THE EARLS OF EGMONT
LANDLORDS OF CHURCHTOWN
By Jim McCarthy
From the Norman period
down to the closing years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth
I, the lands stretching from Kanturk to Charleville, taking
in Liscarroll, Churchtown and Buttevant, were held by
such noble families as Fitzstephen, De Cogan and De Barry.
The sway of the De Barry's
seemed to prevail over the Barrony of Orrery, but political
and financial troubles appear to have overtaken their
princely line in the closing years of the reign of Queen
Elizabeth I, and their fortunes and possessions passed
into other hands either by sale or confiscation.
THE COMING OF THE PERCIVALS
It is remarkable that
the chief inheritor of the Barry's lands in the district
around Churchtown and Kanturk was a member of a distinguished
Norman line of a very ancient and noble pedigree who had
won honours in the service of Church and state long before
any other Norman chiefs ever set foot in Ireland.
History tells us that
the Percivals were among the bravest of the Norman chiefs
and their records were numerous and honourable. Long before
the Norman conquest of England, the name of Percival was
found high in the religious and military records of Normandy
and Brittany as members of the family were related to
the ruling dynasty of these provinces. Robert Percival
held prominent rank in the invading Army of William the
Conqueror, and sharing in the spoils of the vicors, he
was rewarded with broad estates in the County of Somerset.
Here in the rich County
or Shire in the South of England the Percivals were to
make their home. In those early centuries the Percivals
were a great Roman Catholic family. To them the peace
of the countryside became more attractive than the battlefield.
A great amount of the
wealth he had won by the sword, Robert Percival gave generously
to the Church. Then in his closing years he became a monk
and ended his days in the Abbey of Bec in Normandy.
ASCELIN, THE ELDEST SON
OF ROBERT PERCIVAL
The martial character
of the family was sustained by Robert's eldest son, Ascelin,
who, in addition to other titles was known as "Lupus"
or the "Wolf". This name was given to Ascelin
on account of the violent temper he generated in the days
when he fought beside his father in battle.
His grandson, William
Percival was dubbed "Lupelius" or "The
Little Wolf". Robert Percival, was a generous benefactor
of the Monks of Thame, whose monastery he endowed with
portions of his estate in Somerset.
Richard Percival some
years before his death again became thirsty for war and
invasion, and he came to Ireland with Strongbow. Later
on in the year 1190 he joined the forces of King Richard
the first and he commanded the force who in a fierce battle
recovered Jerusalem from the Saracens. Returning home
badly wounded he soon after died and was buried under
a noble monument in the Church of Weston-Garden where
it existed up to the Civil War of 1641 when it was destroyed
by the Round Heads. It has been stated by historians that
their fury was excited more by the Catholic terms of the
Epitaph than by any other feature of the memorial.
The inscriptur read as
follows: "Pray for the soul of Richard Percival,
who served in the Wars, for the recovery of the Holy Land
with King Richard A.D. 1190".
In the same tomb lay buried
his son, Richard, who possessed the same warlike spirit
of his father, and did battle for the Faith in the crusading
campaigns. This disposition was also inherited by the
next in line, Robert First Baron Percival.
ROBERT FIRST BARON PERCIVAL
Robert Baron Percival
the first in the family to receive a title was a near
relation of Richard Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, in whose
army he was first directed to the shores of Ireland and
with Stephen De Burgo and two hundred other knights, in
1261 he pushed his fortunes and acquired vast estates
in this country. Here he made a permanent settlement and
leased to his brother most of his estates in England.
He was summoned as a Baron of the Realm to the Parliament
held by King Edward I in Dublin, in 1225. Robert First
Baron Percival died that same year (1225) leaving two
sons, Richard and Robert, successively second and third
ROBERT 3RD BARON PERCIVAL
Robert 3rd Baron had his
chief settlement in Co.Meath, near a place called Fort
Lester, which was the scene of a great battle 400 years
later where Owen Roe O'Neill was the victor. Robert 3rd
Baron was summoned by the King to serve in the Scottish
Wars. On his return to Ireland he was slain by the native
forces in a skirmish in the month of October 1303. Having
been a great benefactor to the Priory of Youghal, he selected
this as his place of interment, and there he lies buried.
A full account of his
career was given by one of the Friars of Youghal and the
original manuscript can still be seen in the Library of
Trinity College, Dublin.
By his marriage with Grace,
eldest daughter of Fitzmaurice, second Baron of Kerry,
he left an only son, Thomas, who died unmarried in 1322,
and the title of Baron Percival became extinct. But the
family line was continued by his cousin John, the youngest
son of Sir Richard Percival, who served with his father
in the Holy Wars against the Sacerens.
JOHN PERCIVAL INHERITS
HIS COUSINS ESTATES
The entire hereditary
estates in both kingdoms devolved upon John, who was summoned
to attend before King Henry III at Shrewsbury, on the
Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, with horse
and arms, to join in the War against Llewellyn, Prince
of Wales. Being religious, like his ancestors, John Percival
made grants to the Irish Monks who occupied the Monastery
of Thame, and he gave them some land near the town of
Bodecombe, in England. His sons and brothers shared the
same loyalty to the ancient creed.
THE HEIR, ROGER PERCIVAL
Roger Percival the heir,
also inherited the estates of his father-in-law Sir John
De Brechne, which almost doubled his family fortune. Roger
was one of the Barons twice summened to Councils at London
and Newcastle in connection with threatened aggression
by Philip, King of Spain, who sought to disturb the political
relations of King Edward with Scotland and Flanders. In
those records he is styled as Lord Roger Percival. In
succession came Sir Walter Percival. At the age of 21
years Sir Walter was a conspicuous figure in the French
RICHARD PERCIVAL, THE
Richard Percival was born
in 1446 and died at the age of 42 years. He was buried
with many of his ancestors in the Church at Weston-Garden
and on his gravestone can be seen the following inscription,
in French, which translated reads: " Her rests
the body of Richard Percival who died in the year of Salvation
1488. May God have pity on his soul".
Following the next heirs
Richard and John Percival, came Sir James, the first of
that name in the long family line.
THE HEIR, SIR JAMES PERCIVAL
Sir James Percival was
born in the year 1467 and lived to the age of 82 years.
He lived to see the violent changes and troubles introduced
by Henry VIII. He preserved not only his inheritance,
but the faith of his ancestors, and on his death he left
many bequests for religious purposes. The following are
a few extracts from his will.
THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
OF SIR JAMES PERCIVAL
"I James Percival,
gentleman, being of good and whole memory, this present
day, order and make my last will in the manner succeeding.
