List of Landlords during Griffith's Primary Valuation (in order of land held)
- Robert J Lattey – Total 4229 acres 1 roods 29 perches
- Representatives of Vicessimus Knox – Total 1599 acres 24 perches
- William Butler – Total 1329 3 roods 26 perches
- Viscount Gough – Total 1287 acres 1 roods 2 perches
- Henry Lahiff – Total 978 acres 2 roods
- Edward Blacquiere – Total 591 acres 26 perches
- James Lahiff – Total 550 acres 2 roods 17 perches
- Robert French – Total 463 acres 2 roods 29 perches
- Blake Butler – Total 365 acres 3 roods 13 perches
- Representatives of Thomas McNevin – Total 363 acres 1 rood 9 perches
- Austin Butler – Total 333 acres 3 roods 24 perches
- Thomas Cahill – Total 312 acres 10 perches
- Michael Kane - Total 311 acres 1 rood 28 perches
- De Courcy O’Grady / Derinzy O’Grady – 295 acres 3 roods
- Matthew Rosengrave – Total 284 acres 2 roods 13 perches
- John F. Heustin – Total 160 acres 3 roods 28 perches
- Eleanor Butler – Total 102 acres 3 roods 18 perches
- Thomas and John Boland – 102 acres 3 roods
- Francis M.S. Taylor – Total 70 acres 13 perches
- Richard Vereker – Total 46 acres
Edward’s Granduncle was John De Blacquiere, Baron of Ardkill, County Londonderry (1732-1812). He settled at Lisburn, where his sister married John Crommelin, another Huguenot refugee. At this time, the majority of the Lisburn Huguenot population were involved in the textile industry. He held various public offices: was Secretary of Legation at Paris; secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland; was made a Baronet of Ardkill in 1784; and raised to the peerage in 1800 as Lord de Blaquiere of Ardkill in Ireland. Both titles became extinct in 1920 upon the death of his great grandson, the sixth Baron.
Picture of him here http://www.ricorso.net/rx/az-data/authors/b/Blacquiere_J/life.htm
Edward was born about 1803 in Dublin to Henry Blaquiére and Jane Grogan. He married Maria Anne Lynch on 5 February 1823 in Portpatrick, Wigtownshire, Scotland. They proceeded to have 5 known children; Henry (about 1826), James Francis (between 1827-1835), Thomas Montague (about 1835), Elizabeth (about 1835) and John William (about 1841). Edward died in 1875 in Fiddane House. His wife Maria died on 30 April 1870 in Fiddane House. He remarried to Elizabeth Lopdell (née Butler), in March 1872 in St. Peter’s Church in Dublin. She was a daughter of Captain Francis Butler (1780-1860) of Cregg, another landholder in Beagh. Her first husband, John Lopdell, died on 26 March 1870 and was buried in Kilkeedy Church of Ireland graveyard. Interestingly, Edward’s son Thomas Montague married Elizabeth Lopdell, his stepmother’s daughter (essentially his step-sister) in December 1871. Upon his death, Edward’s eldest son Henry inherited his properties in Galway about 1875.
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According to the Clare Journal newspaper of 3 May 1813, Daniel McNevin, Esq., of Loughrea, married Miss Emily Blake-Forster in Dublin, second daughter of the late Robert Blake Foster, of Ashfield, County Galway, Esq. Subsequently, a marriage entry was located for Daniel McNevin of Gloucester St, Dublin, Esq., and Amelia Foster of the Parish of St Thomas, Dublin, spinster on 19 April 1813.
McNevin was the agent for Forster-Blake family, which is likely how he met his wife Emily. He was also one of Daniel O'Connells solicitors. He first resided at Rosehill, and then later at Ashfield. Daniel took a lease on 11 August 1827 in Crow Lane, Gort, for a lease for three lives, and in 1851 one life (John Lopdell) still in being.
In 1814 Ashfield was the home of Francis Blake-Forster, and other records suggest that McNevin was Coroner in Loughrea, Galway at this time. By 1837 Lewis records Ashfield as being the ownership of Daniel McNevin, but he had an address at 8 Middle Gardiner St. Dublin. There is history that William Keogh was also living at the same address. William Nicholas Keogh (1817– 1878) was an unpopular and controversial Irish politician and judge, whose name became a byword in Ireland for betraying one's political principles.
