William Cosnahan 1670

Submitted by: Joyce M Oates
Date: 5 February 2018
Original: 0106202

Archdeacon Will 1674A #34 Patrick will of William Cosnahan of Ballamoar & Ballaquiggin, both in Balymore treen, died 2 November 1674: 
Summary:  wife Catharine Cosnahan alias Corris, heiress of Ballamore is alive [married before or about 1632], son William (eldest, has a contract), 
son Hugh & son Thomas, grandson William Cosnahan,   witnesses: William Corris & John Quirk,   pledges: Thomas Watterson & John Gell
will of son: ArW 1695A #16 Patrick will of William Cosnahan of Ballamoar, died 28 January 1695/6: wife [Ann Crowe] is alive, 2 daughters, son & heir John, 
brother Thomas Cosnahan (has children), brother Hugh Cosnahan, godfather of heir & overseer Caesar Wattleworth, witnesses: Caesar Wattleworth & John Creer 
& John Woods, pledges: David Callister & Gilbert Mylchreest junior OR Silvester Mylchreest junor
son: German parish register:  Wm Cusnahan buried 29 January 1695/6
self & wife & ?: 1632 Liber Vastarum, Patrick:  John Quarres/Corris had the rent of a quarterland of 24s in Ballymore treen, and sold it 
to William Cosnahan, as acknowledged before Deemster Christian & John Sharples comptroller, and William was entered for it in 1632
self & wife & father in law & grandfather in law:   1632 Liber Vastarum, Patrick: William Quarres/Corris had a quarterland with the yearly rent of 24s in 
Ballymore treen, and Catharine Corris, the daughter of Philip Corris & heir of William Corris, and her husband William Cosnahan were entered at right tenants 
for it in 1632 self & wife:   1648 Liber Vastarum, Patrick: Catharine Corris & her husband William Cosnahan had a quarterland with yearly rent of 24s, and in 
1648 they sold 12d worth of the land to Alexander Young, who was entered for the 12d rent
self & wife & son:   1675 Liber Vastarum, Patrick:  Catharine Corris & her husband William Cosnahan had farmland/quarterland of 24s yearly rent in Ballamore treen, 
and they sold a parcel of land called the Monaugh, being 3d rent, which was confirmed by the said William & his wife Catharine and their eldest son William Cosnahan

THE COSNAHANS OF PATRICK,   by Brian Kneen, 1st January 2005
     The First Cosnahan is stated by Bishop Wilson to have come to the Island about 1530 and to have had three sons, one of whom he settled on a piece of land 
     bought in the treen of Balymore, and known as Ballaquiggin. (This piece of land is probably the farmstead now known as Ballacosnahan, Kirk Patrick.)  
     Another son settled in Kirk Santan. The third son's home is not stated, and it is probable that this branch was extinct before the time of Bishop Wilson. 
     Nothing is known of the personality of this original Quishnoga. The Three Families arising from the original Quishnoga will be dealt with seriatim, 
     beginning with the branch whose homestead was not recorded by the Bishop.  This son was presumably Lawrence.  
     Lawrence Quishnoga appears several times in ancient records; about 1539 he was a merchant in "Peele-towne."  He had a son Lawrence who appears once as 
     fighting with one Pat Quiggin, in the Book of Precedents, and again, some years later (1590), as buying a piece of ground, also from Pat Quiggin. But 
     after this time there is no record of any of his progeny, and it is presumed that, as the family was not mentioned by Bishop Wilson, the line had died out. 
     "William" Quishnoga appears in Lib. Assed. in 1538 as the owner of Ballaquiggin, in the Treen of Balymore.  For many generations there is a continuous 
     line of Quishnogas, Quishnoghans and Cosnoghans holding Ballaquiggin. None of them appears in any other record than Lib. Assed. so far noted, but they 
     appear to have been prosperous farmers, adding land from time to time to their holding. In 1580 two Cosnaghans signed a petition for a Church at Patrick, 
     one Hugh, the other Thomas.  As Ballaquiggin at this time was owned by William, son of the first William, these two land-owners would presumably be 
     brothers of the William at Ballaquiggin. [?See: ArW 1674 Patrick of William Cosnahan of Ballaquiggin & Ballamoar, died 2 November 1674:   wife Catharine 
     Cosnahan alias Corris, heiress of Ballamore is alive (married before 1632),  son William (eldest, has a contract), sons Hugh & Thomas, grandson William 
     Cosnahan]  The first of this line to become reasonably well-known has William, who was claimed as an ancestor by Colonel W. J. Anderson, Receiver-General.  
     From this point, the family is fairly easily followed. This William died 1702, had two grandsons, William (b. 1703, d. 1755) the grandfather of Col. 
     Anderson,' and John, Captain of the parish of German.  William (17) is buried at Patrick, and from his title of "Captain" it may be assumed that he was 
     Captain of the Parish of Patrick.   He had only one daughter, Ann (20), 1755-1824. William also appears as Coroner for Glenfaba. His daughter Ann became 
     a well-known character; she married Dr. Thomas, a surgeon retired from the Royal Navy, who settled down at Ballacosnahan, while practising in Peel. They 
     had no surviving son, but a large family of daughters, several of them remembered by Peel folk. Sage Ann Thomas married Captain John Gelling of Castletown 
     and became the mother of John Caesar Gelling, M.H.K. Maria and Sophia married brother officers. Maria married Capt. Ronald Macdonald, a direct descendant 
     of the only survivor of the massacre of Glencoe. Sophia maried Captain Anderson, and their son was Colonel Anderson, the Receiver General.  Young Ronald 
     Macdonald joined the army, made a great name for himself in the Crimean War, and was very seriously wounded; on recovering he was made Governor of Edinburgh 
     Castle. Mrs. Thomas left the estate of Ballacosnahan to her daughter Margaret, who left it to young Ronald MacDonald, who sold it to his cousin Col. 
     Anderson, and he left it to his godson and nephew Colonel W. A. W. Crellin, M.C., brother of Captain John Frissel Crellin the present owner of Ballacurry, 
     Andreas, and M.L.C. Colonel Crellin was killed in the 1914-18 war, and the estate went to his brother, Arthur Murray Crellin, the present owner. The 
     Cosnahan male line ended with this grandfather of Colonel Anderson, so far as the senior branch was concerned...

