Irish Deeds 1717-1877
The Registry of Deeds was
begun in 1708 with the express purpose of registering property in order to
exclude Catholics from direct ownership. The Penal Laws which were not always
thoroughly enforced were not relaxed until 1782 so there are hardly any
Catholic records prior to that date. Luckily all the records are
intact and none were affected by the explosions in the national archives at the
Four Courts in 1922.
The records are searchable with the help of two major indexes: one for surnames; one for locations. The index based on surnames, "The Grantors' Index" was begun in 1708 and is arranged by name of the Grantor - the person, or persons, selling the property.
The index based on locations, "The Lands' Index" was begun in 1832. and can be searched by townland organised by either county or barony. When a deed was signed and witnessed a copy, "Memorial", was made and sent to the Registry of Deeds. These memorials were then transcribed into the large ledgers which are now used for genealogical research. Registration of a deed usually happened within a month of the event. Although Registration was recommended it was not a legal obligation so not every transaction was recorded.
found a reference to a John Reilly amongst the Irish papers at the Society of
brother Mike and myself, visited the Registry of Deeds at Kings Inn Buildings,
1717 Reilly to Peppard Registered 1 February 1717 Noon.
Book 20 p211 10447
Deed of conveyance dated 20 December 1717 between Walter Reily of Castletown, Kilpatrick Meath Gent one part and Jacob Peppard of the City of Dublin Esq. Reciting whereas John Willett Gent son and heir of Richard Willett late of Islington in the County of Middlesex in Great Britain dec’d did by deeds of lease release bearing date 10 & 11 May 1708 in sum of £130 sterling to him in hand paid by the said Jacob Peppard Town & Lands of Cloghmacae als Cloghmacone situate in the Barony of Mayergallen Meath. The said John Willats Walter Reilly alleges the said Richd Willet did by indenture dated 27 February 1691 demise all his lands in the Kingdom of Ireland unto the said John Willet his executors from the day next for 99 years And whereas the said Walter Reily also alleges that the said John Willet by indenture dated 4 march 1691 in consideration of a marriage to be soon afterwards between him the said John Willet and Hannah Holford one of the daughters of Thos Halford Citizen and Baker of London and of a marriage portion of £800 to him the said John Willet in hand paid did in the lifetime of the said Richd Willet grand and assign for the term of 99 years unto Humphry Willet of London Merchant to Wm Hunt Citizen and Haberdasher after the deaths of the said John Willet and Hannah then in trust for the maintenance and education of such child or children and the said John & Hannah are now dead and left three daughters Mary, Hannah and Martha Willet to whom the interest on the term of 99 years Whereas the said Walter Reilly that married the said Mary Willet and in her is entitled to one third part of the said term Walter Reilly has purchased Martha’s part. Said Walter Reilly & Mary his wife or by the said Willet & John Reilly her husband Humphrey Willet & Wm Hunt [ended here in my notebook]
1717 Reilly to Kean [19/76/9707]
Deeds of lease and release indented bearing date 5 & 6 Sept 1717 between 1)John Reilly of the City of Dublin Gent and Edward Kean of the same City Gent John Reilly released in sum £200 sterling formerly paid by the said Edward Keen for which the said John Reilly together with Terence Reilly of the sd City of Dublin Brewer effected unto him the sd Edward Keen a bond and warrant of attorney for confessing judgment bearing date 1 June 1714 of the penalty of £400 was entered in the Court of Common Pleas Michelmas Term in the second year of his majesty ......ground situate west side of Capell street in the suburbs of the City of Dublin together with a large Malt House erected by the said John Reilly inheritance invested in the said John Reilly by virtue of deeds of lease and release by Thomas Pleasants of the sd City Alderman 30 June 1715 Also property on south side of Abbey street and Malt House and House late in possession Mrs Lyons widow, house late possession of Wm Dowy Carpenter and all said premises the sd John Reilly hath by his indenture and lease of 5 March 1715 demised to Thomas Duffy Gent house late occupied by Widow Byers Abbey Street south side 99 years from 29 September 1711
Mem.Wit. George Clanchy and William Cane 7 Sept 1717
1717 Reilly to White Registered 23 December 1717 at 4 pm [20 p184 1025]
5 & 6 December 1717 between Walter Reily of
Castletown Kilpatrick in Meath Gent and Mary Reily als
Willet his wife of the one part and James White of Pitchford Kildare. Witnessed by Hugh Reilly of Ballenlogh in
County Westmeath Esq. and Michael Byrne of the City of
Memorial of a deed poll dated 2 January 1718 registered the 19 Dec 1718 Henry Arkwright of Dublin Esq. at the request of Thomas Jackson of same City consideration sum of £330 to be paid to John Reilly on a tenement wherein Terence Reilly Brewer then dwelled situate in Proper Lane in Oxmantown in the suburbs of this City all the Malthouses Brewhouses and outhouses belonging to Henry Arkwright
1723 Reilly to Reilly registered 7 November l732 before noon [71/107/49314]
Mem and indenture deed of assignment of a lease for which deed bears date 6 November 1732 between John Reilly of Wardhill als Hill of Ward in County Meath Gent John Reilly of the City of Dublin Esq. land called Agheivee in Cavan a lease made between Thos.Nesbit of Lismore Cavan and John Reilly of Ward Hill
Witn by Rich Nugent of
1733 Earl of Fingall to Reilly [Book 75 page 214 52631]
Earl of Fingall to Reilly Registered 11 day February 1733.
