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Fishmongers Estate Co. Londonderry

Fishmongers Guild Coat-of-Arms
On the current Fishmonger’s Hall by London Bridge, built in 1833-34 to a design by Henry Roberts.

The Fishmongers Estate in County Londonderry

The Fishmongers’ Company is one of the most ancient Worshipful Livery Companies of the City of London, and is one of the ‘Great Twelve’. They were fourth, in the order of precedence, established in 1515. In that year there were 48 Livery Company’s in London and today there are 110.

The twelve Companies of London were granted lands at the time of the Plantation of Ireland (1603-1641), in what was then, the County of Coleraine. (Colerain or Coleraine became County Londonderry in 1613.)

The other livery Companies were

Merchant Taylors

Map Trace (25, 26) From book of traces from Phillips surveys and maps – illustrating Londonderry and the London Companies. Date 1836 (traced copies of earlier maps made 1622) PRONI Reference – T510/1/15

This estate is situated in the half barony of Terkeeran (Tirkeeran) and in the parishes of Tamlaght Finlagan, Faughanvale, Cumber and Banagher. It commences about 3 miles down the river Roe, below Newtown Limavady, on the west bank and proceeds up the stream, through a district of fertile land called the Myroe lands, till it nearly reaches the town; from the banks of that river, it runs along the shore of Lough Foyle for about 6 Irish miles, till it joins the Grocers proportion; from this point it turns southward and passes through a mountainous country, till it reaches the road from Derry to Dungiven. It is in general very narrow, being in some parts of the first described district, under a mile and in some of the mountain parts, not more than from 2 to 3 miles in width; the whole of it however, is indented and intersected with church lands, or Companies freeholds, and the whole extent is about 12,000 Irish, or plantation, acres.

The Fishmongers proportion of the London Companies, is the only one that has ancient woods of any extent on it. The family who held the estate under them, having built a large mansion house, were induced to preserve the ancient woods as an ornament to their demesne and planted a great deal themselves. The woods (Walworth Woods) cover upwards of 300 acres. Since the Company came into possession, they made a plantation along the waste bank of the mountain stream, which passes through the village of Bally Kelly, which appears to cover about 3 or 4 acres of land and they planted a clump of trees, of rather less dimensions, on the mountain side of the estate and some trees in the yards of the Presbyterian meeting houses.

The Company have built 2 Presbyterian meeting-houses; one near the village of Bally Kelly, the other at the opposite end of their estate, in a style which does them great credit, being very extensive and handsome buildings and well executed. They have likewise built 2 schools one at each end of the estate which are capacious, well-planned and well-managed, and have both separate rooms and establishments for the males and females. In the one near Bally Kelly, the elder girls are taught the art of filling net lace, whereby they are enabled to earn a decent livelihood. These schools are kept up entirely at the expense of the Company. They have also built 2 dispensaries to the medical men who attend, which they allow salaries and residences; one of them in the village of Bally Kelly is a very elegant building. They have built a handsome agent’s house and a very neat farming house on the opposite side of the road, as a model for farming houses on the estate, but it has remained unimitated and is likely to be so, as the tenants on the estate have not sufficient interest in their farms to induce them to encounter such a large outlay as the building would require. In the village, the Company have built about a score of comfortable houses, they have likewise built a market which seems chiefly adapted for the sale of grain and is sufficient for the required purpose. When the Company first got possession they contemplated making Ballykelly a trading town by cutting a ship canal into Lough Foyle and expended a large sum of money on the undertaking, but the project did not succeed.

Location of Ballykelly, County Londonderry

Grants of the Fishmongers Company –  Ballykelly Manse, free gift; Ballykelly Church, free gift; Banagher Manse, partially; Faughanvale 100£. They built 12 schools on the estate and kept them in repair. They introduced the Lancastrian system of education, which was pursued, until schools were taken under the National Board. A total annual grant of 160£ was made to these schools. From 1836 until 1887, the company spent on an average about 4,777£ a year in donations and contributions to churches, chapels, schools, &c. and upon general management.

The church of Ireland was built in 1795, near the village of Ballykelly, at the joint expense of the Earl of Bristol, then Bishop of Derry, and of John BERESFORD Esq.: it is a small, but very handsome edifice, in the early English style, with a large square tower and lofty octagonal spire: the windows are embellished with the armorial bearings of the Irish Society, the Fishmongers’ Company, and the BERESFORD family, in stained glass. A grant of £124 for its repair has been lately made by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. (Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary of Ireland 1837)

Tamlaghtfinlagan (Ballykelly) Church of Ireland (Anglican) located at 77 Ballykelly Road, Limavady, Co Derry BT49 9DS Photograph by John Campbell

John Campbell says of Tamlaghtfinlagan & Ballykelly –

“Tamlaght Finlagan means “The plague monument of St. Findluganus”. Findluganus was a friend of St. Columba, who attended the famous Convention of Drumceatt in the year 574 AD. In 585 it was decided to build an abbey nearby and Findluganus was its first abbot. The abbey became a parish church at some later date. It is impossible to be precise, but the parish is mentioned in some papal paperwork in 1291. By 1622 the church was in ruins. Presently it is surrounded by ancient and new graves and the one standing wall has been either restored or recently pointed.

When the fishmongers took over the parish they decided to establish a new church. This was built on the Walworth estate in 1622, though parts of it are much older. The fishmongers simply enlarged an old chapel and added a chancel. Unfortunately those were interesting times and the place was burned down during the 1641 rising. Bureaucracy was as slow then as now and it wasn’t rebuilt until 1664. Mind you, they should have waited a few more years, because when the Irish army returned from the famous siege of Derry in 1689 the soldiers were in an understandably foul mood. When they passed through Ballykelly they promptly burned the church again. This time round it took only three years to rebuild. This was because King William, who had fond memories of the unsuccessful siege, ordered its restoration in 1692. However, the congregation was never really happy with the place. It was too small and too far outside the town. A new chancel was added in 1719 by the Lieutenant General Frederick Hamilton but by 1795 a new church had been built about a mile down the road and the place fell into disrepair.

 At the time of writing (2000) the old place is overgrown, standing raised above a splendid graveyard and the old archway gives it a rather noble air. Not many people come to visit the old church, but those who do, do not regret the journey. The handsome new church built in 1795 was funded by the Earl Bishop of Bristol and the Hon. John Beresford. The Bishop was very fond of building: Mussenden temple and Downhill Castle are two other examples of his endeavours. The graveyard surrounding the new church is notable for the fact that it contains the grave of Blind James McCurry, who introduced Jane Ross to the charms of the tune “The Londonderry Air”, known to him as “O’Cahan’s lament.”

From Wikipedia; “Ballykelly (from the Irish: Baile Uí Cheallaigh meaning “Kellystown”) is a village in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It lies 4km (3 miles) west of Limavady on the main A2 road Derry to Limavady, and 23km from Derry. It is designated as a Large Village and by 2001 the population of Ballykelly (excluding Walworth) was 1,827.[1] It lies within the Limavady Borough Council area.”

It contains some of the most interesting buildings erected in Ulster by the Plantation companies, being largely developed by the London Company of Fishmongers through the 18th century and 19th century. It features Tamlaghtfinlagan Parish Church, built by Earl Frederick Hervey, 18th Century Bishop of Derry, amongst many traditional buildings. The Presbyterian Church, Drummond Hotel and North West Independent Hospital, were all built by the London Company of Fishmongers. The village enjoys views across Lough Foyle to Inishowen in County Donegal and is bordered by Ballykelly Forest which was the first State Forest in Northern Ireland. Although there are good health and educational facilities available, there is only a limited retail sector relative to the population of the village.”

Saint Finlough’s R.C. Church 20 Loughermore Road Ballykelly, Co. Londonderry, BT49 9PD UK
Photograph by Philip Mullan

The following “Tenants & Leases of the Fishmongers Company Estate Co. Londonderry” has been generously provided by Peter A. Kincaid of Fredericton, NB, Canada. This is for personal research only.

The townlands in which the Fishmongers Company held lands in 1820 were (spelling as in census)

Ballykelly and Mill Town
Coolnacoopagh Upper
Coolnacoopagh Lower
Walworth Demesne
Greysteel More
Greysteel Beg
Killicorr Scotch
Killicorr Irish
Killalane Lower
Killalane Upper

Ballykelly forest Small car park and picnic area at Ballykelly forest. The road is the A2.
Photograph by Kay Atherton

The Fishmongers Company had leased their lands in County Londonderry to the Earl of Tyrone, for terms which included the life of King George III. Thus, the lands reverted to the Fishmongers Company upon the death of King George III, on 29 Jan. 1820. A rent roll of the Manor of Walworth was received by them on 8 Feb. 1820 (notation in vol. 11, p. 235). Representatives of the Company went to Co. Londonderry and compiled a complete list of all tenants on the Company’s lands. This was done and its receipt was noted on 27 Jul. 1820 (vol. 12, p. 50). It was recorded as Appendix 5.