The last will & testamt: of Wm: Cosnahan who departed this life ye 2d of November 74, and beinge in pfect memory comended his soule to God, his body to Xian buriall. To ye poore as my executors discretion; It: to my son Wm Cosnahan an oxe, a steer & a horse, It: to his son Hugh Cosnahan a cow for the monyes due to him. It: to his son Thomas a heffer. It: to his two sonnes Tho: & Hugh three firlets of barly a peece to be paid by their older brother; It: to his grandchild Wm: Cosnahan a foale. It: he ordained his wife Katheren Cosnahan his lawfull executrix of all the rest of his goods movable & unmova ble witnesses Wm Corris juratus The Inventory priced by Jo: Quirke ---- sworn men more to my sons Hugh Wm Corris & Tho: a younge horse Jo: Shymine for legate Jo: Christian The execurx: sworne in form of law Robt Quillam & have given pledges in forme of law amounts to twelve shillings Tho: Waterson & Jo: Gell June ye ijth 1675 Willm Calister enters his claime against ye said execr: for for the sume of fifteene shillings due debt as appeares by specialte with the use therof since hee received the said moneys; and allso for 40s more & 6d due by specialltie for wch there is a pcell of meddowing in morgag; all due debt as hee will mak to appear & craveth tryall and allso 8s 6d upon account: as shall appear: & craveth tryall June xjth ffourteene dayes time is granted to Willm Cosnahan to prove his contractione & to produce ----[edge] 1675 same to us: otherwise wee shall pceede accordinge to law eod die: Jo: Kelly enters his claime against ye execr: of Willm Cosnahan for ye sum of ijs due debt & cra--[edge] June xj: Joh: Crellin clark enters his claime against ye said execr: for 2s-6d --- xjth 75: Willm: Gell enters allso for 5s 6d due debt & craveth tryall ---e ijth 75: Ffinlo Ffarcher enters his claime against ye said execr: for 12s lent money & craveth tryall --ne ij 75: Willm Mcylchrist enters against ye said execr: for 3 ahlf fir: of -----[torn] [slip of paper, previous page] Novembr: 9 - 75 Thomas Harrison enters his clayme agt: the Executors of William Cosnahan for the full and iust summe of 22s as appeareth by a Specialty: under his hand as he will make to appeare and craveth tryall of law [found after ArW 1675A #143 German will of Bessy Clark alias Cubbon: Cosnahans pap: Thomas Harrison claymeth of the executors of William Cosnahan the full and iust summe of xxijs due debt as appeareth by a specialty under the sayd Cosnahan hand & witnesses as hee will prove & craveth tryall of law November 9 - 75 Concord: p me Jo: Hudleston Regisr: The Claymer is admitted to prove his debt with compurgatr: at the alter in respect hee hath a specialty, the execx: is to have notice to bee by and the Ministr: is to certifye what shalbe de= posed and in soe doinge this shalbe in dischardge dat 9ber 9 - 75 The Ministr is to executr this Joh: Harrison forth with accordingly sub vicrs: genls: paena iuris ---- 14 : 1675 The Claimer have sworne his claimed debt in forme of law befor mee: & craveth prosses& with the fees disbursed Tho: Harrison The execrs: of Willm: Cosnahan is hereby required to make punctuall payment of the above claimed debt of 22s within 14 dayes: & if neglected the sumner is forthwith to commit the execr: into KK German: & there remaine till hee submit to law: & if disobeyed hee is to desire the assistance of a soulder from ye cunstable of Peele Castle to pforme ys same, & ys shall bee his discharge ---5 Note yt this debt was due before an contraction was made to ye testators sonn John Harrison Vic: Genls

Last Modified 5 February 2018