The Ancient and Present State of Youghall [sic] [Youghal] – Containing a Natural Civil, Ecclesiastical and Topographical History thereof. To which are added, a Description of the Towns, Villages, Churches, in the Baronies of Imokilly, and Kilnatalloon. With an Account of the Rise and Progress of the Blackwater, Gentleman’s Seats &c.
Original / First Edition. Youghal, Thomas Lord, 1784. Small Octavo (9,5 cm x 16 cm). , 128 (of 130) pages with pages 122/123 missing. Simple Hardcover of the time (stitched board). Poor condition with some stronger signs of wear. Corners of the textblock were cleanly cut with no or only very few signs of textloss. Some pages loosened. Name of preowner Thomas Ryan of Castlemartyr in ink verso the titlepage.
This extremely scarce publication includes a list of subscribers, a detailed list of Roman Catholic and Protestant Mayors, as well as Bailiffs to the city of Youghal from the year 1542 (under Henry VIII) al the way to 1783 under the reign of King George III.
This little, rather ugly book, holds also information about Cork local history beyond Youghal and in throw-away-comments mentions in letters (e.g.from Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork to Lord Goring or to the speaker of the House of Commons in 1641):″I have employed my second son Kynalmeaky to command and govern a town in the west of my erection called Bandonbridge [Bandon], the walling and fortifying whereof stood me in fourteen thousand pounds wherein are at least seven thousand souls, all English protestants, and not one Irishman or papist dwelling therein”.