It was noted in volume 12, pages 3 & 85, that prior to 1820, Protestant tenants held their holdings under sub-leases given by the Earl of Tyrone from 1749 to 1754. These were held under the same terms of the Earl, so that they expired in 1820, resulting in many of the existing tenants being direct descendants of the 1749-54 leasees. Prior to 1820, the Catholic tenants held leases for a term of years, which expired about the year 1800, after which, the Catholics held their leases at the pleasure of the Earl. They were subject to large increases in rent, that many of the Protestants did not have to suffer, as many of them still held theirs at the 1749-1754 rates.

Initially the Company had continued the previous leases for one year. Subsequent to that, longer term leases were to be prepared. It is clear from comments that not all tenants initially wanted to enter into long term leases. These were hard times and they were taking a chance of holding year to year leases, in the hope of getting better terms.

The freehold leases differ from the other leases in that the value of the lands/premises were in excess of £20. The leasees had to pay 2 guinea to have their leases sealed.

These leases were found in the Minute Books of the Fishmongers Company. Volume 13 was microfilmed by the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints (LDS) under microfilm #1966803, Fishmongers Court Minute Books. At the Guildhall Library, London, England, the reference numer is MS 5571.

These are a great source for that period, as clearly some of these pople did not appear on these lands in the Tithe Applotment Books or in the 1831 census, due to such reasons as; default of payment, emigration, or death.

Quickly after the Fishmongers got control of their Londonderry estate, they attended to leasing out their larger and more valuable properties. There was a fair deal of discussion about this. as the following are just a summary of how some of these were to be rented.

Fishmongers Court Minute Books, Vol. 12, 13th Apr. 1820 – 11th Dec. 1823

p. 150-151. 30 Nov. 1820
The farm and house at Farloe had long been held by the STIRLING family rent free. The desire was to rent it out to Rev. Robert RENTOUL at £60 a year from 1st November. However, possible interests of Major STIRLING, in Dublin, had to be addressed.

p. 151. 30th Nov. 1820
Mr. Barre BERESFORD was to have a lease of Walworth Demesne and house for 31 years at £330 a year. This was approved on p. 184 in the 14th Dec. 1820 court session.

p. 152. 30th Nov. 1820
Mr. BERESFORD and Daniel McFARLAND were to give up their joint possession of the corn mill in Ballykelly, as well as 8 acres of land called the Mill land.

p. 152-153. 30th Nov. 1820
Henry Boyle HUNTER was to retain Drumcovit farm with a 21 year lease, or 31 years without a life, at £120 a year. He was to resign his interest on p. 430 (1st Aug. 1823) to his brother, Mr. Richard HUNTER, who, with Mrs. D. W. MAXWELL, jointly held Mr. JOHNSTON’S farm.

p. 153. 30th Nov. 1820
Rev. Marcus McCAUSLAND, about 70 years of age with no family, was to resign the townland of Broglasgow in November 1821. His nephew, Mr. Hugh BOYLE was to lease half of the townland. Hugh BOYLE Esq., was approved on p. 185 in the 14th December 1820 court session for part of Broglascow, except portions occupied by Rev. Robert RENTOUL and Mrs. HOLMES.

p. 189. 14th Dec. 1820
David MOORE Esq., gets lease of part of Upper Drummond, being about 34 acres, for 61 years from November last. He also had an option for 31 years of other land, to be determined.

p. 431. 1st Aug. 1823
Mr. Robert OGILBY to hold Lisnakelly, left him by the Will of his brother David OGILBY.

Fishmongers Court Minute Books, Vol. 13, 5th Feb. 1824 – 29th Sept. 1828

p. 41. 20th May 1824
Freehold leases for the life of Joseph WILSON Esqr., Prime Warden and in case of his death then for 21 years from the 1st Nov. 1822

John MILLER, Riscahan
John HAMILTON, Ballykelly
Hugh WRIGHT, Ballykeen
Martha ALLISON, Greysteelmore
Samuel MORRISON, Greysteelmore
Jane MORRISON, Greysteelmore
James MORRISON, Greysteelmore
James MULLAN, Kinculbrack
John LONG, Kinculbrack
Samuel SMITH, Kinculbrack
Andrew LONG, Kinculbrack
Robert CRAIG, Ballymaclanaghan
Stewar CHRISTY Jr, Ballymaclanaghan
William ROSEBROW Ballyhanedin
Alexander LYONS, Ballyhanedin
William COCHRAN, Nedd

Leases for a term of 21 years from the 1st Nov. 1822

Joseph ALLEN, Riscahan
Robert ATKINSON, Ballykelly
Arthur BROLLY, Mulding
Michael DIVINE, Muldirg
John BROWN, Muldirg
Charles DIVINE, Muldirg
James DIVINE, Muldirg
Ralph HAMILTON, Kinculbrack
William HAMILTON, Kinculbrack
Hugh HAMILTON, Kinculbrack
Joseph SHERRARD, Kinculbrack
Manas GORMLEY, Kinculbrack
Samuel BLAIR, Kinculbrack
Robert BLAIR, Kinculbrack
John PORTER, Greysteelmore
Robert GUTHRIE, Greysteelmore
William GUTHRIE, Greysteelmore
Margaret ROSBORROW, Balahinedin
Michael McCLENAGHAN, Balahinedin
William McCULLY, Balahinedin
James MONTEITH, Balahinedin
James ROSBORROW, Balahinedin
Stephen BRIZLE, Balahinedin
James CHRISTY, Ballymaclenaghan
Stewart CHRISTY Sr, Ballymaclenaghan
John MARSHALL, Ballymaclenaghan
George GREEN, Ballymaclenaghan
Christopher GREEN, Ballymaclenaghan
Arthur CONNOR, Sistrokeel
William SHERRARD, Sistrokeel
Isaac CONNOR, Sistrokeel
John COLLINS, Sistrokeel
John CONNOR, Sistrokeel
Bryan McGOWAN, Sistrokeel
Samuel HUMES, Sistrokeel
John CONN, Nedd
John GUY, Nedd
Joseph KEYS, Nedd
Isabella COCHRANE, Nedd & Oghill
James HOOD, Nedd & Drumbrack
William ROBINSON, Tullymain
John MARSHALL, Carrickhugh
Alexander HARE, Killylane
Robert COWAN, Ballykean
John KERR, Glasvey
Abraham LOAN, Glasvey

p. 46. 10th Jun. 1824

Freehold leases for the life of Joseph WILSON Esqr., Prime Warden, and in case of his death then for 21 years from the 1st Nov. 1822.

Alexander MORRISON, Greysteelbeg
William WILSON, Farloe
Andrew MOODY, Farloe
James MILLER, Tirglessan
James MITCHELL, Killycorr
Neal BREESON, Killycorr
Samuel CRESWELL, Nedd
William PATTERSON, Carnimuff
Robert THOMPSON, Carnimuff
John McCULLEY, Ballyspallen
William GILFILAN, Killylane
George COCHRAN, Killylane
Arthur SAMPSON, Ballykeen
Thomas CARLAND, Coolnacoopagh
John TOWNLY, Termacoy
David CATHER, Glasakeeran
Thomas GIBSON, Dungorcan
John SIMPSON, Dungorcan
Margaret CATHER, Carrickhugh
Robert OGILBY, Lisnakelly
James OGILBY, Sistrokeel
James CALDWELL, Maghremore
Robert BARBER, Gortgarr

