Viscount Lismore Estate Letters and Memorials

Repository: Cork City and County Archives

Identity Statement

TitleViscount Lismore Estate Letters and Memorials
Archive ReferenceIE CCCA/U068
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Datesc1880-1890
Extent Medium6 items


Creator(s): Viscount Lismore Estate

  • Administrative History ↴

    George Ponsonby O'Callaghan, 2nd Viscount Lismore (b1815–d1898), of Shanbally Castle, Clogheen, in County Tipperary. The title was of the Peerage of Ireland, created in 1806 for his father Cornelius O'Callaghan, Lord-Lieutenant of County Tipperary. In 1838 Cornelius was made Baron Lismore, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, which entitled him and his descendants to a seat in the House of Lords. The 2nd Viscount was also Lord-Lieutenant of County Tipperary from 1857. The titles became extinct on George’s death in 1898. (Note: The title ‘Baron Lismore’, of Shanbally, had previously been created in the Peerage of Ireland in 1785 for Cornelius O'Callaghan, who had represented Fethard in the Irish House of Commons). In 1876, the Viscount Lismore estate covered over 1194 acres in Limerick, over 6,067 acres in County Cork and nearly 35,000 acres in Tipperary. Edwin Taylor was the land agent of some or all of the estate in the 1880s.
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Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Viscount Lismore Estate ↴

    1. ?c.1880
    Contemporary copy memorial/petition letter from the tenantry of Carnahalla (Cahernahallia), Commonaline and other areas in the Doon/Cappawhite border area between Co.Tipperary and Co. Limerick, to their landlord, ‘The Right Honourable The Earl of Lismore’, (George Ponsonby O’Callaghan, Viscount Lismore) requesting a reduction in their rents owing to ‘…the badness of the times and the straits to which many of them are reduced’. Refers to rents exceeding the Government valuation, the ‘…great fall in the prices of all farm produce…’, the continual wet and cold harsh weather prevailing throughout the year effecting cattle yields and prices, a disappointing potato crop, the failure of crops for the last 3 years, causing a drain of hard-earned savings. It is ‘with no small anxiety they look at the coming eight months’, but they ‘…feel from what they have experienced of your Lordship, and your kind and considerate Agent Mr. Taylor…that you are too just and too generous….to think that the poor struggling tenant should bear…the entire of a burden that’s crushing the very spirit out of him…’. 40 signatures, plus that of John Slattery, Parish Priest, Kilcommin and Hollyford Co. Tipperary, who adds ‘I believe the statements in this are true’.
    (3pp) Also, photocopy of same, 3pp

    2. 2 Jan 1880
    Photocopy of memorial/petition letter from 10 Carnahalla estate tenants to the ‘Earl of Lismore’ (Viscount Lismore) with regards to completion of road building scheme between Moonroe and Tohir, through Clongariff, Ballyhane, Carnahalla and Toomaline, with a view to relieving local distress of the labouring poor and tenantry, ‘…loans on favourable terms…are given by the Board of Public Works…’. They are aware of ‘…your humane feelings towards the labouring poor who are in great distress…’. With photocopy of covering letter to Edwin Taylor, Esq., land agent of Earl of Lismore estates.

    3. 23 Jan 1880
    Photocopy of letter from 3 Carnahalla estate tenants, Edmond Ryan, William Quirke and Daniel Quirke, to Edwin Taylor, land agent of the ‘Earl of Lismore’ (Viscount Lismore) concerning new road though their lands, which they wish stopped.

    4. 28 Feb 1880
    Photocopy of letter from Patrick O’Donnell, Catholic Curate, Doon, Pallasgreen, County Limerick, to Edwin Taylor, land agent of the ‘Earl of Lismore’ (Viscount Lismore). Refers to (Grand Jury) presentment session at Cappawhite regarding an intended road through Carnahalla.

    5. 21 March 1880
    Photocopy of letter from Edwin Taylor, land agent for the ‘Earl of Lismore’ (Viscount Lismore) , Clogheen (Co. Tipperary), in reply to letter from Patrick O’Donnell of 28 Feb 1880 (U68/4). It will be some days before he has communication from Lord Lismore.

    6. n.d. [1880-1890]
    Photocopy of map extract of ‘Proposed improvement of part of the lands of Oldcastle’, near Cappagh White, Co. Tipperary, owned by the ‘Right Honorable Viscount Lismore’. Extract from OS map.

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  • Arrangement ↴

    Items are in chronological order

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 Datesc1880-1890
Extent Medium6 items
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids Descriptive list Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Related MaterialCCCA: U188 Doneraile Estate Papers Elsewhere: National Library of Ireland, Genealogical Office: Ms. 151, pp. 162-5 Copy of Patent for Viscount Lismore, 1806.
Publication NoteKelly’s Handbook of to the Titled, Landed and Official Classes 7th Edn. (London, 1881) Land Owners in Ireland: Return of Owners of Land of One Acre and Upwards in the several Counties, Counties of Cities and Counties of Towns in Ireland. HMSO (Dublin, 1876) Alex. Thom Pub.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteBrian McGee
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottowa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions40909