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The Shortalls of Ballylarkin

The following passage comes from Carrigan's History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory, published in 1905 by Rev. Canon William Carrigan, and entitled "The Shortalls of Ballylarkin."

"The name of Scorthals or Schorthals, subsequently softened into Shortall, obviously betrays a Flemish origin, and the founder of the Irish family bearing that cognomen probably came over here, with Fitzstephen or Strongbow, from Wales, the marches of which country had been previously planted with a colony of Flemings, who gave a large contingent to the force raised for the invasion of Ireland." [source: History of St. Canice's Cathedral, p. 167]
Robert Scorthals had a grant of Ballylarkin, otherwise Corbally, from Theobald de Troia, sometime between 1202 and 1218. Another Robert Shorthals is styled "lord of Ballylorcan" in 1408. Their representative in the early part of the 16th century was James Schorthals, "Lord of Balylarcan and Balykife," who erected the family monument, in St. Canice's Cathedral, in 1507, and built the square tower of the Black Abbey. He was still living in 1534, being then "aboute the of LXX yeares," but died soon after.

Oliver Shortall, apparently son of James, was lord of Ballylarkin in 1549 and 1562; he died soon after the latter date. On the 12th May, 1567, a pardon was granted "to Onorina Grace of Ballilorcan, widow of Oliver Shortall, gent." As "Onoria Grave of Ballikef, widow," she had another pardon, Feb., 1684. She was daughter of Sir John Grace and Honoria Walsh, of Courtstown. She died, very old, in 1596, and is buried in St. Sanice's Cathedral.

James Shortall, successor of Oliver, was pardoned in 1571, and died about the year 1600. His wife Owney Fitzpatrick survived him many years, being mentioned as still living in 1631.

Sir Oliver Shortall, son and successor of James, was knighted on the 12th Feb., 1614-15. He appears on the honoured list of Kilkenny gentleman who harboured the Popish Priests in 1610. He died Aug. 9th, 1630. He was twice married, his first wife being Ellen, daughter of Richard, 1st Viscount Mountgarret; his second wife, was the Lady Ellen Butler, sister of Walter, Earl of Ormond, and widow of Nicholas Shortall of Upper Claragh (deceased 1600). He had the following issue: James, Peter, Oliver, John, Robert and Ellice (the last five being the children of his second marriage).

James Shortall, the eldest son and heir, died March 4th, 1635-36, leaving by his wife, Joane, daughter of his step-mother, by her first husband, Nicholas Shortall of Upper Claragh, the following issue: Thomas, George, Richard, Nicholas, John, Ellice, and Joan. Among the Funeral Entries in the Office of the Ulster King-at-Arms, occurs the following:
"James Shortall, of Ballelurkan, in the County of Kilkenny, Esq., sonne and heire of Sir Oliver Shortall, of the same, Knight, departed this mortall life at Ballelurcan, aforesaid, the fourth of March, 1635, and was interred in the Cathedral Church of Kilkenny. Hee took to wife Joane, daughter of Nicholas Shortall of Upper Claragh, in the said County, Esq., by whome he had issue five sonnes and two daughters, viz. Thomas, the eldest son of the defunct, whoe married Mary, daughter of Sir Richard Everard, Knight and Baronett; George, the second; Richard, the third; Nicholas, the fourth; and John the fifth. Ellice, the eldest daughter of the defunct, married to Robert Shortall, of Upper Claragh; Joane the 2nd as yet unmarried. The truth of the premises is testified by the subscription of Thomas Shortall, the eldest sonne of the defunct, whoe hath returned this certificate to be recorded in the Office of the Ulvester King of Arms. Taken this 14th day of May, 1636."

Thomas Shortall, the eldest son and heir of James, was 28 years old at the time of his father's death, and was, therefore, born in 1608. During the Cromwellian fortfeitures in 1653, he lost his estate, which consisted of the townlands of Ballylarkin, Adamstown, Kyle[ballynamoe], Kilrush, Killashoolan, Ballykirin (now Frankford), Balleefe, Sart (part of), Ballyroe-Shortall, Ballynolan, Bawnanooagh or Three Castles, Laugh, Ballycarran, Brownstown, and Nicholastown. A certificate for transplantation to Connaught was signed for him Dec. 23rd, 1653. His subsequent history is unknown.

James Shortall, of Kilrush, gent., was outlawed and attainted as a Jacobite, April 20th, 1691.

