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Hopefully, this rudimentary start may be of help to others researching people in Coleraine. I will likely add to it as I learn more.
Sharon Oddie Brown. June 29, 2013




Research relating to Coleraine JACKSONs


Useful books;



Records and other resources:

  • Estate Papers: Clothworker’s Company Estate; Derry (bishopric of) estate; Jackson estate; McClelland/Maxwell Estate. See also Current Accounts 1683-1712 PRONI MIC/146/1-15 and rental of the manor of Killowen date probably 1640 PRONI T/640/92. Rent receipts of tenants on Clothworkers Proportion PRONI T/640/92. Chancery Bill listing 34 tenants PRONI T/808/11342
  • Resolution of inhabitants of Colerain and Killowen, 1787 – Belfast Newsletter, 2-6 February 1787.
  • PRONI T724/1 Clothworkers Rental of the Manor of Killowen abt 1640
  • PRONI: T640/58-60, 62-82
  • PRONI D/668 includes several Jackson leases in Coleraine, as well as their correspondence when acting as agents.
  • PRONI D/668/B.  Rev. Robert Hezlet’s tithe and Rent Book, Killowen Parish, 1788-
  • PRONI: D.A. Chart [1928]1622 Map of the Estate by Thomas Raven, with information on tenants. It is also in Londonderry and the London Companies, ed. D.A. Chart (Belfast 1828)
  • PRONI D/4164/A/23.Vestry minutes are in local custody. Extracts.
  • PRONI: D1118 The Lane and Boyle Company Papers 1660-1971
    • D1118/3/5/4 29 Sept 1752 Memorial of deed, (1) Henry Carey of Dungiven, esq., surviving trustee of deed of 1736, (2) Richard Jackson of Coleraine, only son and heir of William Jackson, deceased: leasehold property held from Clothworkers' Company, and newly erected mansion house.
    • D1118/3/5/10. Indenture 27 Oct 1788 between Rt Hon Richard JACKSON of Colerain, Co. Londonderry of one part & George HART of City of Dublin, Esq of the other part … for £2000 pd by HART … townlands of (list) in Co. Londonderry
    • D1118/3/5/8. 28 Apr 1779 To David LaTouche Esq, his heirs …for £2000 Richard JACKSON … was to pay interest only for the sum of £5000 … and also to pay George HART interest NOTE: This is also in the Deeds Registry: 329-368-219853, and was transcribed by Dawn Lowe, and annotated by myself..
    • D1118/3/5/4. Memorial of deed 1752 between Henry CAREY of Dungiven, Co. Londonderry … Esq. & Richard JACKSON of Coleraine, Co. Londonderry Esq. only son & devisee of William JACKSON late of Coleraine … refers  to indenture of 1729 Oct 13 ..did demise and set unto Richard JACKSON late of City of Dublin  deceased … all that Mannor of Cloackworkers, London with the appurts in the Co. of Londonderry  … Manor or Mansion House late erected … in possession of William JACKSON … and also townlands in Londonderry… signed – Henry CAREY
    • D1118/3/5/12 Deed of annuity, (1) John O'Neill of Shanes Castle, Co. Antrim, (2) George Jackson of Jackson Hall, Co. Londonderry, eldest son and heir of Richard Jackson, deceased, (3) George Hart of Dublin, esq.
  • The Summonizer Rolls (c 1615-1670). Lots of info on governance. SOURCE: http://www.scribd.com/doc/94334098/londonderry
  • National Archives, Dublin: MS/UR/009875.A large collection of legal papers relating to lands, etc. in Killowen, Coleraine, Ballyvelton, Drumboe and elsewhere in Co. Derry, with references to the families of Jackson, Ogilby, Williamson, Orr, Cuppage, Knox, Du Pré, etc., Lord W. Beresford, the Clothworkers Company and Irish Society, London, 1663-1905.
  • Economic Conditions in Ulster, 1714-1718. This web site describes a number of the elements of the JACKSON tenancy.


  • Limavady connection: http://www.forrestresearchservices.com/files/forrestlimavady.pdf  Our family at one point had married into the Jackson family of Limavady who were proprietors of an Ironmongers’ business in the town and who were said to have supplied the iron railings that adorn the front of St.  Columb’s Cathedral in Derry city.


Financial troubles and the Civil War: The Livery Companies were often viewed as a source of ready cash by the monarchy and during the political troubles of the seventeenth century they received many demands for money; in 1640 and 1641 alone these requests exceeded £10,000.  Unable to meet the King’s precepts, the Company was forced to borrow from individual members.  When Civil War erupted in 1642, further demands arrived, now from Parliament and the City.  By September 1643 the Court decided:

‘Taking into their sad and serious considerations the many great pressing and urgent occasions which they have for money as well as for the payment of their debts as otherwise and considering the danger this City is in by reason of the great distractions and Civil Wars of this Kingdom have thought fit and ordered that the stock of Plate which the Company hath shall be sold at the best rate that will be given for the same.’

Approximately two-thirds of the Company’s collection was sold, to raise a total of £520 1s 8d.  Of those pieces saved, only the rosewater dishes given by John Burnell and John Jackson survive to this day.

During the Civil War, the Clothworkers sided with Parliament, as did the City – indeed, the Master of the Company in 1652-1653 was Alderman Sir John Ireton whose brother, Henry Ireton, had signed King Charles’ death warrant – however, the Company was quick to shift allegiances when required.  At the restoration of Charles II in 1660, they went to great effort to welcome the King into the City with suitable splendour.  The Company’s trumpeter was lent to the Guildhall; six handsome, tall and able men were lent to serve the meat; £165 was given towards the cost of the banquet and members lined the streets in their finest attire with cloths, banners, streamers and ornaments resplendent around them.

SOURCE: The Clothworkers Company Timeline.

A website with lots of Coleraine History: The Last Coleraine Militia.

The Clothworkers bawn (a stone house with a protective wall around it) was nothing more than an Elizabethan house. The Irish Society may have tried to dodge their commitment to build a proper bawn by using that house. They didn’t need fortifications because their property sat parallel to the fortified town of Coleraine.  In Moody’s book he states that the Clothworkers bawn was a mouldy ruin in 1622 and could never have been of any military value.


When King James I granted a lease for the property to the Clothworker’s Company in 1609 there was a cottage located on the foundations of the Abbey of St Carbreus. William Jackson demolished the cottage and built Jackson Hall on the foundations. It finally became known as the Manor House and was demolished in 1984 to form part of the car park at the rear of the County Hall. Despite having the McClelland and Jackson rebuilds well documented we can only guess that Drumtarsy castle locations included the foundations of St Carbreus and the Clothworkers building and the ground in between.


The Manor House was built in the grounds of the former Coleraine Castle, which dated back to the 12th Century. The castle was built nearer to the Waterside and the roadway beside the Waterside carpark was known as Castle Lane. The Manor House also known as Jackson Hall was dated back to 1680, but is now the site of the County Hall. Photos are in local publications such as Memories in Focus and The Bann Disc. (see website of the Coleraine Historical Society




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