I bequeath my soul to Almighty God, and to Our Blessed
Lady Mary, and to all the company of Heaven. My body to
be buried in the Chapel of St Mary Magdalen within the
Church of St Paul in Weston-Garden. I bequeath to St Andrews,
the Mother Church in Wells, eleven shillings. I bequeath
to the Church of St Paul 20 shillings. To the Church of
St Peter six shillings and eight pence and order my name,
with that of my wife to be set in the quarter-tense list
there. I leave to the parish Church at Wraxall the sum
of six shillings and eight pence. I bequeath to my son
Edmond Percival, my best gown of Canbrio, my best doublet
of satin and a cot of black damask, and unto my servant
Richard, my best riding coat, a cap, a doublet and pair
of hose, at the discretion of my wife". He then disposes
of his plate and property making his wife residuary and
legatee. The document bears the signatures of his confessor,
Fr William Adams, John Kenn and Gilbert Cogan, his brother-in-law.
Though the donations mentioned
in Sir James's Will may appear small they would be considered
generous at that time as the value of money was much greater
It is also evident that
Sir James Percival was a strict adherant of the Catholic
Religion, from his manifest belief in the protection of
the Blessed Virgin and in souls departed, by masses, prayers
THE SONS OF SIR JAMES,
EDMOND AND JAMES PERCIVAL
Edmond and James the sons
of Sir James Percival, abandoned the old Catholic religion,
which had been the religion of their ancestors for 500
years or more.
They changed over to the
new Protestant religion and their descendants have followed
that path ever since.
THOMAS PERCIVAL, GREAT-GRANDSON
OF SIR JAMES
Thomas Percival, great-grandson
of Sir James was born in 1513. When he inherited he found
the estate, wasted and encumbered, a condition not relieved
by the active part he took in the conflicts on the losing
side. He held an only daughter who died unmarried and
intestate. Her passing terminated that branch of the family
which had held the estates in Somerset for more than 600
By her death the entail
created by Sir Ralph Percival was cut off and the estate
was sold off in different lots. But the name and fame
of Percival was kept active by Richard Percival, Lord
of Twickenham a cousin of the above mentioned Thomas Percival.
RICHARD PERCIVAL, LORD
Richard Percival, Lord
of Twickenham was born in 1550. He was educated at St.
Pauls School and Lincolons Inn. He, at first, pursued
a most extravagant career which resulted in being cut
off and disowned by his father. He went to live in Spain
where he remained for years and while there he acquired
a thorough knowledge of the Spanish language. On his return
home to England he became a confidential agent to Lord
Around that time the Spanish
Armada were preparing an attempt to land on the shores
of England. Certain letters in cypher, detailing the purposes
and particulars of the proposed invasion were siezed on
a Spanish ship engaged in carrying supplies from Holland
and these letters were placed before the Queen in council.
On examination the papers could not be read or understood
and it was proposed to send for Richard Percival to see
if he could translate them.
Richard examined the papers
and the next day he them to the Queen fully deciphered
and translated into English, Spanish and Latin. The papers
revealed the chief features in the contemplated expedition,
for the destruction of British power on the high seas,
and the planned subjugation of the Kingdom. This startling
intelligence was confirmed by other confidential communications,
and the skill exhibited and the knowledge thus obtained
was welcomed by the Queen.
RICHARD PERCIVAL BECOMES
A FAVOURITE OF THE QUEEN
By this great feat in
exposing the secret plans of the Spanish, Richard Percival
was received into the Queen's favour and awarded a pension
of £500 per annum. He also received a post at the Court
of the Duke of Lancaster with a salary of £400 per annum.
Sometime later Sir Robert Cecil, son of Lord Burghley,
was appointed master of the Court of Wards and Richard
Percival was appointed Secretary at a salary of £2,000
per annum. These marks of Royal favour, and the advance
in his fortunes, secured his fathers forgiveness and he
left him heir to the family estates.
Sometime later he was
sent by Queen Elizabeth I on a financial mission to Ireland
and after a short time he was appointed Registrar of the
Courts of Wards. Richard served for some time in parliament
where he was an M.P. for Yorkshire while serving in parliament
he quickly came to the front by his marked capacity in
matters of trade, finance, revenue and other matters of
RICHARD PERCIVAL, LORD
OF TWICKENHAM, SETS HIS SIGHTS ON THE LANDS OF COUNTY
Like many more adventurers
before and since, Richard Percival saw a field for speculation
and profit in the then troubled land of Ireland. He sold
off some of his estates in England and purchased vast
lots of land in the Northern part of County Cork.
His lands here were greatly
added to when he was granted thousands of acres of the
confiscated lands of the Barrys. These estates included
the Great Castle of Liscarroll, the Castles of Annagh,
Walshestown, Ballinville, Templeconnell, Lisgriffin and
the Castle and lands of Lahort, near Cecilstown. Percival
was also granted The Great Castle of The McDonogh-McCarthys
and their lands which surrounded the present town of Kanturk.
It is interesting to note that one of the principal streets
in the town is still names after the family, Percival
Street. It is thus we come to the first settlement of
the Percivals in the neighbourhood of Churchtown, Liscarroll,
Buttevant and Kanturk. Here they held sway for the greater
part of 300 years until their reign was terminated by
the sale of their lands under the Ashbourne Act around
the year 1895. The lands of Richard Percival, Lord of
Twickenham amounted to 62,500 Irish acres. 1,600 acres
of this estate covered free warren, chase and other priviledges.
The estates were manned
by 76 knights and in those troubled days the rents yielded
£400 a year.
Richard, Lord of Twickenham,
died in 1620 and was succeeded by his only son.
SIR PHILIP PERCIVAL, THE
Sir Philip Percival whose
name is so prominently associated with The History of
Liscarroll in 1642, was the succeeding heir to the estates
and fortunes of North Cork, built up and laid down by
his father, Richard, Lord of Twickenham.
Sir Philip Percival was
born in the year 1605 and at the age of 25, held official
positions as keeper of the records of Bermingham Tower,
Clerk of the Rolls of the Upper House of Parliament, Clerk
of The Common Pleas and Kings Bench, Collector of the
Port of Dublin, and member of the Privy Council of King
From the large salaries
he received from the high official government positions
he held and aided buy grants and forfeitures, he was enabled
to buy more large tracts of land in addition to that large
estate he had already inherited from his father in the
Baronies of Orrery and Duhallow. Sir Ralph also held lands
in the Counties of Dublin, Wexford and Tipperary. He married
in 1624, Catherine, daughter of Arthur usher of Newcomen,
Mosstown, Co. Longford.
Sir Ralph Percival died
of fever in the City of London on the 10th of November
1647, at the age of 44 years.
He was buried in the Church
of St. Martin-in-the-fields and the following inscription
marked his place of burial.
Philip lies here, at
length subdued by fate
By birth illustrious
and by fortune great
Capricious chance long
taught him to explore
By turns, her fickle
fondness and her power
Could the remembrance
of his virtues sleep
Envy herself at the
sad loss would weep
Sir Philip had two sons,
Sir John, his heir and George.