In the Genetleman's Magazine for the year 1762, occurs the following interesting obituary notice:
"Aug. 9th - Died at Landrecy in France, Mr. Thomas Shortall, a native of Kilkenny, formerly Lieut. Colonel in the regiment of Clark, Irish, aged 104 years 7 months and 5 days. The day before his death he ate and drank with his friends as usual, and had no ailment but old age. He was a captain of foot at the siege of Limerick in 1691, and from thence went over to France amongst the relicks of the Irish army. After various gradations in the military life, he was made Lieut. Col. the 10th of June, 1745, and withdrew from the service, the 31st Jany., 1747. He was the only survivor of above 30,000 Irish who went over to France after the capitulation of Limerick, and of upwards of 100,00 who have gone thither since."

As there was found among the deceased veteran's papers a "schedule of his estate, on which were several fine seats, " it may be concluded that he belonged to the house of Ballylarkin, which was far the most important branch of the Shortall family in Co. Kilkenny.


The Shortalls of Upper Clara

The following passage comes from Carrigan's History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory, entitled "The Shortalls of Upper Clara."

There is evidence of the early connection of the Shortalls with this locality in two 13th century inscriptions in Clara Church. At the west end of the church is a fragment, 4 ft. long, of a small coffin-shaped slab with incised cross. The narrow end is missing, as well as the upper corner at the right side of the cross. There are two incised Lombardic inscriptions along the sides, one beginning at the top, and continued along under the right arm of the cross; the other commencing at the foot, and continued along under the left arm. On the former inscription all that remains is: "Here lies Thomas Scor[thals]." The other inscription is: "Here lies Thimas fitz Simon Serthals."

In 1326 Robert fitz John Shortalls of Claragh gave 1/2 a mark for a writ (source: Calendar of Documents relating to Ireland). Joh fitz William Shortall became possessed of Higginstown in 1427, as appears from the following:
"Sciant &c. quod ego, Thomas Brode, de Nywehoute, dedi &c. Johanna fitz William Schorthals, omnia messuagia, terras, tenementa, cum omnibus suis pertinentiis quas habeo in Hygyneston, in Baronia de Belligaveran: habenda &c. de capitali domino feodii illius per servicia inde debita &c. Datum ultimo die Septembris anno regni Henrici sexti quinto." (source: Graves's MSS>)

Robert Shortall, the head of the Upper Claragh family during the middle of the 16th century, seems to have established his head-quarters at Higginstown, which adjoins Upper Claragh. He is mentioned occasionally in the records of his time. As "Robert Sertall of Hyggons Towne" he appears in the list of freeholders of Co. Kilkenny, presented, in 1537, for charging "coyne and livery"; and as "Robert Shertall of Hyggeneston, gent.," he was pardoned in 1549. About 1560, his "landes houlden of the Mannor of Gawran," were estimated at 26 pounds 13s. 4d.

Oliber Shortall of Upperclaragh, gent., was pardoned, for a fine of 20s. in 1571.

In a list of the principal residences of the Co. Kilkenny, in 1596, mention is made of that of "Shortall at Clagh" i.e. Clara, or Upper Clara. Nicholas Shortall resided at Upper Clara at this date, and was the chief of his branch of the Shortall family. On the 13th Sept., 1595, he made a settlement of the ancestral estates, by a deed of which the following is an abstract:
"Deed dated 13th Sept., 37th Eliz., whereby Walter Butler, of Kilcash, in Tipperary county, esq., and Nicholas Shortall of Omest-Claragh, in Kilkenny co., esq., granted and confirmed to Dan. McCarty, of Kilbrittane, in Cork co., esq.; Moelmory O'Reyly, of Cavan, esq.; Richard Archdekin, otherwise mcCody, of Bawnballinlogh, in Kilkenny co., gent., James Butler and Richard Butler, son of Theobald Butler, of Dirreloskane, in Tipperary co., gent.; [and others...] all their estate in the manors, towns, and lands of Aghe, Omest-Claragh, otherwise Lumbardsheis, Blackrath, Ballinghownw, otherwise Smithstowne, Graigadine, otherwise Killmogarr, and Walterstowne -- the manors, towns, and lands of Lisnegille, Higginstowne, Gillistowne, Caylistowne, Banesland, 2 messuages, a water mill, and 6 acres in Joelstowne, otherwise St. Martin's; and Monevanihine, Reashe, Mustermaricke, Farencessery, Bahanaghere, Drominine, and Banogenempery, a plowland in Killcro and Ballymolin; and in the manor of Tibbrid-Brittayne, Moyachris, Loghdare, Begostowne, Le Lowghes, otherwise Rathdownill; 27 acres in Gortlegane, Clonaster, Crodockestowne, and Killdrynagh, and Monenemroge. To stand seised of Aghe, Ormest-Claragh, Graigidine, with the mill, water-course, and fishing of St. Martin's, to the use of the said Nicholas Shortall and Joan Butler, his wife, and the survivor of them; remainder to the whole use of the said Nicholas Shortall for life; and after his decease to the use of his 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th daughters, Mary, Joan, Ellen, Ellianor, and Elles, until they receive thereout 200 pounds English; remainder to the heirs male of the body of his late uncle Oliver Shortall and his heirs male; remainder to his uncle Leonard Shortall and his heirs male; remainder to his youngest uncle Richard Shortall and his heirs male; remainder to his own right heirs general of his body; remainder to the right heirs of his said uncle Oliver for ever."

