Arbourhill House

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Location: Arbourhill, Tipperary, Irelandmap
Surnames/tags: Antisell Gilbert
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This was the residence of Joseph Antisell.

A house occupied by J. Antisell in 1837. The Ordnance Survey Name Books describe it as "a good dwelling house, the residence of Joseph Antisell" in 1840. It was valued at £10 when held by Thomas Pyke in fee at the time of Griffith's Valuation. There is still an extant house at the site.

Timeline of residents in Arbourhill

  • 1790 - Joseph married Elizabeth Gilbert and they resided at Arbourhill.
  • 1790 - Mortgage dated 8th February 1790, made between Thomas Antisell on the first part and Peter Daulhat on the other part.
  • 1809 - Christopher Antisell [1]
  • 1812 - Jonathan Shortt married Anna Maria Antisell (the daughter of Joseph Antisell and Elizabeth Gilbert) resident of Arbourhill.
  • 1812 - Joseph Antisell of Arbourhill, Tipperary (1st) Anna Maria (eldest daughter) (2nd), Jonathan Short of Dublin gent and attorney at law (3rd) James Sheppard of Knockshegowna Capt in Tipperary Regiment of Militia and John Shortt, Surgeon in 47th Regiment of Infantry (4th) re settlement 1790 Christopher Antisell of Straduff House, Tipperary and Joseph Antisell (3rd son) and Eliz Gilbert on marriage to Joseph - re land and bog leased in 1719 by Howard Egan of Annameadle to Thomas Antisell - Derrinarafey(?Derrinavassy) Lower Ormond.
  • 1813 - Joseph Antisell [2]
  • 1814 - Rev Dr Joseph Antisell Allen was born here on 27 Feb, 1814. He was a son of Henry Francis Allen and Eliza Josephine Allen (nee Antisell) who was a daughter of Joseph Antisell.
  • 1821 - Joseph Antisell (65), his wife Eliza (60) their daughters Frances (15), and Ellen(23) together with their grandson Arthur Wellington Shortt (4) were at Arbourhill. [3]
  • 1829 - Extract of a letter, dated Borris-o'kane, 24th August, 1829. "You can form no conception of the state in which the (hitherto peaceable) barony now is; all our lower windows are built up, obliged to live in the upper rooms, and in momentary expectation of an attack. You are, doubtless aware Mr Tydd Abbott's and Daniel Falkiner's houses were robbed of their arms ten or twelve days since; in the last week the following houses have been attacked: and upwards of thirty stand of arms taken: Mr Antisell of Arbourhill, Clarke of Moatfield.[4]
  • 1832- Husband of Anna Maria Antisell dies and Anna most likely returns to Arbourhill to live with her family who were left in destitute circumstances.
  • 1837 - J. Antisell[5]
  • 1837 - A house occupied by J. Antisell in 1837. The Ordnance Survey Name Books describe it as "a good dwelling house, the residence of Joseph Antisell" in 1840. It was valued at £10 when held by Thomas Pyke in fee at the time of Griffith's Valuation. There is still an extant house at the site.[6]
  • 1838 - Eliza Antisell (nee Gilbert) dies - resident of Arbourhill.
  • 1845 - John Shortt oldest son of Anna Maria Shortt (nee Antisell) married Alicia Drought. Mentions Anna Maria Shortt of Arbourhill, Tipperary, widow.
  • 18 Feb 1847 - On Wednesday morning, the 10th instant, at his residence Arbour Hill, at the advanced age of 87, Joseph Antisell Esq. after a painful and protracted illness of four years, which he bore with christian patience. His life was useful and "his end was peace".[7]
  • Mr Graham has received instructions to sell the residence of the late Joseph Antisell Esq of Arbourhill (within three miles of Parsonstown, on the Portumna Road) on Monday the 29th March 1847, the following property viz. 32 ewes with their lambs, etc etc. including farm equipment and household property too. [8]
  • 1850 - The land is transferred following Anna Maria's death - John Shortt of Lower Mount Street, Barrister (1st), Revd Robert James Wilson of Kilcooly Hills Kilkenny Baptist minister and Grace Wilson ors Shortt his wife (2nd) and John Tertius Purser of James Gate Dublin (3rd) re lands of Arbourhill, Lower Ormond.
  • 1856 - Christopher Antisell on one part and John Tertius Purser on the other part.[9]
  • 1865 - Excellent grazing farms -To let for six months, or such other terms as may be agreed on 86 acres (Irish) of the lands of Cappagowlan, and 65 acres (Irish) of Arbourhill. Cappagowlan is within 3 miles of Frankford, and 2 Arbourhill miles of Parsonstown. Apply to John Shortt Esq, Cappagowlan House, Frankford.
  • 1875 - Mr Thomas Antisell of Arbourhill, Parsonstown sold a lot of store bullocks at 12 pound each.[10]
  • 1878 - Mr Richard Davis bought a lot of Hoggets from Mr Antisell, Arbourhill. [11]
  • 1884 - Thomas Antisele death [12]
  • 1898 - Mortgage dated 7th January, 1898, Monsell Antisell of the first part, Eliza Antisell of the second part, Thomas Antisell of the third part, John Purser and Frederick Purser of the fourth part. The interest of the Purser family is because of the connection to Dorothea Purser
  • Registry of Deeds; 1812 663 107 454943
  • 1901 - Alice Antisell (nee Rush) the widow of Thomas Gubbins Antisell was residing at Arbourhill aged 92 together with three of her daughters, Rosetta, Jane and Katherine.[13]
  • 1917 - Property was sold to Michael Mulheir, Hondria Mulheir his wife was widow and sold the property to the Smyth family. [14]
  • 2017 - The Smyth family are the current owners and have been for at least 40 years. The homestead is now a ruin.


  1. Ffolliott, death notice
  2. Ffolliott marriage announcement
  3. 1821 Census
  4. Newry Telegraph, 28 Aug 1829 - (from the Evening mail Wednesday)
  5. Lewis's Topographical Directory
  6. Landed Estate Database,
  7. Kings County Chronicle, 10 Feb 1847
  8. Kings County Chronicle 24 March 1847 pg 3
  9. Mortgage dated 15th September, 1856
  10. Northern Whig, 20 Sep 1875
  11. Freeman's Journal 17 September 1878 pg 3
  12. Nigel Batty-Smith, Dorrha burial registers
  13. 1901 Ireland Census
  14. Deed copy in owner's possession
  • Registry of Deeds; 1850 4 257

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