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Annual Report 1869

Annual report and rental for year ending June 1869, containing detailed report and accounts showing the receipts and disbursements on the estate for the preceding year. Records that the financial situation is favourable and that the largest expenditure was on drainage at Ballyknockan, Newtown, Killeenmore and Ballyduff. Reports that the RASI have awarded a 3rd Gold Medal and the Hall Challenge Cup for the best drainage in all Ireland. In relation to buildings and other improvements, he refers to ongoing renovations rather than new builds. Reports that the RASI have awarded a Gold Medal for improving existing labourers' cottages and that Mr Mallison, architect, was awarded £25 for best plans of labourers' cottages.(See 'Architectural drawings' preceding Index.) The constabulary barrack was fortified to withstand any attack. Woods and plantations were not as profitable as other years and reports on works on Derryclure, Clonad, Derryadd and Killeenmore.

In general, reports that 'an excellent tone pervades the people', that they appear satisfied and there is an absence of outrages. Regrets to say that part of the county boundary in Westmeath not for from estate is in a 'lawless condition'. Also reports on a 'curious incident' outside Tullamore where a ruse was employed by locals who wanted to divert police from an intended cock-fight. Also reports on the murder of Captain Tarleton and on a Mr Roberts who was forcefully ejected from his farm having 'seized' another farm which had belonged to a relative of his who had recently died. Appendix (pp54 and 55) contains copy correspondence between Lord Digby and RASI in relation to the establishment of a Digby Challenge Cup.

Report on Charleville Forest by Thomas Newenham Deane

Report on mansion at Charleville Forest by Thomas Newenham Deane, architect, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin. He found the house “in a most dangerous condition owing to the decay of the bearing timbers which from the entire support of the floors”. Newenham reports on the state of each floor and concludes that “decided steps” must be taken to save “this fine and comparatively new building from falling to ruin”. He advocates the adoption of a plan already undertaken successfully in the Picture Gallery, Kilkenny Castle, which may prove costly but which will not only render the building practically fire-proof but also make the house secure from the “terrible, almost incurable disease, Dry-rot”.

Bury, Charles William, 1st earl of Charleville