Short Notes to Highmore 1780
Highmore or Highmoor, as it is spelled today, was part of the Ashbrook estate in 1780. The townland lies between Brockagh mountain and Slievebuck, not far from Ashbrook.
There are several tenants’ names inserted which are:
Owen Mc Grorey
Owen Mc Closkey
Widow Deeghan and partners
Charles Mc Ilvar
Land division is clearly indicated including land description with a number of dwellings sketched on the western portion of the map. Most unusual is that the numbers identifying the various field boundaries , are roman numerals.
The surveyor of this part of the estate was David Mc Cool who retired from the profession before 1800. He was an estate agent and surveyor based in the city. He completed various surveys of counties Donegal, Antrim, Wicklow and Londonderry. In 1773, he was master and mentor of William Mc Intire. David Mc Cool, his son, followed in his father’s footsteps.
The words “belonging to,” on the reverse, implies that the map emanated from the necessary estate surveys of the Ash family, in this case George Ash (1712-1796). These surveys would have acted as a continuous monitoring of the tenancy rentals, ensuring that all the records were kept updated.
any changes in the tenant occupancy could easily be written into the existing map by the surveyor.
The watermark of i. Villedary (Jean Villedary) appears with close observation.
He was a descendant of the french Villedary family which had locations of all their mills in Angoumois, Beauvais and La Couronne.
His son, also called Jean, became a reliable papermaker but worked in Holland (Hattem Guelderland). Dutch paper was very much in demand during this period in history.
He established his paper for the dutch market, with his watermark covering a period of more than 150 years or more.
His initials were always used as a hall-mark of excellence, easily recognisable in various parts of the world, especially the British Isles.