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Abercorn Tenants in Strabane 1744-5
Extracted from Introduction to the Abercorn Letters as Relating to Ireland 1736-1816
John H. Gebbie (Strule Press, Omagh 1972)

Transcribed, Compiled & Submitted by Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia
len_swindley[at]hotmail.com



Letter from James, 8th Earl of Abercorn, Cavendish Square, London to his agent, Nathaniel Nisbitt, Strabane

15 January 1744/45

I have in my hand not only a counterpart but the deed also itself of a tenement to JOHN CARSAN 41 feet in front and extending backwards to the river, between JOHN MODERWELL’s on the south and THOMAS HETHERINGTON’s on the north. I do not know whether this will have any relation to SAMUEL CARSAN but you will enquire out what tenement it is, and I am ready to give up the deed to anybody that has a title to it.

I took some pains when I was first at Strabane to find out whose names the deeds of the several tenements were first made out in. And I have lately taken a great deal of trouble in comparing the deeds with the rent rolls.

What I chiefly purpose from it, is to keep the rent rolls more regular by inserting the original grantees, in the same manner as the collectors do in their receipts for the quit rents.

I shall now give you the following names out of the rent roll and you must endeavour to find out who were the original grantees. It is not to my purpose to know who claimed before the trustees, and where there are several freeholds in one person you must endeavour to divide them:-

THOMAS PURDON

MRS. TREDENICK

JOHN SHEILDS

WILLIAM ARMSTRONG

ABRAHAM CREIGHTON, ESQ

WILLIAM FLEMING

HUGH BROWN

CLAUD HAMILTON, ESQ.

DAN COOKE

WILLIAM AUCHINLECK

GEORGE McGHEE [1]

FRANCIS JOHNSTON, ESQ.

GEORGE McGHEE [2]

MR. ASKIN

EDWARD McCONEMY

MATHEW JENKINS

JOHN GALBRAITH heirs

ROBERT JAMISON

WM. & CLAUD HAMILTON

JAMES LYON

THOS. LEWIS

CLAUD HAMILTON, ESQ.

JAMES BAIRD

PHILIP CLARKE

SAMUEL & WM. SINCLAIR

JAMES McALPEN

WILLIAM HODGEEASE

PATRICK FERGUSON

THOMAS UREY

JOHN GRAHAM

JAMES MACKY

MRS. COOPER

WILLIAM HOODE

JOHN COWAN

JAMES ECTOR

ROBERT PATTERSON

JOHN HUNTER


 

MR. McGHEE did intend once give me a list of his freeholds but I have lost it, and it frequently had only the names of the claimants before the trustees. I know part of SINCLAIR’S is for MARGERT HAMILTON 15s. [shillings] and THOMAS WILL 1.0.8 but there remains 2.13.6.

It will be of some assistance to give you a list of such entries as I find in former rent rolls and do not distinguish at present. Among those are:-

DANIEL BRADLEY 1.10.0

Ditto for KYLE’S acres 1.4.0

GEORGE HAMILL and tenements 1.15.0

JAMES LYON 6s.

JOHN or ROBT. CRAIG 2.18.0

JOHN WILSON 15s

EDWARD TREDENICK for RAMSEY’s garden 4s.

And there is an entry of JAMES LAWRENC’S house street during my Lord’s pleasure 10s.

There is a deed to ROBERT ALLEN and ISABEL CALWELL his wife of a tenement between the castle and the church, bounded south by the little brook and east by the road to Ballymagorry.

JOHN SAUNDERS should pay 1.5.4 and is charged 1.5.6 and JOHN DUNLAP is charged 1.5.7 and should pay but 1.5.0. You will make abatement for the future.

There is a deed to HUGH KNOX of a tenant called JANET BRISLANE’S next to JOHN and DAVID EDGAR‘s ......18s. 6.

I commenced a suit against WILLIAM BAIRD for the corner house near the Castle.




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