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The Bowles of Crohane

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There were Bowles in the Crohane/Coolquill/Knocknahown area a few miles to the East of Killenaule from the late 1700's until recent times.  See the family tree under development at the end of this page.

Killenaule was a walled market town but the much larger market was at Fethard about 6 miles south of Killenaule. If you were not a resident of Fethard you had to pay a market fee to the Corporation of Fethard if you wanted to sell your trade or produce in the Fethard Market.  Larger merchants could also pay an annual fee in order to be granted Freeman status.   The List of Freemen of the Corporation of Fethard lists a George Bowles of Coolquill in 1771.  His Freeman status in Fethard would indicate that he was involved in trade, probably produce from his farm, at the Fethard market.

The cemetery of the Crohane Church of Ireland (built 1848) has two Bowles headstones:

Plot 28
Erected by Charles Boles of Knocknahone in memory of his father John BOWLES who departed this life June 16 1840 aged 78.

Plot 27
Erected by Susan Bowles of Crohane in Memory of her beloved William Bowles who died June 22nd 1851 aged 50 years.  Also her son John Bowles who died Oct. 20 1868 aged 17.  James Simpson, Crohane died March 9th 1967 aged 78.

The Anti-Catholic Petition of 1827 was signed by John Bowles Sr., Chas. Bowles, Wm. Bowles and David Bowles of Cruhane parish.

The Church Tithes List for the Parish of Crohane Lower for October 1830 includes John Bowles holding two 4 acre plots under Anthony Guy Luther, Esq.

The Tithe Defaulters list of 1831 includes John Bowles, farmer, of Lower Crohane.

The 1850 Griffith's Valuation of the barony of Slieveardagh, Civil Parish of Crohane includes:

William Bowles     Holding a house and land from Colonel Palliser 22 acres, 3 roods, 14 perches
Crohane Lower
William Bowles     Holding a house and land from Messrs. Malcolmson, Pike & Fennell  42, 0, 35
William Bowles     Another house (vacant)
Charles Bowles     Holding a house and land under Guy Luther  13 acres, 2 roods, 6 perches
Note: 1 acre = 4 roods, 1 rood = 40 perches

Irish Civil Registration books contain a reference for Jane Bowles, daughter of William Bowles, marrying a James Simpson at Crohane on May 8, 1862. ref.

An 1863 Coroner's Report for Honora Holmes of Crohane was submitted by a Dr. George Boles  ref.


This site was last updated 10/19/18