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The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost

Appendix III - Discoveries

To the Honourable the Trustees appointed by Act of Parliament for disposing of the Forfeited and other Estates and Interests in Ireland.

The humble Petition and Discovery of Henry Hickman of Ballykett, in the county of Clare, Esq., sheweth:

That about the end of the year 1690, Daniel, late Viscount Clare, (a forfeiting person within the said Act) died, possessed of a considerable personal estate, consisting of ready money, jewels, plate, household stuff, horses, sheep, and cattle, to the value of £1,200; that by his last will (copy annexed), dated 20th October, 1690, he appointed Father Gilbert Brody, Mr. Edmond Morony, and Dermot Considine, to be executors of said will; that part of said stock, so left by said Viscount, viz., 120 bullocks, worth £4 each, were soon after his death, delivered to George Stacpoole and . . . . Mahony of Ennis, merchants, who have since converted same to their own proper use; that other part of the personal estate of said Viscount, viz., all his household goods to the value of £100, and three hundred English sheep worth £6 a score, and 40 cows worth £3 each, were taken and disposed of by Lady Honora O’Brien, mother of the said Lord Clare; that other part of said stock left by said Lord Clare, viz., three mares and a yearling colt worth £50, were taken by Edmond Torpy, and two of the mares were by him sold to Captain James M‘Donnell; that other parts of said Lord Clare’s stock, viz., one stone horse worth £20, and two looking glasses worth £12, came into the hands of Captain James M‘Donnell, and are still in his possession; and further, that said Captain James M‘Donnell hath ninety head of black cattle and eight horses, worth £150, which belonged to Captain James FitzGerald of Kilclogher, who was also a forfeiting person; that other part of said Lord Clare’s stock, viz.:—two bulls and two cows, worth twenty pounds, came into the hands of your petitioner, and were by him disposed of, and that your petitioner had ten head of black cattle, and two mares and a colt which belonged to Captain James Barry of Killenagh, county of Clare, another forfeiting person under the said Act, and were worth in all about ten pounds over and above what your petitioner expended in securing and removing them; that at the time of the decease of the said Lord Clare, Edmond Cahire of Cross, near Carrigaholt, had charge of all his lordship’s black cattle and horses, and all his sheep were then in the custody of Owen Corey and his brother, who were his lordship’s shepherds, on the lands of Dromellihy; and Thomas Floyd and Matthew Murray had then the charge of his lordship’s household goods.

Now, forasmuch as there hath not been any discovery yet made to your Honors, of any of the said forfeited goods, your petitioner prays the benefit of his discovery as by the said Act is directed. (Received in Court, July 22, 1700.)

The Petition and Discovery of James M‘Donnell, of the county of Clare, Esq., sheweth:

“That your petitioner, after the reduction of Limerick or thereabouts, possessed himself of two looking glasses, one of which was broken, in carrying to your petitioner’s house, and also a yearling entire colt, all of the proper goods of the Lord Viscount Clare who is attainted of high treason committed against his Majesty and her late Majesty; that the said glasses and colt were not worth ten pounds, neither does he think it worth your Honours’ trouble, only to prevent informers. May it please your Honours to order your officer in the county of Clare to value said goods and receive the value of them without putting your petitioner to the trouble of coming to town. James M‘Donnell. (Received October 31st, 1700. Wm. Fellows.)

Managh Grady, gentleman, in his petition, sheweth—that Daniel Lord Viscount Clare had set the lands of Rossroe, barony of Bunratty, for a term of twenty-one years, to Peter Clungeon, John Clignett, and Richard Wilson, together with 1,173 ewes or sheep; at the expiration of which lease Lord Clare was to have his land and sheep back or five shillings in lieu of each; that said lease was since assigned to several others, and said term determined six years ago; that by the attainder of Lord Clare, the said number of sheep is vested in your Honours. (Received October, 1700.)