SIR JOHN PERCIVAL, HEIR
TO SIR PHILIP
Sir John Percival 1st
Baronet was born on September 7th 1629. He succeeded his
father nto the vast estates in England and Ireland. He
was created a Baronet of Ireland, on September 9th 1661.
He married an the 14th of February 1655 Catherine, daughter
of Robert Southwell of Kinsale. They had four sons and
two daughters, Philip, Robert, John and Charles and the
girls were Catherine and Helena.
SIR JOHN PERCIVAL BUILDS
THE FIRST MANSION AT BURTON PARK, CHURCHTOWN
On September 27th 1670,
a contract giving details for the building of a house
at Burton near Churchtown is entered into gy Robert Southwell
Esq. (brother of Lady Percival) and William Kenn, of Cahermary,
The new mansion of Burton
was 76 feet long, 57 feet wide and 30 feet high. The outside
walls were to be 3 1/2 feet thick and the inner walls
7 feet thick for the first storey and 3 feet thick for
the second storey. On the house there were 12 chimneys,
four in the hall storey and four in the dining story and
four in the garret story. The chimneys were raised 7 feet
above the road. The house was completed in 1676. It was
attacked and burned with the Village of Churchtown , by
the Duke of Berwicks army in October 1691. The house lay
in ruins for almost one hundred years when the ruins were
cleared and a new house erected by the Earl of Egmont
In the year 1800, Burton
House and lands were purchased from the Earl by Sir John
Purcell, of Highfort, Liscarroll, for his son, Rev Matthew
Purcell, Rector of Churchtown. The house was beautifully
restored and enlarged by the late Matthew John Purcell
SIR JOHN PERCIVAL DIES
AT BURTON, CHURCHTOWN
Sir John Percival died
at Burton Park before the new mansion (burned 1691) was
completed. He died somewhere in Churchtown village. That
Church was then the Church of Ireland (Protestant), Church
of the Parish.
SIR PHILIP PERCIVAL 2ND
HEIR TO SIR JOHN
Sir Philip Percival 2nd,
eldest son and heir to Sir John Percival was born on January
12th 1656. He died unmarried at Burton House, Churchtown,
on September 11th 1690. He was buried with his father
in the vault underneath the Church in Churchtown village.
His funeral was the largest ever seen in the district.
All the tenants that could possibly come were invited
and all the neighbours and the villagers of Churchtown
were entertained and in those days when the value of money
was great, the burial cost more than £700. Sir Philip
Percival 2nd Baronet died unmarried. The title devolved
upon his brother.
SIR JOHN PERCIVAL 3RD
Sir John Percival married
in February 1680, Catherine, daughter of Sir Edward Daring.
He died in 1699 and was succeeded by his son.
SIR EDWARD PERCIVAL 4TH
Sir Edward Percival died
unmarried in the same year as his father (1699) and was
succeeded by his brother.
JOHN 1ST EARL OF EGMONT
John, 1st Earl of Egmont,
F.R.S. M.P. County Cork 1705-15, P.C. 1704, M.P. for Harwich
1722-34, born July 22nd 1683, created Baron Percival of
Burton Park, April 21st 1715. Created Viscount Percival
of Kanturk, February 25th 1722, both in Peeragex of Ireland.
He was appointed first President of Georgia 1732, and
was created 1st Earl of Egmont in the Peerage of Ireland,
November 6th 1733. He married on June 10th 1710, Catherine,
daughter of Sir William Parker, of Edwardstown, Suffolk.
The Earl died on May 1st 1748 and was survived by his
only son and heir, John 2nd Earl and two daughters, Catherine
JOHN 2ND EARL OF EGMONT
John Percival, 2nd Earl
of Egmont, was born February 24th 1710. He married firstly
on February 16th 1736, Catherine, daughter of the Earl
of Salzburg. They had five sona and one daughter. John,
James, 3rd Earl, Cecil Parker, Philip, Edward and Frederick
and a daughter Catherine. John, 2nd Earl of Egmont, married
secondly on January 23rd 1756. Catherine, daughter of
Hon. Charles Compton. She was created a Peeress of Ireland
on May 23rd 1770 as Baroness Arden, of Lohort Castle,
Cecilstown. By his second marraige, John, 2nd Earl of
Egmont, had one son. He was Charles George and he was
created Baron Arden in 1802.
CHARLES GEORGE PERCIVAL,
Charles George, Baron
Arden was born on October 1st 1757 he was M.P. for Laureston
in 1780 and for Warwick 1785-1790. He was created a Peer
of the United Kingdom as Baron Arden of Arden, Co. Warwick.
He was Lord of the Admiralty and Registrar of the Admiralty
Court. He married on the 31st of March 1787 Elizabeth,
eldest daughter of General Thomas Spencer Wilson. He died
on July 5th 1840, leaving a son John who married Elizabeth
Anne, daughter of Earl of Cardigan.
A house on the Egmont
estate near Buttevant was named Arden House, after that
branch of the Percival family. John, 2nd Earl of Egmont,
father of Lord Arden, filled some high offices around
the Court of England. He was enrolled among the Peers
of Great Britain on May 7th 1792 by the titles of Lord
Lovell and Holland, of Enmore, Somerset.The Earl died
on December 4th 1790 and was succeeded by his son.
JOHN JAMES 3RD EARL OF
John James, 3rd Earl,
was born on 28th January 1738. He married on June 4th
1765 Isabella, only daughter and heir of Lord Nassau Paulett,
son of Duke of Bolton. The Earl died on February 25th
1822, leaving an only son.
JOHN PERCIVAL, 4TH EARL
John, 4th Earl, was born
on August 13th 1767. He married on March 10th 1792, Bridget,
only daughter of Leut. Col. Glynn-Wynne, brother of 1st
Baron of Newbury.
The Earl died on December
31st 1835, leaving an only son. We now come to the strange
story which changed the fate and the fortunes of this
great family of Percival, Earl of Egmont. The story, I
am about to relate, was told nightly around the firesides
of Churchtown, Ballinguile and Ballyhoura, when I was
a small lad and indeed those were the days of storytelling.
Those were the days before electricity came to the countryside
and before we even heard of television or radio, when
there was nothing else to do during the long winter nights,
but tell or listen to stories.
THE STORY OF SIR EDWARD
TIERNEY AND THE EGMONT ESTATES
On the death of George
III, on the 20th of January 1820, the heir to the throne,
the Prince Regent, lay seriously ill and his doctors had
little hope of his recovery. On the evenung of February
2nd, his condition suddenly became critical and his principal
physician, Sir Henry Halford, was away and the attendants
grew alarmed. At that moment a young doctor named Tierney
arrived in London, from Brighton, and being called in
took it on himself to operate on the King. He took 50
ounces of blood from the King, which relieved him very
much. Doctor Tierney spent the whole night at the Royal
patient's bedside and next morning the King was much better
and in a short time he was fully recovered. Dr Tierney
had saved his life.
