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NAMES: John JOCELYN; Laurence TALLAN; Samuel BRADFORD; Andrew BRADFORD; Joseph COULTER; Rev Patrick SIMSON aka SIMPSON; John COULTER; Andrew COULTER; Grizzel SIMSON aka SIMPSON; Joseph COULTER; John McNEALE; Henry McNeale KENNEDY; Thomas BRADFORD; James JOHNSTON. PLACES: Fairhill, Co. Louth; Cavananore, Co. Louth; Liscalgot, Co. Armagh; Mount Pleasant, Co. Louth; Dungooley, Co. Louth; Faughart, Co. Louth. NOTE: This deed references an earlier one dated May 29, 1753.
Sharon Oddie Brown. June 18, 2009
Updated footnotes: March 19, 2010
Updated footnotes: May 14, 2011. Thanks to the kind attention of Noel Ross, I have corrected a number of errors - changes are highlighted in red.

 

PRONI D366/250

Renewal of Lease of part of the lands of Dungooley in the County of Louth

Transcribed by Dr. Thomas McNEIL 2009. Annotated by Sharon Oddie Brown.

 

NOTE: This deed references an earlier one: PRONI T662/30

 Also recorded as: DEED 244-174-157206

1753 May 29 Rev Patrick SIMSON of Mount Pleasant & John & Andrew COULTER of Cavananore.. SIMSON demised for rents to COULTER, townland of Dungooly late in possession of SIMSON and now in possession of John and Andrew COULTER 52A 6P & Bog Parish of Foughart, Co. Louth. For life and lives of Grizel SIMSON  third daughter of the lessor  Patrick SIMSON Joseph COULTER only son of the  lessee John COULTER and John McNEAL of Foughart, Co. Louth Gent. … rent £16.1.9 …they had to grind their grain at Dungooley & pay SIMSON …then an addendum Oct 5, 1765 – “Wheras Grizel SIMSON is dead … Henry MacNeil Kennedy son of George KENNEDY nominated as life to replace hers. Then another addendum August 15 1769 “I do hereby renew the within lease for the further term of the life of Samuel BRADFORD son of John BRADFORD of Cavananore in the County of Louth in the room of John MacNeale one of the lesseses within named who is dead the fine for renewal and all Rent and Arrears being first paid me – witness my hand this 15th day of august 1769. Patrick SIMSON WITNESS William GREEN & P. Simson KENNEDY.

 

 

THIS INDENTURE made the twenty third day of January in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred and twelve BETWEEN The Honourable John Jocelyn[1] of Fairhill[2] in the County of Louth of the first part, Laurence Tallan[3] of Dundalk in the said County of Louth Esquire of the second part and Samuel Bradford[4] and Andrew Bradford[5] both of Cavananore [6]in the said County of Louth Gentlemen and Joseph Coulter[7] of Liscalgot[8] in the County of Armagh Farmer of the third part.  WHEREAS by Deed of Release duly executed bearing date the Twenty ninth day of May One thousand seven hundred and fifty three made between The Reverend Patrick Simson[9] late of Mount Pleasant[10] in the County of Louth since deceased of the one part and John Coulter[11] and Andrew Coulter[12] then of Cavananore in said County Gentlemen since also deceased of the other part the said Patrick Simson in consideration of the rents and Covenants therein reserved and expressed, did Demise and Grant set and to (?ffarm) let unto the said John Coulter and Andrew Coulter their heirs and assigns All That part and parcel of Land of the Townland of Dungooley[13] in said County then late in the possession of the said Patrick Simson and then in the possession of the said John Coulter and Andrew Coulter containing by estimation Forty two acres and six perches together with a proportion of Bog with the rights Members and Appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining situate lying and being in the Parish of Faughart and County of Louth (excepting and reserving out of said Demise all Mines Minerals and Royalties whatsoever) to hold for the Life and lives of Grozzel Simson[14] Third Daughter of the Lessor Patrick Simson Joseph Coulter[15] only son of the lessee John Coulter and John McNeale[16] of Faughart[17] in the said County of Louth Gentleman and the survivor and Survivors of them at the yearly rent of sixteen pounds one shilling and nine pence Together with six pence by the pound Receivers Fees with two fat Pulletts from each and every Dwelling House built or to be built on the demised premises during the said term payable half yearly above taxes as therein mentioned In which said Deed of Release, there is contained a Covenant for perpetual renewal thereof on payment of all rent that should be then due and in arrear and of a Quarter of a years rent as a fine on the fall of each life as by said Deed of Release relation being thereunto had may appear AND WHEREAS the said Grozzel Simson one of the said lives in said Deed of Release named having died the said Patrick Simson did by Endorsement thereon bearing date the fifth day of October One thousand seven hundred and sixty five renew the same by adding thereto the Life of Henry McNeale Kennedy[18] in the place of the said Grozzel Simson and by a further endorsement on said Deed of Release bearing date the Fifteenth day of August One thousand seven hundred and sixty nine the said Patrick Simson did further renew the same for the life of Samuel Bradford[19] son of John Bradford[20] of Cavananore in the County of Louth being the said Samuel Bradford party thereto in the room of John McNeale one of the lives in the said Deed of Release named who was then dead.  AND WHEREAS the rent and reversion of the premises so granted and Demised by the said in part recited Deed of Release are now legally vested in the said John Jocelyn party thereto as Mortgagee thereof and the Equity of Redemption of the said premises subject to said Mortgage is now vested in the said Laurence Tallan and all the Estate right Title and interest of the said John Coulter and Andrew Coulter the lessees in the said Deed of Release named of in and to the premises thereby Demised and the right and benefit of the Covenant for Renewal therein contained are now as is alledged Legally and absolutely vested in the said Samuel Bradford Andrew Bradford and Joseph Coulter parties hereto   AND WHEREAS the said Henry McNeale Kennedy the life for which the said premises were granted by the Endorsement on said Deed of Release of the Fifth day of October One thousand seven hundred and sixty five hath lately died and the said Samuel Bradford Andrew Bradford and Joseph Coulter have nominated the life of Thomas Bradford[21] only son of the said Samuel Bradford party hereto to be added and inserted in the place and stead of the said Henry McNeale Kennedy Deceased and have paid to the said Laurence Tallan all rent and arrears of rent due and payable for the said premises to and for the first day of November last and also the sum of Four pounds two shillings and six pence Sterling being the fine due and payable by the said Deed of Release for renewing the same.

