as a tenant with a lease his right as such had to be recognized by any new owner. Pynnar's (1619) survey of the Plantation of Ulster shows "Mr. Obbyns" with 2,000 acres planted with British Tenants, 5 freeholders and 15 tenants for years (leases for terms of years). Of the freeholders, 3 had 120 acres each, 2 had 100 acres, and the Lessees for years: 4 of 100 acres each, 2 of 60, 3 of 66, 2 of 40 each, 1 of 30 acres, and 3 of 100 acres jointly (held). "These 20 tenants, with undertenants, make 46men armed (with weapons - Ed.)" (Calendar of the Carew Manuscripts, James I., p. 415).>
Please be aware that this survey was eleven years before the 1630 Muster Roll wherein we first locate Henry Hollinworth on Richard Cope and "Mr." Obbyns 2,000 acre estate, Number 5 on the list of tenants. (We are not aware if the numbers have any significance with regard to what preference or precedence each tenant had, but assume that the first named had more important status than those further down on the list.)
Henry may have been in England in 1619, a mere boy. What we have noted above in other articles should be kept in mind, as to the passage of ownership of the townland of Ballyvickcrannell - 120 acres - down to
Valentine Hollingsworth and beyond. But of this we must be sure: Henry Hollinworth was not a freeholder. He must have held a lease of some kind, probably for years. Both Henry Hollinworth and Valentine Blacker,
in 1632, were lessees from Cope or Obbyns(this latter point is up for grabs due to errors made by both Pynnar in 1619 and Hill in 1877 - as brought to our attention in a letter of 1 Feb 1966 of Mr. T. G. F. Paterson on the staff of the Armagh County Museum. Ballyvickcrannell, though, was, we are assured, in the Cope part of the estate). On page 24 we presented the proof that both Valentine Hollingsworth & Valentine Blacker did not obtain the freehold of their respective holdings until the Restoration. Yet in 1632 both *were "peaceably" enjoying their farms - see HR Sept 1983 p. 51 et seq. (Burke's Landed Gentry, op.cit. p. 81 misleads the reader thus "The first of the family who settled in Armagh, Valentine Blacker, of Carrick, Co. Armagh, Commandant of Horse and Foot (Cavalry and Infantry - Ed.), went from Poppleton, Yorkshire, to Ireland and purchased in 1660, from Sir Anthony Cope, of Loughgall, the manor of Carrowbrack, subsequently known as Carrickblacker. He was b. 1597; m. Judith (died 27 March, 1664), dau. of Michael Harrison of Ballydargan, Co Down, and died 17 Aug. 1677, leaving issue..." the reading of which tends to show that Blacker did not come to Ireland until shortly before 1660 when we know that he was there in 1632!*Henry Hollinworth & Valentine Blacker were so enjoying ...
Henry Hollinworth's "holding" of Ballyvickcrannell somehow ran out. Leases for years were ordinarily for 33,66,99,even 999 years duration. If Henry got a 33 year lease, say, in 1625, it would have expired (without a renewal clause) in 1658. But the political upheaval of that time (in 1658 Oliver Cromwell was mercifully dead!) may have had much to do with the transactions. HR is not aware of any such political influence. In 1664 Val Hollingsworth obtained the freehold.