The story of this Dr.
Tierney and his brother Edward, is not without interest.
Their father was John Tierney of Ballyscanlan, near Rathkeale,
Co. Limerick. He had a small farm and he was also a weaver
by trade. His eldest son Matthew was born in 1776 and
the younger, Edward was born in 1780. As the circumstances
of the family were modest, the boys received little education,
only what they were able to pick up at a local Hedge School.
Matthew was apprenticed to a chemist in Rathkeale and
his great ambition was to set up, eventually, in that
profession, in his native locality. When the day came
and he was fully qualified, a disappointment arose. Tradition
says that not having enough money to pay for the stock
he required, he was refused credit and was so angry at
the way he was treated he left for London., swearing that
he would never set foot in Rathkeale again. He got a job
there as a chemist's assistant. While doing so he attended
evening classes at Guys Hospital as a student of medicine
and later at St. Thomas' Hospital, Southwark. Tierney
became a great friend of Dr. Jenner, who some time earlier
had discovered the vaccine which cured the small pox.
Through Jenner's help and influence, Tierney was admitted
as a student of medicine in an Edinburg University and
qualified as a doctor in 1801. He set up practise in Brighton
and it was while there he saved the life of the Prince
Regent. His name and fame spread and his medicine practise
became immense. He was appointed Phisician Extraordinary
to the Prince of Wales and he was much in favour in the
Royal Court. Around this time Dr. Tierney settled in London,
when he was made Baronet of the United Kingdom with the
title of Sir. Matthew Tierney.
SIR MATTHEW TIERNEY'S
While Matthew Tierney
was pushing his fortunes across the channel, the interests
of his brother Edward at home were not neglected. He was
apprenticed to a solicitor in Limerick and was admitted
to the profession around 1806. He was aman of ability
and intelligence, with much strength of character. Though
he was living and practising as a solicitor in Dublin,
he kept up the closest relations with his brother in England.,
In 1808, Sir Matthew Tierney married a Miss Jones and
in 1812 Edward married her sister. Each bride had a fortune
of more than £20,000. Sir Matthew's influence with the
King procured for his brother, Edward, the appointment
of Crown Solicitor for Ulster with a salary of £10,000
a year. Edward visited his beother on several occasions
where he gained admittance into the Court circles of London
and Brighton, where he won the friendship of a family
which had an amportant bearing on his furture career.
Among the glamorous circle
who formed the Court of the Prince Regent was the Countess
of Egmont, wife of John 4th Earl of Egmont. She was beautiful
and attractive and received the attention of many of the
young squires who attended the balls and banquets at the
One of her admirers was
Edward Tierney, the young solicitor from Ireland. A great
friendship developed between Edward Tierney and the Egmont
family. When Edward Tierney's first son was born, Lady
Egmont and her son Henry were his sponsors. He was named
Percival Tierney, as Percival was the family name of the
Earls of Egmont. In 1823 the Earl of Egmont appointed
Edward Tierney as agent over his Irish estates.
As I have already stated
the estates covered thousands of acres around Churchtown
and Kanturk, in North Cork. Tierney was an able manager
and he transformed the estate by the great improvements
he carried out.
John, 4th Earl of Egmont
died on December 31st 1835 and was succeeded by his only
son, Henry, who was godfather to Edward Tierney's son.
HENRY FREDERICK JOHN JAMES,
5TH EARL OF EGMONT
Henry was born on January
3rd 1796, fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, M.P. East
London 1826, married December 1828 Louisa Maria Dorselet.
He died on Christmas Day 1841.
Henry, 5th Earl of Egmont
had no heir. His marraige only lasted a short time, as
his wife could not accept his drunkeness and loose living.
When Henry died in 1841, he left all his estates in England
and Ireland to his agent, Edward Tierney.
THE DEATH OF DOCTOR TIERNEY
Sir Matthew Tierney, the
famous doctor and favourite of the King, died in 1844
and the title passed to his heir, his brother Edward,
who from there on became known as Sir Edward Tierney,
and with the title came an annual income of £30,000.
When Sir Edward Tierney
took over the Egmont estates he lived for a part of the
year at Churchtown House, which had been vacated by the
Crofts family. Tierney had another fine house at 15 Lower
Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, demolished a few years ago
to make way for the new head offices of the E.S.B. Sir
Edward Tierney laid out fine farms and built fine farmhouses
on the estate, especially in the Churchtown district.
But, unhappily, these improvements entailed much suffering,
as in order to enlarge the farms Tierney cleared out hundreds
of small holders and cottiers. The miseries those poor
people endured left a dark stain on the memory of Sir
Edward Tierney. An old gentleman who lived in the parish
of Churchtown when I was a schoolboy, often told me the
stopry he was told by his grandfather, of the constant
stream of evicted people, who left Churchtown on foot
to catch the emigrant ship at Queenstown. The railway
to Cork had not arrived when those poor wretches left
THE DEATH OF SIR EDWARD
I do not know what became
of the son of Sir Edward Tierney, who was the godson of
Henry 5th, Earl of Egmont, neither do I know if Tierney
had any other sons, but his only daughter married a clergyman
named Rev. Sir Lionel Darrell. The Darrell family lived
at Fretherne House, in Somerset in England. Here at Fretherne
House, on June 4th 1856, Sir Edward Tierney died at the
age of 76 years.
In his Will he left all
his estates which were left to him by Henry, 5th Earl
of Egmont, to his son-in-law Rev. Sir Lionel Darrell.
When Henry 5th Earl of Egmont died in 1841 without any
direct heir, the title passed to his distant cousin Lord
Arden, who did not receive one penny from the estates,
only the empty title of Earl of Egmont. All the estates,
with whatever assets, went by will to the agent Sir Edward
Sir Edward Tierney cleared
all the old thatched houses in the village of Churchtown,
and between the year 1841 and 1849 he planned and rebuilt
the village as we know today. He had the village built
in the form of a square, and the principal street he named
Georges St., after the King that put his brother Matthew,
and later himself, on the road to great fortune. One side
of the square in Churchtown village he named Egmont Row,
after the Earl of Egmont who left him everything. We now
come to the Earl who got nothing only the empty title
of Earl of Egmont.