NOW THIS INDENTURE WITNESSETH that in pursuance of the Covenant for the Renewal in said Deed of Release contained and for and in consideration of the said sum of Four Pounds two shillings and six pence to the said Laurence Tallan in hand paid by the same Samuel Bradford Andrew Bradford and Joseph Coulter at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge the said John Jocelyn (at the desire Instance and request of the said Laurence Tallan Testified by his being an executing and also a granting party to these presents) and the said Laurence Tallan have added and inserted and by these presents DO add and insert the life of the said Thomas Bradford to the time and Term by said Deed of Release granted in the place and stead of the said Henry McNeale Kennedy deceased.  And the said John Jocelyn (at such desire and request as aforesaid) and Laurence Tallan have and each of them HATH granted released and confirmed and by these presents DO and each of them according to his Estate and Interest therein DOTH grant release and Confirm unto the said Samuel Bradford Andrew Bradford and Joseph Coulter (in their actual possession now being by virtue of said Deed of Release and the endorsements by way of removal thereon) ALL that and THOSE the aforesaid part of the Lands of Dungooley in the County of Louth herein before and in said Deed of Release particularly mentioned Together with all and Singular the Rights Members and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining (except as in said Deed of Release is excepted) To Have and To hold all and singular the said premises with the appurtenances unto the said Samuel Bradford Andrew Bradford and Joseph Coulter their heirs and assigns for and during the natural lives and life of the said Joseph Coulter and Samuel Bradford parties thereto the Surviving Cestui que vires named in and added by endorsement thereon to the Term by said Deed of Release granted and of the said Thomas Bradford now added thereto and the Survivors and Survivor of them and for and during the natural life and Lives of every and all such other person and persons as by virtue of the Covenant for perpetual Renewals thereof Subject to the payment of the Rent Receivers Fees Duties and Fines for Renewal, and to the performance of the Covenants and agreements in said Deed of Release reserved contained and mentioned and which from henceforth on the Tenant or Lessees part therein are Covenanted to be or ought to be paid and performed PROVIDED ALWAYS and these presents are upon these Express Condition that nothing herein contained shall extend or be deemed construed or taken to enlarge the Estate or Interest of any person or persons in or to the premises hereby granted and released, otherwise than on claiming or to claim under or by virtue of the said in part recited Indenture of Release and the Covenant for perpetual Renewal therein contained or to make the said John Jocelyn and Laurence Tallan or either of them, their or either of their heirs Executors Admons or Assigns liable to any costs charges Damages or Expenses for or by reason or on account of their having made and executed these presents unto the said Samuel Bradford Andrew Bradford and Joseph Coulter their heirs and assigns But that in case any other person or persons shall be lawfully entitled to the said premises and the Right of Renewal under the said Deed of Release, They the said Samuel Bradford Andrew Bradford and Joseph Coulter their heirs assigns shall and will from time to time and at all times stand possessed of and Entitled to the said premises In Trust for every or any and all person or persons having or lawfully claiming or who shall or may have or lawfully claim any greater or more perfect or valid Estate or Interest therein than the said Samuel Bradford Andrew Bradford and Joseph Coulter their heirs or assigns.

