Powerscourt Tenant Names from 1840s

Lord Londonderry's SeatDeclarations of tenant loyalty were common in the nineteenth century. These would usually be issued on the marriage of the landlord, the birth of a child (especially an heir) or some other significant life event. A declaration by tenants to Lady Powerscourt surfaced recently, and while declarations are not unusual, this one is particularly interesting as it comes from a period where there is a bit of a black hole regarding Powerscourt records. When 6th Viscount Powerscourt died suddenly in 1844 (aged just 29), his widow married again in 1846, to Frederick Stewart, 4th Marquess of Londonderry. It seems likely then that this address commemorates that occasion.¬†¬†Visitors to Powerscourt will know Lord Londonderry’s seat which overlooks the Japanese Gardens.

It is addressed to “the Most Noble The Marchioness of Londonderry,’ from ‘We The Tenants of Lords Powercourt’s Estates in this district…’ who “have the honour to be Your Ladyships most attached and faithful servants…” The original has over 146 names; unfortunately in the time available, I was just able to obtain those listed below:

  • David Charles la Touche, Luggala
  • Monck, Charleville
  • James Dixon, Monastery
  • Anthony Mulligan, Paddock
  • John McCoy md Enniskerry
  • Widow Maud Williams, Ballyross
  • Robert Williams Ballybrew
  • Anthony Sutton, Glasnamullen
  • Thomas Sutton, Glasnamullen
  • George Shirley, Enniskerry
  • John Sutton, Glasnamullen
  • Jas or Thos Sutton, Glasnamullen
  • –ies Sutton, Glasnamullen
  • John Sutton, Kilmacanogue
  • William Sutton, Ballingeskin
  • James Quigley, Enniskerry
  • William Williams, Enniskerry
  • Henry Buckley, Enniskerry
  • Joseph Williams, Monastery
  • Bethel Burton, Barnamire
  • William Sutton, Glasnamullen