GEORGE JAMES, 6TH EARL
George James Percival
was born on March 15th 1794. He was an administer in the
Reserve List. He entered the Royal Navy and fought under
Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar. He succeeded his father
as Lord Arden in 1840, and his cousin as Earl of Egmont
in 1841. He married in June 1819 Jane, daughter of John
Hornsby. They had no children and the Earl died on August
7th 1874 when he was succeeded by his nephew. In the year
1860 a strange thing happened in the life of the 6th Earl
A STRANGER CALLS AT FRETHERNE
One day in the closing
months of the year 1860, a stranger called at Fretherne
House in Somerset, the home of Sir Lionel Darrell, the
son-in-law of Sir Edward Tierney, and now the owner of
Egmont Estates. Sir Lionel enquired the purpose of the
strangers visit. The stranger said how he had information
on how the will giving the Egmont estates to Sir Edward
Tierney was obtained, and with that information he could
break the Will of the Earl. He would give the information
to the Egmont family unless Sir Lionel Darrell gave him
the sum of £500 which he badly needed. Sir Lionel on hearing
this ordered the stranger from the house. The stranger
then went to the house of the Earl of Egmont and gave
him all the information he had concerning the Will of
Henry 5th Earl. Immediately the 6th Earl took action against
Sir Lionel Darrell for the recovery of the estates. The
case which was the most remarkable to ever come before
the Irish Courts in the 19th century was tried during
the Summer Assizes at Cork in 1863.
THE LAW SUIT, DARRELL
The case attracted widespread
interest, and public attention far and near was concentrated
on it. Some of the most famous barristers of the time
were engaged in the case ahich lasted five days, when
a settlement was reached. Nineteen years and eight months
after Sir Edward Tierney became the owner of the vast
Egmont estates, the 6th Earl of Egmont, commenced an action
to break the will of Earl Henry and recover the estates
from Sir Lionel Darrell. It was to try the validity of
this will that the issue entitled Darrell V Egmont, was
sent down by the Court of Chancery to the Cork Assizes.
As the Tierneys went up,
the Egmonts went down. Their estates built up by Sir Philip
Percival, an adventurer of the time of Queen Elizabeth
I, they for the greater part of three hundred years prospered,
grew powerful and wealthy and upon them were showered
honours, places and titles. One of the family became Earl
of Egmont, another Lord Arden, another Baron Lovell, and
they intermarried with the greatest families in the Empire.
In the last century one of the Earls of Egmont was one
of the most powerful and most wealthy men in Great Britain
and Ireland and his brother Spencer Percival, was Prime
Minister of England, he was assasinated in the Lobby of
the House of Commons by a man named John Bellingham in
May 1812. But as the 19th century waned the house of Egmont
and gross mismanagement took its toll on their great wealth
and the elder branch expired with Henry 5th Earl, a confirmed
bankrupt, a hopeless drunkard and the most unhappy of
THE LAW CASE OPENS
On opening the case for
Sir Lionel Darrell, Dr Ball (afterwards Lord Chancellor
of Ireland) described the testator Earl Henry, as a man
sunk in pecuniary difficulties, and unfortunataly addicted
to habits of imtemperance. The Earl preserved all the
habits of a gentleman which he showed in his long correspondence
with Sir Edward Tierney. Dr Ball went on the say that
the Will Lord Henry made was a natural one. He had no
near relatives, his wife had died and they had no children
, and he had no brothers or sisters. The next heir was
his distant cousin, Lord Arden, of whom he knew nothing.
Relations were always
strained between the Egmonts and the Ardens because the
Egmonts believed that their estates were greatly impoverished
by the large slice taken out to endow the title of Arden.
Dr Ball went on to say
that when Sir Edward Tierney took over the Egmont Estates,
they were only of trifling value. Since then their value
was increased by the care and expenditure laid on them
by Sir Edward, and the large increase in the value of
Witnesses were called
to show that Earl Henry was a competent testater. During
the closing years of his life, this unfortunate gentleman
who to baffle his creditors called himself Mr Lovell,
resided with a relative Mrs Cleese. They lived at Hyte,
then at a country place called Buderup and finally in
Lisbon, Portugal. Mrs Cleese died in Lisbon and Lord Egmont
returned to England to make the disputed Will, and to
die a week later.
A Miss Jones who knew
him at Hyte, described him as very domestic and as regular
a man as she ever knew. The Rev. Mr Dahenny, Minister
of Buderup, said he was a thorough gentleman and highly
intelligent. A Col. Harper who knew Lord Egmont in Lisbon,
Thought him fully competent to manage his affairs. But
the cross-examination of all revealed the Earl's weakness.
Miss Jones admitted that he took drink frequently. Col.
Harper said he had seen him on several occasions. A lady
named Mrs Bellock swore that she often heard Mrs Cleese
complain of his drinking habits. Other witnesses were
called and examined but their evidence proved nothing.
Then the case for the Plantible closed.
MR BREWSTER OPENS THE
CASE FOR THE PLANTIFF
On opening the case for
the plantiff, Mr Brewster, Counsel for the Egmonts, pointed
out some inaccuracies in Dr Ball's speech, and went on
to sketch the sad story of Henry 5th, Earl of Egmont.
Henry was neglected as a boy, never sent to public school,
or never sent to University. He attended for a very short
time Trinity College, Oxford, and then ran away. It was
said how his mother later obtained for him an M.A. Degree.
His mother hopelessly ruined him by inducing him when
he came of age to sign sheafs and bills, by which he was
made liable of all debts on his estates. His mother was
a noted beauty and a lady who would be regarded today
as a high flier, who attended all the glamourous balls
and banquets of the day and it was in this way she first
got aquainted with the Tierneys. Following the death of
his mother, the Countess of Egmont, Earl Henry became
a hopeless case. He spent most of his time skulking from
place to place under the assumed name of Mr Lovell. He
lived in daily fear of being handled by the Sheriffs man.
In this way poor Earl Henry became a hopeless drunkard.
Mrs Cleese was his good
Angel. She spent most of her time in vain efforts to reclaim
him and in hiding him from the public gaze when he was
under the influence of drink. Sometimes he got away from
her care and went up to London and stayed in a low place
called Smiths Hotel, where in a part of that building
was housed one of Londons most notorious brothels. The
Earl of Egmont often arrived here at two o' clock in the
morning in a wild state of intoxication and spent several
days drinking in the most lowly kind of company. He would
then return to Burderup with a large suitcase full of
MR BREWSTER CONTINUES
Mr Brewster then detailed
the connection between Sir Edward Tierney and the Earl
of Egmont. The wretched Earl, mixing in the lowest of
society, a prey to the most dreadful boats of intemperance,
had become weakened in body and mind as to become easy
prey to any clever schemer into whose hands he fell. Such
a schemer he found in the person of Sir Edward Tierney,
his agent and solicitor, a man of supreme ability. Sir
Edward from the beginning of his aquaintance with the
Earl had the idea of capturing the Egmont estates and
he carried that out with brilliant cleverness and daring
The Earl had been described
as a man of good business ability. He wrote shoals of
letters to Sir Edward Tierney and the story was always
the same. The letter said "Send me money" send
me £500, for Gods sake send me £100. In the meantime Earl
Henry signed every document Sir Edward Tierney placed
before him. The object of these documents strengthened
the hold Tierney had on the Egmont estates. Mr Brewster
said in his address that the papers signed to Earl Henry,
no sane man would have signed.