IN WITNESS whereof the parties aforesaid have hereunder put their hands and seals the Day and Year first above WRITTEN.

            John Jocelyn                                       S Bradford

            Laurence Tallan                                 A Bradford

 

            In presence of James Johnston[22]



[1] John JOCELYN. He was the 4th son of Robert JOCELYN, Earl of Roden. He married Margaret FITZGERALD in 1795. SOURCE: A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland. John Burke, 1835. P650. He died Jan 1828, age 59 years SOURCE: http://www.jbhall.freeservers.com/st__nicholas_dundalk.htm

Newry Telegraph, Jan 29 1828. DIED:  On Monday morning, the 21st instant, at his seat Fair Hill, near Dundalk, in the 60th year of his age, after a long and lingering decline, which he bore with true Christian resignation, the Honorable JOHN JOCELYN, youngest brother to the late, and uncle to the present, Earl of Roden. He lived beloved by all, and died deservedly lamented. Mr. Jocelyn served many years in the Irish Parliament for the Borough of Dundalk ; and several years in the Imperial Parliament for the County of Louth, until ill health prevented his attendance, and caused his resignation. His remains were deposited in the family vault, on Thursday morning, in the Church of St. Nicholas.

[2] Fairhill, Co. Louth

[3] Laurence TALLAN. In 1783 he was a signatory to a protest over Captain Thomas READ’s over-reaction to a riot  - he termed it a riot. Several other extended family members also signed. SOURCE: http://www.jbhall.freeservers.com/18th_century_misc_.htm  In a deed dated  June 2,1775 (Louth County Archives – Roden Collection) a Laurence Tallon, resided at Kells, County Meath.

[4] Samuel BRADFORD. This is most likely the Samuel BRADFORD who was the youngest son Samuel BRADFORD & Margaret HENRY of Cavananore.

[5] Andrew BRADFORD. This is probably Andrew Coulter BRADFORD (1788-1847) of Cavananore, son of Thomas BRADFORD & Elizabeth BREAKEY.

[6] Cavananore, Parish of Creggan, Co. Louth – long time home of COULTERs and BRADFORDs. SEE: Cavananore

[7] Joseph COULTER. He was born before 1753 (where he is mentioned as one of the lives) and died after 1791 (the date of his mother’s will & also an account of a robbery at Cavananore). His parents were John COULTER & Martha COWEN. He had some disability at the time of his mother’s will.

[8] Liscalgot, Parish of Creggan. George JACKSON arrived here in the mid-1700s. SEE: Liscalgot

[9] Rev. Patrick SIMPSON (Abt 1681-1780) was the third named Presbyterian Minister in the Dundalk Presbyterian Church (which was founded in 1650 and is one of the oldest non-conforming churches Ireland). He was born at Islay Scotland and Married Margaret McNEIL aka McNEILE etc. After stepping back from active ministering (over doctrinal issues), he became successful managing various leases in the area. His third daughter, Grizel, married John McNEIL.

  • SOURCE: The Flurry Valley: Landlords and Society, 1659 – 1841. Don Johnston, Journal of the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society, Part I was published in: Vol. 25, No. 3 (2003), pp. 246-62  Part II was published in: Vol. 25, No. 4 (2004), pp. 379-399; Part III was published in Vol. 26, No. 1(2005), pp. 5-26 Published by: County Louth Archaeological and History Society

Other deeds tie him into the COULTERs and BRADFORDs and I will be working on these soon. Rev. Patrick SIMSON (1661-1760) NOTE: The following two sources give two different death dates, but I am going with the death date of 1760 since the minister who succeeded SIMSON died in 1778. Corrections to the following sources are highlighted in red.. 

