Town of Clare Revision /Cancelled Book 1877-1883
In 1881, the Census of Ireland s recorded 790 people living in 158 households in Clare Town, a decline of eighty-six people or 10% of the population 1871-1881. The census also recorded eighteen fewer households in 1881 (158 households) compared to 1871.
The 1877-1883 ledger commences with all occupiers and lessors in 1877 and records changes notified to the Valuation office in the period. The revision/cancelled book show changes to two lessors of land and property.
Elizabeth Stamer, Duchess de Rovigo (1815-1875) a member of the Stamer family of Carnelly was recorded as the immediate lessor of many properties in Main St and Creggaune Lane in the Griffith Valuations. The Duchess’ only daughter Marie Stephanie Stamer de Rovigo (1841-1890) who married Francis Burton (1840-1883)of Carrigaholt in the Church of Ireland church in Clarecastle in 1866 inherited these properties at her mother’s death. Francis Burton’s name however appears as the immediate lessor, not his wife.
William Spaight (1809-1889) of Derry Castle, north of Ballina, County Tipperary was the immediate lessor of land and property in Clare Town including houses on Main Street, Fair Green Lane and land in Clarehill. With Lord Inchiquin, William Spaight was also the immediate lessor for tolls and customs of the Fair of Clare. William Spaight married Catherine Patterson, daughter of Marcus Patterson (1817-1898) of Clifden, Corofin in 1845. William Spaight’s name is crossed out and was replaced by (Colonel) Marcus Patterson in 1879, ten years before Spaight’s death.
The revision/cancelled book ledgers record a number of houses in ruins including lots 5.5, 5.9-5.11 and 5.13 Main Street which were part of the Duchess of Rovigo’s estate. As we will see in the next revision /cancelled books new houses were constructed on Main Street on the site of many of the ruins recorded 1877-1883. This revision cancelled book shows four new houses in lots 13-16 Creggaune Lane, which recorded Patrick O’Brien as the immediate lessor. The houses had a rateable valuation of one pound in 1880 and replaced houses which had a rateable valuation of eight to ten shillings each.
 Clarecastle and Ballyea Land and People, 2014, p. 184.
 Refer to Joseph Power, A history of Clare Castle and its environs, (Ennis, 2004) for further information about the Elizabeth Stamer, Duchess de Rovigo and her family.
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Cancelled Book 4 Town of Clare (Clarecastle) 1877-1883