Leases for a term of 21 years from the 1st Nov. 1822

John CALDWELL, Killylane
William BURNS, Killylane
Thomas JAMISON, Killylane
William MICHELS, Killylane
Alexander SLOAN, Killylane
William TEDLIE, Killylane
Owen McPEAK, Ballyspallen
Hugh CRAIG, Gortgarr
James WALKER, Gortgarr
Robert PARKHILL Sr, Gortgarr
Robert PARKHILL Jr, Gortgarr
Adam PARKHILL, Gortgarr
Mary PARKHILL, Gortgarr
Eleanor THOM, Killycorr
John McCLOSKY, Killycorr
James MILLAR, Killycorr
James LONG, Killcorr
James HARGAN, Killycorr
Samuel HAMILTON, Killycorr
Michael DONAGHY, Killycorr
Neal BREESON, Killycorr
Michael CARTIN, Killycorr
Mary TEDLIE, Maghremore
Christopher TEDLIE, Maghremore
Robert CLARK, Tullyhoe
William FORSYTH, Carnimuff
John PATCHELL, Carnimuff
Samuel WITHROW, Kinculmagranel
Michael MILLAR, Kinculmagranel
Michael MORRISON, Kinculmagranel
Thomas JEMISON, Kinculmagranel
Hugh McLARY, Glack
William TOWNER, Glack
John McGOWAN, Glack
Catherine LEECH, Glack
John LEECH, Glack
James CANNING, Glack
William HARGAN, Killycorr
George CRESWELL, Dumbrock
Edward CLEMENTS, Dumbrock
John CONNOR, Dumbrock
James LEECH, Dumbrock
Thomas LOUGHREY, Dumbrock
Nicholas LOANE, Dumbrock
David LOUGHREY, Dumbrock
William MOORE, Terglessan
Thomas MILLAR, Terglessan
William MILLAR, Terglessan
John EAKIN Sr., Terglessan
John EAKIN Jr., Terglessan
William EVANS, Terglessan
John COCHRANE, Terglessan
James COCHRANE, Terglessan
Samuel BLAIR, Terglessan
John MILLAR, Coolnacoopagh
David MILLAR, Coolnacoopagh
John MORRISON, Coolnacoopagh
Marshal EAKIN, Coolnacoopagh
William CHRISTIE, Coolnacoopagh
George PROCTOR Coolkenaght
John McCUNN, Coolkenaght
Matthew LOUGHREY, Coolkenaght
John TRACY, Gortilea
Michael TRACY, Gortilea
John MARSHALL, Gortilea
Philip McSHANE, Gortilea
John DONAGHY, Gortilea
Michael DONAGHY, Gortilea
Edward McGOWAN, Drumacony
William ROSS, Greysteelbeg
John ROSS Sr., Greysteelbeg
John ROSS Jr., Greysteelbeg
John MURRAY, Greysteelbeg
David CALDWELL, Greysteelbeg
Joseph TOWNLY, Termacoy
Archibald STEWART, Termacoy
Samuel SELFRIDGE, Termacoy
Robert MORRISON, Termacoy
James MURRAY, Termacoy
James McAFEE, Termacoy
William McCLOY, Oghill
Samuel McKISSACK, Oghill
Robert JAMISON, Oghill
David EAKIN Sr., Letterlogher
Robert EAKIN, Letterlogher
James EAKIN, Letterlogher
John EAKIN, Letterlogher
Alexander HAMILTON, Letterlogher
Thomas WHITESIDE, Letterlogher
Joseph WARK, Broharris
Robert WARK, Broharris
Thomas GIBSON, Dungorcan
Sarah GIBSON, Dungorcan
Samuel HALL, Dungorcan
Elijah ROSS, Dungullion
Margt ROGERS, Dungullion
James PARKHILL, Dungullion
Eleanor PATTEN, Dungullion
Jane PARKHILL, Dungullion
Dennis McFEELY, Ballyholly
Michl McCLOSKY, Ballyholly
Patrick HARRAN, Ballyholly
William DONAGHY, Ballyholly
Henry DONAGHY, Ballyholly

p. 118. 24th Feb. 1825
Freehold lease to David CATHER (with consent of Robert OGILBY) of lands in Ireland, as agreed by the Irish Estate Committee the 12th Feb. last.

p. 188. 16th Feb. 1826
Freehold lease to Hugh BOYLE of land in Ireland as agreed by the Irish Estate Committee 10th Nov. last.

p. 191-192. 23rd Mar. 1826
Freehold leases for the life of Joseph WILSON Esq., late Prime Warden of the Fishmongers Company and in case of his death, then for 18 years from the 1st Nov. 1825.

Elizabeth BIGGART, Gresteelbeg
Joseph GIBSON, Broighter
John GILMORE, Ballyspallen
George LIMERICK, Drumacony
William McAULEY, Ballykelly
Robert Campbell McCAUSLAND, Broglascow
George O’MULLAN, Glack
William REED, Barnakelly
John ROBINSON, Ballykelly
Bryan BREESON, Sistrokeel
Edward McGOWAN, Sistrokeel

Leases for a term of 18 years from the 1st Nov. 1825

Hugh BREESON, Glack
James CALDWELL, Killylane
John FERGUSON, Dungullion
Henry GUTHRIE, Gresteelbeg
James KERR Ballykelly
James McFARLAND, Drumacony
Joseph ROBINSON, Broharris
William CROOKS, Killycor
Samuel HAMILTON, Killycor
William GLEN, Tullyhoe
Samuel LIMERICK, Ballykelly
James HINDMAN, Carnimuff
James PATCHELL, Carnimuff
James WALKER, Termacoy
John MARSHALL, Ballymaclanaghan

p. 207. 13th Apr. 1826
Freehold Leases to the undermentioned person of land and premises on the Company’s Estate in Ireland, for the life of Thomas BODLEY Esqr., Prime Warden of this Company and in case of his death, then for 18 years from the 1st Nov. 1825, on the terms agreed by the Irish Estate Committee the 28th Feb. last, are sealed with the common seal of this Company viz:

John GIVEN, Farloe
John MORRISON, Carnimuff
Hugh SWAN, Drumcovit
James STIRLING, Ballykelly

p. 292. 7th Dec. 1826
Freehold Leases for the life of Thomas BODLEY Esqr., late Prime Warden, and in case of his death then for 18 years from 1st Nov. 1825 to –

Thomas CARLAND, Coolnacoopagh
Samuel MORRISON, Gresteelbeg
Hugh GRAY, Ballyspallen
Frederick McCAUSLAND, Riscahan
Isaac RAMSAY, Broharris and
Robert BOYD, Drumcovit,
James DUNN, of Ballyspallen

and in case of the death of the said Thomas BODLEY then for 19 yrs from 1st Nov. 1824.

{Abstractor’s note: It seems that the last line related to James DUNN’S lease}

Leases for a term of 21 years from 1st Nov. 1825
Henry Boyle HUNTER, Drumcovit
James KINCAID, Ballykelly

p. 302. 15th Feb. 1827
A Lease for 17 years from the 1st Nov. last to Robert McFARLAND of land in the Townland of Broharris as directed by the Irish Estate Committee the 10th instant is sealed with the common seal of this Company in open court.

p. 329. 12th Apr. 1827
A Lease to Mary Anne HAMILTON widow of Samuel HAMILTON of lands in the parish of Cumber, in the townland of Killycor for 17 years from the 1st Nov. last, is sealed with the common seal of this Company.

p. 356. 3rd May 1827
A Freehold Lease to Solomon RENTOUL for the life of Joseph WILSON Esqr., late Prime Warden of this Company and in case of his death, then for 17 years from 1st November 1826 of lands in the Townlands of Broglascow, Broharris & Farlough in the County of Londonderry is sealed with the common seal of this Company in open court.

p. 386. 1st Aug. 1827
An arrangement has taken place between The Reverend G. V. SAMPSON and James KINCAID relative to the slip of land on the west side of the road leading to the canal, of which a plan is annexed to the report: the increase of rent to be paid by James KINCAID is 5 s. per annum upon the 7 A. 2R. 20 P. of Ballykelly Park lands.

p. 430. 22nd Nov. 1827
Leases to the under mentioned persons on the Company’s Estate in Ireland are sealed with the common seal of this company, viz:

A Freehold lease for the life of Thomas BODLEY Esqr., late Prime Warden, and in case of his death then for 18 years from 1st Nov. 1825 to –

Neal McLAUGHLIN, Ballyhanedin

Freehold leases for the life of Joseph WILSON Esqr., late Prime Warden and in case of his death then for 17 years from 1st Nov. 1826 to –

Robert CRAIG, Ballymaclanaghan
John CAMPBELL, Drummond

Leases for the term of 17 years from 1st Nov. 1826

James CHRISTY, Ballymaclanaghan
George DAVID, Maghremore
George PROCTOR, Carrichue
Christopher TEDLIE, Maghremore
James SCOTT & Jno MOORE, Executors of Jas. HOLMES, dec’d.

p. 497. 22nd May 1828
The Freehold leases to Jno. CAMPBELL of Drummond and Neal McLAUGLIN of Ballahanedin, which were sealed to them by the Court the 22nd Nov. last, were re-sealed with the common seal of this Company in open court: an alteration having been made in such leases with respect to Tythes.

Fishmongers Court Minute Books, Vol. 14, 31 October 1828 – 1 August 1833

p. 51. 18th Dec. 1828
Lease to Michael MILLER of lands in Ireland by order of the Irish Estate Committee the 11th Aug. last are sealed with the common seal of this company.

p. 57. 22nd Jan. 1829
Leases to Mark McKERBEY, James LOUGHRY and John TOWNLEY of mountain farms in Ireland by order of the Irish Estate Committee the 12th Dec. 1828 are sealed with the common seal of this company.

p. 79-80. 16th Apr. 1829
Leases to the undermentioned persons on the Company’s Estate in Ireland as directed by the Irish Estate Committee the 11th instant are sealed with the common seal of this company, viz:

A freehold lease for the life of Joseph WILSON Esqr., heretofore Prime Warden, and in case of his death, then for 15 years from the 1st Nov. 1828 to James CAMPBELL of Drummond.