  • SOURCE: Faughart Historical Society: SIMPSON. This Burying Place Erected/by Margaret Simson widow/to the Memory of the Late/Rev PATRICK SIMPSON/Dissenting Minister of/Dundalk who departed this/Life October the 5th 1780 aged/99 years. NOTE: This is a copy of the Ballymascanlan inscriptions as published in CLAHJ, vol 17, no. 4, (1972), pp 215-27
  • SOURCE: Tempests Annual 1909 p.33 Dundalk Presbyterian Church. By W. M. Patteson. [NOTE: There are errors in this article. It was copied from John D'Alton and J.R. O'Flanagan, The History of Dundalk and its Environs. (Dundalk and Dublin, 1864), pp 310-11]. THE Dundalk Presbyterian Church was first organised in the year 1560 and among one of the oldest non-conforming congregations in Ireland. … [the third minister] was the Rev. Patrick Simpson, who held a high position in the Church. He was allied to the M'Neill family. It is recorded in local history that two brothers, Archibald and Malcolm M'Neill, officers in the army, landed at Dundalk in 1688, and fought in the great battle of Ballymascanlon [The McNeale brothers leased Ballymascanlan in 1693. The 1688 date is erroneous. There is no record anywhere of a battle at Ballymascanlan. The castle was burned by Phelim O’Neill as he retreated from Dundalk in 1642, it was never rebuilt.] and succeeded in taking the castle formerly occupied by the Scanlons [The Scanlons do not appear in any list of inhabitants of the area, it is definitely not a Co Louth name.] —a Celtic family, who were afterwards driven into exile. Soon after their settlement they brought over from the Island of Islay two Presbyterian Ministers, the Rev. Patrick Simpson and the Rev. Mr. Drummond, one of them to minister at Dundalk and other at Scanlon Castle, near which a Presbyterian church had been built on the ancient site of which the present church of the Protestant Episcopal Communion stands. [Revd Robert Drummond (1708-1778) is obviously too young to have come to Ballymascanlan at the same time as Revd Patrick Simpson. He actually succeeded Simpson in Ballymascanlan. He died in 1778, aged 78 (not 38). For his tombstone inscription see CLAHJ, vol. 17, no. 4, (1972), p. 218] The Minister's house and farm then occupied the site of the present residence of the MacNeill family, Mountpleasant. Archibald MacNeill gave £100—a large sum in those days—towards the building of the old Presbyterian church in Linenhall Street. Mr. Simpson died in 1760 [actually 1780], at the age of 99 years, and was succeeded by the Rev. Drummond, who also died in Dundalk in 1778, aged 38 years. His remains lie alongside those of his predecessors in the family burial ground the MacNeills.  

[10] Mount Pleasant – slightly south east of Ravensdale in Parish of Ballymascanlon. Now Mount Oliver Convent. SOURCE: http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/cgi-bin/viewsite.cgi?siteid=1295   Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837indicates that a J.W[olfe]. McNEALE has corn mills at Ballmascanlon and a John McNEALE lives at Mount Pleasant. McNEALEs were early settlers in Louth (see SIMSON footnote) and SIMPSON resided here as a consequence. John McNeale of Mount Pleasant is Sir John Macneill, the famous railway engineer. He always used this form of the name.

[11] John COULTER (d. 1774) of Cavananore, son of Samuel COULTER of Cavananore.

[12] Andrew COULTER (d. 1775) of Cavananore, son of Samuel COLTER of Cavananore

[13] Dungooley, Parish of Faughart, Co. Louth.

[14] Grozzel SIMSON aka Grizzel or Grizel SIMSON. Grizell SYMPSON third daughter of Rev. Patrick SYMPSON She died sometime between 1737 and 1765. She married John McNEILE - her half 2nd cousin. Their son, Neil McNEIL of Lower Faughart married Anne TWIBILLof Jonesborough and they had 7 children. SOURCE: The Flurry Valley: Landlords and Society, 1659 – 1841. Don Johnston, Journal of the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society, Part I was published in: Vol. 25, No. 3 (2003), pp. 246-62  Part II was published in: Vol. 25, No. 4 (2004), pp. 379-399; Part III was published in Vol. 26, No. 1(2005), pp. 5-26 Published by: County Louth Archaeological and History Society.

[15] Joseph COULTER. NOTE: It would be interesting to understand the convergence of the three lives in these deeds.

[16] John McNEALE of Faughart and husband of Grizell SIMPSON. He died between 1765-1769. In Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837, a J.T. McNEALE has corn mills at Ballymascanlon and a John McNEALE lived at Mount Pleasant. McNEALEs were early settlers in Louth. Some members of a Scottish family named McNEILL who were from Kintyre and spoke Gaelic and Scots settled at Ballymascanlon in Co.. Louth in 1693. SOURCE: The Ulster Scot March 2009. John McNeale of Mount Pleasant is Sir John Macneill, the famous railway engineer. He always used this form of the name.

[17] Faughart, , Parish of Ballymascanlon, Co. Louth.

[18] Henry McNeale KENNEDY “lately died”. He was a son of George KENNEDY, mentioned in the 1765 addendum to the 1753 Deed. George KENNEDY married Mary, the eldest of three daughters of rev'd Patrick SIMPSON.

[19] Samuel BRADFORD (abt 1739-1818), Son of John BRADFORD & Barbara COULTER 1721-1795) both of Cavananore.

[20] John BRADFORD (1705-1789) of Cavananore; husband of Barbara COULTER and father of Margaret, Thomas & Samuel BRADFORD.

[21] Thomas BRADFORD (1739-1790) of Cavananore, twin of Samuel BRADFORD; son of John BRADFORD & Barbara COULTER.

[22] James JOHNSTON.

 

 

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