MR BREWSTER CLOSES HIS
And now, said Mr Brewster,
I come to the last Act of this strange drama. I will detail
to you the events of the closing week of the unhappy side
of Henry 5th, Earl of Egmont. I will describe to you his
condition when, after the death of Mrs Cleese, he returned
from the continent a dying man, ruined in body and mind
by habits which created delirium tremens. I will tell
you, said Mr Brewster, how Sir Edward Tierney procured
from the dying man the will of which Sir Edward was left
everything. In the making of that will three persons were
concerned, The Earl of Egmont, who is dead, Sir Edward
Tierney, who is dead, and Mr Parkinson, a solicitor. Mr
Parkinson will now give on oath the story and manner in
which Sir Edward induced the dying Earl to leave him the
Egmont estates by false and fraudulent pretence, the daring
falsehood that the estate was of no value, and that Sir
Edward only wanted to get possession of it to protect
himself in dealing with the creditors. I will prove, said
Mr Brewster, that this pretence was absolutely false,
and that the estate was worth a great amount of money,
over and above all the debts.
THE SURPRISE SETTLEMENT
OF THE CASE, DARRELL V EGMONT
The court then rose for
lunch. The case which had lasted for four days, now excited
the deepest interest. The examination of Mr Parkinson
was being looked forward to as a sensation, but still
more sensational, it was expected, would be his cross-examination,
for it was to be carried out by Sergt. Sullivan, later
Lord Chancellor of Ireland, who was referred to as the
"Terrier" in court circles. When the court resumed
after lunch it was found that a juror had been taken ill
and the case could not proceed and was adjourned until
the next day. Next day the juror was still ill and there
was a great amount of behind doors conference. Then to
the surprise of all, Mr Brewster stood up and announced
that the case was settled. Mr Parkinson was never called
and Mr Brewster never finished his speech.
When the final act was
over the court was told that the Earl of Egmont got back
his estates and Rev. Sir Lionel Darrell was awarded £125,000
and costs. George James, 6th Earl of Egmont, who recovered
the estates in the famous law suit died on August 2nd
1874 and was succeeded by his nephew.
CHARLES GEORGE 7TH EARL
Charles George, 7th Earl
of Egmont, was M.P. for Midhurst 1874-75. He served as
captain in the Royal Buckingham Yeomanry. He was born
on June 15th 1845 and married on May 4th 1869 Lucy, daughter
of Alfred Briscoe. They had no children and the Earl died
on September 5th 1897, when he was succeeded by his cousin.
Earl Charles George sold the Egmont estates to the tenants
under the Ashbourne Land Act in 1895.
AGUSTUS ARTHUR, 8TH EARL
Agustus Arthur, 8th Earl
of Egmont was born on June 4th 1856. He married in 1881,
Kate, daughter of Warwick Howell, of South Carolina, U.S.A.
They had no children and the Earl died on August 11th,
1910, when he was succeeded by his brother.
CHARLES JOHN, 9TH EARL
Charles John, 9th Earl
of Egmont, was born on June 29th 1858. He married on December
31st 1890, Florence, daughter of Dr George Gibson. They
had no children and when the Earl died on January 10th
1929, the title became extinct. However, in 1939, the
Earldom was restored when it was claimed by a cousin,
Sir Frederick George Moore-Percival.
FREDERICK GEORGE MOORE-PERCIVAL,
10TH EARL OF EGMONT
Frederick George, 10th
Earl of Egmont, was born on April 15th 1914. He married
on August 31st 1931, Ann Geraldine, daughter of Douglas
Gerald Moodie, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In 1939 he
became Vincent Percival, of Kanturk, Baron Percival of
Burton, and Baron Arden of Lohort Castle, and Baronet
of Ireland, as Earl of Egmont. His son was named Thomas
Frederick Percival, born on August 17th 1934, and a daughter,
Geraldine Elizabeth Ursula Percival, born January 31st
When I last saw reference
to the Percival family their address was, Two-Dot Ranch,
Nanton, Alberta, Canada.
GEORGE, SECOND SON OF
SIR PHILIP PERCIVAL
George, Sir Philip Percival's
second son, was born on September 15th 1635. He was registrar
of the Prerogative Court, Dublin. He married Mary, daughter
of William Crofton, of Temple House, Sligo on April 30th
He was drowned at Hollyhead
on March 25th 1675 and was succeeded by his son.
Rev. William Percival,
Arch-deacon of Cashel and Dean of Emly. He was born on
December 14th 1671 and married on April 5th 1708, Catherine,
daughter of Henry Prittie, of Silvermines, Co. Tipperary.
Rev. William Percival died on August 29th 1734, leaving
The eldest and youngest
sons I cannot account for but the second son was William
Percival, Barrister of Law. He was born on June 29th 1711.
He married firstly on July 10th 1738, Elizabeth, daughter
of John Croker, of Dublin and secondly on June 30th 1748,
Margaret Ward. He died on August 2nd 1784, leaving three
sons. Here again I can only account for the second son.
Captain William Percival,
of the 104th Regiment, was born on September 9th 1754.
Married on October 15th 1784, Jane. daughter of John Brereton,
of Rathgilbert. Captain Percival died on September 10th
1793 leaving an only son.
WILLIAM JOHN PERCIVAL,
J.P. QUEENS COUNTY
William John Percival
was born on July 2nd 1789. He was a captain in the 9th
Regiment. On April 2nd 1818 he married Mary, daughter
of Arthur Brereton of Limerick. He died on November 2nd
1848, leaving three sons and three daughters. Here again
the second son can only be accounted for.
Rev. Arthur Percival,
Rector of Waterly, Stamford. B.A. Trinity College, Dublin
born October 7th 1821. Married on August 4th 1848, Emily
Caroline, daughter of Neville Grenfell, of Penzance. He
died November 25th 1905 leaving three sons. The eldest
son, Arthur William Percival. He was born in 1849 and
served in the Australian Commonwealth Forces. He served
in the South African War 1899. He graduated from Queens
College, Oxford. He married in 1935 at the age of 86,
Margaret Vivian and died on April 22nd 1952, at the age
of 103 years.
EGMONT HALL, NEAR CHURCHTOWN
About a half a mile as
the crow flies south west from the village of Churchtown
stands Egmont House. In the 18th century this house was
known as Egmont Hall the residence of the Percival family.
