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Castlecomer, Wandesforde Estate

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Wandesford assisted emigrations

Mike O'Shea (View posts)
Posted: 918129600000
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Hello, While on a genealogical trip to Kilkenny a few years ago I purchased a very useful book written by William Nolan called "FASSADININ, Land, Settlement & Society in South-East Ireland 1600-1850". The book does an excellant job of covering the Wandesford demesne. He was one of the few landed gentry who actually assisted emigration from about 1840 through 1853 to Canada the USA and Australia. The book also covers this, but, unfortunately does not give names. I contacted the author who indicated that very good records were kept by the Wandesford family on all individuals they assisted to emigrate. These records are now housed in the basement of the National Library in Dublin. When I tried to
access them I was told that very little of the estates papers had been indexed and that until they were public access was restricted. Very discouraging to me since my great-grandfather also left Castlecomer during 1842 leaving his mother and probably a brother and a sister living on the John Brennan Estate at Woodview in Gorteen. I'm certain there must be some way that those emigration papers could be located, but it will probably be years before that occurs. Hope this has helped a little bit. Purchasing the book should be rather easy. I bought mine at the Rothe House in Kilkenny City and I'm sure they probably still carry it. It's certainly a book every researcher in Kilkenny and particularly the northern area around Castlecomer should have. Mike O'Shea, Norfolk Virginia, USA
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