McNevin’s agent in Galway was Mr. Darcy of Rickfield, and also Mr. Pat Fahy of Ashfield. Daniel and Emily's son was Thomas McNevin who was associated with the Young Ireland movement. The McNevin's (Daniel McNevin, and his son's Thomas and Richard) were very heavily involved with "The Emancipator" - Daniel O'Connell, until Daniel turned his support (in their eyes he sold out) to the Whig Party and the McNevin's basically disowned O'Connell.
In 1837, it was noted by Samuel Lewis, that Daniel McNevin gave a new site to the parish for the new Roman Catholic chapel to be erected. The new chapel was hoped to accommodate 600 people when completed. (page 189, Lewis Topographical Dictionary). In 1843 The most influent gentleman of this tribe now in Ireland; Source: The Tribes and Customs of Hy-Many (O'Donovan) 1843 page 69. In August 1845, Daniel O'Connell stayed in Daniel McNevin’s house before his Monster meeting in Galway/Tuam that year. Daniel McNevin was also a member of the Gort Board of Guardians. According to the Freeman’s Journal newspaper dated 18 July 1846, McNevin died in his ‘70th year of Rose Park county Galway & Gardiner street in this City (Dublin) which took place on Monday last at New Quay, Co. Clare, where he had been staying for the benefit of his health...in his 70th year.’ That same year, he was listed in the 1846 Slater’s Directory for Gort as an Attorney at Barrack Street. It appears he retired from Dublin to his country home before his death. His will listed the following information; Daniel McNevin, 13 July 1846, Rosepark, Co. Galway, Esq. Probate in 1847, number 43 W/A. Lands from the McNevin estate were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates court in December 1853. The owner listed was Daniel McNevin, a minor. Ashfield later came into the French family.
- Emily and Daniel had the following children;Thomas McNevin (1814-1848) Thomas McNevin was an influential Irish writer and journalist, who died under "peculiarly sad circumstances" in a Bristol asylum on 8 February 1848. According to T. F. O'Sullivan, he was one of the most "brilliant intellects" to be associated with The Nation newspaper and with the Young Ireland movement. According to the official records of Trinity College, Dublin, which he entered at the age of 17, Thomas McNevin was born in Dublin, the son of Daniel McNevin, although it has also been suggested that he was born in Galway (if born in Galway, he may have possibly been born in Beagh, as it is known this is where his family resided). Charles Gavan Duffy in his Young Ireland a fragment of Irish history, 1840–45 described McNevin as being "below the middle size but well made, well poised, and agile" with auburn hair and clear blue eyes, "which he believed he inherited from Danish ancestors." His face was "mobile, and possessed the power not given to one man in ten thousand, of expressing a wide range of feeling without exaggeration or grimace." During his time at Trinity College, McNevin became treasurer of the College Historical Society between 1834 and 1835, and auditor in 1837–38. The society had been founded by Edmund Burke nearly a century before, and had trained three generations of Irish orators and statesmen. However, in 1838 the society was exiled from the college that gave it a name. It was during this period that McNevin became its President. The meetings were held in Radley's Hotel, and attracted audiences with their vehement and flamboyant eloquence. Isaac Butt, Joseph Lefanu, Torrens McCullagh, Thomas Wallis, James O'Hea, William Keogh, and Joseph Pollock all debated in a style reminiscent of that of the old Irish Parliament. At Trinity College, McNevin studied elocution under Vandenhoff and Sheridan Knowles. He completed his degree in 1838, and was called to the Bar the following year. In 1844, McNevin edited the State Trials, and later he wrote two volumes for the Young Ireland "Library of Ireland". The first, a History of the Irish Volunteers of 1782, was published in 1845, followed by The Confiscation of Ulster in 1846. In 1845, he published Gerald, a three-act play on the invasion of Ireland by Henry II in 1171. Also in this year he edited and published The speeches of the Right Honourable Richard Lalor Sheil. In June 1845, he proposed the motion that ‘they (the Young Irelanders) seek success in the present struggle solely by moral and legal means and without the spilling of blood or the infliction of injury on any man’, seconded by William Smith O’Brien. This ultimately lead to the Young Irelanders’ withdrawal in July 1845. McNevin worked on The Nation newspaper of the Young Ireland group for two years. He felt the death of Davis in 1845 keenly, and in the last remaining years of his life was mentally affected. McNevin died on 8 February 1848 in an asylum in Bristol. On 19 February, The Nation paid a tribute to their former colleague and friend.