Nicholas Shortall died Sept. 14th, 1600, leaving his wife Joan Butler, sister of Walter, Earl of Ormond, seven daughters, as follows: -- (1) Catherine, the eldest, who married Richard Archdekin, of Bawnballinlogh, about 1595, and died April 7th, 1609; her children were: Catherine Archdekin, born 1600, married Pierce Fitzgerald, of Burnchurch; Ellinor, born 1601, married Daniel O'Ryan; and Mary, born 1603. (2) Mary, wife of Patrick Den, of Grenan, to whom she bore 12 sons and 4 daughters. (3) Joan, who married James Shortall of Ballylarkin. (4) Ellen. (5) Ellinor, who married as his 2nd wife, Dermot Fitzpatrick, 2nd son of Teige, Baron of Upper Ossory. (6) Ellis, who married Richard Butler, heir-apparent of Sir Richard Butler, of Paulstown. (7) Anne, born after 1595.

Patrick Shortall, brother and next heir of Nicholas, succeeded to the family property. He was dead before Nov. 24th, 1628, at which date livery of the possessions of Patrick Shortall, of Upper Claragh, was given to Oliver Shortall, his son and heir. In a document of 1637-8 mention is made of "Oliver Shortall fitz Patrick mc Firr, of Upper Clara, Esq., and Ellen, his wife," sister of Peter, or Pierce, Shirtall, gent., of Rathardmore. In April 1639 the same "Oliver Shortall Esq.," had a grant upon the Commission of Grace, of the lands of Kilmogarr, for the fine of 18 pounds.

Most of the ancestral estates passed away from the Upper Clara family in the years immediately preceding the great Catholic Uprising, known as the Confederation of Kilkenny, in 1642. During the Cromwelliam confiscations, in 1653, Upper Claragh (otherwise Omest-Claragh) and Kilmogar, were forfeited under the name Henry Archer; Higginstown was forfeited under the name of Nicholas Nash; Tubridbritain was forfeited by Robert Shortall; Loughantown, now Woodsgift, by Nicholas Shortall; while Augha, or Johnswell, alone remained to be forfeited by Oliver Shortall.

Robert Shortall of Claragh, probably the son of Oliver, was the representative of the Upper Claragh family in 1661. Nicholas Shortall, perhaps another son of Oliver, paid 4s., hearth-money for his house at Augha, in 1664. Robert Shortall of Upper Claragh, gent., was outlawed and attainted by the Williamites, in 1691. There is no mention of any later member of the family.


The Shortalls of Rathardmore

The following passage comes from Carrigan's History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory, entitled "The Shortalls of Rathardmore."

Rathardmore, once a well-known townland in Templemartin parish, and long the seat of an important branch of the Shortall family, has disappeared from the Map of Kilkenny for well nigh two centuries. It included the eastern half of the present townland of Lyrath (i.e. the half in Templemartin parish), and the portion of the townland of Templemartin lying between the present townland of Lyrath and the townland of Rathbourne. The Down Survey Map of 1655 enters it under the name of "Rathersmore," with an area of 271 acres, and having thereon "the ruins of an old castle." It was called Rathardmore or Highrath (Big) to distinguish it from the neighboring townland of Rathard, now known as Highrath. The rath from which the name is taken, is a circular structure of earth, about 55 yards across, and well preserved, and occupying the point of a slight rising ground. Immediately beside it, on the east, stood the castle of Rathardmore, now almost completely wiped out as if its foundations were never laid. Its site is marked on the Ordnance Survey, within the townland of Lyrath, but it is there incorrectly entered as the "Site of Ratheenmore castle."

