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10-02-2019, 11:16   #1
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Griffiths Valuation-Title of MR

In Griffiths valuation, my ancestor is the only person designated with the title of Mr in the records for his own townland and the surrounding areas.

We were curious as to what this could mean as he obviously had some standing in the community. He owned (or maybe leased) a corn mill and was the lessor of many plots in his own and neighbouring townlands which were owned by the Lord Dillon in County Roscommon. Also upon his death an announcement appeared in Freeman's Journal
which was a national Irish paper at the time where he is also referred to as Mr.

Any thoughts as to why he would have merited this title and the national death announcement?
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In Griffiths valuation, my ancestor is the only person designated with the title of Mr in the records for his own townland and the surrounding areas.

Any thoughts as to why he would have merited this title and the national death announcement?
Any man with a mill would be respectable enough to merit the title Mr.

If he was a little better off, he would have been Esq.
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Any man with a mill would be respectable enough to merit the title Mr.

If he was a little better off, he would have been Esq.
The use of titles seems to vary between different districts. For example in Griffiths for Kildare, hardly anyone gets a title - e.g. in Naas town the majority of property was leasehold to the De Burgh family, but despite owning the whole town they are listed as plain Thomas De Burgh and Henry De Burgh.
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'Esq.' tended to be used mainly for those who were property owners and professionals, who usually were as tabbey says property owners.
My third great grandmother is registered in Griffiths as 'The Widow [surname] '
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The title probably depended on the individual valuator.
Griffith was a stickler for accurate valuation because he was afraid of a potential for corruption, but he would not have been fussy about title.
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