Leases for the term of twenty-one years from the 1st Nov. 1828 to Isaac CONNOR of Sistrokeel and James LEECH of Glack.

p. 349. 27th Oct. 1831
Leases for the term of 21 years from the 1st Nov. next, to George KANE Thomas KANE and Patrick KANE of lands in Loughermore Ireland, as directed by the Irish Estate Committee to 30th Jul. last, are likewise sealed with the common seal of this company.

p. 361. 10th Dec. 1831
Leases in fee to the under-mentioned persons of lands in Ireland as directed by the Irish Estate Committees, the 8th Aug. and 30th Sept. last, are also sealed with the common seal of this company viz:

Tenants names / Townlands
Robert Campbell McCAUSLAND, Ballyspallen & Broharris
Samuel IRWIN, Ballymaclenaghan
Pensions Granted

Tenants of the Fishmongers Company estate, who were granted weekly pensions. The information is not transcribed exactly as it appears in the records; the information here is summarized.

p. 45. 10th Jun. 1824

Weekly grant of 2 shillings:
John BROGAN, Glack, aged 65
Sarah HARAN, Dunbrock, age 85
Mic. McCLANAGHAN, Gresteel, age 80

Weekly grant of one shilling and six pence:
Henry DONAGH, Ballykelly, age 82, a cripple
Margaret DEANS, Ballykelly, age 80, bed ridden
Rebecca THOMPSON, Gresteel, age 79
Una DEVIN, Muderig, age 80, partly blind
Jane HANAGAN, Gortilea, age 72
Charles McLAUGHLIN, Ballymaclanagan, age 77
Nancy HAMILTON, Ballyhanedin, age 71

Special case grant of 2 shillings per week:
Mary ALLISON, Ballykelly, age 53, insane

Special case grant of one shilling and six pence per week:
Elizabeth MOOR, Broglascow, age 55, eight children, one partly blind and two dead
Mary CARR, Kinculbrack, age 68, blind

p. 101. 16th Dec. 1824
Two shilling per week grant to Thomas McKOWN.

p. 189. 16th Feb. 1826
Two shilling per week grant:
Isabella MOORE, Terglessan, having a brother and sister to take care of; both deaf and dumb.
George DONAGHY, Ballykelly, School Master, without the use of his limbs.

One shilling, six pence per week grant:
Robert THOMPSON, Carrickhugh, blind, 80 years old
Evenue KANE, Sistrokeel, lost the use of his limbs
William BLAIR, Kinculbrack, 3 small children and wife subject to fits
John CARSON, Carnimuff, 85 years old
Widow DEALY, Broharris, 80 years old
Catherine McCAY, Glasvea, for her sister who is in a consumption and can earn nothing
Mary MEALY, Dunbrock, 80 years old

One shilling per week grant:
Neal DUFFY, Ballykelly, very aged and distressed
Manus McKEEVOR, Gortilea, 75 years old
Bryan MULLAN, Glack, old and infirm

p. 379. 1st Aug. 1827
Weekly pension of 1 shilling recommended to widow McDERMOT, many years the occupier of the lodge to Walworth House, now let to The Rev. G. V. SAMPSON

p. 380. 1st Aug. 1827
Weekly pensions of 1 shilling each recommended to widow CAIN, alias McALARY, Mary BROGAN and Margaret McGEE

p. 457. 17th Jan. 1828
Weekly pensions:
John HAMILTON and his wife, Letterlogher, 2 shillings
John CRICHTON, Letterlogher, 1 shilling 6 pence, for the support of an orphan idiot under 17 years of age.

p. 518. Weekly pensions:
John McCREA, Carrikue, 1 shilling 6 pence
Alexander WALKER, Ballymaclanaghan, 1 shilling

Fishmongers Court Minute Books Vol. 14, 31st Oct. 1828 – 1st Aug. 1833

p. 55. 22nd Jan. 1829
Weekly pension of 1 shilling to Jane McCOY

p. 104. 1st Aug. 1829
Weekly pensions:
widow DONAGHY, Gortilea, 1 shilling 6 pence
widow WATSON, Killycor, 1 shilling 6 pence
Mary HANNA, Gresteel, 1 shilling
James KING, Gresteel, 1 shilling

p. 121. 28th Oct. 1829
Weekly pension of 1 shilling 6 pence to Andrew TODD

p. 162. 25th Feb. 1830
Weekly pension of 2 shillings to D. McCORMACK

p. 177. 22nd Apr. 1830
Weekly pension of 2 shilling to George DONAGHY, Ballykelly, in addition to his present pension of 2 shilling.

p. 182. 29th May 1830
Weekly pension of 2 shilling to Charles MULLAN, Ballykelly, upwards of 80 years of age.

p. 216. 2nd Aug. 1830
Weekly pension of 1 shilling 6 pence to Rose GRANAGHAN

p. 250. 16th Dec. 1830
Weekly pension of 1 shilling 6 pence to William PERKINS, deceased, be continued to his widow.

p. 267. 17th Feb. 1831
Weekly pension of 2 shillings to Thomas ROSS

p. 322. 23rd Aug. 1831
Weekly pension of 1 shilling 6 pence to Margaret DUFFY.

p. 375. 16th Feb. 1832
Weekly pension of 1 shilling 6 pence to Widow DONAGHY and Andrew MITCHELL.

p. 471. 25th Oct. 1832
Weekly pensions to:
widow LYNCH, Ballykelly, age 75, blind for the last 5 years, 1 shilling 6 pence.
widow McLAUGHLIN, Killycor, age 96, a dependent on casual relief, 1 shilling 6 pence.
Thomas DEVENY, Carrikue, age 79, can earn nothing, 1 shilling 6 pence.
John KEYS, Ned, age 76, unable to work, formerly a tenant, 1 shilling 6 pence.
William DOGHERTY, Gortgar, age 76, unable to work and has a wife of some age, 1 shilling 6 pence.
Margaret BOYD, Gresteel, age 94, utterly destitute, 1 shilling 6 pence.
Ann REA, Broglascow, age 72, lame and blind, 1 shilling
Brian MacGERRIGLE, Glack, age 80, bent double, 1 shilling
John CASSIDY, Killycor, age 95, unable to work, 1 shilling
Mary WILSON, Ballykelly, age 71, nearly blind, 1 shilling
Molly GREEN, Gortalea, age 90, quite destitute, 1 shilling
Fanny McFARLAND, Ned, age 74, nearly blind, 1 shilling
widow McGEE, Tullyhoe, age 98, quite destitute, 1 shilling
Margaret JAMES, Gresteel, very old but age not known, quite destitute, 1 shilling
Manus McKEEVOR, Gortalea, age 90, a miserable object and has a pension of 1 s. a week, 1 shilling 6 pence more.

{Abstractor’s Note – the Company noted that the above were part of a group as destitute as one could see anywhere, with more needing aid.}

Fishmongers Court Minute Books, Vol. 15, 28th Sept. 1833 – 13 Apr. 1837

p. 80. 1st Aug. 1834
Weekly pension of 2 shilling to Patrick McLAMOND of Ballykelly.

Fishmongers Court Minute Books, Vol. 15, 28th Sept. 1833 – 13th Apr. 1837.

p. 102. 30th Oct. 1834
Weekly pension of 1 shilling 6 pence to Isaac CONNOR of Glack & William McCOY of Ballykelly

p. 225. 15th Jun. 1835
Weekly pensions to:
Brian DUGGY of Glack, 1 shilling
Richard ORR of Ballykelly & his wife, 1 shilling each
George McDIVILL of Gresteel, 1 shilling
Hugh LOUGHBERY of Ballykelly & his sister, 1 shilling each

Fishmongers Court Minute Books, Vol. 15, 28th Sept. 1833 – 13th Apr. 1837

p. 55-56. 10th Apr. 1834
Leases …
also to James McGINNIS and Alexander GEORGE } of lands in Ireland in the townlands of Carnamuff & Dunbrock

also to Patrick McGINNES in townland of Carnamuff

also to John QUIGLEY { in the townlands of Carnamuff and Faughanvale

and Manus McSHANE and Adame NELSON } in the townlands of Ballymaclanaghan and Gortalea

are sealed with the common seal of this company in open court.

Fishmongers Court Minute Books Vol. 16 (Book N), 15th Jun. 1837 to 8th Oct. 1840

p. 32. 15th Jun. 1837
A Lease to John SCOTT of Myroe sealed with the common seal of this corporation in open court.

p. 46. 1st Aug. 1837
To grant a donation of £20 to Mr. BROWN’s Chapel and a pension of one shilling and six pence per week to James McAfee agreed thereto.

p. 48. 1st Aug. 1837
Leases of lands in Ireland to David CATHER, George CRAIG, Thomas TEDLIE & John DUFFY.

p. 50. 7th Sept. 1837
The surrender from James RENTOUL to the company of lands in Ireland are respectively sealed with the common seal of the company in open court.

p. 66. 5th Oct. 1837
Also a freehold lease from this company to William RENTOUL of house, lands at Browglascow in the north of Ireland, for the life of Joseph WILSON Esquire, late Prime Warden, and in case of his death before 17 years, for the term of 17 years from 1st Nov. 1827. Also a freehold Lease from this company to James RENTOUL of house and lands at Farloe and Broharris in the north of Ireland, for the life of said Joseph WILSON and in case of his death before 17 years then for the term of 17 years from 1st Nov. 1827 are respectively sealed with the common seal of this company.

p. 98-99. 1st Feb. 1838
To grant a pension of 1s/ per week each to Shilah KANE and Nolah MULLAN of Glack and Catherine ORR of Sistrokeel agreed to.

p. 165. 5th Apr. 1832
To grant to William ELDER of Ballykelly a donation of £20 to enable him to proceed with his family to America the same is agreed to.

p. 201. 18th Jun. 1838
To grant pensions of 1s. 6d. a week to James DEVENEY of Carrikue aged 82 and Sarah NICHOLSON of Carnamuff aged 78. Also of 1s. per week to Catherine DOUGALL of Gresteel aged 70, Martha PEDDIER of Gresteel aged 80 and Sarah WILSON of Carnamuff aged 62, the same is agreed to.

p. 292. 17th Jan. 1839
To make an advance of £20 at 5 per cent and interest to Samuel ERWIN of Letterlogher on his completing his house to the Agent’s satisfaction. To grant to George DAVIS of Maghremore £5, in addition to £30 before granted, on condition that his house and offices be slated as originally intended, the same are agreed to.

p. 320. 11th Apr. 1839
To grant a donation of £50 to Samuel CRAIG of Ned on his building a house and offices to the satisfaction of the Agent, agrees thereto.

p. 341. 20th Jun. 1838
To grant a donation of £20 to Owen BREESON of Glack towards a new House agreed thereto.

p. 446-447. 13th Feb. 1840
Donation of £20 be granted to Major STIRLING towards erecting additional offices to his farm house.

