Cancelled Book 8 Town of Clare (Clarecastle) 1926-1934

Town of Clare Revision /Cancelled Book 1926-1934

The 1926 1934 revision /cancelled book is the first update of the valuation ledgers made after independence. A notation in this revision/cancelled book acknowledges an overlap between information in both ledgers. Corrections were made in the 1926-1934 revision/cancelled book, which may impact on information which appears in the 1910-1926 ledgers

The National School located at lot 3 Ennis Road Clare Common appears from the original Griffith Valuation in 1855 and is still in this location in 1934. A new school was constructed and opened in 1935. The old school eventually became the Abbey Hall and it’s still in use.

The tolls and customs for the Fair Green was another feature of all the revision /cancelled books in this collection. The Fair of Clare had a long history. ‘In 1712 the Earl of Thomond sold Robert Hickman the lease of Clare Castle, the town of Clare, Lissane and Barntick at an annual rent of eight pounds. He also got the tolls from fairs, markets and the use of the Clare commons’.[1]  Fairs were held twice per year in May and November. Tolls were collected on the roads into the village by those who bringing farm animals to be sold. Fairs were held until the 1960s.

The Fair Green and Tolls and Customs are listed as lot 16 Fair Green Lane Clare Commons. The Immediate lessors were William Spaight/Marcus Patterson and Lord Inchiquin. The person who collected the customs and tolls is listed under occupier. An examination of the 1855-1934 revision/cancelled books shows three generations of the Smith family; James (1807-1873), George (1839-1892) and Joseph Smith (1870-1938) listed as occupier to collect tolls and customs for the Fair.[2]

Further research in the Clareabbey parish baptisms record six children born to James Smith (sometimes Smyth) and his wife Jane Hamilton 1839-1851.[3] Their eldest son George is believed to have been the Smith mentioned by Power who was a member of the Papal Army who travelled to Italy to fight on the side of the Papal States.[4] [5] George Smith and his son Joseph both had other roles in Clarecastle including Poor Law Relieving Officers and at one time was the Postmaster. [6]

[1] (http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/places/clarecastle_history.htm) (18 Sep 2020).

[2] (https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie) (18 Sep. 2020).

[3] (http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/genealogy/don_tran/bmd/baptism_records_killone_1834-1853.htm) (18 Sep. 2020)

[4] Joseph Power, A history of Clarecastle and its environs (Ennis, 2004) p. 253.

[5] (http://www.historyireland.com/18th-19th-century-history/the-popes-irish-battalion-1860/) (18 Sep. 2020).

[6] Clarecastle and Ballyea, Land and People Vol. 1 (Clarecastle 2014) p. 93

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Cancelled Book 8 Town of Clare (Clarecastle) 1926-1934


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