Rathardmore and the surrounding townlands formed an ancient manor called the manor of Jewel's town, Jowellstown or Joellestown, of which the Shortalls, of Rathardmore castle, were lords. Kilbline castle, with most of Kilbline townland, also formed part of their property, in and after 1586, being held by them at a yearly rent, from the Shortalls of Upper Clara, and the Waton's of Walton's Grove.

Thomas Shortall of Rathardmore, son of Patrick, son of Richard [see inscription in Templemartin Churchyard later on this page] died in 1628, aged 68 years. Peter or Pierce, his son and heir, then 24 years old, and married to the sister of Sir Robert Roth fitz David, of Tullamain, succeeded to the family estates. Very soon he removed his residence from Rathardmore castle (which is described in ruin in 1655) to the castle of Kilbline, where he subsequently lived. His last will dated from Kilbline in 1651, was not proved till 1662(?). In 1653 he was declared to have forfeited his property consisting of Rathardmore, Templemartin, and Highrath; Baunmore in the parish of Clara; Kilbline; and a third part of Dungarvan -- in all about 1,500 acres, Irish plantation measure. His sons were, Thomas, the eldest, of whom he makes no mention in his will; David, whom he appoints his executor; Robert, John, and James. His daughters were Ellen and Mary. On the 20th Dec. 1653, certificates for transplantation to Connaught were signed for his sons "Thomas Shortall of Kilbline, aged 25 years, flaxen hair, middle stature," and "Robert Shortall 20 years, middle stature, flaxen," and 46 others. If Thomas Shortall ever went to Connaught he must have returned thence, inasmuch as Father John Madan mentions him in his will of Oct. 14th, 1668, thus:
"Itm. Mr. Thomas Shortall, of Killbline owes me fifteen pounds ster.: and gave him in keeping jewels, rings and a watch the vallue of thirtie sounds ster. or there abouts."

This is the last reference we find to the family.


The following passage comes from Carrigan's History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory, entitled "The Shortalls of Highrath."

They were a branch of the Rathardmore family. Edmund Shortall of Highrath died Sept. 4th, 1602, being then seised of the castle and lands of Highrath and Quarryhill, held of Thomas Shortall as of the manor of Juelstown; and of half the castle and lands of the Oldtown of Jerpoint. Oliver, his son and heir, then of age and married, was still living in 1641. Edmund Shortall, probably son of Oliver, forfeited Oldtown in 1653. No more is known of this family.


Further References from Rev. Carrigan:

Rev. Carrigan cites in his History: By Inquisition held at the Sessions House, Kilkenny, Feb. 6th, 1621-2, it was found that Nicholas Shortall, late of Upper Claragh, had died seised of the manor, castle, town and lands of Tibbon, otherwise Tubbridbritain (Catholic parish of Urlingford), &c., &c. Another Nicholas Shortall forfeited the townland in 1653, when it was granted to the Earl of Ormond. The probability... is that the castle belonged originally to the Ormond family; that it passed from them to the Shortalls of Upper Claragh, only during the latter half of the 16th century; and that it was restored to them again, in 1653, by virtue of some ancient claim which they were able to advance.

In the Cathedral of St. Canice's lies an altar-tomb with a recumbent effigy of the founder clad in armour cap-a-pie. On the pillow supporting the head are two shields, one bearing the arms of the Passion of the Lord, the other, the Shortall arms, viz., on a cross five lion's heads erased close. The inscription is in raised Old English lettering:
Translation:Here lies James Schorthals, lord of Ballylarkin, and Ballykeeffe who got this tomb made in A.D. 1507; and Katherine Whyte, his wife. An indulgence of eighty days is granted to every one who says the Lord's Prayer and the Hail Mary for their souls and the souls of their parents.

The following inscription, in raised Old English characters, occurs on the base of the north side of the chancel arch, at the Black Abbey in Kilkenny city:
Translation:Pray for the souls of James Shortall, lord of Ballylarkin and Ballykeeffe, and his wife Katherine White, who gave the workmen, employed in the erection of this tower, their daily pay from the beginning to the end.