Donation of £10 be granted to George FORSYTH of Carnamuff for lofting his house.

That Mr. SAMPSON be authorized to treat with SCOTT of Ballykelly for the surrender of a small part of the field, between the church yard wall and the road leading from Ballykelly to New Town Limavady, at the North West corner thereof next the church yard and that a sum, not exceeding £60, be granted to Mr. SAMPSON to be appropriated to building a house for Thomas CONNOR, the Sexton of Ballykelly, thereon and that a rent of 35.s per Annum be charged for the same, being the same rent as he now pays for a house which the company have ordered to be taken down.

That James HYNDMAN Senr. and John MORRISON be respectively permitted to surrender their respective interests in their Mountain farms in Carnamuff. That on such surrenders being made, a lease, thereof, be granted to James HYNDMAN junr. at the present rent and Tythe, on the condition that he break up at least 2 acres annually. That £60 be advanced towards erecting a house, he paying £3 additional rent for the same and that Mr. SAMPSON be directed to pay the £60 on the house being completed to his satisfaction. And that a donation of £20 be granted to John TOWNLY of Termacoy to enable him to build a comfortable house according to the Companys plan; being read and considered, are respectively agreed to.

p. 457-458. 12th Mar. 1840
A lease to Philip CONNOR of mountain land in Ireland, are respectively sealed with the common seal of this company in open court.

p. 521-522. 1st Aug. 1840
The Court considering the recommendation of the Irish Estate Committee the 10th ultimo as to granting a lease to Samuel LIMERICK viz:

That if he will build a substantial house, to the satisfaction of the Companys Agent according to the plan transmitted by him, laying out not less than £145 on the same, a lease be granted to him from the time of the erection of the said house, for 31 years, with the life of the Prime Warden, at the present rent of £4.10. per annum

A letter from Mr SAMPSON the 25th ultimo stating

The resolution of the Committee granting a lease of 31 years and the life of the Prime Warden, to Samuel LIMERICK on his completing his house, according to a plan and estimate submitted to the Company has be read to him – he has informed me that he will prepare the materials this year and commence to build early in the following spring.

being read and considered Resolved that a Lease be granted to Samuel LIMERICK accordingly.

Fishmongers Court Minute Books, Vol. 17 (Book O) 12th Nov. 1840 – 17th Jun. 1844

p. 49. 14th Jan. 1841
To grant to Robert THOMPSON of Carnamuff a donation of £30 towards raising and new slating his house, on his completing the same to the Agents satisfaction.

Also, To grant to John TOWNLEY Junr. of Dunbrock a donation of £15 towards building a barn, on his completing the same to the Agents satisfaction.

Also, To grant to Catherine McCURDY, a donation of £20 to assist her with her family of 6 children to proceed to America, the same are agreed to.

p. 70-71. 25th Mar. 1841
To grant £15 to George FORSYTH of Carnamuff to assist him in building a barn.

To grant £15 to William REID of Barnakelly for a like purpose he paying 10/ per annum additional rent.

To grant £15 to William TEDLIE of Killylane for a like purpose he paying a 10 s./ per annum additional rent.

To grant £25 to Samuel ERWIN of Letterlogher towards rebuilding his house he paying 20/ per annum as additional rent.

And to grant £15 to John EAKIN of Carnamuff towards building a barn being read and considered are severally agreed to.

p. 100. 10th Jun. 1843
To grant £10 to Daniel GOULD to emigrate the same is agreed to and it is ordered accordingly.

p. 110. 8th Jul. 1841
To grant a donation of £10 to Robert THOMPSON of Tirglasson to emigrate agreed thereto.

p. 170. 11th Nov. 1841
That it be recommended to the Court to sanction the advance of £10 made by Mr. SAMPSON to the widow McCANN on her emigrating the same are respectively agreed to.

p. 215. 14th Apr. 1842
To grant £2.10 to Catherine CARTAN of Ned to enable her to emigrate and £12 to Mary LOUGHERY to enable her, with her 7 children to join her husband in America, provided the cotter houses of James CARTAN and the said Mary LOUGHERY be pulled down, but that such recommendations do not form precedents on similar applications, but that each case shall be decided by the Committee upon its own merits agreed thereto.

p. 243. 20th Jun. 1842
To grant £15 to James LOUGHERY of Dunbrock without interest towards building a barn.

To grant £10 to Catherine WATT of Tullyhoe towards roofing her barn she paying 10/ per annum additional rent.

To grant £10 to John PORTER of Gresteel to slate his office houses he paying 10/ per annum additional rent.

To grant £15 to John SCOTT of Killycor without interest to assist in rebuilding his office houses.

To grant £20 to Samuel CRESWELL of Nedd to build a barn and stable he paying 20/ per annum additional rent.

To grant £15 to Jane PARKHILL of Dungullion to slate her barn she paying 15 per annum additional rent.
agreed thereto.

p. 346-351. 10th Nov. 1842.
The Court considering the recommendations of the Irish Estate Committee the 3rd instant in relation to the poor. It is ordered that while as a general rule no new pensions be granted, the late pensions and the quarterly stipends heretofore granted to persons in considera[tion] of their giving up their houses for improvements, be revived from the 1st instant during the pleasure of the Court but that Mr SAMPSON be instructed in exercising the discretion[ary] power heretofore confided to him by the Committee of relieving the casueal poor in small sums, to take every opportunity of recommending all fit objects, whether on the present list of pensioners or not to avail themselves of the benefit of the New Poor Law.

The Court also considering the recommendation of the Committee on Captain STIRLING’S memorial for assistance towards repairing his barn and outhouses. It is ordered that upon his repairing the buildings as mentioned in the estimate, to the Agents satisfaction, he be allowed a grant of £50 and that the sum of £100, be also allowed to him, he paying 4 per cent per annum as an additional rent on the latter amount.

The Court further considering the recommendat[ations] of the same Committee on the following Memorials viz:

Isaac RAMSAY of Broharris for assistance to roof his building, estimate being £33.1.6

William ROBINSON of Ballykelly praying some compensation for the loss (about £40) arising by the flooding of the Ballyholly River in January 1841

William REED of Termacoy for assistance towards building a barn, estimate being £45.1.4.

John TOWNLEY of Termacoy for assistance to floor his new house and to build office houses, estimate being £53.12.6.

John QUIGLY of Carnamuff for assistance to build a barn 29 ft by 18 ft and to raise a cow shed and stable 36 feet long, estimate for both £53.5.0.

Alexander GEORGE of Carnamuff for assistance towards building a barn 24 ft. by 19 ft. estimate £39.10. and for an allowance for a road cost £6

John EAKIN of Carnamuff for slates for a new stable he intends building

James MAGENIS of Carnamuff for assistance to reclaim his land, has reclaimed 9 acres and had £60 to build his house

Robert THOMPSON of Carnamuff for assistance to build a new barn estimate £50.13.0.

James HYNDMAN Junr. of Carnamuff for assistance to build a barn and office house, estimate £42.15. and stating he had reclaimed in two years 10 acres of land

Patrick McGINNES of Carnamuff for a donation of £5 towards making a road to his land

Patrick McCLOSKEY of Dunbrock, Schoolmaster, praying for some allowance for loss incurred by removing from his former residence and by exchange of his land and for expenses incurred in building Office houses 46 feet long by 18 feet wide which loss and expences he averages at £100

Isaac CONNOR of Sistrokeel praying the Company to assist him in making a new road of 66 perches long cost about £13.4. to enable him to break up more of his unreclaimed lands.

James CONNOR of Sistrokeel wishing to be allowed to alter the course of the River, so as to protect his land estimated expence about £10, also for assistance towards building a barn 24 ft. by 19 Estimate being £29.

