Toomour Parish, Toomour Townland, 1838 map
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 TOOMOUR
- Down Survey Name: Tamocoer
- 1641 Owner(s): Land, Church (Protestant)
- 1670 Owner(s): Land, Church (Protestant)
- County: Sligo
- Barony: Corran
- Parish: Tumocoer
- Profitable land: 350 plantation acre
The Ordnance Survey Name Book
John O'Donavan 1836
John O’Donovan (1806-1861) led the Ordnance Survey project collecting information about the topography of Ireland. The work was carried out by sundry surveyors visiting every parish in Ireland. O’Donovan wrote the place name reports based on the data the surveyors collected. For more information visit here
Toomower. Tuat (tuad) meabair, tuaimeabair.
Situated on the W. side of the centre of the parish; on the S. side of the road from Ballinafad to Ballymote, about 4 miles S.E. of the latter place. It is bounded on the N. by Murhy; on the E. by Greenan, Carrowreagh and Dernaskeagh; on the S. by Curradoo; and on the W. by the townlands of Battlefield and Knockoconnor and the Parish of Drumrat.
This townland contains 508 acres, of which 288 are cultivated, 84 of uncultivated heathy mountain pasture and 136 of bog. The proprietor, W. Phibbs Esq., has it let to tenants at will at 1 pound per acre for the arable portion. County Cess generally amounts to 19 pound 10s for the whole townland. The soil is light, intermixed with limestone, which is burned and used for manure, and the general produce are oats, flax and potatoes. The townland is intersected by roads and lanes; there are several middling farmhouses and the ruins of an old church and graveyard. There is a hill on the S. side of the townland, called by the inhabitants “Crockmannan” on which there is a Trigl. station 332 feet above sea level.
Townland Place Names
Toomour / Tuaim Fhobhair (508—40)
Thumore, Cen., Timeure, HMR 17, 60, 75, 80, Tyemover, HD
tuath (tuadh) meabhair, tuaimeabhair, baile tuaimeabair, 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 this townland 1841-1901
Sligo Tithe Applotment Book Parish Listings
Below are the names of heads of families in the Toomour and Drumbeat parishes in 1833-4.
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
Tumore Townland, Toomour Parish, Co. Sligo 1834
A more detailed study of the records needs to be made to determine the residents and payees from this townland at the time. We’ll figure it out. More information may be found at the National Archives Genealogy Website. Access the Census Records for 1901 and 1911 and many other informative sites HERE
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 https://registers.nli.ie/about These are incomplete but you may be surprised!
Other online resources for other denominations mabye found at https://www.familysearch.org/en/wiki/County_Sligo,_Ireland_Genealogy#Church_Records
Griffith's Valuation 1857
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 website here
HELPFUL GUIDE: Read our handy guide on exploring Griffiths Valuation HERE
Toomour TL Page 61 (Ord.S.40)
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
House 1 Stone Thatch 2 rooms 6 Outbuildings Landholder James Trumble
TrumbleJames80Head of the familyWidowerFarmer
Margaret38Daughter in lawMarried
Mary18GranddaughterAll siblings single
Delia4Grandson Infant class - going to school
House 2 Stone Thatch 2 rooms 5 Outbuildings Landholder is Roger O’Connor
O'ConnorRoger55Head of familyWidowerFarmerBorn in County Sligo
Patrick32Sonnot marriedWeaverBorn in England
Mary27Daughternot married Born in County Sligo
House 3 Stone Thatch 2 rooms 2 Outbuildings Landholder is John Gaffney
GaffneyJohn65Head of familyWidowerAll family listed as working on the farm
Jane22Daughterall siblings single
House 4 Stone Thatch 2 rooms No outbuildings Landholder is Bridget Gaffney
GaffneyBridget90Head of familyHousekeeperWidow
O'ConnorMargaret50Head of familyAgricultural LabourerWidow
John28SonAgricultural LabourerNot married
House 5 Stone Thatch 2 rooms 4 Outbuildings Landholder is Michael Harte
HarteMichael45Head of familyFarmer
Mary20DaughterScholar (all siblings are single)
House 6 Stone Thatch 2 rooms 5 Outbuildings Landholder is Thomas Harte
HarteJames30 Head of familyFarmer Not married
House 7 Stone Thatch 2 rooms 2 Outbuildings Landholder is Batley Langton
LangtonBartley30Head of familyFarmerNot married
House 8 Stone Thatch 2 rooms 1 Outbuilding Landholder is Patrick Fitzwilliam
FitzwilliamPatrick71Head of familyFarmerMarried
House 9 Stone Slate 2 rooms 2 Outbuildings Landholder is John Boylan
BoylanJohn55Head of familyFarmerBorn in Co.Roscommon
Peeter (sis)26SonLabourerNot married
House 10 Stone Thatch 1 room 3 Outbuildings John Coleman is landholder.
ColemanJohn64Head of familyFarmer
Mary15DaughterScholarall siblings unmarried
House 11 Stone Thatch 2 rooms 5 Outbuildings Thomas McGarry is landholder.
McGarryThomas55Head of familyFarmerWidower
Michael20SonFarmerAll siblings single
House 12 Stone Thatch 2 rooms 4 Outbuildings Patrick Coleman is landholder
ColemanPatrick70Head of familyFarmerWidow
Mary39Daughter in law Married
House 13 Stone Thatch 2 rooms 5 Outbuildings Margaret McDonagh is landholder.
McDonaghMargaret75Head of familyWidowFarmer
House 14 Stone Thatch 2 rooms 3 Outbuildings Mary Keane [sic] is the landholder.
O'KaneMaria50Head of familyFarmerWidow
House 15 Stone Thatch 2 rooms # outbuildings Patrick Kenny is landholder.
KennyPatrick67Head of familyFarmerWidow
John21Son Not married
Maggie40 (sic)Daughter in law Married
House 16 Stone Thatch 2 rooms 1 Outbuilding Anne Cullen is landholder.
CallenAnne37Head of familyMarriedno indication of profession
Thomas19SonAll siblings single
Mary A5Daughter Scholar
House 17 Stone Thatch 2 rooms 3 Outbuildings Patrick Cullen is landholder
CullenPatrick66Head of familyFarmerMarried
Catherine30Daughter in law Married
House 18 Stone Thatch 2 rooms 4 Outbuildings Margaret Cullen is landholder.
CullenMargaret38Head of familyFarmers wifeWidow
Joseph29SonAll siblings single
House 19 Stone Thatch 2 rooms 4 Outbuildings Thomas Harte is landholder.
HarteThomas82Head of familyFarmerMarried
BrennanDarby56Sister in law Married
Bridget A16Grand daughter Not married
House 20 Stone Thatch 2 rooms 2 Outbuildings John Davy is landholder.
DavyJohn67Head of familyFarmerWidower
John20Son Not marrried
Maria30Daughter Not married
Ireland Census 1901
County Sligo, Toomour TL, Toomour Parish, Toomour DED, Boyle Poor Law Union
Occupants and houses (private dwellings/buildings). Ages as given in Census.
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 on-line 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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