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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.

Giles Vandeleur of Ralahine; Henry Hickman of Doonnagurroge; George Stamers; Hugh Hickman of Ballykett; Teige MacNamara of Knockrea; Daniel MacNamara of Ayle

Giles Vandeleur of Ralahine, Esq., in his petition, sets forth that, in 1682, he took a lease from Viscount Clare of the two ploughlands of Cloghanemore and Cloghanebeg, containing 732 acres of profitable land according to Strafford’s survey, situate in the barony of Moyarta, for the lives of his three sons—James, John, and Michael Vandeleur, at the yearly rent of £35. Has enjoyed said lands (except during the time of the late rebellion) since. Says that he lost in the said late rebellion, by the former Irish proprietor of Ralahine, the lease of the Cloghanes, together with other goods; has got a copy of it from Lady Clare which he is ready to produce; says he paid his rent regularly to one Daniel Bayman for the use of Jacob Lucy who had an incumbrance on Lord Clare’s lands, till it was found for the King at Summer Assizes, 1696, because neither the said Lucy nor any one in his behalf made an appearance at Ennis to prove his claim. At these assizes however, petitioner proved his lease, and he has paid his rent every year since to Nicholas Westby, Esq., collector of his Majesty’s revenue: says that Hugh Brigdall, one of the witnesses to his lease, is yet alive. The witnesses to his petition are George Webb, Boyle Vandeleur, and Michael Bryen.

Henry Hickman, Esq., states that in 1668, Viscount Clare mortgaged to his late father, Walter Hickman of Doonnagurroge, for the sum of £100 the lands of Mollougha and Knockerry. In case the mortgage was redeemed his Lordship was to make a lease of the lands to Hickman for four lives, viz.: those of his sons Henry and William, of Mary his daughter, and of Elizabeth his wife, and of the survivor, at the yearly rent of £13. The mortgage was never paid off, and Henry Hickman now claims absolute ownership.

George Stamers, Esq., says that in consideration of £100, and the yearly rent of £90, Lord Clare conveyed to him, by deed of April, 1684, the lands of Carrownawas, and Bellia, i.e., Carrownaweelaun, Carrowmeagh, and Trusklieve, barony of Moyarta, to hold for the term of 31 years. He entered into possession till he was plundered of all the store he had thereon in the time of the rebellion, and since that time he has not been suffered to regain possession.

Hugh Hickman, senior of Ballykett, gent., states that by deed of September, 1685, witnessed by Wm. Hickman, Wm. Smith, and Luke Hickman, Lord Clare mortgaged to him the lands of Tomfinlough, subject to redemption, in repayment of a loan of £190. He entered into possession of the lands, and he now prays a decree to hold them, the Viscount Clare having been outlawed. His petition is witnessed by Pat Fox, George Hickman, and Hugh Hickman.

Hugh Hickman also states that, in 1681, Lord Clare had let to him, by lease, for a term of three lives, the lands of Dough (Kilkee), containing 160 acres profitable, besides unprofitable land, at the yearly rent of £15.

Teige MacNamara of Knockrea explains that, in 1686, Lord Clare demised to his father John MacNamara of Lissalougha these lands, together with Cloghaunsavaun, in the parish of Kilballyowen, for four lives, at the yearly rent of £15, and two “slanes” of turf to be sent to Carrigaholt. John MacNamara died in 1690, and was succeeded by petitioner. After three years he was put out by Captain James M‘Donnell who has custodiums and a lease from the Commissioners of the Revenue and Forfeiture.

Daniel MacNamara of Ayle, mortaged for £120, the lands of Ayle, Gortderrynahincha, part of Moanagullen, parish of Feakle, to Thomas Grady of Derrymore. O’Grady afterwards assigned this mortgage to Captain Daniel Molony of Ballysheen, who was killed in the rebellion at the first seige of Limerick. After his death, Father Matthew Molony, vicar, pretended some interest in the premises and compelled Daniel MacNamara to enter into renewed obligations to him. These new deeds were deposited in the hands of Teige MacNamara, cooper, of Limerick. Daniel MacNamara died in 1696, leaving as his heirs his daughter Slaney, wife of Dominick Fanning, who now presents this petition, and the three daughters of his eldest daughter Margaret, viz., Mary, Honora, and Margaret. Fanning claims the equity of redemption of the mortgage.