John Percival, 1st Earl of Egmont, was born at Egmont
Hall on September 22nd 1683. John, 2nd Earl of Egmont
was also born at Egmont Hall, Churchtown, on February
In later life the 2nd
Earl leased Egmont Hall and lands to his Steward, a man
named Taylor, whose son was a colonel in the Army, and
this colonel was to live later at Egmont Hall. It was
for Colonel Taylor's daughter Mary who died from the smallpox
that the land surrounding the Protestant Church and graveyard
was named Maryfield. Some people say that the New Barn
on the Rock of Egmont was built by Colonel Taylor while
others will say it was built by the Earls of Egmont. It
was supposed to be a place for Maturing Cider as it is
stated in old records that the district contained some
large orchards. Dr Charles Smith visited Churchtown around
the year 1750. Writing in his famous history of County
Cork he states, "Near Churchtown is Egmont, the seat
of the noble family of Percival, who hold the title of
Ealr of Egmont."
"The House is finely
situated with a pleasant park, which is well stocked with
deer. The place is well planted with Ash, Oak, Elm and
a large quantity of Fir". Smith states that the soil
is grey and the county abounds in Limestone. A deerpark
was enclosed by a high wall which surrounded about 60
acres. The remains of that wall can still be seen to the
south of the house once occupied by the County, and later
by the Roches, and later still by the Gardiner family.
In the year 1814 a Mr David Quinlan was living at Egmont
Hall as caretaker.
EGMONT HALL PARTLY PULLED
DOWN AND REBUILT
In the year 1835, George
Bolster of Currabower, obtained a lease of Egmont Hall
and lands from the agent of Lord Egmont, Richard Smith
of Newmarket, Mr Bolsters cousin. The old house was then
in bad repair and George Bolster pulled down the greater
part of it and rebuilt it in the form of the fine mansion
we know today. He renamed it Egmont house. His son George
Sharp Bolster bought out the farm in 1895 under the Ashbourne
land act. In the year 1899 George Sharp Bolster leased
Egmont to a Mr Lynch of Cregane. Egmont house is now the
home of the Sherlock family.
THE DIARY OF JOHN, 1ST
EARL OF EGMONT
During his time, John,
1st Earl of Egmont, kept a very interesting diary. Many
years ago this turned up among some documents relating
to the Egmont estates. In the diary there are many scattered
rememberances relationg to Churchtown and Kanturk. All
the entries in the diary seem to have been made at the
Earl's home in Somerset.
January 17th 1734 At my
return home to dinner, which was between five and six,
I found Dean Berkely, who acquainted me that this morning
he had kissed the hands of the King and Queen for the
Bishop of Cloyne, which gave me inexpressable pleasure,
for, besides that he is my intimate friend, my estates
are in his diocese. The Bishopric passes for £1,300 a
year, and had a good house on it.
March 11th 1734 The Bishop
of Cloyne dined with us. March 13th 1734. I went to Councellor
Forster, in Boswells Court, by appointment of Mr Evans,
son of Lord Carberry, who agreed to granting me and annuity
of joint lives, his own and mine, on Irish and English
estates, which were settled on him by marraige, tomorrow
March 14th 1734 Early
this morning George Evans, son of Lord Carbery, came to
my house and signed a deed to which he conveyed to me
an annuity of £200 per annum. Mr Correll, a jewish broker
and my servant, Triessler, are witnesses to the writngs.
April 18th 1734 The Bishop
of Cloyne and Mr Meshan dined with us. This ame morning
I waited on the Bishop to present him to Sir Robert Walpole
on his going to Ireland.
May 17th 1734 I joined
with my son on a lease of Egmont, my Irish home, to my
former Steward, Mr William Taylor, renewable forever.
The lives he put in are those of his brothers, Richard
and Robert. Their rent continues at £70 per year. After
William Taylors death the rent will rise to £111, with
a fine of £40 toward cost of renewal. This day I made
Rev. Downes Conron my Chaplain.
May 29th 1734 This day
I took leave of Mr Taylor, who sets out tomorrow for Churchtown
June 12th 1734 I just
heard that the Duke of Dorset and Sir Robert Walpole are
about to fall out about the post of Collecter of Cork
which the former had given to Mr Love, Collecter of Mallow.
April 22nd 1735 This morning
I received a letter from my tenant Taylor who tells me
that Captain St Leger is backing Crofts against Croke,
who is intending a law suit against me.
May 3rd 1735 Mr Taylor
came to see me today with Rev Downes Connor, the Minister
at Churchtown. They told me that there is an arrear of
£1,000 on the estate but the tenants are all sensible.
They told me the estate is the best conditioned in Ireland
and that Burton has grown into a fine wood and I should
scarcely know it when I will come again.
May 8th 1735 Today I went
to Middle Temple, with Mr Wallis, Solicitor, and passed
two fines before Sir George Cooke, one for confirming
the sale of Liscarroll to Mr St Leger, which lands I sold
his father about 14 years ago, and to renew the lease
of Egmont, to my Steward Taylor. My son joined me there.
Jan 1st 1736 This morning
I went to Middle Temple to consult Mr Annesly about the
May 19th 1736 This morning
Mr Wallis, solicitor advised me that I should lay a fine
on the lease given to Mr Taylor, of Egmont.
November 23rd 1737 Today
I received from Rev. Mr Brereton, minister of Churchtown,
and Mr Richard Purcell, the rents and audited accounts.
January 13th 1738 I spent
the evening at home with Mr Freeman, my tenant at Ballinguile,
having agreed for a new lease of three lives at seven
shillings and acre, which was before held at 3 shillings
and 4 pence an acre. Mr Freeman is to lay out £500 on
RIGHT HONOURABLE SPENCER
PERCIVAL PRIME MINISTER OF ENGLAND
Right Honourable Spencer
Percivalwas born on November 1st 1762. He was the 7th
son of Charles George, 2nd Baron Arden. He was a member
of the English Bar and successive Attorney General. On
March 31st 1807 he joined the administration of the Duke
of Portland as Chancellor of the Exchequer, First Lord
of the Treasury. In the year 1808 he became Prime Minister
and four years later in 1812, he fell victim to one John
Bellingham, by whom he fell victim under the frenzy of
a supposed grievance. He was assassinated in the lobby
of the House of Commons.
Spencer Percival married
on August 16th 1790, Jane daughter of Sir Thomas Spencer
Wilson. They had two sons.
The eldest son Spencer
Percival M.P. lived at Elm Grove, Ealing. He married Anna
Eliza, daughter of Gen. Arthur McLeod. He died on September
16th 1859, leaving 5 daughters who all died unmarried.
