Archive for October, 2010

1641 Depostions

Depositions relating to the 1641 rebellion in Ireland have been digitalized by Trinity College Ireland and placed online for free viewing. These depositions were taken by the Commission for the Despoiled Subject during the 1640s and by various commissioners during the 1650s.[1] The 1640s in Ireland were a time of rebellion, massacre and uprising by the native Irish Catholics against the English and Scottish Protestant land owners. Beginning in Ulster it spread to the rest of the county before ultimately ending with the arrival of the forces of Oliver Cromwell.

In the folio’s relating to Kilkenny, there were three depositions taken from people who lived in Gowran. They were Henry White, his daughter Ann Bradford and her husband Alexander Bradford. While all the names and events that they report do not match up, they seem to give depositions about the same series of events. A number of English people in the Gowran area are rounded up by Peirce Butler, Walter Butler of Paulstown and Morris Kelly of Gowran in 1642. They are kept in a prison at Gowran for a few weeks until they are moved, under the pretence of being brought to Duncannon in Wexford. However, near New Ross many of them are murdered, with some people escaping.

Paulstown is mentioned twice, with surrounding areas such as Gowran and Leighlin also mentioned. The text in bold is the actual writing from the deposition.

On 14 August 1652 the deposition of Henry White of Gowran was taken. Originally from Gloucestershire and aged 54, he was living “about Laughli{n} Gorian & the lowe grauge in the County of Kilkeny thirty years.”[2] In May 1642 he and about twenty seven other people were rounded up and brought to the prison in Gowran. After this “Captain Pierce Butler and Sir Walter Butler of Poulston in the County of Kilkeny baronet sent [them] away from Gouran one pretence of being to be Convayd to Doncanon.”[3] Henry White and his wife managed to escape with the help of Sir Edward Butler and “the Examinant heard that the sayd English were murthered between Ross and Duncanon & that not aboue foure of them Escaped of that whole number.[4]

On 17 August 1652 a deposition was taken from Ann Bradford of Gowran. She was born in Gowran, her father being Henry White, and was married to Alexander Bradford. She states that “Walter Butler of Poulstowne & Peirce Butler sonne to Sir Edward Butler came to Gowran & the places thereto adiacent & seised vpon & tooke all the English Inhabitants they could find, and gathering them together putt them into prison in Gowra{n}.[5] They were kept in the prison for about two weeks until they were brought towards New Ross where “Morris Kelly of Gowran aforesaid being Ensigne to Captain Pierce Butler comaunded the said Convoy.[6] Bradford states that about 30-40 people were taken prisoner and brought to near New Ross. She then outlines how all the people were murdered except her, her sister and some children, “after that ther came 7 or 8 persons out of the said towne of Rosse with swords & batts in ther hands & did driue them a mile below Ross to a woods side and ther they murdered all the English except this examinant her husbands sister & 4 small children.”[7]

[2] TCD, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
[http://1641.tcd.ie/deposition.php?depID<?php echo 812287r232?>] Accessed Saturday 23 October 2010

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

[5] TCD, 1641 Depositions Project, online transcript January 1970
[http://1641.tcd.ie/deposition.php?depID<?php echo 812321r261?>] Accessed Saturday 23 October 2010

[6] Ibid.

[7] Ibid.


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The first road map of Ireland was published in 1778, as surveyed by George Taylor and Andrew Skinner in 1777.[1] They had previously surveyed the roads of Scotland before raising 2000 pounds from the noblemen of Ireland to survey the roads.[2] Page 118 shows a section of the Dublin to Cork road from just north of Old Leighlin and Leighlinbridge in Carlow to Clara in county Kilkenny. This section of road passes through Paulstown. The village, and surrounding areas, can be seen on the right panel. About half way along the road is the county boundary between Carlow and Kilkenny (“Enter Kilkenny Co.”). Just above this is the relevant area, listing Shankill and Kellymount, with the roads forming an almost square shape. The Paulstown name is located slightly to the left and above these names, indicating the area where Paulstown Castle is located. The two prominent land owners of the area, Flood and Aldward (sic) are also listed.

The image can be clicked to enlarge.

[1] Taylor, George, and Andrew Skinner. Taylor and Skinner’s Maps of the Roads of Ireland, Surveyed 1777. [London]: Published for the Authors … Sold by G. Nicol … I. Murray … London and by W. Wilson … Dublin, 1778. Print.

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The entry below comes from Kilkenny City and County Guide and Directory. It was compiled by George Henry Bassett and was published in 1884 by Sealy, Bryers and Walker in Dublin. While primarily know as Paulstown for much of it’s existence, it’s name was change for a period to Whitehall during the 19th century. The entry below gives a brief description of the village before going on to list a number of inhabitants and their occupations. This is an excellent genealogical resource in light of the destruction of 19th century census returns for Ireland.

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Paulstown Genealogy Help

If you have found ancestors who came from the Paulstown area then you need to know a few of the relevant administrative areas that will help you with searching for particular records.

Administrative Areas

County: Kilkenny

Barony: Gowran

Poor Law Union: Kilkenny

Civil Parish: Kilmacahill

Neighbo(u)ring Civil Parishes: Shankill, Wells, Grangesilvia

Townlands: Paulstown, Kellymount, Shankill

Neighbo(u)ring Townlands: Jordanstown, Duninga, Ballytarsna, Kilmachaill

Roman Catholic Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin

Roman Catholic Parish: Paulstown (encompassing Paulstown and Goresbridge)

Roman Catholic Church: Church of the Assumption, Paulstown

Church of Ireland Diocese: Leighlin (which is a part of Cashel and Ossory)

Church of Ireland Church: St. John, Shankill

Roman Catholic records are available for the following years:

Paulstown and Goresbridge Baptisms:  9 July 1824 – 19 April 1846 / 3 June 1855 – 4 March 1860 / 2 January 1870 – 12 December 1880

Paulstown and Goresbridge Marriages: 21 January 1824 – 28 November 1840 / 21 January 1841 – 11 February 1861 / 28 February 1870 – 27 November 1880

Goresbridge Baptisms: 20 May 1852 – 30 May 1869

Paulstown Baptisms: 11 March 1860 – 1 May 1870

Paulstown Marriages Jan. 22, 1861 – Nov. 25, 1869

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There have been a few publications that deal with different aspects of the history of Paulstown. Those listed below are the ones I am aware of. If you have another, that I have not listed, then I would be delighted to hear from you.

Drennan, Mrs. (1962) Paulstown Castle in Old Kilkenny Review. No. 14, pp. 45-55.

Dunleavy, John, J. (2006) Paulstown and 1798 in Old Kilkenny Review. No 58, pp, 120-128.

Dunleavy, John, J. (2007) A Short History of Paulstown, Self-Publication.

Paulstown Education and Historical Society (2007) Paulstown School Past and Present Paulstown, Kilkenny: Grange Silvia Publications. ISBN: 978-0-9534485-3-1

Prendergast, William (1943) History of the Townland of Paulstown with Map.

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Welcome all,

My name is Joe Buggy (Seosamh Ó Bogaigh as gaeilge) and I’m a professional genealogist from Ireland who lives and works in New York City. If you have any research needs my website is www.familyrecordsgenealogy.com and I can be contacted at joe@familyrecordsgenealogy.com

Old Paulstown Stories is about the history and genealogy of my home village, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny in Ireland. It is an outgrowth of my genealogical work and will also included postings about the history of the area. I hope to build on the work of a few publications which have been written about the area. I aim to post new entries about once a week.

If you have come to this site through a search for the Buggy name then have a look at my Buggy Name History Blog – www.buggynamehistory.wordpress.com

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