A few months ago, I posted up some details of workmen’s account books for Powerscourt, held in the National Library Powerscourt collection manuscripts. Another related item is a list of people receiving pensions from Powerscourt (MS 43,038/3). I think this would have been unusual, or at least uncommon, for the time, and is probably another indication that Powerscourt treated his staff reasonably well for the time.
Lord Viscount Powerscourt’s Pensioners for the quarter ending 31st December 1844
|Mary Harney||Curtlestown||£8||Her mark|
|Sarah Fox||Ballinagee||£10||Sarah Fox|
|Elizabeth Fitzwilliam||Drumcondra||£7 13s 4d|
|Paul Murphy||Kilmolin||£8||His mark|
|Lucinda Hacket||Alms House||£8||Her mark|
|Mary Flood||Ballybrew||£5 4s||Her mark|
|Margaret Toole||Near Kingstown||£5 5s||Her mark|
|Bridget McGuirk||Glencree||£3 5s||Her mark|
|Robert Walsh||Coolakey||£2 12s||His mark|
Total amount payable in last quarter: £15 19s 10d
Correction – The Drumcondra residents didn’t sign – they seem to have been paid a total amount in advance or else will be paid at the end of the year.