DONNELLANS-&-TRANSPLANTATION

 

DONNELLANS & TRANSPLANTATION

 

---Tracking the Donnellan family from 1600 to 1660 is a fascinating trip through
----Irish history. Fortunately, there is a significant amount of documentation
----available to put the family in context with the period. I refer to two
----documents in particular:

------1. The Letterbooks of Clanricarde
------2. The Transplantation to Connaught 1654 1658

To fully understand this period, it is necessary to give a brief history on the state
----of affairs in England at the time. Charles I was born in 1600 and ascended the
----throne at the age of 25. He was a strong willed king which proved to be his
----undoing. His mismanagement of affairs forced a showdown with Parliament that
----culminated in civil war and the king's execution. Religious as well as economic
----issues added to the differences between the supporters of the monarchy
----(Cavaliers) and the supporters of Parliament (Roundheads). The bottom line is
----that the Roundheads, with deeper pockets and more population from which to
----draw, were destined to win the battle. Oliver Cromwell and his New Model Army
----soundly routed the Cavaliers in 1645. In 1648, Charles was put on trial for
----treason; the tribunal, by a vote of 68 to 67, found the king guilty and ordered his
----execution in 1649.

----THE LETTERBOOKS OF CLANRICARDE

----Ulick de Burgh (Bourke 1604-57) was an Irish Catholic nobleman. He assisted
----James Butler, 12th earl of Ormonde, in his attempt, during the English civil war,
----to unite Catholic and Protestant royalists and hold Ireland loyal to Charles I
----against the rebellious English Parliament. When Ormonde left Ireland (1650), he
----named Clanricarde his deputy. Clanricarde made peace (1652) with Parliament's
----triumphant Lord General, Oliver Cromwell, in Ireland at the request of Charles
----II.
----The Clanricarde letterbook is actually a series of publications from manuscript
----3111 held in the National Library of Ireland. These letters are from both the 4th
----(Richard Burke 1572 1635) and 5th (Ulick Burke) Earls of Clanricarde to a
----variety of individuals. To date, I have discovered numerous references to John
----and James (Justice) Donelan and a few, in the later years, to William and
----Laughlin. The names are alternately spelled Donelan, Donellan and Donelaine.
----Some of the more meaningful excerpts:

----30 November 1621 Viscount Grandison to Clanricade:(
----"There are also friars in the Abbey in Kilconnell. I sent for John Donelan to
----undertake the ridding of the Abbeys, but he would not meddle with it".

----24 October 1643 Clanricarde to Sir Richard Blake:
----"By the return of John Donelaine this day I am informed that my demand for
----settling quarters have been delivered in writing to those in authority".

----6 December 1643 Clanricarde to Mr. Justice Donellan:
----"Your letter of 29th of November gave me very great satisfaction by the relation of
----your affectionate care and diligence in the performing of what I propounded
----to you ".

----10 February 1644: Clanricarde to Sir Lewis Dyve:
----"I will not trouble you with anything more at this time than to recommend to your
----integrity, a faithful servant to the King, and a dear intimate friend of mine".

----No date shown Clanricarde to Lord Cottington:
----"The bearer, Mr. Justice Donellan, industrious servant to his majesty and one
----that has suffered here even to the loss of his whole fortune his being an earnest
----Protestant but, I am sure, no Roundhead ".

----14 August 1646 Propositions offered to for the Lord Lieutenant's consideration:
----"6. That in the election of Sheriffs your excellency may be pleased to take notice
----that Mr. William Donelaine had the King's commissions for being sheriff(s) in
----the counties of Galway and Roscommon, but had not the benefit of them ".

----13 April 1647 Clanricarde to Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Coote:
----"And this should have been sooner done but that I daily expected the return of
----Captain Loughlin Donelaine, who I am sure would have been a very able and
----industrious assistant in this work".

 

----NOTE 15. "Stewart of Richard Burke, John Donelan was eldest son of
----Nehemiah, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Tuam, and Elizabeth O'Donnell.
----John married Dorothy, daughter of William Mostyn, governor of Athlone."
----NOTE 62. "For the career of James Donelan, barrister, Dublin based younger
----brother of John ."

----A reminder on the background to this period may be helpful. At the end of the
----previous century, the Hy Many had pledged allegiance to the Crown and
----adapted English customs and language. Now they were faced with choosing
----between Cromwell, the Lord Protctor, and the Crown. There were also those who
----could see the events as an opportunity for independence for Ireland. The
----Donnellans sided with the Crown as they were obliged to do. Uniting with the
----English who had been there for centuries, they fought on the side of the Catholics
----and Protestants loyal to the Crown. Conservative estimates say the Cromwell
----supporters (Roundheads and Ironsides) EXTERMINATED over one half the
----poulation of Ireland. More liberal estimates go as high as five/sixths.
----An additional 50, 100,000 were sent as slaves to the English plantations in the
----Carribean. LEST WE FORGET, the effect on the population of about one million
----was devastating ! For more general information on this period, click on
----CROMWELLIAN SETTLEMENT.