Indenture and lease dated 4 January 1733 between
Justin Plunkett commonly called the Rt Hon Earl of Fingall on the one part and
Walter Reily of Castletown in Meath Gent of the other part Demise sell and farm let unto Walter Reily
his executors all that and those the Town Lands of Robinstown with its
appurtenances situate in the Manor of Killiskear and County of Meath 250 acres
of plantation and as now held by John Reilly and his under tenants for 99 years
from 1 November 1732 yearly rent of £75.12s.
1740 Macartney to Reilly Reg 10 Feb 1740 5pm [103/72/70686]
Memorial of a declaration of Trust dated 9 Feb. 1740 made by Wm.Macartney of Newrath Meath yeoman and Martha Reilly of Robinstown Meath widow and relict of John Reilly decd reciting that Wm. Macartney 7 Feb 1740 did exhibit his bill in the Chancery side of his Majesties Court of Exchequer in Ireland against Martha Reilly Hugh Reilly of Ballinlough in Westmeath Esq. and others as a protestant discoveries for the recovery of the benefit of the lease of Robinstown aforesaid and the several leases made thereof as by the said Bill may appear by which said declared and trust by Wm. Macartney acknowledged confessed declared that the said Bill so styled by his was and is in Trust and for the sole use and benefit and behoofe of Martha Reilly and thereby by his administration declared covenant and agreed to and with the said Martha Reilly her adms that on obtaining a decree in the said cause he the said Wm Macartney will convey and assign such decree or decrees to Martha Reilly and will at any time or times hereafter execute and effect such writing deed conveyance for the purpose aforesaid as council learned on the law on behalf of Martha Reilly herself shall reasonably advise devise or require him Macartney shall not at any time or times hereafter consend to have the said Bill dismissed or in any manner release or put a stop to the said Bill without the consent first hand in writing from the said Martha Reilly and thereby the said Wm Macartney bound him his heirs executors and administrators to the Martha Reilly her executors and administrators £2000 sterling to perform covenant promise and agreement and appoint authorize and empower Martha Reilly as his true lawful prevocable attorney
Witnessed by Hugh Reilly of Castletown Meath Thomas Walshop Dublin yeoman 9 Feb l740
1743 Reilly to Reilly as above [110/196/76547]
John of Ward Hill and John Reilly Dublin registered 18 May 1743
Wit Rob't Farrell of
1744 Lucas & Reilly Registered 3 July 1744 [116/27/793l6]
Dated 21.2.1743 Between Lucas and John Reilly Dublin gent mentioned land but not in Robinstown.