Ballykeefe belonged, as did the whole parish of Tullaghanbroge, to the St. Legers, till it passed to the Earls of Ormond, probably in the 15th century. James Shortall, who died about 1540, is styled "lord of Balylorcan and of Balykife," on his monument, in St. Canice's Cathedral, and in an inscription in the Black Abbey. He cannot, however, have held the townland [of Ballykeeffe] otherwise than as feudal tenant of the Ormond family. Thomas, the Black Earl of Ormond, was the owner of Ballykeeffe in 1550; the Duke of Ormond also held it in 1653. Ballkeeffe castle is now in ruins (circa 1900). The upper portion has been thrown down, but what remains is still some 30 or 40 feet in height.

In the churchyard of Templemartin (Catholic parish of Clara) is a floor-slab with a raised eight-pointed cross down the centre, and the following raised letter Old English inscription around the edge:
Translation: Here lie Richard Shortall, lord of Rathardmore, who died [     ] of March 1584, and his wife Ellis Purcell, who died Dec. 23rd, 1562.

Another inscribed tomb in Templemartin is an altar-tomb, deeply sunk in the ground, with a table similar to the preceding, and inscribed also in Old English:
Translation: Here lie Patrick Shortall, son and heir of Richard Shortall, late of Rathardmore, gentleman, who died May 24th 1592 and Helen Den, his wife, who died March 12th 1575. On whose souls God have mercy. Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on the souls of those whose bodies are interred in this tomb.


The Shortalls as mentioned in the early Feodaries:

The feodaries of 1247 and 1317 show the de Troia, or Troy, family holding 1/2 of a knight's fee at Ballilorgan and Troystown (Ballylarkin and Troyswood). Although the Troys retained the overlorship of Ballylarkin, as evidenced by the feodaries, it appears that by the beginning of the thirteenth century they had parted with its actual possession to the family of Shorthalls. Between 1211 and 1218 Theobald de Troja granted in fee to Robert Scorthals, for his homage and service and payment of a chiefry of 15 marks a year, the land of Corbally with 3 1/2 carucates [about 360 acres] adjoining the Bishop of Ossory's demesne of Hachethur (Achaidh-ur or Freshford), as shown in Graves and Prim, 'History of St. Canice's, Kilkenny,' p. 165. Corbally, according to Graves and Prim, is another name for Ballylarkin. At any rate, the Shorthalls were lords of Ballylarkin in 1408 and later, as shown in the Calendar of Ormond Deeds, ii., 397.
[the above commentary comes from Eric St. John Brooks, Knight's Fees in Counties Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny, p. 230; publ. 1950]

In two versions of the feodary of circa 1317, the names Gilbert Shorth[all] and Robert Shorthalls appear. They are noted holding 1/12 of a knight's fee in Ballidosgill (or Ballydowyll). According to Brooks, this place can almost certainly be identified as Ballydowel, parish of Ballinamara, barony of Crannagh. Ballinamara adjoins the parish of Ballylarkin.


Further Historical Reference to the Shorthalls:

Gormanston Register, p. 125 - Geoffrey Scortall and William Scortall are among the witnesses, in 1243, of a fine between John FitzGeoffrey and all the burgesses of Kenles (i.e. Kells in Ossory). They were also present at John FitzGeoffrey's charter of Kells.

Calendar of Ormond Deeds, i. 315 - In April, 1294 Robert Schorthals and Symon Schorthals witness a grant from Walter Lowys to Roger de Pembrok, knight, of land in Tylaghbreacn [alias Lowystown now Lavistown, parish of St. Martin's, barony of Gowran].

Calendar of Ormond Deeds, i. 390 - Circa 1305, Robert de Sortal, knight, among others, witness a quit-claim by William le Grant son of William le Grant, son of William le Grant the elder to Richard son of Robert de Fertakerath [Fertagh] all his right in Raclochan in Karkillich [Rathlogan in Ceann Caille] with all rights etc. which might come to grantor after the death of his ancestors, John de Somerford and Nicholas Somerford, grantor's mother.

Calendar of Ormond Deeds, i. 408 - Circa 1307, Sirs Robert Scorthal and Roger Penbroc, knights, along with Ralph Scorthal & others, witness a grant from John son of Geoffrey to Walter de Shuldham all his rent in Kyllayht, Nova Villa of Killayht [Cooliagh] and in Balyryn.

Calendar of Ormond Deeds, i. 423 - Circa 1309, Geoffrey Schorthals is a witness to a grant from Michael de Arderne to David de Druhull of a carucate of land in Skehanach [part of the townland of Killeen], lying in length from the water of Momonia [Munster river], ...

