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NAMES: Mary CAMPBELL of Portinaghy, Co. Monaghan; Robert KILLEN; James OLIVER son of Benjamin OLIVER; Letitia OLIVER; Benjamin Robert OLIVER; James WALL; James Scott MOLLOY; Henry George JOHNSTON; Joseph MATTHEWS; John McINSTRY; John VOGEN. PLACES: Lislooney, Parish of Tynan; Cavanapole.
Sharon Oddie Brown. August 25, 2015


1852, November 30 Dublin Evening Mail


Why did the OLIVERs lose this property in the townland of Lislooney after passing it down in the family for at least 150 years? This lease is part of the puzzle.

Many landowners, the Olivers amongst them, were seriously impacted by the aftermath of the Great Famine when rent arrears piled up, along with unpaid estate charges and annuities that had been legally promised decades earlier in happier times. When it came to at least some of the Olivers, there may also have been some intergenerational debt issues, coupled with the impact of ill health (including the effects of alcoholism in some cases) as well as the ongoing costs of the upkeep and maintenance of buildings and property, farm animal and fields.

Emigration was also a mixed blessing. Sometimes it cost families because of the loss of family labour, although on the plus side it could confer a financial benefit as a result of remittances sent home.

With respect to Lislooney and the Olivers, the 1825 bankruptcy of a James OLIVER was likely part of this story.

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Pursuant to the decree of her Majesty’s High Court of Chancery in Ireland, made in this cause, bearing date the 5th day of February, 1852, JOSEPH MATTHEWS[10], of the City of Armagh, Auctioneer, in my certificate bearing date the 24th day of November, instant, mentioned, will, on TUESDAY, the 28th day of December at the COURT-HOUSE, situate in College Street, in said City of Armagh, at the hour of Twelve o’clock at Noon on said day, Set up and Sell to the highest and fairest bidder, all that and those the lands and premises of Lislooney[11], otherwise Lissluny, together with One Acre of Turf, Moss, or Bog, of Cavanapole[12], in the pleadings of this cause mentioned, situate in the Manor of Caledon and County of Armagh, for the purposes in said Decree mentioned, and which biddings, when taken, shall be submitted to me for approval. Dated this 24th day of November, 1852.

For Master BROOKE,



The foregoing lands are situate on the road from Caledon to Keady, and are within half-a-mile of the beautiful village of Tynan, one mile of Caledon, six of Keady, and six of the City of Armagh, being surrounded by the demesnes of Tynan Abbey, Mount Irwin, Wood Park, Fellows Hall, and the Rectory.

The Dwelling-House and Offices are built of stone. – There is a very extensive, Orchard, planted with 350 apple, Pear, Plum, and Cherry trees, producing £20 annually.

The soil is of the richest quality, principally laid down in Grass, and the remainder prolifically yields Wheat, Flax, Corn, and Potato Crops. The said Substratum is pure White Limestone, which could be raised in any quantity.

For further particulars, rental, and conditions of sale, application to be made to

JOHN MCKINSTRY[13], plaintiff’s solicitor, number 38, upper Rutland Street, Dublin and Armagh; and to

JOHN VOGEN[14], defendant’s solicitor, number 74, Talbot Street, Dublin, and Armagh.





[1] See the resulting DEED: 1853-10-214  OLIVER, Benjamin & Letitia – DOBBIN. April 16, 1853 Deed.

[2] Mary CAMPBELL (-1864) is listed in Griffiths Valuation at this time. She was the widow of William CAMPBELL and was living at Portinaghy or Portinaughy, Parish of Donagh, Co. Monaghan.

[3] Robert KILLEN. SOURCE: KILLEN: Sacred to the memory of/ Robert Killen/ late of Portenaghy in this Parish/ wh departed this life on the/ 18th Decr. 1845./ And also his sister Mrs. Mary Campbell/ widow and relict of the late William Campbell/ of Dernalosset also in this Parish./ She departed this life on the 21st day of December 1864./ Also of his nephew George Killen Campbell/ who departed this life on the 15th/ day of May 1864. Here lyeth the remains of John Killen/ of Portenaghy who departed this life Oct. 29, 1794 aged 5 (7)? Years. St_Salvadors_Cemetery-Glaslough-2006.doc - RootsWeb

[4] James OLIVER, a son of Benjamin OLIVER of Lislooney married Letitia SIMPSON on June 17 1830. SOURCE:   Belfast Newsletter. At Killeen cottage on Thursday 17th inst by the Rev P. S. HENRY, James OLIVER of Lislooney to Letitia, younger daughter of the late William SIMPSON of Cavancaw

[5] Letitia OLIVER (née SIMPSON) daughter of William SIMPSON of Cavancaw.

[6] Benjamin Robert OLIVER, eldest son of James OLIVER of Lislooney and Letitia SIMPSON. As a minor in 1852, he would have been born between 1832 and 1851.

[7] James WALL

[8] James Scott MOLLOY. There was a James Scott Molloy, Dublin attorney, 102 Capel Street, Dublin. SOURCE: National Archives.

[9] Henry George JOHNSTON.

[10] Joseph MATTHEWS

[11] Lislooney, Parish of Tynan, Co. Armagh

[12] Cavanapole,

[13] John McINSTRY

[14] John VOGEN



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