1752 Dillon to Dillon [159/99/106129] Registered 30 December 1752 at 3pm [183/514/123700] 1752
Richard Dillon of Dillonsgrove in
1755 Reilly to Reilly [178/270/118855] Registered 12 November 1755 at 11 a.m.
Indenture Deed dated 3 November 1755 between Hugh Reilly Ballinlough Westmeath Esq. executor of Walter Reilly late of Castletown, Kilpatrick Meath gent dec’d, Martha Reilly widow and administrator of John Reilly late of Robinstown Meath Gent deceased, John Reilly Dublin Gent, Willet Reilly of Mulligar Westmeath Merchant
1757 Reilly to Reilly [188/242/125400] Registered 9 August 1757 at 6 pm
Reilly to Reilly Dated 4 December 1755
1) Martha Reilly of Robinstown in Meath widow 2) John Reilly City of Dublin Gent the eldest son of the said Martha Reilly reciting whereas George Edmond Howard of the City of Dublin Esq. by his Indenture lease bearing date 4 December 1755 sum of £800 to him advanced and paid by Willet Reilly of Mullingar in County Westmeath Merchant demised and set unto Willet Reilly all that those town and lands of Robinstown 400 acres in parish of Kilskeer Meath at a yearly rent of £246.l5s payable half yearly
Witnessed: Chapman Huddleston Harper Horvey both of
Memorial wit. Chapman Huddleston and Cooper Carr.
1758 Reilly to Reilly [199/474/132976]
Memorial indented deed of mortgage bearing dated 4 September 1758 between Jn Reilly of City of Dublin gent Martha Reilly of the sd City widow reciting transfer and make over unto Martha Reilly all the townlands of Robinstown 252 acres situate in the Parish of Killskeer Meath term of 3l years granted by George Edmond Howard of the City of Dublin Esq. to Willet Reilly of Mullingavin Westmeath merchant lease dated 4 December 1755 subject to Jn Reilly paying unto Martha Reilly the yearly sum of £40 by half yearly payments during her life
witnessed by Harper Harvey Dublin gent Chas.Farrell Doc of Physk 21 July 1759
1759 Reilly to Brown Registered 20 June 1759 at 5pm [200/72/132581]
A memorial lease dated 20 June 1759 between John Reilly of the City of Dublin Gent of the one part, and Anthony Brown of Dysartaly in Westmeath, Gent, whereby the said John Reilly demised unto the said Anthony Browne all that and those the town and land or Robinstown containing 395 acres in the Parish of Kilskeer Meath to hold unto the said Anthony Brown his exec. and adm. 1 May 1759 for 26 years yearly rent of £296.l5s payable half yearly on 1 Nov and 1 May.
Witnessed Christopher Abbot Dublin
writing clerk was this morning signed and sealed by John Reilly in the presence of Christopher Abbott & Thos Dollard 20 May 1759 at 5 pm.
1790 Reilly to Cruise [427/4/277022]
6 September 1790 John Reilly City of Dublin Yeoman on the one part Joseph Cruise of the City of Dublin Esq. of the other part reciting that whereas Hugh Reilly late of Newgrove in the County of Meath Esq. dec’d did in his last will executed 6 October 1784 amongst other legacies and bequests bequeath unto John Reilly by the name of the one of the children of sister Honora the sum of £100 the will did nominate and appoint ….Corbet his niece Mary Reilly the legacy of £100 was signed over by John Reilly and Joseph Cruise. Witnessed K J Doherty Daniel McNamara
1793 Glaman to Nugent 24 May 1793 [480/316/304667]
Mary Glanman widow exec. of Thomas Glanman William Nugent of Ushers Quay butter merchant lands Hartstown and Coatstown Meath held and possessed by Hugh George O'Reilly and Fran's Reilly to hold to William Nugent for l0 years yearly rent of £500 paid 1 May and 1 Nov between landlord and tenant duly executed by Mary Glanman and William Nugent wit Hugh George O'Reilly George Cullen Timothy O'Brien City of Dublin gents
Memorial wit. Timothy O'Brien Robert Walsh Monday 6 March 1794 1pm
1797 Donaldson to Reilly Deed 23 October 1797 [512/156/333097]
Between Richard Donaldson Esq. a Major in His
Majesties Ninth Regt. of Dragoons of the first part Maria Rebecca Reilly
of the City of
Signed in presence of JoshCruise City Dublin Esq. Mary Reilly of New Row
Co. Meath spinster dated 20 December 1797.
