Preston Collection

Repository: Cork City and County Archives

Identity Statement

TitlePreston Collection
Archive ReferenceIE CCCA/U195
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1611; 1716–1956; 1962
Extent Medium199 items (9 boxes)


Creator(s): E. Preston

  • Administrative History ↴

    Bass & Co. Solicitors was based on the South Mall, Cork
  • Archival History ↴

    Deposited in the Archives in 1974 by Mr. E. Preston, formerly of Bass & Co. Solicitors
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Permanent Loan

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: E. Preston ↴

    Solicitor’s collection consisting mainly of deeds and other legal documents, relating to various properties and estates, mainly in Cork, but also some other locations including Tipperary and Limerick.

    23 Deeds, mainly leases, relating to property in Cork City, 1716 – 1956 including a number for Pike’s Marsh, Dunscombs Marsh and the N.W. Quarter, and single items relating to Hanover Street, Harpers Lane, Red Abbey, South Main Street, Ash Grove, Ballintemple, St. Luke’s, and the Blackrock Rd.

    70 Deeds, mainly leases and mortgages, relating to property in County Cork, 1735 – 1944, including several for Ballyrosheen paper mills, and a number for Betsborough in Duhallow, Riverstown, Kilmoney, Glanworth and Ballinspittle, and 1 or 2 items relating to Mallow, Shanagarry, Carrigthomas, Meadstown, Rushbrooke, Skibbereen, Ahacunna, Crosshaven, and Inchigeela.

    A set of 8 wills and probated wills relating to various persons and estates, 1727 – 1883; including Ronayne, Bowen, Gumbleton, Sarsfield, Powell, Holmes and Barry. Includes 2 wills by women, Mary Sarsfield, and Elizabeth Holmes.

    A set of 9 marriage settlements, 1758 – 1873 relating to various families, including Beamish/Sealy, Poole/Beamish, Gumbleton/Bowen, Hutchins/Gumbleton, Power/Longfield, Sarsfield/Maunsell, Powell/Longfield.

    35 items relating to the Strange estate at Dromahane near Mallow, County Cork, 1715 – 1767.

    14 items related to Gumbleton Estate, Co. Waterford, 1715 – 1845.

    21 items relating to Perry estate including a set of leases for Dromahane, 1785 – 1828 and papers relating to the ejectment/eviction of tenants from the estate in the 1848-1851 period.

    2 items relating to the Sadlier Estate of Cork and Tipperary, 1611-1885.

    Rental and particulars of sale before the Land Judges, for Corrie Estate, 1881; Fitzgerald Estate, 1884; Newenham Estate, 1891.

    Leases of Coote/Croker lands in Co. Tipperary, 1857 and Gemmet Brown lands in Co.Kerry, 1879.

    Grand Jury Valuation of the barony of East Muskerry, 1889 – 1891 (MS. bound volume).

    Parish of Holy Trinity, Valuation List, 1831.

    10 Miscellaneous items including; a series of various insurance certificates, 1841 – 1907; a series of various shares certificates, 1908 – 1918, and court taxation certificates, 1922 and 1954.

    The collection is of interest to the study of land ownership and tenure particularly for the 18th and 19th centuries in Cork City and County, as well as the history of the landed estate. The development of areas of Cork City such as Pike’s Marsh in the 1700’s is also documented. In County Cork, a large number of items relate to lands in the Duhallow area. The development of industrial activity in the Cork area is documented in relation to Ballyrosheen paper mills. The collection also contains details of ejectments/evictions on the Perry Estate in 1848 – 51 at Dromahane during the period of the Great Famine.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The original order of the collection has been lost, so the archivist imposed an artificial order as follows:

    A: Property in Cork City (1716 – 1956) (23 items)
    B: Property in County Cork, 1735 – 1944 (70 items)
    C. Wills and Probates, 1727 – 1883 (8 items)
    D. Marriage Settlements, 1758 – 1873 (9 items)
    E. Strange Estate, 1715 – 1767 (35 items)
    F. Gumbleton Estate, Co. Waterford, 1714 – 1845 (14 items)
    G. Perry Estate, 1785 – 1851 (21 items)
    H: Sadlier Estate, Cork and Tipperary, 1611 – 1885 (2 items)
    I: Corrie Estate, County Cork 1881 (1 item)
    J: Fitzgerald Estate, Co. Limerick, 1884 (1 item)
    K: Newenham Estate, Co. Cork, 1891 (1 item)
    L: Coote, Croker/ Kilbride Lands in Co. Tipperary, 1857 (1 item)
    M: Gemmett Browne, Arabella Co. Kerry, 1879 (1 item)
    N: Grand Jury Valuation of the Barony of East Muskerry, 1889—1891 (1 item)
    O: Miscellaneous, 1836 – 1954 (10 items)
    P: Parish of Holy Trinity Valuation List, 1831 (1 item)

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Open by appointment to those holding a current readers ticket
Conditions Governing ReproductionSubject to rules governing reproduction of records of CCCA
Creation Dates1611; 1716–1956; 1962
Extent Medium199 items (9 boxes)
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids Descriptive List Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteBrian McGee
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottowa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions40753