It is ordered that on the undermentioned persons completing their respective works to the Agents satisfaction the following grants be made viz:

{Abstractors note: in the left margin were added notes which I have placed at the end of the relevant entry in brackets}

£15 to Isaac RAMSAY of Broharris for slating his barn he paying 15/ per annum additional rent (not pd. Ant. order 11th Nov 1852)

£15 to William REED he paying 15/ per annum additional rent (see Co. 9 Jan/51. fol. 4)

£30 to John TOWNLEY of Termacoy he paying 30/ per annum additional rent (paid 24th Aug. 1844)

£15 to John QUIGLEY free as he pays interest on £60 (paid 14th Oct. 1843)

£10 to John EAKIN of Carnamuff free he having broken up 29 acres of mountain land (paid 27th Nov. 1843)

£20 to Robert THOMPSON of Carnamuff he paying £20 per annum additional rent (See Co. 9 Jan. 1851 fol. 4)

£15 to James HYNDMAN of Carnamuff Junr. Free, he paying Intr. on £60 (paid 8th May 1843)

£5 to Patrick McGINNIS of Carnamuff free (paid 28th Oct. 1843)

£5 to Isaac CONNOR of Sistrokeel free (paid 28th Oct. 1843)

£15 to James CONNOR of Sistrokeel he paying £15 per ann. additional rent (see Co. Bk. R. Fol. 218)

£15 to Alex: GEORGE free, as he pays interest on £60 but he to make the road mentioned in his memorial, at his own expense (paid 3rd Nov 1842)

That the following donations be made viz:

£20 to William ROBINSON as a compensation for his loss and (paid 28th Jan. 1843)

£20 to Patrick McCLOSKEY for building the office houses (paid 14th Dec. 1842)

That £20 be advanced to James MAGINIS, he paying interest at the rate of 5 per cent per annum & repaying £5 yearly (advanced and since repaid)

p. 346-351. 10th Nov. 1842
The Court also considering the recommendations of the Irish Estate Committee the 7th instant on the following memorials alluded to in the appendix, to the report of the late Deputation to Ireland, with the recommendation of the Deputation on each. It is ordered ‘that on the respective parties completing the works mentioned in their separate memorials, to the agents satisfaction, they be granted the amounts set against their names as under’ viz:

Philip CONNOR of Sistrokeel for a new road and for allowance for ditching; £5; free for the road (paid 14th Oct. 1843)

Brian BREESON of Sistrokeel praying assistance towards roofing new buildings in the yard; £25; free (paid 20th Dec. 1844)

Patrick KANE of Loughermore for assistance towards building a barn 28 ft. by 15 ft; £15; free (paid 30th Oct. 1843)

Thomas KANE of Loughermore for assistance towards building a barn 26 ft. by 19 ft., the estimate being £38.15.6; £15; free (paid 30th Oct. 1843)

Alexander MULLAN of Glack pray[in]g and advance of £60 to build a house he paying £3 per annum interest; £60; at 5 per cent per annum (paid 23rd Jan. 1843)

James CREIG of Ballymaclenaghan praying the Companys consideration of the improvements made by him; £15; free on account of the improvem[en]ts made by him (paid 28th Feb. 1843)

David EAKIN of Letterlogher for assistance to build a barn, the estimate being £42.10.6; £15; free (paid 3rd Nov. 1843)

Thomas CARLAND of Coolnacoopagh for assistance in roofing his house and stating he had built a house on a farm occupied by his son-in-law & that he had also built a flax mill at an expence of £120 without assistance; £10; free on account of the house built for his son-in-law & £20 more on his now roofing his own house (£10 paid 16th Feb. 1845)

Joseph DEVIN of Mulderh for assistance to build house and offices on his own land, the estimate being £69.7.6; £30; he paying £1 per ann. as additional rent and taking down the old houses ha? the materials (paid 7th Nov. 1849)

Alexander MORRISON of Gresteel for assistance to roof his offices, estimate about £20; 15; he paying 10./ per annum as additional rent

James CALDEWELL of Magremore for assitance towards building a barn estimated at £40.1.-; £15; he paying 10./ per annum as additional rent (paid 30th Oct. 1843)

George COCHRANE of Killylane for assistance to roof his barn 45 ft by 20 ft Estimate £29.14.10; £15; he paying 15./ per annum as additional rent (paid 30th Oct. 1843)

Alexander SLOANE of Killylane for assistance to build stable and cow house, the estimate being £39.12.; £15; he paying 10/ per annum as additional rent (paid 3rd Oct. 1843)

James CALDWELL of Killylane for assistance towards building a barn estimate cost £40.4.; £15; he paying 10/ per annum as additional rent (paid 17th Aug. 1843)

The Court also considering the following recommendations of the Committee the 7th. instant viz:

To grant a further loan of £1- at 5 pr cent to G. O’MULLAN of Glack to enable him to relaim his mountain land, the £20 due on the former loan to be deducted and he to repay the loan now advanced by instalments of £10 per annum (adv. & partly (1851) repaid)

To grant a loan of £20 at 5 per cent to George KANE of Loughermore to enable him to continue the reclamation of his land, he repaying the same by instalments of £5 per annum (adv. & repaid)

To grant a donation of £10 to Patrick HAFFERTY of Loughermore for a road made thro’ his farm (paid 21st Jany. 1843)

To grant a donation of £20 to Thos. TEDLIE of Killyland in consequence of his having me, with many severe losses in cattle, on his paying the arrears of his rent (paid 28th Jany. 1843)

To allow Hugh SWAN of Drumcovit £20 on his paying the arrears of his rent £15 thereof heing for the draining done on his farm and £5 for an alleged rent of £1 per annum for cotters residing on his farm such allowance however being on the full understanding that nothing will be hereafter allowed for the said alledged rent of £1 per annum.

To grant a donation of £15 to Robert GUTHRIE of Gresteel to assist him to slate his office houses on condit[ion] that he sets off an adequate garden for his Cotter.

Banagher Presbyterian Church and Sunday School The building on the right is the church hall which was built in 1900, hence its name, “The Century Hall”. The church on the left of the picture was built earlier, in 1825, by the Fishmonger’s Company, one of the London Companies. Photograph by Kenneth Allen

1868 – The Tenant right custom has suffered most on this company’s estate. The agent requires all incoming tenants, or assignees of old tenants, to sign a deed of covenant releasing all claim to Tenant right and if he refuses to sign, he will not be accepted as tenant. The estate consists of forty nine townlands, containing on the whole, about 21,661 statute acres. The Government valuation in 1858 was £10,457. The rental is £10,000.

1881 – The Fishmongers Company, have since been zealous and liberal landlords. Under the intelligent management of the late agent Mr A SAMPSON, great portions of the estate, liable to frequent floods, were dried by cuttings and embankments; the good alluvial deposits left from the great lake which in olden times occupied the fertile valley of the Roe have thus been available for improved cultivation; roads have been made, farms squared, and tenants helped with their buildings and reclamation.

Towards houses put up by the smaller upland tenants, 40£ has been contributed by the company for which an annual addition of 20s. is made to the rent. A grant is regularly awarded for cottage building and repairs and is expended at the discretion of Mr W.C. GAGE J. P., the much esteemed agent. Mainly through his exertions Ballykelly has been made a model village, which might contrast favourably with any in England. The cottages are well built, comfortable, and nicely kept, plants in pots are ranged in many windows, flower gardens, and trim hedges are in front amenities, indicative of tidiness and thrift, seldom seen in Ireland. Good vegetable gardens, well-stocked, are set aside for every cottager who pays, according to accommodation for house and garden, from 2£ to 5£ a year. A common is provided for the cows belonging to the villagers. Of this privilege, thirty families now take advantage paying 42s. for the summer, 21s. for the winter, grazing of each cow. Other cottages throughout the estate are let with the farms.

In the village are a church and Presbyterian chapel, a capital school, where the labourers children have gratuitous education and the farmers pay 8s. a year and where all books and appliances are found, besides a post office, saw-mill and flax-mill, all maintained for public benefit, mainly at the expense of the landlords. Whatever might be said by other residents on the estate the neatly dressed, tidy, labourers and their wives, with the well-shod, clean, wholesome looking children of Ballykelly would certainly protest against any change of landlords.

The agricultural tenants number 370, the largest farm is 500 acres, more than half are under seventy acres. The estate comprises 20,540 imperial acres. Griffith’s valuation is 9,595£ 12s.; the actual rental is 9,507£ 5s. 9d. During twenty one years the accession to the rent roll has been 1,600£. All tenants have leases for twenty one years, at the termination of which, revaluation is made, but in such valuations tenants improvements are always allowed for.

William LEECH had sixty-one acres of heath, for which he paid 40s. It came out of lease in 1851. The company, who, by a deputation of their members, triennially inspect their domains and make note of what is done, which is more than is effected by some absentees, or even by some resident proprietors, were so pleased with LEECH’S improvements, that they gave him another twenty one years at the same figure, and in 1872 charged him during his third lease 61£ 10s. for a holding, which would be cheap at 20£. All fences were made by the company and they contribute to the keeping up of all mearing, or march fences. Building is undertaken for any tenant on payment of 4 per cent on the outlay, but the tenantry, generally being well to do, usually prefer to carry out their own improvements, often, however, receiving grants of slates. For buildings put on one farm at a cost of 1,000£ 15s. a year is charged.