- Michael McNevin (b. 1815). Michael was born in Loughrea, Galway.
- Richard Charles McNevin (1816-1864) Richard resided at 9 Middle Gardiner Street, Dublin, Ireland in 1853. It would appear the Dublin property passed to him after his father’s death.
- Daniel F McNevin Junior (1823-1846). On 13 June 1846, Daniel F McNevin, late of the 9th Lancers, died, as the youngest son of Daniel Senior of Ashfield, Co. Galway. Dublin Evening Mail 17 June 1846
- Edmund H McNevin (b. 1832)
- Catherine Clorinda McNevin (b. 1839)
It should be noted that some older genealogies also list Dr. William James McNevin, one of the four members of the ‘Executive Directory’ of the United Irishmen before 1798, and firm friend of Wolfe Tone, was also related to this branch of the McNevin family. Thomas McNevin, Daniel's son, held a will from this Dr. McNevin who immigrated to America. It should also be noted that Daniel McNevin Senior was listed as a witness in a transaction dated 25 March 1815, which mentioned Ballynahiwnia (sic Ballynahowne). William James MacNeven was born in 1763 in Ballynahowna, near Aughrim, Co. Galway, and died 12 July 1841 New York City. He was an Irish-American physician and writer, and one of the oldest obelisks in New York City is dedicated to him facing St. Paul's Chapel on Broadway, New York City. The family were originally based in Aughrim/Loughrea. The same genealogies also list Baron McNevin, William James’ uncle, who lived at Prague, physician to Empress Maria Theresa.
National Archives of Ireland: Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), McNevin estate at Derry alias Rosepark, 13 December 1853, Vol 25, MRGS 39/011, (microfilm copy in NUIG)
National Archives of Ireland: Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), McNevin estate including Ashfield demesne, 3 June 1851, Vol 8, MRGS 3 (microfilm copy in NUIG)
Jnl. of the Irish Family History Society: INGHAM, George R. The McNevins, A Patriot Family. XII (1996), 81-83
National Archives of Ireland: Irish Land Commission, estate of R.T. Lattey in Bunnahow 1917 & maps of the Cregs estate of Lattey, 1838-1904. Small Private Accessions No 1/689. M.1463-1464
National Archives of Ireland: Joyce, Mackie & Lougheed, auctioneers' collection, includes records relating to the Lattey family in India and at Cregg Castle and Bunnahow, 19th century. D.15854-15876, Co 3495-3502, M.1455-1464
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The Lahiff family held property in various parishes in the barony of Kiltartan. They occupied a house at Cloon, Kilbeacanty, which was valued at £15 in Griffith's Valuation in the mid 1850s. This house was previously in the hands of the Burke Eyre family. The Lahiff family purchased large portions of Lord Gort's Lough Cutra estate in the 1850s where they had previously been freeholders. The family also occupied the house at Russaun, Kilbeacanty, and acted as middlemen for the estate of Michael Butler, a minor, whose estate was in chancery in the 1830s. At the same time, Thomas Lahiff is recorded as a middleman for Richard Gregory on lands in the parish of Ardrahan. James Lahiff of Gort was recorded as an agent for Lord Gort.
In the 1870s Daniel Lahiff was the owner of over 10,000 acres in county Galway and 128 acres in county Clare. In 1911 over 4000 acres belonging to James Lahiff was vested in the Congested Districts Board.
James Lahiff (1788-1864)
Henry Lahiff (1793-1864) was married to Jane Blaquiere (1795-1869). In 1817 he had been made Freeman of Limerick City. By 1824 Henry Lahiff Esq. lived at Ballyturin, having married Jane 3 years previous. By 1857, he held a total of 978 odd acres in Beagh ; Caherbroder (354 acres 37 perches), Carhoon (88 acres 3 roods 19 perches), Fiddaun (757 acres 2 roods 27 perches – 221 acres 4 roods 43 perches). He died in Cloon House in May 1864. Newspaper reports suggest 'He attended the fair of Loughrea where he accidentally fell from his horse and had his hip bone dislocated...was most excellent landlord, and greatly respected'. His will was probated on 11 February 1869 in Galway. It was granted at 'Principal Registry to Jane Maria Lahiff of Arthurstown Co. Wexford'. It should also be noted that he served as 'Justice of the Peace' for the area, a judicial officer helping keep law and order.
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