Dec., 1687, and was witnessed by Ambrose Perry, Hugh Perry, John Ryan, and Anthony Dwyer. Claimant, upon the death of his father in the following month, entered into possession, but by the Inquisition held at Ennis, it was found that the lands were the property of Thady Ryan, the eldest son of John, who was killed in rebellion, and were on that account forfeited to the Crown. To this, claimant replies, that being himself under the articles of Limerick, they are his of right. His petition is witnessed by Thomas Brown, Daniel Macghee, and Cornelius Gillareagh.

Daniel Finucane of Garruragh, gent., in his petition states, that in 1669, Colonel Daniel O’Brien made a lease of Ayleroe, parish of Kilfiddane, containing by Strafford’s survey 88 acres of profitable land, to Bryan Finucane of Ayleroe, for the lives of said Bryan, of his wife Mary Brett, and of his brother Daniel Finucane, the yearly rent being £7. The lease contained the usual building and planting covenants. The petitioner states that his house was burned by the English fleet. Bryan dying in 1688, petitioner succeeded as his heir and paid his rent regularly to Alderman York, on account of his mortgage of £1,000, and after his death to his son William York, Esq., deceased, and then to George Stamers, Esq., and Jane his wife, daughter of Alderman York.

James Molony of Kiltanon, gent., and Mary his wife, in their petition say that, whereas the late John Ryan of Moanogeenagh, gent., was seized in fee inter alia of Killavoy, of Iragh South, and of Cloongaheen, containing 600 acres of profitable land, and being so seized, joined by his son and heir Teige Ryan, did by deed of 1671, convey to Donogh Ryan and Matthew Connor, as trustees, the said lands inter alia in consideration of the sum of £200, received by said John and Teige Ryan by the hands of Kennedy Brien of Killarnane, county of Limerick, father of Mary Molony aforesaid, as the marriage portion of said Mary to Daniel Ryan, son and heir apparent of the said Teige Ryan, and grandson of said John Ryan, to the use of said Daniel and Mary, his wife, for their lives and the life of the survivor, and after their death to the use of their heirs male. They enjoyed the lands accordingly till Daniel’s death in 1674. His widow Mary subsequently married Richard Butler of Knocktopher, co. Kilkenny, gent. He died in 1688, and by an Inquisition held at Ennis, it was found that his widow lived at Knocktopher, and his lands being forfeited, owing to his rebellion, reverted to the Crown. Mary in the meanwhile, had taken for her third husband James Molony, and in her petition she insists, that the lands being hers could not be confiscated by reason of her husband Butler’s attainder. Her third husband being within the articles of Limerick, joined in her claim, and their petition was witnessed by Daniel Macghee, Robert Magrath, and Thomas Brown. [Their claim was disallowed, and the lands sold to John Ivers of Mount Ivers, John Cusack of Kilkishen, and Hector Vaughan of the King’s county.]

Dermot Considine of Clonreddane, parish of Kilmacduane, son and heir of Conor Considine, gent., says, that Lord O’Brien of Clare, being owner in 1669 of Clonreddane, demised same to said Conor Considine, during the lives of his three sons, Murtagh, Edward, and Dermot, at the yearly rent of £20. Lessee covenanted to plant an orchard and build a stone house covered with thatch. On the part of Lord Clare, Donogh Clancy gave possession in presence of Donogh Creagh, Thomas FitzGerald, and Bryan Garra. Petitioner further declares that he is within the articles of Limerick; that he paid his rent regularly to one Clongeon, and after Clongeon’s death to his widow; and after her second marriage, to her second husband, James FitzGerald, Esq., who has been attainted. He adds that the lands of Clonreddane are now worth £30 a year. His petition is witnessed by Murtogh M‘Mahon, Daniel Considine, Pierse Cahane, and Cornelius Gillareagh.