Armagh Plantations, Shanagoolan Manor, 1622

(7) The Manor of Shanagoolan (1,500 acres).

The grant does not appear in the Patent Rolls of James I, but must have been of equal date with the other County Armagh proportions. Known as the Manor of Kannagolagh it is set out with its lands in Ulster Inquisitions see Armagh, 3 Car. I

In 1610 William Stanhawe came over, took possession and returned to England. Carew in his report of the following year states that Stanhawe’s son Stephen was surveyor or agent in his father’s absence” but had not done anything.” Pynnar found nothing at all built, Stanhawe himself in England, only three or four poor Englishmen upon the lands, all of which were inhabited with Irish.”

In 1622 conditions were much the same. We have, however, no further information as to Stephen Stanhawe. Another son Henry succeeded to the estate and there may have been a third son Edward as William Stanhawe the original grantee devised two townlands to a person of that name on March 27, 1626. The transaction does not however disclose the relationship.

William Stanhawe who was of Beddington, Yorks, married Mary, widow of William Vanderkin of Norwich, and died leaving besides Henry, a daughter Amy who married Robert Bickerton of whom later.

Henry Stanhawe received a regrant of part of his father’s proportion September 1, 1629, but Kannaghgolagh had then dwindled to 780 acres. That portion of the lands was then formed into the Manor of Clantilew. He married Ann Wolsey. granddaughter of Sir Marmaduke Whitechurch by whom he had a daughter Elinor who before 1676 had married Edward Obre of Lisburn, Co. Antrim. He died March 10, 1635, leaving a son John (1) of whom we have no particulars. A second son Henry was sole executor to his father. Henry Stanhawe the elder, however, failed to fulfil the Plantation conditions with the result mentioned above, so half of the original lands passed to John Waldron

The succession of the lands was complicated by the fact that William Stanhawe the original grantee had by an indenture made June 20, 1640, conveyed a part of the property then known as the Manor of Clontylew to Robert Bickerton of St. Martins in the Fields. London (husband of his daughter Amy) who according to a Chancery Bill of May 30, 1671,(2) had actually settled upon them before the outbreak of the Civil War, at which time he returned to England. At that period, however, there are references showing that Henry Stanhawe with his wife and family were then resident at Clontylew. For instance. Christina Stanhawe relict of Henry Stanhawe of Clohtylew made a deposition, dated July 23, 1642, regarding events the in the previous year. A similar statement was sworn to by Johh McCan some time servant to Mr. Henry Stanhawe, May 6, 1653. wherein we learn that six weeks after the taking of Clontylew the Stanhawes were carried to Armagh “where Mr. Stanhawe died of the country disease.” Further examinations disclose the capture of Edward Stanhawe and John Stanhawe uncle and brother of Henry above.

Curiously enough a “Mr. Bickerton gent” appears at Clontylew in 1659 (3) but no Stanhawes are shown though they were in evidence later. The Chancery Bill referred to above shows that Robert Bickerton. the elder, died in 1647, leaving a son Robert, the younger, in whose minority.the property was managed by an. agent. Having come of age he crossed to Ireland and took over the management of the estate. About 166149) he is stated to have obtained “an estate through his uncle Henry Stanhawe.” On June 26, 1662, he married Anne, daughter of Henry Bellingham of Gernonstown (now Castle-bellingham). Co. Louth, by whom he had issue-

I. Henry, styled of Clontylew, who was aged 4 years in 1671 and died circa 1736, leaving issue-

1. Henry.
2. Elizabeth.
3. Jane.
4. Anne.

II. Jane who married Henry, 6th Duke of Norfolk.

Mrs. Anne Bickerton(5) in 1671 seems to have become involved in a law suit as guardian of her son Henry above, two of the persons concerned being Elinor Griffin alias Stanhawe and her husband John Griffin. Another Elinor Stanhawe, it will be remembered, married before 1676 Edward Obre and thus brought the Obres to Clontylew where they remained until Edward Stanley Obre of the 3rd Dragoon Guards, who died in 1907, sold the lands to the tenants and the residence to the late Lieut. Col. William Coulson Fitzgerald whose widow is the present owner.

(1)Ulster Inquisitions. Armagh, 31 Chas. I., September 13. 1639. •
(2)See also eS.p.I. 1660·1662. p. 340.
(3) PENDER. Census of Ireland circa 1659. p. 38.
(4) C.S.P.I. 1660-1662 • .lannan, Ifl. ]I)/n.” IR”
(5) Chancery Bill, May 30, 1671 ; Henry Bickerton by his guardian Jane Bickerton v, John Griffin and Elinor his wife, Nicholas Drumgoole, Carrol Boltoh and Nicholas Seaver.

from from “County Armagh In 1622 A Plantation Survey”
Edited byT. G. F. PATERSON, M.A., M.R.I.A. published in Seanchás Ardmhaca