The second son, Frederick James Percival was born on October
6th 1797. He married Mary Baxter and lived at Burn House,
Derbyshire. Frederick Percival married secondly, Emma,
daughter of George Gilbert and died on July 22nd 1861,
leaving a son George Drummond Percival. George Drummond
Percival married on October 4th 1870, Marriane Baxter
and died on January 9th 1920, leaving an only son, George
THE DESCENDANTS OF PHILIP,
3RD SON OF THE 2ND EARL OF EGMONT
Edward Percival was born
on April 21st 1744 and married on June 6th 1775 Sarah,
daughter of John Howart. They had two daughters, Margaret
Cecil and Mary who both died unmarried. Frederick Augustics
Percival was born on Fobruary 7th 1747 and died unmarried
on January 21st 1777.
OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PERCIVAL
During my research of
the Percivals, Earls of Egmont, Icane across the names
of different members of the family, but I was unable to
identify the exact line from which they descended. I will
now try to give an account of those Percivals.
John Percival, born on
April 13th 1793, married on August 7th 1816, Elizabeth
Anne, daughter of the Earl of Cardigan. He died in 1818,
leaving an infant daughter Helena. His widow later married
Rev. Philip Percival,
Rector of East Horsly, Surrey, was born on November 22nd
1799 and married on December 22nd 1825 Charlotte Ann Legge.
Rev. Philip Percival was Chaplain to Her Majesty, Queen
Victoria. He died on June 11th 1853.
Another note I came across
relating to members of the Percival family reads as follows:
Arthur Philip Charles Percival was born on April 2nd 1858.
In June 1879 he married Elizabeth Mary Scarle. They had
a child, Mary. They were both murdered with the child
Mary at Bluehills, Nebraska, U.S.A., on September 20th
1884. Another member of the family, Helena Percival married
in 1816, Rev. Stuart French, Dean of Kildare. The brother
of Dean French was Lord Ashtown, who married a Miss Oliver-Gascoigne,
of Castle Oliver, near Kilfinane.
I have tried, to the best
of my ability, to trace this noble family of Percival
since the time we first heard of them at the Battle of
Jerusalem, more than a thousand years ago down to the
day when they sold their Churchtown estates, around 90
years ago. It is intersting to note that members of this
famous family still live in Canada.
SOME HISTORICAL REFERENCES
TO THE PERCIVAL FAMILY
When Henry, 5th Earl of
Egmont, who died in 1841, he left the Egmont estates to
Sir Edward Tierney. The townland of Egmont and Lohort
Castle and Demesne, including some houses in the village
of Churchtown and the town of Buttevant, were not included
id Lord Henry's will. There was also some land in Buttevant
parish, including the old Fair Field of Rathclare. All
this property remained outside the scope of the great
The condition of tenure
on the Egmont estateswent according to English custom.
The landlord provided the buildings and contributed to
other improvements. Rents were unusually low and it was
very difficult, for one not born on the estate, to get
one of the farms.
TENENTS ON THE EGMONT
ESTATE, TOWNLAND OF RGMONT 1851
In the year 1851, the
following tenants were on the Egmont Estate, in the townland
of Egmont, on that part of the estate not deeded by the
will to Sir Edward Tierney - Timothy O' Keefe held 4 acres
3 rds 31 perches, Thomas Linehan held 63 acres 2 rds 9
perches, Maurice McGrath held 50 acres 1 rd 37 perches,
Margaret Creighton had a house without land, John Bolster
held 66 acres 3 rds 18 perches, William Connell held a
house and garden, John Laffan held 1 acre 2 rds 6 perches,
Sarah Webb held 1 acre 1 rd 33 perches, Margaret Cullen
held 1 acre 2 rds 23 perches, Daniel Buckley held 1 acre
2 rds 19 perches, John Burnes held 1 acre 2rds 15 perches,
James Dennehy held 1 acre 2 rds 9 perches, Johanns Rogers
held 1 acre 3 rds 37 perches, James McGrath held 31 acres
1 rd 5 perches, Jeremiah Hannon held a house and a small
garden, Maurice Creighton had a house and small garden,
Margaret McGrath held 71 acres 1 rd 31 perches, Nicholas
Lillis had a house and small garden, the Earl of Egmont
held 15 acres under plantation, Mary Anne Cowhey held
78 acres 2 rds 5 perches, Michael Callaghan held a house
and garden, Bartholomew Pardon held 81 acres and 14 perches,
Daniel Murphy held 130 acres 2 rds 7 perches, John Barry
had a house without land, Thomas Samuels held 2 acres
1 rd 9 perches.
SOME HOUSES ON THE EGMONT
ESTATE IN CHURCHTOWN VILLAGE
As I mentioned earlier
in the Egmont story, Sir Edward Tierney rebuilt the village
of Churchtown in the years following his taking over of
the Egmont estates, but there were 7 houses in that part
of the village known as Kerry Lane, which did not come
under the will and these houses remained in the Egmont
EGMONT PROPERTY IN BUTTEVANT
The following are some
tenants who held houses and land in the town and parish
of Buttevant, which was also Egmont property not willed
to Sir Edward Tierney. In the townland of Ardskeagh we
find more Egmont tenants - Mary Lyons held 46 acres 2
rds 29 perches, Ann Kelly had a house without land, Jeremiah
Connell held 143 acres 1 rd 23 perches, Maurice Connell
had a house and a garden, Philip Dundon held 121 acres
3 rds 34 perches, Daniel Warren held 69 acres 3 rds 16
perches, Richard Warren had a house without land.
EARL OF EGMONT'S PROPERTY
AT RATHCLARE, BUTTEVANT 1851
In the townland of Rathclare,
near Buttevant, the Earl of Egmont held property which
did not come by will to Sir Edward Tierney. The tenants
here are as follows - Thomas Coughlan held 64 acres 0
rds 35 perches, James Norcott held 136 acres 1 rd 2 perches,
Fitzgerald O'Keefe held 151 acres 1 rd 2 perches. The
tolls of the Fair of Rathclare were taken by James Norcott.
Robert Eames held 20 acres 0 rds 39 perches. The Earl
of Egmont also held land in the townland of Spittal and
the tenants were Fitzgerald O'Keefe who held 117 acres
0 rds 28 perches and Luke Ellard who held 55 acres 3 rds
25 perches. Michael Ellard held 56 acres 2 rds 9 perches.
HOUSE PROPERTY OF THE
EARL OF EGMONT, IN THE TOWN OF BUTTEVANT IN 1851
In the year 1851, the
Earl of Egmont owned 21 houses in the town of Buttevant
which did not come into the Darrell-Tierney lawsuit. I
do not have the names of all the tenants but here I will
give a few- Timothy Horgan, Hugh Elliott, Henry Sheedy,
Michael Healy, Jeremiah O'Sullivan, Robert O'Connell,
Thomas Gayer, Matthew Mullane, John Connor, John coughlan,
Richard Graham, Maurice Connell. The Griffiths valuation
list gives the above tenants as having a house, offices
and garden. This list does not state if the houses were
business or private houses. All the property was sold
to the tenants under the Ashbourne Land Act around the
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