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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.

Peregrine Blood of Knocknareeha; Richard Henn; Neptune Blood of Annaghdown; Francis Burton

Peregrine Blood of Knocknareeha, gent., says that Captain John Stevenson and Catherine his wife, formerly of Galway and now residing in France, both forfeiting persons, being interested in the plowlands of Nooan, Teermacbran, Gartenane, Knocknamullogebeg, Cahermackateer, Kilnoe, and Leana, for a long term of years, many of which are yet to run, under a lease from Murrogh, Earl of Inchiquin, assigned their title to the claimant for 21 years, from 1688, at the yearly rent of £31. He entered into possession, and he now claims permission to hold till the end of his term.

Richard Henn, gent., in his petition informs the Commissioners that Donogh M‘Namara, of Coogy, gent., was seized of one half “deale” or one moiety of the ploughland of Coogy, alias Lackanegillinagh, and the corcas land of Ballynagard, by virtue of a demise for lives from Henry Earl of Thomond; that M‘Namara, by lease of 12th Sept., 1688, demised to petitioner the corcas of Ballynagard, containing about 18 acres, for a term of 31 years, at the yearly rent of £4 10s. 0d. The petitioner further states that Donogh M‘Namara stands attainted of high treason, and that his own title to the premises as well as the lease were found by the escheator of Munster at Ennis on the 11th of August, 1698.

The petition of Neptune Blood, of Annaghdown, county of Galway, gent., sets forth, that Conor O’Brien, late of Formoyle, owner in fee of Ballyelly, in conjunction with his son and heir Donogh O’Brien, by deed of feoffment of 1679, witnessed by Edmond O’Hehir, Mary Lovell, John Hehir, Dermot O’Flanagan, Patrick Hogan, Teige O’Reilly, Melaghlin M‘Killaloughrim, in consideration of £105, paid them by Edmond Blood, of Kells, gent., the father of the petitioner, conveyed to him for ever that townland. Nicholas Bradshaw, gent., of Craggagh was appointed by the O’Briens their attorney to give possession. He handed it over accordingly to Daniel O’Donoghue who acted as the agent of Edmond Blood. The petitioner further states that his father held the property during the life of Conor O’Brien, but that, after his death, his widow, Helen O’Brien, alias O’Shaughnessy, sued him for her dower. Besides her demand, one Dermot O’Flanagan laid claim to the premises. To avoid further trouble, Edmond Blood made a new agreement with Helen and Dermot, in pursuance of which Donogh O’Brien and these parties, by deed of 17th July, 1682, in consideration of £300 paid them by petitioner, conveyed to him for ever the townlands of Ballyelly, Derreenbeg, Kealty, Balliny, and a mountain in common. Petitioner adds that Edmond Blood died about 1690, and that petitioner as his heir came into possession; and that by an Inquisition held at Ennis on the 11th of August, 1698, the said Donogh O’Brien was found to have been slain in rebellion.

Francis Burton states that by the deed of 1688, made between Colonel Daniel O’Brien of Carrigaholt, and Peter Forstall of Cragleigh, gent., the former let to Forstall the lands of Kilquaine, Rathcraggaun, Tullagh, and Gortnahoglagh, for the life of lessee, of his wife Mary Aylward, and of Elizabeth their daughter, at the yearly rent of £11. In 1692, the premises were leased to petitioner by Edmond, son of Peter Forstall, said Edmond having been declared within the articles of Limerick, for a term of twenty-one years. Afterwards in 1700, Edmond Forstall, for the sum of nine hundred and four pounds, sold these lands, together with various others, to the petitioner. He now claims the residue of his lease of lives.