Straduff House

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Straduff, also known as Sraduff, was purchased by the Antisell family about 1704-1709.[1] [2]It is near Birr, and described as 62 miles south west of Dublin, and consists of four hundred acres of land prettily wooded. This was purchased by the first Antisell who migrated to Ireland, Christopher and his son Thomas then acquired the property. It was adjacent to the property that Joseph Antisell resided in Arbourhill. No doubt Joseph grew up at Straduff.

Sraduff - Taylor and Skinner record Antisell Esq as the proprietor of Straduff in the 1770s. T. Antisell occupied Sraduff in 1837 and Christopher Antisell was resident in a house valued at £10+ in Sraduff in the early 1850s. The house was valued at £15+ in 1906 and was held by Monsell Antisell with 342 acres of untenanted land. This house is now a ruin.[3]


  • 1704- Purchase of Straduff.[4]
  • 1746 - Thomas Antisell (spelt Antissel)[5]
  • 1773 - Antisell[6]
  • 1776 - Christopher Antisell (spelt Antissel)[7]
  • 1781 - Thomas Antisele (death, Nigel Batty-Smith)
  • 1784 - Mr Antisel[8]
  • 1815 - Mr Antisel[9]
  • 1818 - Thomas Antisell [10]
  • 1821 - Letter from Elizabeth Pratt, Straduff, [probably King's County [Offaly] ], to William Gregory, Under Secretary, Dublin Castle, requesting payment of an outstanding portion of the sum of £20 allocated to her for the upkeep of a girl named Bradley. States that as Mr Steele is dead, she must apply directly to Gregory, 26 March
  • 1821. Encloses certificate of Dr C Bourns, Rathdowney, Queen's County, stating that George Steele had retained a portion of the allowance to be paid to Pratt for clothing the girl in question,[11]
  • 1821 - Thos. Antisel [12]
  • 1822 - Thos. Antsel [13]
  • 1824 - Thomas Antisell Esq [14]
  • 1825 - Thomas Antisell (in fee)[15]
  • 1825 - Thomas Antisell Tithes & Landlords Co Tipperary[16]
  • 1828 - Deaths recorded in the Dunkerrin Register. Anne Shortt of Sharaduff age 30 years.
  • 1831 - At Lorrha Church, Church by the Rev Joseph Rogers, Edward Evans Esq, Lieutenant in the 88th Regiment, to Eliza the second daughter of Thomas Antisell Esq of Straduff in said county. [17]
  • 1834 - County Tipperary, Thomas Antisell Esq, of Straduff Tithes and Landlords[18]
  • 1837 - T. Antisell[19]
  • 1844 -Christopher Antisell Esq of Straduff, Names on the long panel for the North Riding of Tipperary Assize, 1844 No. 105. [20]
  • 1846 - Christopher Antisell - Not a night passes without some sort of robbery being committed. Several sheep belonging to the Rev. Mallarkey of Arbourhill and of Christopher Antisell Esq of Straduff were killed during the past week. [21]
  • 1848 - 1864: Griffiths valuation, Egan, Martin County : Offaly/Kings, Parish : Lemanaghan, Location : Straduff
  • 1849 - Descendant of 1709. [22]
  • 1851 - Thomas Antisell[23]
  • 1851- Excerpt from letter "I have in the last four years, given very extensive employment in draining and found work for as many of the division as I could. The farmers on the contrary, have generally employed strangers, many of whom are now chargeable upon them. They can of course blame no one but themselves for the heavy rate they will now have to pay. If they could have listened to the repeated warnings of myself, their rate would probably be not one half of what it is. In addition to this the ratepayers of Milltown and Straduff have been continually bring strangers and lodgers for many of whom the Garryhill Division is now paying.[24]
  • 1854 - Also a house lately built containing a drawing room parlour, four bedrooms, two large closets, kitchen and scullery, a large farm yard with excellent offices and stack yard, all enclosed with high walls, within three miles of Parsonstown and five miles of Banagher, both excellent market and post towns. Proposals to be received by Christopher Antisell of Sraduff, May 30, 1854. Also a HOUSE, lately built, containing a drawing room, parlour, four bedrooms, two large closets, kitchen and scullery; a large farm yard, with excellent offices and stack-yard, all enclosed with high walls, within three miles of Parsonstown, and five of Bannagher, both excellent market and post towns. Proposals to be received by Christopher Antisell Esq Sraduff, May 30 1854.
  • 1868 -October 3, at Inchicrena Church, by the Rev G Rush, rector of Loughrea, uncle to the bride, assisted by the Rev H. Fry, Rector of Kilkeedy, Michael Furnell Marshall Esq. of Lough Bunny, County Clare, second son of the late Lawrence Marshall, Esq of Tomoline House, County Limerick, to Lizzie, eldest daughter of Thomas G. Antisell, Esq. of Ashfield House, County Galway, and granddaughter of the late Thomas Antisell Esq, of Straduff, County Tipperary. [25]
  • 1870 - On Sunday evening, 3rd instant, Eliza the beloved wife of Christopher Antisell Esq of Straduff, County Tipperary.[26]
  • 1871 - Case At Garrycastle, No. 50 to Francis Connors for 10 sheep his property, poisoned at Straduff on 20 April, 1871. Considered malicious. Seven pounds allowed to be raised off the townland of Straduff, exempting Connor's land.[27]
  • 1872 - 1872 Antisell, Christopher, Executor - Thos. Antisell, Ashfield Gort, Court PR, folio 80 Ireland. Principal Probate Registry (Dublin) Antisell, Christopher (86) Effects under 200 pounds. 27 Feb, the will of Christopher Antisell late of Sraduffe County Tipperary Esq deceased who died 24 Dec 1871 at same place was proved at the Principal Registry by the oath of Thomas Antisell of Ashfield Gort County Galway Esq the brother and sole executor.[28]
  • 1872 - Thomas Monsell Antisell and Blaquiere - At Kilkeedy church, Gort, Monsell Antisell Esq of Straduff, County Tipperary to Elizabeth Maria, only daughter of Edward Blaquiere, Esq, Fiddane, County Galway.[29]
  • 1873 - Antisell - April 18 - At Straduff, the wife of Monsell Antisell, Esq, a son.[30]
  • 1873 - House to let, in Straduff, within 3 miles from Parsonstown (Birr). A two storey house, well slated with commodious offices, including a stable. The tenant could also have the grass of a cow and turf. Apply to Mr Monsell Antisell, Straduff House, Parsonstown.[31]
  • 1876 - Monsell Antisell [32]
  • 1883 -To let the shooting over the lands of Lemonaghan and Straduffe. 2500 acres half upland half bog, abounding in grouse and partridge. Also splendid coursing with four miles of prospect station on great Southern and Western Railway. For further details apply to Edward F. Bowen, Esq, Burt House, Londonderry.[33]
  • 1890 - Deaths - Antisell - July 20 at 59 Morehampton Road, Dublin, Anna Maria Antisell, Straduff, county Tipperary, and youngest daughter of the late Thomas Palmer Doolan, J.P. Wingfield, Kings County. [34]
  • 1901 -Monsell Antisell[35]
  • 1904 - August 2nd at Sraduff, Birr, Elizabeth M. wife of Monsell Antisell.
  • 1904 - Elizabeth [36]
  • 1906 -Marriage Antisell to Haslam - At Centenary Church, Stephen's Green, Dublin, by the reverend J.M. Alley, Thomas Richard son of Monsell Antisell, Straduff, Birr, to Eleanor Jane eldest daughter of James Haslam, Rockview, Birr.[37]
  • 1908 - Thomas Monsell Antisell [38]
  • 1930 - 26 April, 1930 Kate Antisell of Kingstown, daughter of the late Thomas Antisell of Straduff, Kings County. I know that my redeemer liveth.[39]
  • Grave in Mount Jerome: No.13921 Top: Psalm | XXXI | 4th V. Sacred To the Memory of | THOMAS | son of JAMES SHEPPARD Esq. | Clifton, Co. Tipperary | who died 12th Novr. 1837, aged 23 | Also his Grand- mother | MARY DOOLAN | widow of THOMAS DOOLAN Esq. | Wingfield, Co. Tipperary | who died 12th March 1845 aged 80 | Also her Grand-son | The Revd. WILLIAM SHEPPARD | who died 29th Decr. 1855, aged 42 | Also his Aunt ANNA MARIA, widow of | EPHRAIM MONSELL ANTISELL Esq. | Shraduff, Co. Tipperary| and daughter of THOMAS DOOLAN Esq. | Wingfield | She was admirable as daughter, wife | mother and friend | She died loved and respected | 20th July 1890, aged 83. | "Into thine hand I commit my spirit: Thou hast | redeemed me, O Lord God of truth" Psalm XXXI. 5. | This Stone was erected by her son | THOMAS C. ANTISELL C.E. | who died 5th May 1916, aged 71 | Also SUSANNA ANTISELL | wife of above | who died 3rd May 1920, aged 63 | "Peace Perfect Peace"[40]
  • 2017- There are only ruins of Straduff remaining. The property is owned by the Delahunt family for about 50 plus years.