Tenant right is not restricted; it has doubled in value in twenty five years; it is generally disposed of through an auctioneer and makes 23 or 24 years purchase. J. DOUGLAS, a peasant proprietor, recently bought the tenant right of a farm rented at 40£ for 1,130£. FERGUSON, anxious to secure 22 acres, rented at 14£ paid 800£ for the entry. Now that times are worse and money scarcer, he could not sell on equally good terms. R. DUNN, required to part with half an acre for enlarging a graveyard, made and received his claim of 30£, being at the rate of 86 years rent for the tenant right alone, the company granting it to the parish free of rent forever. Solicitous for the moral well-being of the people, 120£ is annually granted in aid of the salaries of the clergy on the estates. Schools cost on an average 800£, but owing to extra buildings the outlay in 1879 was 1,188£.

One of the worshipful company’s tenants must be taken as an exemplar of the whole Mr Arthur GIBSON rents 138 imperial acres, for which he pays 194£, he has a lease for 21 years, but complains that he is liable to be raised when the lease is renewed. He would gladly buy the fee simple of his farm at 25 years purchase on a fair rent, but cautiously premises that his present rent would be too high an estimate. His tenant right would realise fully 30£ an acre. Buying the fee simple at 25 years purchase would therefore represent 55 years purchase; a very handsome value for a purely agricultural holding. Mr GIBSON has followed his father and grandfather in the occupation of Broighter. By them, and by himself, all the buildings have been done, the handsome house erected, as well as the ample ranges of stabling, and stalling, in which 77 feeding cattle are now tied, eating oat straw, about 36 lbs. daily of the superior swedes, of which the yield exceeds 30 tons an acre, and further helped along by about 4 lbs. each of mixed meals. Only three milch cows are kept. The cattle are bought in, occasionally as yearlings, chiefly as two year olds, when fat, they are sold in the byres and usually go to Liverpool. Under the supervision of the sons, everything seems carefully and tidily arranged, the large amount of well-made manure is heaped mostly under cover, ricks and rickyard are clean and smart, as they seldom are in Ireland; a six course rotation is pursued; the grass seeds remaining down during 3 years; the only notable extravagance is the keeping of 9 horses, 4 or 5 being sufficient to work the deep, good loam, which never misses a crop and is grateful for Mr GIBSON’S judicious liberal treatment.

1872 Memorial to the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers from their Tenantry on the Manor of Walworth, Co. Londonderry

Manor of Walworth – (est. 24th Oct. 1618) The jurisdiction of this court extends over the manor consisting of 50 townlands situated in the parishes of Tamlaghtfinlaggan, Faughanvale, Cumber and Banagher, baronies of Kenaght and Tirkeeran, county of Londonderry. The greatest distance from the place of holding the court (Ballykelly) is about 11 miles in a direct line.

In 1872, the Fishmongers Company proposed to increase their rents, already higher than the principal estates in the county, by amounts varying from 12 to 400 %, the latter being a case where the tenant had reclaimed every foot of ground in the farm and erected the buildings at his own cost. In many cases the increase was over 100 % and in several over 200 %. These increases would practically have confiscated the tenant right.

20th September 1872

The humble Memorial of the tenants on the estate of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers most respectfully sheweth:

That memorialists deeply regret that any cause of disagreement has arisen between them and your Worshipful Company.

That formerly the affairs of the estate were administered in a manner satisfactory both to landlords and tenants.

That the ancient custom of tenant right was respected, and that rents were fair.

That the tenants were contented, they did not fear to expend their utmost penny in permanent improvements, knowing that no advantage would be taken of them, and they regarded the company as just and considerate landlords, but that now a feeling of deep dissatisfaction and distrust pervades the entire estate.

That a few years ago the company sought to abolish the Ulster custom on the estate by requiring the purchasers of tenant right to sign a covenant, binding them to surrender their holdings at the end of the term, without any claim of any kind or description whatsoever.

That this was a vital blow aimed at the principle of the ancient custom, and excited feelings of uneasiness and alarm.

That the agreement which they have been recently required to sign has renewed the apprehension that it is the desire of the company to extinguish tenant right on the estate.

That on the faith of this custom, which, until lately, was never interfered with by the company, large sums have been paid for tenant right, and many permanent improvements made; that the abrogation of that custom by the landlords, unless by purchase, would be an act of confiscation.

That the rise of rents proposed to be exacted from memorialists is on a scale unparalleled and unheard of in this country: that it would virtually nullify tenant right, and act as a heavy discouragement to all further improvement.

That the improved value of their lands is the result of the tenants’ industry, without any outlay upon the part of the company, and that the proposed rents would be a grievous charge upon their own improvements.

The memorialists, with a due regard to their own interests, cannot undertake to pay them.

That the estate is at present let higher than the principal estates in this county; that at the proposed rents it would be considerably higher than the highest rented of those estates.

That, from information derived from trustworthy sources, memorialists have reason to believe that, having regard to the circumstances of England and Ireland, and to the fact that in the former the permanent improvements are mainly executed by the landlord, the present rents of your Worshipful Company’s estate are relatively higher than the letting value of ordinary agricultural holdings in England.

That memorialists venture to submit that it is not unreasonably expected that a great public company (and the more so, as they are absentees) should deal with their tenants on much more generous and liberal terms than private proprietors.

That although the value of live stock has risen considerably of late, that taxes have also greatly increased, and that the cost of labour has doubled during the last 20 years, that it is still increasing, and there is every prospect that before long it will be still greater than it is now.

That the case of the occupiers of reclaimed land is one of peculiar hardship. Their farms are the result of their hard toil and unremitting industry; the soil at the best is very inferior; the climate so moist as to make the harvests extremely precarious; that the small holders, with the greatest care and frugality, can realise only a scanty subsistence; that the interest on the cost of reclamation would alone be a reasonable rent, and that the proposed increase is exorbitant and oppressive.

That hitherto the occupying tenants have been heavily taxed for public works, for the building of bridges, the making of roads, and keeping them in repair; for gaols, bridewells, court-houses, lunatic asylum, infirmary, salaries of county officials, and charges in connexion with the administration of the laws; that it is but just that the owners of property, inasmuch as they participate in the benefit of the above, should bear their fair share of the burden; that the Land Act provides that, in all new lettings, the landlords shall pay one half of the county cess.

That if on any such new lettings the landlords should seek to relieve themselves of this tax, by adding their share to the tenants’ rent, they would be evading a charge which, in strict justice, they ought to bear, and would be depriving the tenants of the boon which the Legislature intended to confer upon them.

That formerly the holders of mountain farms, in conformity with the usage of the country, were entitled to and did charge those persons who cut turf on their holdings a certain sum for each day’s cutting as compensation for the injury sustained by reason of the trespass committed, but that for some years past they have been deprived of such compensation.

That nothing should be more deprecated than angry controversy and litigation between landlords and tenants; that, if it should unfortunately come to that, memorialists have not provoked it.

That memorialists have always fulfilled the obligations of good tenants; that they are still ready and willing to do so; that they earnestly desire peace, and that it rests with your Worshipful Company whether the former satisfactory relations shall be restored.

That memorialists respectfully ask permission to inspect Mr. NOLAN’S valuation.

That memorialists pray your Worshipful Company will take the premises into your favourable consideration, and memorialists, as in duty bound, will ever pray. 20th September 1872

William GIVEN
Thomas MOODY
Samuel HILL
Robert WARKE
Louisa and Isabella GEORGE
George KANE
Michael BRYSON
William DUFFY
William CONNOR
Patrick LEACH
Patrick O’HARA
Robert DIVEN
Benjamin M’KISSOCK
Martha HOOD
Samuel CRAIG
William CONN
Andrew DUNN
David NUTT
Margaret SMITH
Sarah KERR
Ellen REID
Alexander WHITE
Alexander WITHEROW
Marshall EAKIN
Samuel BAIRD
Michael BROLLY
Patrick MORIAN
William John MILLER
Robert EAKIN
Patrick M’FEELY
William M’DONAGH
Michael GORMLE
Samuel BLAIR
James LONG
William MULLAN
James TOM
William CROOKS
William MULLAN
Thomas BROWN
Samuel CRAIG
Samuel M’CREA
Alexander M’GINNESS
Bryan BRYSON’S Repr’s.
James KANE
Joseph CRAIG
Daniel M’FEELY
William M’DONAGH
Manasses QUIGLEY
Charles MULLAN
Patrick O’KANE
George O’KANE
William LYONS
William SWAN
Arthur DUFFY
Patrick BROLLY
Catharine BROLLY
Arthur DUFFY
Michael M’DONAGH
William M’KEEVER
Patrick M’DONAGH
Manasses CARLAND
Joseph A. NEWELL P.M.
William BROWN
Matthew WATT
Joseph IRWIN
Thomas CRAIG
Martha DUNN
Benjamin IRWIN
James REID
William REID
William FARREN
William James PATCHELL
Thomas BLAIR
Joseph EAKIN
Andrew EAKIN
Joseph EAKIN Jr.
Thomas M’COMB
George CRAIG
James Horner EAKIN
William EAKIN
William James GUTHRIE Sr.
Thomas SMYTH
Samuel ROSS
William James ROSS
William M’GINNIS
Alexander PARKHILL
Thomas BURNS
George BURNS
William M’GINNIS Sr.
William TEDLIE
William COYLE
Edward COYLE
Alexander BURNS
Matthew SLOAN
James ROSS
William James GUTHRIE

Statement received from 39 Townlands, showing the occupier’s present rent, the proposed rent and the percentage of increase on each holding.


