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Tenants Manor of Brownlows-Derry, County Armagh, c.1670-1799

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The names listed here have been extracted from two major sources, the leases in the archives of the Brownlow estate at Lurgan, County Armagh, in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) in Belfast and the memorials in the Registry of Deeds in Dublin (RD).

The list was prepared about 30 years ago when the compiler was engaged in research on the manor of Brownlow's-Derry in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Next to the name of the tenant is the date of the lease or other document providing information.

After the list of occupations comes the name of the townland on the estate for which the individual had acquired a lease.

Where the townland is defined as Lurgan followed by a number, the reference is to urban property, tenements in the town of Lurgan: the practice of the estate office was to package all the documents relating to each tenement, giving that tenement a running number as well as the name of an original tenant e.g. Porter's or Reilly's.

The final column contains references found in the Registry of Deeds in Dublin: the person named was either a tenant or a witness to the document. This column contains also some pieces of information from other sources, such as deaths mentioned in estate rentals, e.g. A1: 25 (1787–90), and an occasional item from the Belfast News-Letter for which an index is available.

From Brownlow estate papers, PRONI (D/1928), Registry of Deeds, Dublin, and Belfast Newsletter. Compiled by Dr William Crawford.

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