There are references to St. Pierre Foley in David Bick's "The old copper
mines of Snowdonia", pages 26 and 28 in my 1982 copyright paperback
copy, in the section referring to Gilfach and Cwm Ciprwth mines.
This says that he was secretary of the Mining Company of Wales, which
was promoted on a grand scale in London, with a prospectus issued in
summer 1850. They aimed to develop mines and slate workings throughout
The section includes a quote describing him as "of Irish mining and
The scheme seems to have survived for less than two years.
On Tue, 2019-01-01 at 17:14 +0000, Stephen Moreton wrote:
> I am researching the history of the Glengowla lead mine, near Oughterard, Co. Galway, Ireland. Some names that have turned up include Pierre J. Foley, who managed the mine when it started up in the early 1850s. His journal and some correspondence are in the National Library of Ireland (I have these). A Captain Tracey managed it later, possibly with Henry Hodgson as the leasee. In 1871 one John Gibb set up the Galway Mining Company, but this folded a few years later with only a modest attempt at working mines in the area (which may have included Glengowla, they did hold the lease). Other than what can be gleaned from the newspaper archives and Mining Journal, does anyone have any more information about Foley, Tracey, Gibb or the Galway Mining Co.?
> The landowner throughout was George Fortescue O'Flahertie (also spelled O'Flaherty). But I cannot find his birth and death dates. I think 1810 till sometime after 1883, but am not sure. Any genealogists out there who can help please?
> The Hodgson phase ended in litigation with O'Flahertie but I have no details. Any ideas where I might find out more? The newspaper archives contain nothing, and the Geological Survey Memoirs are vague.
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