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At the Plantation of Ulster, c. 1613, the area around the town of Dungiven, known as the Manor of Pellipar, was leased to the Skinners’ Company of the city of London. They in turn leased their estate to Edward Carey in 1679, and from 1696 the Carey family lived in a house on site of current Dungiven Castle (built in 19th century by Robert Ogilby) at top of Main Street, Dungiven.

The Careys were the landlords of the Manor of Pellipar, in and around Dungiven, throughout the 18th century. In 1794 the Ogilbys (Robert Ogilby), a Scottish family involved in the linen trade bought the lease of the Dungiven estate from the Careys, and they resided at Pellipar House, one mile north of Dungiven.

Papers relating to the Skinners estate and Ogilby estate at Dungiven can be viewed in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in Belfast (often referred to as PRONI, contact details at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/contacts/public-record-office-northern-ireland). 

Bill Macafee summarised the records of the Skinners and Ogilby estate that are held in PRONI on his website, http://www.billmacafee.com/sourcesestaterecords.htm, as follows:

Note: If you know the estate on which your ancestor resided then an examination of any surviving estate records can be considered. In 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, until they were finally broken up in the latter years of the 19th century under the Land Acts, the majority of the population of Ireland lived on large estates. The administration of these estates produced a large quantity of records, including maps, rentals, account books, leases, title deeds, surveys and other such matters.  For example, rent rolls which list tenants on individual estates are a useful source of genealogical information. 

Date

Description of Record

PRONI Ref.

Collection

Type of record

Skinners

1622

Map of the estate by Thomas Raven, with information on tenants.

D. A. Chart [1928]

Londonderry and the London Companies

Map

Skinners

1740 & 1853

Maps of Skinners' Company estate in the Manor of Pellipar, 1740 and 1853.

D3067

[?]

Map

Skinners

1743-1792

Lease of estate, Dungiven [1743], with related Counsels' opinions [1792]

D642

Hill Family Papers.

Leases

Skinners

1785-1800

Accounts.

MIC9A/3

Irish Society Papers: Copies.

Accounts

Skinners

1791

Re-leasing of the Skinners' estate at a yearly rent of £1500 and a fine of £25,00.

MIC9B/1

London Companies' Records: Copies.

Leases

Skinners

1792

A survey, rental and plans of the Manor of Pellipar.

Guildhall Library, London, MS 5202/1-2

Skinners' Company Papers.

Survey

Skinners

1794-1865

Half yearly rent roll, 1794; survey and valuation, 1803; leases, 1834; description book containing transactions, 1825-44; letter containing a report on the estate, 1847; valuation of part of the estate, 1865.

D573/2-6, 10, 11

Irish Society Papers.

Rent

Skinners

c.1814

Volume of maps for the Ogilby estate at Pellipar, Dungiven.

D1550/11, 16

Martin, King, French & Ingram [Solicitors, Limavady]

Map

Skinners

1834-1878

Three miscellaneous deeds, 1834-67; deed of sale and two leases, 1876-78.

D1393/4-5

[?]

Title deeds

Skinners

1850-1890

Law suit relating Ogilby versus Skinners' estate et.al.

D1550/10-11

Martin, King, French & Ingram [Solicitors, Limavady]

Law suit

Skinners

1863-1902

Three volumes of farm accounts for the Ogilby estate at Pellipar, Dungiven.

 

[?]

Accounts

Skinners

1880

Irish Land Commission papers re Skinners' estate at Dungiven.

D1583

Gilliland, Todd & Mark [Solicitors, ]. [?]

Land Commission

Skinners

1888

Skinners' Company: copy deed by trust re sale under 1885 Land Act.

D1583/49/4

Gilliland, Todd & Mark [Solicitors, ]. [?]

Title deeds

Skinners

1890

Skinners' Company: Irish Land Commission papers. Also includes a report from Michael King to the Skinners' Company on Ogilby's administration of the estate, dated c.1870.

D1550/10

Martin, King, French & Ingram [Solicitors, Limavady]

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