The Fitzwilliam Estate Clearances Lists, 1847 to 1856

Coolattin House, home of Lord Fitzwilliam

This index is a record of the families who left the Fitzwilliam Estate in County Wicklow, Ireland during the clearances carried out by the estate between 1847 and 1856. The vast majority went to Quebec, one shipload went on the Star to St. Andrews, New Brunswick in 1848. The information is taken from the Fitzwilliam Emigration Books (National Library of Ireland, MS 4974 & 4975), a list of the people scheduled to sail on the Star, Jessie, and Swan (Fitzwilliam Papers, National Library of Ireland, microfilm Pos 934, Neg 852, referred to below simply as “passenger list”), and various lists in the records of Parks Canada at Grosse Isle, Quebec and the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick relating to the Star.

Also see related article The Surplus People by Jim Rees and see the website the Ireland-Canada Story.

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  • Hello Candice, I can check our parish records for you and will email you shortly. Regards, Catherine Wright, Archives Service.

    By Catherine Wright (15/09/2021)
  • My husband’s ancestor Richard Albert Hopkins (b. in Corndog, Co Wicklow in 1811 and son of Charles Hopkins,) was a tenant farmer on the Earl of Fitzwilliam’s Coolattin Estate. I am trying to ascertain whether or not Richard Albert Hopkins’ mother was really Mary Bellingham (1772-?) or not! Can you help me with this question, please? Richard Albert Hopkins and his wife and children were helped to emigrate to Grey County in Ontario, Canada in 1846 due to the generosity of Lord Fitzwilliam. Richard A. Hopkins was married to his cousin Martha B. Hopkins (b. 1802 in Tinahely, County Wicklow.) She was the daughter of Charles Hopkins (1760-1804,) and Martha Margaret Edge (1760-1803.) I have Mr. Jim Rees’ book but it focuses on the families who emigrated to Canada beginning one year after my husband’s ancestor Richard Albert Hopkins left for Bentinck Township, Grey County, Ontario, Canada. Any help would be most appreciated! Thank you in advance!

    By Candice Hopkins (12/09/2021)

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