Wednesday, 30 July 2014


On the historical research front, there is a distinct lack of activity. I have three irons in the fire but have not even received an acknowledgement, let alone any information.  However one kind person, slightly 'off station', sent me explanations of those weird departments I mentioned last time:-

Palatinate – we had a few in Ireland, Tipperary was under the rule of the Butlers, Earls of Ormond, so that one was hereditary. The nobleman holder swore allegiance to the monarch and then could rule largely independently of the monarch. The Ormonds lost their Palatinate when they got mixed up in the Jacobite Rising in 1715.
Irregular Marriages – around the 1830’s there was a new Marriage Act introduced that allowed priests/ministers of non-Established Church to perform the ceremony. All marriages conducted by non-Anglican clergy were ‘Irregular’.
The Clerk of the Hanaper was a public office holder who was paid fees for the sealing of charters, patents, writs, etc., (The hanaper was the container in which the seals were kept.)
The Cursitor’s Office contained clerks who drew up writs, etc.
Recognizance Office was where recognizances were filed / recorded / stamped (for a fee, scaled according to length & type.)
Lunacy Office – back then it was part of the Lord Chancellor’s area, dealt with the property/estates of lunatics, a bit like the Wards of Court office.
The Liberty of St. Sepulchre is a Dublin Inner City district – it was a townland united to the city, but still preserved its own jurisdiction and had privileges as a reward its loyalty to the Crown and to counteract hardships caused by the native Irish. St. Sepulchres belonged to the Archbishop of Dublin.

 On board things progress but slowly.  Simon has finally found some spare time to finish the floor tiling in the new kitchen ....

So that is looking pretty damn good.

If I can go 'off station' just for a moment - I have been asked to include a photo or two of my personal  restoration project. I today finished fitting new brake linings and new wheel bearings. What a job! Royce never did anything by halves.