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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.

John MacNamara of Cratloe; Captain Donogh MacMahon of Clenagh; Mary O’Brien of Leitrim; David M‘Ghee of Carahane; Conor Ryan of Kilbarron

John M‘Namara of Cratloe, Esq., states that in 1660, he married Margaret Bourke, one of the daughters of the late John, Lord Brittas, and was entitled to a portion of £1,400 charged upon Lord Brittas’ estates as he enjoyed them in 1641. The marriage portion having remained unpaid, an agreement was made, witnessed by Conor Clancy (William), Teige M‘Namara, Thomas Bourke, and Walter Bourke, charging the Lord Brittas to pay every year to petitioner a sum of £50. Lord Brittas’ nephew, Theobald Lord Brittas, was outlawed in 1692, and his estates forfeited to the Crown. Petitioner claims his wife’s portion of £1,400.

Captain Donogh M‘Mahon of Clenagh, says, that a parcel of land containing 58 acres, in the half plowland of Clancannan, barony of Clonderalaw is, and was, inter alia, the ancient property of his ancestors, and was decreed to his father Teige M‘Mahon as an Innocent Papist, by the Commissioners for putting into execution the Act of Declaration of Charles II.; that his father enjoyed the same for many years before, and till his death which happened about the year 1672. After his death, the premises came to Turlogh, the claimant’s eldest brother, as son and heir of said Teige M‘Mahon. This Turlogh dying about the year 1683, they descended to claimant as son and heir to his father. Claimant hears that these fifty-eight acres, by some mistake, are returned to “your Honours,” as the property of one John Comyn FitzAndrew, though he never had possession. Claimant prays that they shall not be sold with the other parts of Comyn’s estate.

Mary O’Brien, daughter of Dermot Considine of Leitrim, and widow of Bryan O’Brien of Leitrim, gent., states that in 1669, Lord Clare had made a demise of Leitrim to her father for the lives of Dermot, son of Conor Considine, of Clonreddan, and of Donogh and James Grady, sons of Daniel Grady of Leitrim, at the yearly rent of £12. The lease contained the usual covenants for building a house and planting an orchard. The witnesses to it were Robert Gould, Matthew McMahon, Daniel Grady, Teige O’Moran, James Grady, James Clune, and Thomas Walsh. It was handed to Bryan O’Brien as a marriage portion with Considine’s daughter. After the attainder of Lord Clare, the yearly rent was paid to George Stamers, Esq., as representative, with his wife Jane, of Alderman Yorke, the mortgagee. The lands are described as rocky, woody, and mountainous, and not worth more in 1700 than £30 a year. Mrs. O’Brien signs with her mark in presence of Mort M‘Mahon, Daniel Considine, Bryan O’Cahane, and Dermot Considine.

David MacGhee of Carrogan, gent., and Catherine his wife, state, that Daniel Viscount Clare being owner of the townlands of Lessana and of Feenagh alias Ballyveghan, parish of Clooney, did by lease of June 1676, demise them to John MacGhee, for his life and for the lives of his sons David, John, jun., and George, at the yearly rent of £10 10s. The lease was witnessed by Henry Ivers, Donogh O’Brien, and George Creagh. In 1695, the lands were conveyed by John to David on the occasion of his marriage, his trustees being James Aylmer, Peter Aylmer, Francis Brown, and Conor M‘Mahon. The petition further sets forth that Daniel was adjudged within the articles of Limerick; that the lands are now worth about £20 a year. His signature to it is witnessed by Thomas Brown, Jeremiah Ryan, and James Molony.

Conor Ryan, a poor man, says that his nephew Martin Ryan was owner in fee of fifty acres, part of Kilbarron, that said Martin died in his bed at Cashel, in 1699, without issue, and leaving petitioner his heir-at-law; further says that, at the Inquisition taken at Ennis he neglected to put forward his claim as heir, and it was found there that Martin died or was killed in rebellion. The petition is witnessed by Robert Magrath, Darby Ryan, and James Ryan.

 

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