Calendar of Ormond Deeds, i. 455 - December, 1310, Robert Scorthal, knight, along with Fulc de Fraxineto, John de Rocheford, and others, witness a grant from Roger de Pembrock to Robert de Pembrock, his son, all messuages , lands, &c. in Balyrayhyn in the tenement of Lysdonnechy.

Calendar of Ormond Deeds, i. 466-68 - October, 1312, Robert Schorthals, knight, witnesses, among others, the initial transfer of the manor and castle of Knocktopher, which ultimately leads to transfer to the Butlers.

Calendar of Ormond Deeds, i. 603 - September, 1328, Anestacia, formerly wife of Thomas son of John Peris of Kilkenny, ... grants to Edward, son of Nicholas Aleyn of Callan, ... the right to a third part of a dovecot with a croft in the street of St. John, Kilkenny, which belonged to Thomas , her husband and which Edward has of the gift of Thomas Schortals.

Calendar of Ormond Deeds, i. 608 - Circa 1330, Gilbert Sortalys witnesses a grant to Walter son of David de Rocheford of lands in Ballyeyn [Balleen, barony of Galmoy] and Duncroych [Garranamanagh, barony of Crannagh]. After his death to John de Rocheford, his son...

Calendar of Ormond Deeds, i. 708 - March 24, 1338, Gilbert Shortals witnessed (along with John de Rocheford and Fulc de Fraxineto) a grant by Roger, son of Roger de Pembroch (knight) to William son of Robert de Pembroch all his lordship of Balyraghtyn [Ballyragget].

Calendar of Ormond Deeds, i. 808 - November, 1348, Robert Shorthals (knight) and Gilbert Shorthals witness a grant to Patrick son of Fulc de la Freigne [de Fraxineto] of two carucates of land in Rathcradok in the tenement of Kildreynagh.

Calendar of Ormond Deeds, ii. 288 - October, 1388, Henry Lang, vicar of Jerpoint, gives and grants to Thomas Seys, chaplain, Robert Kyng, chaplain, John Shorthals and Roger Ragyt all his lands, &c. which he has in Jerpoint and Gowlan [Gowran?]. Among the witnesses included Thomas Shortals.

Calendar of Ormond Deeds, ii. 397 - In 1408 Stephen Pembrok granted to Robert Schorthals, lord of Ballylarkin, all messuages, lands, rents lordships and services of Awnadhynwor (?), Balyrathyhn and Garranynamryley, namely 5 carucates of land between Carowe and Aq...derry.

Calendar of Ormond Deeds, iii. 19 - May 3, 1416. Robert Shorthals, along with John Baron Grasse [Grace], and others, witness a grant from the Cantewells to Henry Forstall, all lands, &c. in 'le lytilramynduff' in the parish of Ballagh[mich ?]ow in Shillelogher. Given at Ramynduff.

Calendar of Ormond Deeds, iii. 53 - March 8, 1422. John de la Veer gives and grants to John son of Nicholas Lumbard of Ballykeff his manor of Ballykeff with all the messuages, lands, etc., which grantor has in Coulyshill, Shortalston, , etc., which he had of the gift and enfeoffment of Margaret Shorthals, mother of the said John Lumbard. To have and to hold of said Jon Lumbard... then remainder successively to Edward Lumbard, Roger Lumbard and Robert Shorthals...

Calendar of Ormond Deeds, iii. 118 - July 1, 1434. Letters patent by James, Earl of Ormond. "Whereas John Grace, lord of Tillaghrothan [Tullaroan], is dead and Alexander, his son and heir, is in our wardship being under age, whose marriage belongs to us because the said John held of us in chief by military service, we have given and granted to Oliver son of Robert Shorthals and his assigns the marriage of the said Alexander together with the custody of all lands, &c.

Calendar of Ormond Deeds, iv. 42 - In 1517 Nicholas, son and heir of David Pembroque granted to James Shortals, lord of Ballylarkin, a messuage and 3 carucates of land in Balyrathyn and 40d. yearly rent from 40 acres in Rathcally, according to the tenure of the charter made by David Worgan to Roger de Pembrogia. [this records indicates that Kilmenan, an early enfeoffment of the de la Freynes in the barony of Fassadinin, was in the hands of the Shorthalls, lords of Ballylarkin, before 1518.]

Calendar of Ormond Deeds, iii. p.345 - In 1596 the manor of Kilmenan in co. Kilkenny is cited as the heritage of James Shortall of Ballilorcan.


Information compiled and contributed by Dennis Walsh.


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