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A lease for Urker Lodge.
Sharon Oddie Brown. January 27, 2012


1829 Apr 28




This advertisement raises more questions than I can answer. There are only two houses in the townland of Urker, Parish of Creggan, Co. Armagh that could fit this description. The first is Urker House, which was inhabited by Captain Samuel BALL (1757-1843). The second significant dwelling that I know about was at Urker Lodge. Elizabeth JACKSON, who was the widow of John JACKSON (1780-1817), lived there and had three small children at the time. Even though she struggled to pay her rent, there is no record of her losing tenancy; yet, the advertisement mentions specifically Urker Lodge.  Here is a timeline of what I know so far that is pertinent:



TO BE LET, FOR SUCH TERM AS MAY BE AGREED UPON, the HOUSE OFFICES AND DESMESNE of URKER, together with from TEN to FORTY ACRES or more of LAND adjoining the premises. The house is in perfect repair, and fit for the immediate reception of a family, a sum of money having been lately expended upon it. The furniture is also in good order. Several dozen of choice OLD PORT and SHERRY may be had at a valuation. Urker Lodge is situated in the County Armagh, Barony of Upper Fews; distant 8 miles from Dundalk, five from Castleblaney, and seven from Carrickmacross; within a quarter of a mile of Crossmaglen; and a monthly fair and weekly market town, in a cheap and plentiful country, abounding with fuel and other advantages not generally met with.

Proposals (if by letter, post-paid) will be received by JOHN BALL[1], Esq., Dunleer, County Louth.


Thanks to Kieran McConville for the image beneath:

1829 April 28


[1] John BALL Esq. of Dunleer was mentioned in the will of Thomas Prideau BALL, but his relationship is unclear. He is all likelihood, a descendent of Abraham BALL (abt 1665-1740) who held a lease for Urcher in 1716, which likely came from his father Lieut. Thomas BALL means that the best bet is the John BALL who was a son of Thomas BALL (1727-1798) and Phillipa USSHER..This John BALL died in Nassau. His brother Samuel BALL resided at Urker House. This John BALL may or may not have been the same John BALL who was a member of the Irish Parliament representing Drogheda in 1796 & 1799 SOURCE: Journal of the County Louth Archaeological Society, Vol. 4, No. 4 (Dec., 1919/1920),pp. 375-386 Published by: County Louth Archaeological and History Society: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27729240   



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