----THE TRANSPLATATION TO CONNAUGHT 1654 58
----Author: Robert C. Simington
----Irish University Press for the Irish Manuscripts Commission 1970
----Provided by Jane Lyons

 

----The following Donnellans were either moved or scheduled for movement from
----their ancestral lands to Connaught Province as a result of the Cromwellian
----Settlement in the 1650 timeframe:

 

----Transplanter-------------------Original------------Parish-------------Irish Acres
----------------------------------------Address----------------------------------(profitable)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------decreed
________________________________________________________________________
----Barony of Ballymoe Page 75

----Donnellan, Julian------------Clonyguye----------Boyounagh----------34 (H34)
________________________________________________________________________

----Local Transplantation
----Barony of ClonMacnowen Page 95 & 96
----Persons described as of the county and city of Galway whose estates and
----Lands had been confiscated in whole or part, and whose decrees as
----Transplanters were satisfied in whole or part in the parishes below
----specified of the Barony of Clonmacnowen.

----Donelan, Laughlin-------------Twory---------------Killallaghtan--------80 (H49)
----McCormack (Melaghlin
----Donellan, a minor, and
----Elizabeth Donellan alias
----Warren. O. L.See p. 126

----Donellan, Cormack--------------Ballyuoge----------Killallaghtan-----------(H8)

----Donellan, Edmund---------------Kilmacrahin-------Killallaghtan-----------532
-------------------------------------------(Kilmacrah, Bar----------------------------(H532)
--------------------------------------------Leitrim)

----Donellan, Finola------------------Co. Galway---------Killallaghtan-------60 (H60)

----Donellan, Laughlin---------------Lisnesilly-----------Killallaghtan-------30 (H30)
----FitzMurtagh

----Donellan, Laughlin FitzTeige---Cartronsely--------Killlallaghtan------39 (H39)
--------------------------------------------Cartronsheela-----Killallaghtan
--------------------------------------------par. Aughrim,
--------------------------------------------Bar. Kilconnell

----Donellan, Laughlin---------------Ballydonnellan-------Killallghhtan------1,793
--------------------------------------------Bar. Kilconnell & Clontuskert--------(H 1,793)
--------------------------------------------par. Killallaghtan

----Donnellan, Dorothy--------------Leitrim par.-----------Athleague and--------1,407
----Alias Mastyne, relict-------------and Bar. of Killerran------------------------(H 1,407)
----Of John Donellan-----------------Leitrim Co.
--------------------------------------------Galway.

----Pettit, Edmund--------------------Clogher, mod. Killeroran----------------334
----Reversion of Sisley----------------Castle French----------------------------(H 334)
----Donellan (H------------------------ Bar. Kilconnell

Church and Other Lands

----Killeroran---------------Protestant Land Justice Donnellan--------------(H 131)

_______________________________________________________________________

----Barony of Athlone Page 243
----Parish---------------Proprietors

----Athleague------------Donnellan, Justice + 2 others.
----Dysart-----------------Donnellan, Justice + 2
----Kiltoome-------------Donnellan, Justice + 5
----Taghboy--------------Donnellan, Justice + 3
_______________________________________________________________________

Transplanters from other Counties to the Barony of Athelone
(Page 234)

----County---------------------Transplanter-------------Original----------------Irish
-----------------------------------------------------------------Address----------------Acres

----Clare----------------------? O'Bryan jointly-------------------------------------100
--------------------------------with Justice--------------------------------------------(H103)
--------------------------------Donnellan 66 acres
--------------------------------and with Edward
--------------------------------Osbaldson 29 acres.

----Roscommon------------Donellan, William and------Bellangarr------------308
--------------------------------Sissly his wife.(3)------------(Bellangare)---------(H308)
------------------------------- par.Kilcorkey
________________________________________________________________________

----Notes from JimD:

----I have left all spellings (hopefully as they appeared in the text). Please note the
----connections to Nehemiah and his descendants from eldest son John (posted
----earlier and also from James (3rd son) and Edmund (2nd son) yet to be posted.
----To these we can now also add the names of William and Melaghlin as the probable
----descendants of John and Julian and Cormack as possibles. This is the last
----reference I have seen to a Julian.