1806 Reilly to Donaldson [580/194/393868]
Deeds and lease release 7 and 8th April 1806 made between Thos.Reilly of Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk England Esq. Richard Donaldson of Clonmellon Co. Westmeath in Ireland Esq. indenture articles of agreement 5 April 1806 made between Richard Donaldson and Maria Rebecca his wife and Thos.Reilly of the other part of lands of Hartstown and Coatstown to said Richard Donaldson his heirs etc without impeachment of waste as to trees or timber yearly rent of £400 British currency. This Memorial witnessed by E.Sparke of Bury St.Edmonds and James Menzies Dublin Gent attorney. Thomas Reilly in presence of James Menzies and E. Sparke 1 pm Wednesday 3 July 1806
1815 Reilly to Donaldson dated 17 May 1815 [690/67/474015]
Between Thos.Reilly then late of Bury St.Edmonds in
Thomas Reilly is witnessed by James Menzies of the City
1830 Donaldson others to Reilly Registered 27.1.1830 [855/73/571074]
Indenture deed of assignment dated 20 Jan 1830 between Richard Donaldson formerly of Tullogland (?Tulloghand) Meath and lately of Tours in France but now of Clonmellon Westmeath Esq. Fleming Pinkerton O'Reily formerly of Tullogland in Co. Meath but now of Thornhill in Co. Dublin Esq. whereby indenture dated l5.5.1729 between the Rev. Jonas Elwood city of Dublin Clerk and Hannah Elwood als Willett his wife granted to Philip Whittingham of Castletown Kilpatrick Meath all the lands in the lower part of the town and lands of Castletown Kilpatrick 104 acres etc,etc. to hold to the said Philip Whittingham £800 reciting indenture dated 12 June 1744 Jonas Elwood and Hannah his wife in consideration £300 granted and leased ... pay back by June 1744 made between Rev. Michael Whittingham Kilpatrick Meath Clerk eldest son and heir and administrator of the Rev. Philip Whittingham then dec'd first part said Rev. Jonas Elwood and Hannah Elwood and Margaret Elwood the daughter and only surviving issue of the sd Jonah Elwood by Hannah Elwood als Willett his late wife 2nd part Thos.Seclife and Hannah his wife 3rd part Joseph Fade ?servant? of the Leity of Dublin Merchant Robert McMaster of the said Leity 4th part Reciting there was due to Michael Whittingham £1200 paid by Joseph Fade, Robert McMaster by consent of Michael Scaife and Hannah his wife and Jonas Elwood Hannah and Mary Elwood Townlands and Premises deed dated 15 May 1729 and 12 June 1741 and the same deed now recited further witnesses that the said Jonas Elwood Hannah and Margaret Elwood grant unto Joseph Fade & Robert McMaster 20 August 1751 made between said l)Rev.Robert McMaster 2)Thomas Murtree 3) Rev.Jonas Elwood Robt Donaldson of Possextown Meath Farmer and Hannah Donaldson als Elwood his wife and Margaret Elwood spinster which said Hannah and Margaret were the daughters and only surviving children of the said Jonas Elwood by Hannah Elwood als Willett his late decd wife of 3rd part and the Hon Major General Thos.Bligh of the Leity of city Dublin 3rd part 1 June 1744 on or about 15 June l77l said Thos.Bligh duly made and published his last Will bequeathed unto his brother Robert Bligh sole exec. of all his personal estates probate granted 6 Sept 1776 bequeathed to his youngest son Robert Elphin Bligh appointed George Sealy of Bandon Co. Cork and Edward Tighe Leity of Dublin Exors and Edward Tighe duly died having first willed appointing George William Tighe exor. which same George Wm.Tighe who declined and omitted to dispose of the goods and chattels of the said Thomas Bligh & Rev. Robert Blighe and admon. was granted to Charles Hamilton about 26 May 1820 it was then vested in the said Rich. Donaldson for the term of his natural life was then vested in the said Francis Willet Hopkins his heirs and assigns 1 Aug 1820 between Thomas Cherbourgh Blighe of Buttes Meath elder son of Robert Bligh who was the only brother and heir of major Gen.Thomas Bligh the land passed to Fleming O'Reilly executed by Richard Donaldson in the presence of Hugh O'Reilly and William Donaldson of Blessington Street Dublin Esq. Richard Donaldson 27 Jan l830.
1833 Donaldson to
Between Richard Donaldson of Clonmellan Co Westmeath Esq. of the lst part Robert Donaldson of Clonmellan in Co.Westmeath Eldest Son of Richard Donaldson of the 2nd part the Rev.Cornelius Marshall of Catlage in Co.Tyrone Clerke of the 3rd part James Jackson Marshall of Molesworth St.Dublin Esq. 4th part - they the said Richard Donaldson Robert Donaldson for the consideration will consign to the above Cornelius Marshall during the natural life of Robert Donaldson yearly rent £25.15s 8d lawful money of Gt. Britain Townlands Hartstown Coatstown 502 acres 38 perches profitable land 32 acres 2 roods unprofitable land in the barony of Demifere Parish of Kellallan Co.Meath also all the town and lands of Hartstown and Coatstown.
