Some History Snippets


Indenture dated July 26, 1572, between Sir Thomas Butler, Earl of Ormond,  and Donyll Oge O'Trehy of the Ballybeg Alias Littletown, Co. Tipperary, physician, witnesses that said Earl, grants said town of Ballybeg with the castle, meases, lands etc., thereto belonging, reserving to himself all game,to have and to hold to said Donyll, his executors and assigns, for a term of 21 years at annual rent of 8L., a poundage hog, a summer sheep and 6 watch hens, with a moiety of all heriots, strays and profits of courts.       

   Signature: Donaldus Troianus, phisicus

July 26, 1572

Thomas Butler, Earl of Ormond, General of the army of Munster, etc., in consideration of 200 marks Irish paid by Walter Archer of Rathfern Alias Archerstown,Co.Tipperary,and in performance of certain conventions made between the Earl's father and Walter's grandfather, grants to Walter all his lands, tenements and hereditaments in Rathfern alias Archerstown, Garranvullin, Ballygovin, Corballi, Drehednekilli,Cnokorballi, Rathgarrowe, Rathcoill,Galbollie, Rathlawrace, Shanclone, Nemoinkkin, Garrankeapagh and Thurles. To hold to the use of said Walter and his heirs of the Earl forever. Paying from time to time the rents, services and burdens acustomed to be paid according to the custom of the manor, and supplying one horse-soldier as often as necessary for the service of the Queen in Munster only.

Witnesses:   Walter Butler, Henry Shee, John  Cantwell

Patrick Purcell

July 2, 1578

James Hedyan of Ballybeg in county Tipperary grants to piers, Earl of Ormond and Margaret his wife all his lands, tenements, rents,etc., in Rathsax otherwise known as Gybbynstown and Davidstown in county Tipperary, to them and their heirs for ever.

February 4, 1527

The above were original legal documents of that time.

The documents were kept in Kilkenny Castle hence  they were saved from destruction  by the fire in the Public Records Office, Dublin in 1922.

Some facts about Littleton  Borris and other areas

of Tipperary in 1881.

Sorry about the quality of some of the articles.

From Bassett's directory.


Borris in 1881

Horse & Jockey 1881

Boherlahan 1818

Borrisoleigh 1881

Terryglass 1881

An old photo of thurles 1880


Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis, 1837


LITTLETON, a post-town, in the parish of BORRISLEIGH, barony of ELIOGARTY, county of TIPPERARY, and province of MUNSTER, 4 miles (E.) from Thurles, and 79 (S.) from Dublin, on the road by Cashel to Cork; containing 44 houses and 283 inhabitants. This place is of modern date, having been chiefly erected by the late Rev. Thomas Grady, who expended considerable sums on its buildings, and in the ornamental improvements of the vicinity: it is now the property of Valentine Maher, Esq. Here are a station of the constabulary police, a public dispensary, and the parochial church, which is a handsome structure with a tower and spire.


Ballymurreen Civil Parish
County Tipperary, North Riding



Poor Law Union


Catholic Diocese

Cashel & Emly

Catholic Parish



BALLYMOREEN, a parish, in the barony of ELIOGARTY, county of TIPPERARY, and province of MUNSTER, 4 miles (S. S. E.) from Thurles, on the mail coach road from Dublin to Cork; containing 1237 inhabitants. It comprises 2870 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act; there are about 500 acres of hog, and of the remainder of the land, the greater portion is under tillage. Parkstown is the residence of J. P. Lanphier, Esq.; and at Liskevin are the residences of R. Beere, T. Millet, and J. Going, Esqrs. The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Cashel, and in the patronage of the Archbishop; the rectory is impropriate in the Marquess of Ormonde. The tithes amount to 200, of which 60 is payable to the impropriator, and 140 to the vicar. There is no church, glebe-house, or glebe; the members of the Established Church attend divine service at Littleton, about 2 1/2 miles distant. There are two pay schools, in which are about 100 boys and 60 girls.











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