The Drumrat, Toomour and parts of Kilshalvy Parish Townland Information sheets bring together the first bits of information that inquisitive people ask about when looking for a relation and where they lived. These pages provide some name and place lists and online sources to introduce you to those who lived hereabouts in the recent, and not so recent, past. Our hope is that your search fosters an appreciation for the past and its peoples and the lands they called home. Our goal is to be helpful. Welcome to the neighbourhood.
The red numbers in the map note the specific Griffith’s Valuation (GV) fields/parcels of land. See the GV list for this town land below to match with tenants and owners holding these fields in 1857. Lands boundaries have been redone since over the years, and of course land has changed hands. Information from the Land and Tenant Rate books at the Valuation Office will be a good source for more information about the people living on and working the land after this 1857 information. See the section below re Valuations. We begin with the Down Survey of Ireland and other descriptive information about the townland below to get our bearings. Some sheets may contain estate records we were able to locate to give names of tenants early in the 1800s. We move on to the Tithe Applotment listings which tell us the heads of families in the town land in 1833. The Census records of 1901 and 1911 tell us who was in the houses in the townland on Census night. By visiting and searching other web sites, URL addresses provided, you may be able to track people via church records and civil records of births, marriages and deaths. Hint: The more information you have before searching, the better.
The Down Survey of Ireland
Taken in the years 1656-1658, the Down Survey of Ireland is the first ever detailed land survey on a national scale anywhere in the world. The survey sought to measure all the land to be forfeited by the Catholic Irish in order to facilitate its redistribution to Merchant Adventurers and English soldiers. For more information and to view the maps, go to http://downsurvey.tcd.ie/index.html and explore the site.
Townland of DRUMANEEL
Down Survey Name: Dromnangle alias Aghulerge
1641 Owner(s): Taaffe, Christopher Viscount (Catholic)
1670 Owner(s): Taaffe, Theobald earl of Carlingford (Catholic)
Profitable land: 42 plantation acres
Forfeited: 42 plantation acres
1659 Census Total: 3
The Ordnance Survey Name Book John O’Donovan 1836
John O’Donovan (1806-1861) led the Ordnance Survey part of the project tasked with collecting information about topography. The work was carried out by surveyors visiting every parish in Ireland. O’Donovan wrote the place name reports based on the data the surveyors collected.
Townland description: Drumaneel Druim an aoil, ridge of the lime Situated in the S. side of the parish, 2 chains E. of the road from Boyle to Keash, and about 4 miles S. of Ballymote. It is bounded on the N. by Kistrush and Daughloonagh; on the E. by the latter townland and on the S. and W. by Toomower parish and Cloonshanbally.
This townland contains 205 acres of which 137 are cultivated and 68 of uncultivated heathy mountain bog. The proprietor Sir R.B. Gore has let it to Mr. Orr by lease of three lives at the yearly rent of 38 pound 9 shilling 10d for the whole townland. This latter person has it sublet to the tenantry during pleasure at 1 pound 16 per acre/ County Cess varies from 1/6 to 2/- per acre. The last assessment amounted to 5 pound 4s 9d for the whole townland. The soil is light and the general produce oats, potatoes, etc. There are several middling farmhouses near the centre of the townland.
Townland Place Name
Drumaneel / Droim an Aoil (205 - 39) Dromonoile, Str 168, Dromanyle, DS, D:manel, HD, Dromaneal, Co. Map/ OSNB
This information from ”The Placenames of Corran,” by Nollaig O Muraile, given in a lecture at the 2008 Ballymote Heritage Weekend.
Sources cited: Tax.: Ecclesiastical Taxation, 1306; F: Fiants of Tudor Sovereigns (searched selectively); CPR: Calendar of Patent Rolls of James I; Str: Strafford’s Inquisition, 1635 (from Wood-Martin’s Sligo); DS: Down Survey, c 1655 (most citations taken from OSNB); Cen.: ‘Census’ of Ireland, c. 1659; HMR: Hearth Money Roll for Co. Sligo, 1665 (ed. MacLysaght); HD: Hiberniae Delineatio (al. Petty’s Atlas), publ. 1685 (but engraved c 1663); OSBN: Ordnance Survey Parish Namebooks, 1837 (consulted - especially for evidence of Irish forms collected from native speakers of the language).
Population, landowners and tenants
Population figures for townlands in parish 1841-1901
1841 (93) 1851 (49) 1861 (21) 1871 (16) 1881 (22) 1901 (10)
SLIGO TITHE APPLOTMENT BOOK Parish listings
Below are the names of heads of families in the Toomour and Drumrat parishes in 1833. The Tithe Applotment Books are records compiled between 1823 and 1837 to determine the amount which occupiers of agricultural holdings over one acre should pay in tithes to the Church of Ireland. We recommend a visit to the sites below for more information.
We recommend a visit to the sites below for more information.