1835 Donaldson O’Reilly Memorial [1836/4/274]
8 Feb 1835 Reg 2 March l836 between Thomas Cherbourg Bligh of Brittas in Co. Meath Esq. eldest son then at law of Robert Bligh eldest son then at law of Hon Maj. Gen. Thos. Bligh who was eldest son etc of the Hon Major Gen Thos Bligh formerly of Brittas of the lst part Fleming Pinkerton O'Reilly of Mountjoy Sq Co. Dublin Esq. of the 2nd part Thos Donaldson and William Donaldson both of Eccles St, Dublin Esq. in the 3rd Robert Donaldson of Kingstown Co. Dublin Esq. 4th part. Fleming Pinkerton O'Reilly released to Robert Donaldson all that those one full and undivided moiety or half part of the whole unto two equal parts being considered as divided et al of those the lower part of town and lands of Castletown Kilpatrick containing 104 acres profitable land 4 acres bog + Stokes Quarter containing 33 acres 3 roods profitable lands 2 acres 3 rods & 5 perches bog all situate in the parish of Kilpatrick Barony of Morgallion Co. Meath + l moiety or half part of all other lands in part recited ?mandris? at 1 Aug 1827 and 17 Jan 1830 or either of them to hold the land Robert Donaldson his heirs forever discharged from the mortgage to the executors by Fleming Pinkerton O'Reilly.
1836 Donaldson Memorial 9 Feb 1836 Reg 2 March 1836 [1836/4/275]
Between Robert Donaldson of Kingstown Co. Dublin Esq. and Jane Donaldson Cruise his wife lst part Thomas Donaldson and William Donaldson of Eccles St in Co. Dublin Esq. in the 2nd part and Joseph Francis Hopkins of Possextown Co. Meath 3rd The said Robert Donaldson Jane Donaldson Thomas and William Donaldson did grant release etc to Joseph Francis Hopkins all that and those the undivided moiety at the lower part of the town and lands of Castletown Kilpatrick containing 104 acres profitable land 1 acre 2 roods bog situate in parish of Castletown Kilpatrick Barony of Morgallen Co. Meath to hold to the said Joseph Francis Hopkins for ever and the same Jane Donaldson did by manor deed with consent from Robert Donaldson her husband release etc undivided moiety of the said lands of Castletown Kilpatrick l2 Nov l827 - which said deed as to the executors by the said Robert Donaldson Jane Donaldson Thos and William Donaldson witnessed by ?
1877 28/2 O’Reily Dewar Knill Registered 27/6/1877
Indenture dated 16/6/1877 endorsed on an indenture dated 18/7/1876 [1876 33/146] between 1, Nicholas Shelton O'Reilly; 2, Stuart Knill, Crossletts, Blackheath and David Erskine Dewar, 36 Spencer Square, Ramsgate concerning a sum of £9230. 15s 5d with interest from 18/1 last was then owing in the security of the therein within mentioned indenture of 16/8/1846 and of the therein and within written indenture .... the Nicholas Shelton O'Reilly did grant to Stuart Knill and David Erskine Dewar their heirs etc the lands etc vested in the said Nicholas Shelton O'Reilly.
Witnesses included 1, Sarah Thorpe, Southpool, Torquay spinster; 2, Frederick John Smith and George Goddard clerks to Ward, Mills, Witham and Lambert solicitors.
[Another distinguished branch of
the O’Reilly family lived at Ballinlough County Meath. They are said to be
descended from Felim grandson of Grolla Iosa Ruadh who was treacherously
captured at Trim in 1447 by Sir John Talbot and died there of the plague
towards the close of the year. Felim’s son John lived at Ross Castle an
O’Reilly stronghold on Loch Sheclin from which he was evicted by the English. He then went to live at Kilsheel where his
grandson John married
Deeds looked at Index 126 1786-93 which were not relevant to John Reilly
420/110/274359: 421/188/274260: 422/241/275961; 422/242/275962:
424/299/276283; 424/396/276449; 427/4/277022
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