Monday, 29 December 2014

Latest AncestryIreland release dates from 1657

The Ulster Historical Foundation has squeezed another useful database into its Members-only collection on AncestryIreland.

This latest arrival is the 'Forfeiting Proprietors in Ireland, under the Cromwellian Settlement, 1657’ dataset, which holds more than 4,000 names of those whose estates were confiscated as part of the Cromwellian settlement of the 1650s. Most were Roman Catholics and they are identified by county and barony.

In some cases the actual locality was recorded, in others a note describing the person was included, for example ‘killed at the siege of Derry, as a beseiger’, or ‘A Scotch Protestant, and in Arms against, the State, in 1649’.

Counties covered were Cavan, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Fermanagh, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Londonderry, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Monaghan, Sligo, Tyrone and Wexford.

This list of names has been transcribed from O'Hart’s Irish Landed Gentry when Cromwell Came to Ireland.

This new resource joins more than 200 other databases on, including eight databases added shortly before Christmas (see blogpost).