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Butter Trade (Ireland)

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Source: Tony Lyons


Butter Trade (Ireland)

 Extracted from Copy of Memorial presented to the Treasury, or the Board of Trade, respecting the BUTTER TRADE of Ireland, since the 1st of January 1824

 LORDS OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL FOR  FOREIGN TRADE.

 The MEMORIAL of the undersigned,

 Respectfully sheweth,

 That your Memorialists reside in a town and county long famous for the quantity and excellent quality of its Butter, which has been exported for years to the London, Liverpool, and foreign markets, from the city of Waterford; that owing to the present vexatious regulations of the Butter Act, your Memorialists are unable to ship their Butter at the port of Dublin without its being subject to re-opening, re-inspecting, weighing, branding, &c. although it has regularly undergone all this process according to law at the public crane of Carlow; your memorialists submit that this great injury to the Butter, and serious delay to the trade, together with the very heavy expense attendant (nearly 2s. per cwt.) loudly call for redress; Dublin being the natural port of our export, where freight, insurance, and exchange are so favourable, and the carriers of our Butter would have the certain advantage of loading from the Metropolis in return.

            Your Memorialists therefore humbly pray for such alteration in the system as in your judgement may seem meet, to remove so great and inconsistent an evil.

 (signed)     Samuel Haughton, jun.  William Morris,  John Coffry, jun,  Joshua O’Brien, William Mangan,  Thomas Cox,   Tho’ Maher,  Dan’  O’Brien.

                                                                                     Carlow, August 28th , 1824


BUTTER TRADE ACTS, IRELAND

RETURN of the names of the several Officers employed in the BUTTER Acts of Ireland; stating by whom and when appointed, whether they execute their Duties in their own Person or by Deputy; and giving an account of the Fees received by such Officers during each of the last Seven Years and the Appropriation of such Fees during a like period.

 Ordered,  by The House of Commons, to be Printed, 16th March 1829.

PUBLIC BUTTER CRANE, CARLOW

                                                                                                                        August 14th 1828

Sir,

In answer to his Excellency's letter, Daniel O'Meara was appointed Weighmaster of the Butter Crane of Carlow on 29th Sept. 1808, by the sovereign of Carlow ; and by Act 52 Geo. 3.c.134, was appointed Weighmaster and Taster of Butter on 27 Feb. 1813, by the sovereign and burgesses of the Corporation of Carlow.

Duty done by him in person, assisted by his two sons and clerk.

The fees received by him are :- Two-pence for weighing and branding each full firkin of butter; 1d. for weighing and branding each empty firkin; and 1d. for tasting and marking the quality on each firkin of butter; being 4d. Per firkin.

The  following are the numbers of Firkins of Butter weighed in Carlow Market for the last seven years:-

 For the Year 1821 19,850
1822 22,633
1823 26,831
1824 19,639
1825 18,183
1826 18,878
1827 27,986
being   154,000 firkins
On an average 22,000 for each year at 4d. Per £ s. d.
firkin, amounting to  383 6 8
Received for weighing Coole Butter, Bacon, &c.
about £1 per week for a year 52 0 0
          Total 435 6 8

The Weighmaster supplies brands, firing, &c. for the use of the market, and pays sovereign 1d. Per firkin for his attention to the same. He has provided scales and weights, and built a good and commodious weighhouse, with a store annexed to it, for the accomodation of the butter market, adjoining the quay, and contiguous to the merchants stores, which cost him £500. All the remaining fees go to remunerate the Weighmaster and his assaistants, of which 25 guineas a year is paid for ground-rent for crane-yard and concerns.

                                                                                                            Daniel O'Meara

Alex. Humfrey                                                                       

Clerk Peace Co. Carlow

 CARLOW BUTTER CRANE

Ashley Crofton, Taster.  Duty done in person; appointed by the sovereign and burgesses of Carlow, the 1st March, 1813. Fees, 1d. Per firkin, on the above number of firkins, the whole of which went to Taster. - {N.B. Mr. Crofton died in the year 1824.}

Robert Browne, Taster. Duty done by deputy; appointed by the sovereign and burgesses of Carlow, 24th june 1824. Fees, 1d. Per firkin, on the above number of firkins.

LEIGHLIN BRIDGE BUTTER CRANE

                                                                        Public Butter Crane, 16th August , 1828

SIR,

In answer to his Excellency's letter, Calib Tyndall was appointed Weighmaster of the Butter Crane of Leighlin Bridge, on the 29th of September 1819, by William Richard Stewart, esq.  lord of the manor of Leighlin Bridge aforesaid, agreeable to the 52 Geo.3. c134.

Duty done by him in person. Edward Brennan appointed as Taster. The fees received by him are 2d. for weighing and branding each full firkin of butter; 1d. for weighing and branding each empty firkin; and 1d. for tasring and marking the quality of each firkin: being 4d. for each firkin.

The following is the number of Firkins of Butter weighed in Leighlin Bridge for the last seven years:

            For the Year              1821    -           -           -           -           -           4,700

                                    -           1822    -           -           -           -           -           4,800

                                    -           1823    -           -           -           -           -           5,700

                                    -           1824    -           -           -           -           -           7,521

                                    -           1825    -           -           -           -           -           6,939

                                    -           1826    -           -           -           -           -           7,540

                                    -           1827    -           -           -           -           -           7,010

44,210 on an average; and 6,309 on an average for each year, at 4d. per firkin, amount to £105 - 3 -0.

The weighmaster supplies brands, firing, &c. and built a good and efficient weighhouse, with scales, weights, and all other necessaries, for the use of said crane, which cost him a large amount; pays the Taster 1 d. per firkin, and William Richard Stewart, esq.  ½ d.  per firkin, for his regulation and attention to the market; all the remaining fees go to remunerate the Weighmaster and his assistants.                                              

                                                                                                            Calib Tyndall.

BAGENALSTOWN   BUTTER   CRANE

                                                                                                            20th August 1828.

Edward Smith, Weighmaster and Taster. Duty done in person: appointed by the seneschal of Ballymoon and Dunleckny, the 26th February 1813.            

£58 - 17 - 10 annual amount of fees received the whole of which goes to the  Weighmaster.

BORRIS   BUTTER   CRANE

                                                                                                            12th August 1828.

James Doyle, Weighmaster and Taster.  Appointed by the Lord Leiutenant, 6th December 1814: duty done in person. £44 - 15 - 9 annual amount of fees received, on an average, for the last seven years.           

 MYSHALL   BUTTER   CRANE

                                                                                                            20th August 1828

Patrick Rourke, Weighmaster and Taster.  Appointed by the Lord Leiutenant, 1st June 1828: duty done in person.   £8 -0 -0  annual amount of fees received for the last seven years, which goes to Weighmaster.

TULLOW  BUTTER  CRANE

                                                                                                            12th August 1828

Michael Kennedy, Weighmaster and Taster.  Appointed by the seneschal of Tullow, 1st march 1812:  duty done in person.   £20 - 0 - 0  annual amount of fees received for the last seven years,  on an average ;    £16.  of which went to the Weighmaster, and £4. to the Seneschal, per year.

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