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

James Brazil211003110046102
William Brazil1900250031116
Thomas Connor800110037100
Mrs. Monteith1210016002800
Andrew Williams6009005000
John Lyons1910025002341
David Sherrard3810051003294
John Connor14100200037187
Michael M’Loughlin1410018002429
George Rosborough1400200042171
James Rosborough1500211004368
James Rosborough2300261001544
John Rosborough1515023150501510
William Rosborough16001910021176
William Rosborough sr.1600211003476


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

Joseph Craig240030002500
Daniel M’Feeley13100200048211
William M’Donagh101001610057210
Felix Harman6009005000
Edward Devine1340161002500
John M’Closkey12001710045168
Charles Mullan91501500531611
Edward M’Closkey8150130048115


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

James Cherry10900140002889
Sarah Kincaid2217030170350


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

Samuel Limerick4710061002885
Andrew Dunn8400105002500
Lenox Atkinson500064002800
Mrs. Smyth1100161005000


OccupiersPresent RentProposed KentIncrease %

Jame Christy115015003368
Stewart Christy115015003368
James Thoms1210020006000
Thomas Craig500120014600
Samuel Marshall100012002000
Andrew Hamilton4765001458
John Marshall17150251504514
Joseph Irwin3812046001935


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

Mrs. Dunn20000250002500
Mrs. Turnbull900140055111
Benjamin Irwin6800840023107
William Patchell670082002279


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

William Reed350040001458
William Farren41006003368


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

Mrs. Witherow250034003600
David Jamieson7100101004000
James Brizzle1460200039173
William James Miller1400200042171
William John Miller150020003368
William Brizzle260032002316
Robert Monteith11100141002618
John Jamieson11100140021149


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

George Kane700084002000
John Robinson330044003368
Samuel Hill86160100001541
Hugh Lane261003100018155


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

Robert Warke150016006134
James Douglas130016002316
Sarah Atkinson3400420023107


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

Joseph Cherry5500680023128
Arthur Gibson17200200001656


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %Land Reclaimed

Joseph Thompson360046002715650 acres
John Townley32005600750075″
John Eakin120040002336880″
William Morrison3200380018150
Henry Hyndman3100350012180
James A. George10001700700025″
John Quigley90020001224530″
James M’Ginnis120020006613432″
Patrick M’Ginnis100020001000024″
Thomas Loughrey340050004712
Wm. James Patchell1310027001000040″
” as above180024003368


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %Land Reclaimed

William Hemphill25004000600037 acres
James Toner1300150015782″
Robert Swan131501800301822″
James Toner131001610022451″
Michael Breeson1410024006510424″
John Leech1210014001200
James Canning626121501083320″
Thomas Beatty60010006618412″
Brien Duffy450800884810″
James Leech4006100621004″
Philip Breeson11001400275510″
William Canning60080033688″
William Connor4100800771566″
John M’Gowan40060050002″
Patrick Leech20010004000018″
Joseph Thompson1950340076126


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

Samuel Baird240030002500
Michael Brolly5007004000
William M’Donagh9001210038179
Philip Donaghy71001210066134
Robert Eakin430056003047


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %Land Reclaimed

James Leech121001800440011 acres
James Connor600980561345″
James Connor1100170054101024″
James Loughery90020001224544″
John Brolly6008160461346½”
John Loane34100430024129
Philip Connor50091009000
James C. Creswell4800550014118
James Connor89012004202


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

Andrew Leslie2600350034123
Andrew Gibson300036002000


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

Alexander Parkhill194024002500
John Parkhill190028004774
Robert Ogilby40080010000
Robert Burns13100170025186
William Ferguson105015004669
William Maginnis10501710070147
Michael Rogers11001700541010
John Kelly9001010016134
James Ross14110180023142


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

George Wilson260036003892
Miss George530068002860
William Given12500154002340
Mrs. Henry330040002142
Thomas Moody350046003186

Glasakeeran – no names


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

David Nutt2815036002544
Ellen Reid600100066134
Mrs. Kerr810012004136


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

Robert Barber4200500019011
Thomas Smyth800130062100
James Bigger30050066134
John Walker30050066134
Robert Hamilton11130200071135
Samuel Parkhill115017005122


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %Land Reclaimed

Michael M’Donagh8140120037187
Arthur Duffy350500531611
Hugh M’Cartney8150110025143
John Whiteside8120160086011All reclaimed
Patrick Brolly1610021002755
William M’Keever200650212100All reclaimed
Catherine Brolly110013001837
Manus Carlin4006005000
Patrick M’Donagh910012002663
Felix Tracy100014004000
James Marshal2200270022146
Mary M’Keever6008003368
Adam Nelson13100270010000

Gresteel Beg and Gresteel More

OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

William Gillespie95001250031117
William James Guthrie6200700012180
William Guthrie891001070019110
John Murray2510032002599
Exekiel Caldwell2012027003116
Samuel Parkhill220028002755
James Parkhill61008002316
William J. Ross10100150042171
Samuel Ross900130044810
Mrs. M’Lelland2380280019131
Jacob Morrison230030003088


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

James Long250030002000
William Miller320040002500
William M’Loughlin910012002663
John Scott310040002907
James Thom2610035003216
John Miller320040002500
John Carton120016003368
John Hargan13160200044186
William Crooks1800241003622
John Mitchell180024003368


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

William Coyle12502010067611
Daniel Donaghy8100l21004712
John M’Loughlin80012005000
William M’Ginnis
Robert M’Ginnis7502000175172
John M’ Ginnis
John Burns900160077156
Thomas Burns900200012245
George Burns7100150010000
James Burns710012006000
Alexander Gilfilland3600420016134
William Michaels70012007187
Alexander Burnes6008003368
Edward Coyle150020003368
George Cochrane240032003368
George Cochrane2700380046149
Matthew Sloan170025004712
James Caldwell2200270022146


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

Robert Sherrard210028003368
Stewart Hamilton20100270031141
David Hamilton65081003600
William Hamilton51007002755
Miss Smith2010030004669
John Hamilton100013003000
Thomas Mullin3710044001768
William Fleming30100380024119
John Long250030002000


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

James Irwin131001710029127
John Irwin2660310017174
Marshal Eakin385046002052
William Whiteside800101003150
James Ellis810012004136


OccupierPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

Thomas Cather10600140003216


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %Land Reclaimed

Patrick Kane91002200131116All reclaimed except 1½ acre
George O’Kane150032001136824 acres
William Lyons1200231009516827 acres all reclaimed
William Swan810016100942427 acres
John Duffy214050085386 acres


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

Adam Caldwell3100350012180
James Stirling171302310033210


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

James Devine11100180056105
Joseph Devine915013003367
John Tracey51508003927
Thomas Brown11100140021149
William Mullin160025005660
Mrs. Robinson2200290031164


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %Land Reclaimed

Michael Creswell33004200275530 acres
Mrs. Conn34004000171211
John M’Cloy2610035003216
Robert Cochrane1010015004217120 acres
William Cochrane1010015004217120 acres
Samuel Craig321004000281630 acres
“as above330040002142
Martha Hood210024001458


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

John Donnelly5007004000
Eliza Jamieson810011002982
Rebecca Cochrane110014002755
B. M’Kissack110014002755


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

William Brown1900250031116
James Shannon31100500058147


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %Land Reclaimed

John Breeson2315036005111640 acres
Arthur Connor1300200053161116″
John Craig111402100799931″
Samuel M’Crea3100600718614″
Alexander Maginnis21505100100009″
Brien M’Gowan1500190026134
James Collins25100340033681″
Brien Breeson430052002018715″
James Miller101001800718620″
James Connor90014005511110″
Philip Connor90014005511110″
James Kane45090011115320″
Brien M’Gowan8100120041366″
Mrs. M’Gowan1400180028115
John M’Gowan1010018007187


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

James Miller2210032004245
Thomas Miller8100140064141
John Blair19100280043119
Thomas Blair115015003367
Mrs. Donnelly25040077156
Thomas M’Kinlay78010003528
James Cochrane14001810032210
Joseph Cochrane1417017001495
John Eakin220030003673
John Eakin jr.1400180028115
Thomas M’Comb110016004591


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %Land Reclaimed

John Patchell21002700281153 acres
James Stewart1610022003368
James Reid150021004000
Robert Morrow200031005500


OccupiersPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

Matthew Watt150018002000
Daniel Ferris80010002500
Mr. Newell51509003892


OccupierPresent RentProposed RentIncrease %

Andrew Robinson1800210016134

Information transcribed and compiled by Teena from the following Resources

“Report of the Deputation Appointed by the Honorable the Irish Society” 1836 and the “Parliamentary Papers, Vol. 14 & 15” found at Google Books.

Landlords and Tenants in Ireland by Finlay Dun 1881

The Irish Land Question and the Twelve London Companies of County Londonderry 1868

Royal Commission on the Livery Companies of the City of London Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1884

London and Londonderry: Transactions of Three Centuries By John C. White

The book of public arms : a complete encyclopædia of all royal, territorial, municipal, corporate, official, and impersonal arms by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies 1915