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Parsons, William, 3rd Earl of Rosse
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Annual Report 1868

Annual report and rental for year end June 1868, containing details of the finances of the estate, and developments inn drainage, land improvement, waste farms, tillage, woods and plantations. Main drains were completed at Meelaghans and Ballinvally, and 'thoro' drains were completed at Ballyknockan, Ballymooney and Killurin. All the drainage schemes were entered into a competition offered by the Royal Agricultural Society of Ireland for best drained land. Discusses farming and the merits of various types of fertilizer: Dublin manure, woolen rags or bone-dust. Also reports on the construction of a movable 'Russian Village', as seen at the Paris Exhibition in 1867, for easily housing labourers as they move around to work on various parts of the estate.

Reports that a new building yard has been acquired next to the house of the architect, Thomas Mallinson, in Geashill Village, and also that a new machinery shed has been constructed to house the steam-engine, the threshing mill and other implements. In relation to repairs to tenants' houses, the report outlines there is much yet to be done, but that Lord Digby has won the gold medal from the RASI for repairs in the best manner for the greatest number of houses in Leinster. He was also awarded a bronze medal at the Paris Exhibition of 1867 for models of cottages exhibited.

Discussing the general condition of the estate, Trench notes that the 'slight stains of Fenianism have been washed away by time and people now look at it as a thing of the past.' He also notes the death of the 3rd Earl of Rosse, the Lord Lieutenant of King's County, 'celebrated for his monster telescope and scientific acquirements.' Appendix contains a copy letter from Thomas Mallinson, Geashill architect, to T. W. Trench, reporting on a visit to London to inspect the manufacture and use of concrete to build houses. Declines to recommend concrete-built houses for the Geashill estate due to the expense and the varied character of the houses.

Extern Patient Register 1837-1852

Hard bound volume containing the registry of extern patients of the infirmary. Register contains the patient number, patient’s name, parish of residence, time admitted, recommending governor, and description of disease. This is not a complete set of extern patients from 1837-1852. Records the extern patients treated by the institution for the year 1837-1838 and resumes the use of the volume from 1853-1859. The total number of extern patients for each year between 1838-1852 is listed in the register. Registrar notes the end of the infirmary’s treatment of extern patients in 1859.

Patients were recommended for treatment by local landowners and governors of the institution. The most frequent names to appear in the register are Francis Berry, Rev. Edward Berry, and Rev Rafferty. Other names that appear occasionally are A Molloy, Mrs Chevenix, Dawson French, John O’Brien, Sir Ch. Coote, Rev H. King, Rev John Levey, Robert Lauder, Lord Digby, and Lord Rosse.

King's County Infirmary

Family settlements and deeds of the 3rd Earl and of the 4th Earl

Small bundle of family settlements, the deeds of 1868 being a sequel to the 3rd Earl’s marriage settlement of 1836 [see E/39], the deeds of 1870 together constituting the settlement made on the marriage of the 4th Earl to the Hon. Frances Cassandra Hawke [see H/114].

Parsons, Laurence, 4th Earl of Rosse

Letter from Mary Perkinson to John Monaghan

Photocopy of letter from Mary Perkinson to John Monaghan, informing him of the family's impending eviction from their holding and pleading for assistance to emigrate to America. Describes Croghan and the impact of famine and emigration on the area: 'Most of your old neighbours are either dead or emigrated, most of the land was to growing grass, and strange to say the people are flying away in thousands yet. Nothing will keep them at home. Love of country or of kindred will not prevent them. Off they go and when will it end God only knows. Bad landlords is the cause.'

Perkinson, Mary