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Excerpts from My Father's People About William Burke

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Notes and Transcriptions from copy of book: My Father's People - A Burke, Bourke, Bourk Genealogy, by Mary Bourk Gillan, R.N; given to Amy Gilpin by her grandmother. Transcriptions and quotes are identified in Italics.

  1. William's home was part of Minmore Farms, near the village of Shillelagh, in County Wicklow. He was a tenant of Lord Rockingham until 1782, after which time the land was owned by Lord Fitzwilliam of Coollattin Estate.
  1. During a search for infomation pertaining to William Bourke, from which those in this book are descended, it was found that in a rental Ms. 6062, March 1780-81 of Rockingham Estate (later incorporated into the Fitzwilliam Estate) an entry revealed that William Bourke paid L45 per annum for a house and 73 acres, 1 rood of land, part of the lands of Minmore, which he held under lease for 21 years from Lady Day 1777, for the life of his son, Henry Bourke, then three years old.This lease it was noted was due to expire in 1798 - Chapter 2, pg 9
  1. The author mentions the spelling variations between the father (William) and his sons, who apparently all spelled their surname: Burke. - Chapter 2, pg 9, paragraph 5

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