  1. Burke's Landed Gentry (supplement 1849)
  2. Dorrha Old Church, exterior wall plaque, Rathcabbin
  3. Landed Estate Database,
  4. Pedigree notes of Purser, Compiled by various sources including the White Book in the possession of Elsie Griffiths of Dublin, being notes on the family having been collated mainly by John Purser b. 2 Dec 1783 and brought up to date by W.S.B. Buck
  5. Administraton
  6. Ffolliott newspaper indexes
  7. PROI M1321, National archives
  8. Post Chaise Companion
  9. Post Chase Companion
  10. Ffolliott
  11. National Archives, 21 March 1821
  12. Census, G.O. 572, Genealogical Office
  13. Exterior wall plaque, Dorrha Old church, Rathcabbin
  14. Pigot's Directory
  15. Tithe Allotment Book
  16. Cork Constitution
  17. Southern Reporter and Cork Commercial Courier 18 Jun 1831 Pg 3
  18. Cork Constitution, 8th November 1834
  19. Lewis's Topographical Dictionary
  20. Tipperary Vindicator, 31 July 1844
  21. Freeman's journal 1 Jan 1847
  22. Burke's Landed Gentry (supplement 1849)
  23. Poor Law Valuation
  24. Dublin Evening Post, 25 Oct 1851
  25. Wexford Indepentdent 7 Oct 1866
  26. Kings County Chronicle, 6 Apr 1870 Pg, 3
  27. Kings county chronicle, 12 July 1871
  28. Irish Will Index
  29. Waterford mirror and Tramore Visitor, 15 May 1872 pg 2
  30. Freeman's Journal - 24 Apr 1873
  31. Kings County Chronicle - 6 Nov 1873
  32. Return of landowners > 1 acre
  33. Dublin Daily Express - 31 July
  34. Cork Constitution, 23 Jul 1890
  35. Ireland Census of 1901
  36. Dorrha wall plaque
  37. Belfast Weekly News, 14 Jan 1906
  38. Tisel Family Tree
  39. Irish Weekly Times - 3 May 1930
  40. Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dubln

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