Drummaniel TL [Drumaneel]
6. James Orr
7. John Orr
8. Francis Fany
9. John Hannen
10. James Cryan
11. James Hannen
12. Thomas Hannen
13. Terence McCormack
14. Patrick Mulligan
More information may be found at the National Archives Genealogy Website. Access the Census Records for 1901 and 1911 and many other informative sites at http://www.genealogy.nationalarchives.ie
Parish Online Resources
Diocese of Achonry | County of Sligo Variant forms of parish name: Keash [includes townlands in Drumrat and Toomour] This website contains images from the National Library of Ireland’s collection of Catholic parish register microfilms. The registers contain records of baptisms and marriages from the majority of Catholic parishes in Ireland and Northern Ireland up to 1880. Go to http://registers.nli.ie/about
These are incomplete but you may be surprised! Other online resources for other denominations may be found at https://www.familysearch.org/en/wiki/County_Sligo,_Ireland_Genealogy#Church_Records
Griffith’s Valuation 1858
County of Sligo, Barony of Corran, Union of Boyle
Griffith’s Valuation is the name given to the Primary Valuation of Ireland, a property tax survey carried out in the mid-nineteenth century. The survey involved the detailed valuation of every taxable piece of property and published county-by-county between 1847 and 1864. The information with tenant and owner names for this town land is below. You can see the rest by going to the page on the GV site. Explore Griffith’s Valuation online at these sites:
Looking for more about properties? See the Valuation’s Office web site at http://www.valoff.ie/en/Archives_Genealogy_Public_Office/ Follow the links. Some material is online, other information is digitized at their office to view
Census of Ireland
Census pages may be accessed through The National Archives of Ireland. This is the home page: http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie We recommend reading the information available to become familiar with the records. We only provide names, ages and the briefest of other information. The Census pages has more about individuals and families and their houses and land.
Ireland Census 1901
Co. Sligo Drumaneel TL, Drumrat Parish, Boyle Poor Law Union, DED Drumrat
Occupants and houses (private dwellings/buildings). Ages as given in Census. House Number and surname then first names, age and specifics of person - head, work, relationships within house hold then house and number of other buildings
Two houses in this townland. Both rented to the listed families. Both properties owned by Robert Gorman.
House 1 Stone House Slate roof 2 rooms with two outbuildings for cows and fowl
McGowan Laurence 75 Head of family. Widower Herdsman
James 46 son Herdsman
Kate 45 daughter in law [Herdsman’s Wife] 7
Lawrence 18 grandson
All children listed as scholars
Mary 15 granddaughter
Batty 13 grandson
James 11 grandson
House 2 Stone house Thatched roof 1 room with one outbuilding for fowl
Thomas 50 Head of family Agricultural Labourer
Margaret 47 wife
Margaret 14 daughter scholar
Ireland Census 1911
Co. Sligo Drumaneel TL, Drumrat Parish, Boyle Poor Law Union, DED Drumrat
Occupants and houses (private dwellings/buildings). Ages as given in Census. The landlord for all three families is Henry Gorman
House 1 Stone house Thatched roof 2 rooms with one outbuilding for piggery
Sweeney Thomas 73 Head of family Widower Agricultural Labourer Born Co. Roscommon
Breheny John 29 Son-in-law Agricultural Labourer Born England
Bridget 22 Daughter Wife to John Born Co. Sligo as are children
Patrick 1 Grandson
Maggie 2 Granddaughter
House 2 Stone house Slate roof 2 rooms with two outbuildings for cows and pigs
Hannon Maurice 30 Head of family Agricultural Labourer All born Co. Sligo
Mary 27 Wife
Patrick J. 4 Son
Kathleen 3 Daughter
Bridget A. 11 months Daughter
House 3 Stone house Slate roof 2 rooms with three outbuildings for cows, pigs and fowl
McGowan James 59 Head of family Herdsman All born Co. Sligo
Catherine 57 Wife
Lawrence 28 Son Agricultural Labourer
James 22 Son Agricultural Labourer
What else can we know about our old parishes and townlands?
County Sligo is long inhabited, and the folks who lived here left many reminders - like the ringforts dotting our fields. We can now learn more of these and other monuments via the Archaeological Survey of Ireland, a unit of the National Monuments Service, and its’ online database base. Go to https://www.archaeology.ie and look for the Historic Environment Viewer - an online digital service provided by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Tis quite a tool. The viewer is accessible on most browsers and platforms, including smart phones.
Future additions to assist users of these Townland Information Sheets
The local people of the Keash/Culfadda Parish area will continue to refine these Townland information sheets as time goes on. With the valuable help of neighbors and relations they will add names of residents who came to live, work and pass on to others the fields and homes of these townlands for a few more years beyond the 1911 Census, to bring knowledge of the past up close to current memory and understanding. They will also do their best to name the local fields and gathering places of by-gone days - where, for instance, our ancestors used to dance at the crossroads or meet at a well marked land mark, etc. This way, even as old places take on new meanings befitting the era, the past is not lost and our ancestors might still be seen along the roads, in the fields and their old homes - here or gone.
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