The above named Richard Wilson also presents a petition in which he states, that Lord Clare did, on the 30th of August, 1688, in pursuance of a certain writing passed between his steward Henry Ivers, Esq., and Mrs. Anne Clungeon, on his Lordship’s behalf, let unto petitioner the lands of Rossroe, &c., for a term of seven years in trust for Miss Clungeon; that by her direction he made over one moiety thereof to Mr. William Butler, in trust for said Henry Ivers, and that he (petitioner) enjoys the other moiety. (Subsequently the lands were conveyed to Wm. Butler for a term of seven years.)

Managh Grady also sets forth in his petition, that one Donogh M‘Namara, an attainted person, is seized of Lismakeedy in the barony of Burren, which, by his attainder becomes vested in your Honours. Petitioner prays grant of a certificate of his being the first discoverer whereby he may get the benefit thereof according to the Act of Parliament.

Charles Daniel, in his petition, says, that Donogh M‘Namara, a forfeiting person, was, at the time of his attainder and since, possessed of sixteen acres of the lands of Coskeam (barony of Burren), concealed from your Honours. He prays the reward promised to such as would discover concealed forfeitures. (10th November, 1701.)

In his humble petition and discovery, John Armstrong of the city of Dublin, clothier, sets forth, that Melaghlen O’Hehir was indebted to Captain John Stephenson, in the sum of seventy pounds, and forty pounds; that said Melaghlen was indebted to Lady Lucy Fitzmaurice, to which lady, Captain Stephenson was administrator, in the sums of £15 15s., £10 1s. 9d., £26 6s. 3d., and £20, all which several sums will appear by bond in your Discoverer’s hands; and the debtors are now living in the county of Clare, and very rich, and said Captain John Stephenson and Lady Lucy Fitzmaurice are both forfeiting persons and outlawed. (Received 25th January, 1700.)

The above named Melaghlen O’Hehir also files his petition and states, that Murrogh, Earl of Inchiquin, grandfather of the present Earl, did, among other lands lately discovered to your Honours by Peregrine Blood, gent., set unto Lady Lucy Fitzmaurice, or one Auley Leyne in trust for her, the mills of Cregane and two acres of land, for a term of ninety-nine years; that the said lady let said mill and acres back to said Earl at the yearly rent of three pounds per annum; that the said Earl’s son William let the said mill and two acres to your petitioner at the same rent of three pounds; that Lady Lucy died about 1687; that after her death, John Stephenson of Ballybueghan, county Limerick, and Catherine his wife, daughter of Lady Lucy, succeeded her; that immediately after the surrender of Limerick, said Stephenson and his wife went to France where they have since died. (Received July 11, 1700.)

In another petition, Melaghlen O’Hehir, acting on the clause of the Act which entitles the discoverers to two-thirds part of the property due to forfeiting persons, states, that being tenant of Lady Lucy Fitzmaurice, and of her son-in-law John Stephenson, he owed them certain rents; that Managh Grady found out this and got from petitioner a sum of £3 14s. 2d., being the fourth part of his debt as fixed by an Inquisition held at Ennis assizes on the 11th of August, 1698; that petitioner also gave a nag worth £3, to Stephenson. He adds that he is so reduced in his circumstances that he cannot pay unless he gets eighteen months’ time. (Received July 10, 1700.)

Francis FitzGerald of Rosslevin, says, that he discovered to the late Commissioners of Forfeitures, in 1695, twenty acres in Lettertubrid, Derryherlusk, fifteen acres, the property of Captain Sylvester Hehir who was killed at Aughrim, and likewise discovered that Hehir had held from Lord Clare, for two lives, the lands of Ballinderry, Dromatehy, Furroor, Boolanisky, and Knockmore.

Captain Richard Boyle of Castlelyons, co. Cork, discovers that Sir Donogh O’Brien was a captain of Dragoons in Lord Clare’s regiment. He hath an estate of £3,000 a year. Boyle adds that Murtagh O’Brien was a forager for the army, that he lives at Annagh Cross, and hath a personal estate of £2,000.