Eaglehill

Information taken from a variety of official documents

Research: Eileen Keane, Abbey Heritage

Eaglehill Townland

Eaglehill, Cnoc an Iolair, Hill

Eagle Hill is a townland in the Civil Parish of Ballynakill, in the Barony of Leitrim and in the County of Galway.  It is located in the north east end of the parish of Ballynakill(sic) about 3½ miles north east of Woodford.

According to O’Donovan’s Field Name Books (1838) the standard name for the townland is Eaglehill and its Irish form is Cnoc an Iolair.  The translation of the name is given as hill.  According to the Down Survey of Ireland the names assigned to the townland was Linn alias Connereogh.

The Down Survey Map of Ireland 1641 (pre Cromwell) states that the owner of the townland was the Earl of Clanrickard in 1641 and he continued to own the land in 1670.

1851 Old Age Pension Census Search Forms

There were no records for Eaglehill regarding the Old Age Pension.

TITHE APPLOTMENT BOOKS

The Tithe Applotment Books were compiled between 1823 and 1837 in order to determine the amount which occupiers of agricultural holdings over one acre should pay in tithes to the Church of Ireland. The land was measured in Irish acres or plantation acres at the time and this equated to 1.6198 English acres.

The Tithe Applotment for the townland of Eagle Hill was undertaken in 1834. It states that the townland of Eagle Hill was in the parish of Ballinakill and in the Diocese of Clonfert and Kilmacduagh.

There was 1 proprietor in the townland at this time, namely: H Pigott Esq.

According to the Tithe Applotment Books, H Pigott Esq held 98 acres of land which was occupied by 1 tenant and himself. The following is an account of the tenants’ landholdings, the value of their acres, the amount of composition of the tithe and how this was dispersed among the church hierarchy:

Mr. Broderick held 4 acres of land that was valued at 9s per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £1 16s. He paid 1s of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 1½d and the Vicar got 7½d which was a total of 9d.

H Pigott Esq held 70 acres of land that was valued at £1 3s per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £80 10s. He paid £2 8s 5d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 6s 1½d and the Vicar got 4s which was a total of 4s 9d.

H Piggott Esq held 24 acres of land that was valued at 9s per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £1 16s. He paid 1s of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 1½d and the Vicar got 7½d which was a total of 9d.

 

Griffiths Valuation

According to Griffith’s valuation 1855 the area of the townland contained 150 acres, 1 rood and 25 perches.  Andrew P Martin leased a total of 130 acres, 3 roods and 5 perches to Henry Pigott.  Henry Pigott leased a total of 19 acres, 6 roods and 20 perches to Owen Gorman and John Glynn.  The overall rent paid was £108-15-0.

Henry Pigott paid a total annual valuation rate of £102-0-0 for house, offices and land.  Owen Gorman paid a total annual valuation of £5-15-0 for house, office and land.  John Glynn paid a total annual valuation rate of £1-0-0 for houses and land.

Census 1901

The N Form documents that there were 13 people in Eaglehill at the time of the Census, 6 males and 7 females. The B1 Form showed that there were 3 inhabited houses.  All of them had walls  built of permanent material and two out of the three roofs were made of permanent material.  They were all Roman Catholics.  The heads of households were Persse(sic) Martin, John Connaire and Thomas Kavanagh. The B2 Form states that there were 11 outhouses in total, namely: 2 stables, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 dairy, 2 piggeries, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed.

Persse Martin was 30 years old and he was a farmer.  He could read and write.  He was married to Teresa who was 27 years old and she could read and write.  They both spoke English.  They had 2 daughters.  Charlotte was 3 years old and Julia was 2 years old.  Anne Martin, a widow was the mother of Persse Martin and she was 70 years old.  She could read and write and she spoke English.  William Hayes was a farm servant and he was 28 years old.  He could not read and he was single.  He spoke English. Mary Meara was a servant and she was 25 years old.  She spoke English but she could not read. She was not married.  They were all born in Co Galway.  Perrse Martin’s house was listed as a 1st class house with 9 front windows and there were 13 rooms.  Persse owned the land on which his house was situated along with 9 out offices consisting of 1 stable, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 dairy, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed.

John Connaire was 35 years old.  He was a labourer who was born in India and the rest of the family listed on the Census Form were all born in Co Galway.  He could not read and he could speak English. He was married to Johanna who was 30 years old. She could not read and she could speak English. They had 3 daughters and 1 son all of whom spoke English.  Bridget was 8 years old.  She was a scholar who could read and write.  Patrick was 7 years old.  He could not read.  Maryanne was 4 years old and she could not read.  Elizabeth was 3 years old.  John Connaire’s house was listed as a 3rd class house with 1 front window and there was 1 room in the house.  Persse Martin owned the land on which the house was situated along with 1 out office which consisted of 1 piggery.

Thomas Kavanagh was 35 years old.  His occupation was listed as a dealer and he could read and write. He was married to Mary who was 39 years old.  Mary could read and write.  They had 1 daughter and 1 son. Their daughter Mary was 15 years old.  She could read and write.  Michael Kavanagh was 10 years old.  He could read and write.  All of the family spoke English and they were born in Co. Kilkenny. Thomas Kavanagh’s house was listed as a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and there were 3 rooms in the house.  Thomas owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 out office which consisted of 1 stable.

Census 1911

The enumerators N Form shows that there were 12 inhabitants in 1911, 5 males and 7 females. The B1 Form shows that there were 3 inhabited houses at the time of the 1911 census and they were all Roman Catholics. All of the residents were born in Co Galway except for two people. The heads of households were Andrew Martin, William Watson and James Broderick.  The B2 Form shows that there were 35 outhouses namely 4 stables, 1 coach house, 1 harness room, 6 cow houses 5 calf houses, 1 dairy, 3 piggeries, 3 fowl houses, 1 boiling house, 2 barns, 1 turf house, 1 potato house, 2 workshops, 3 sheds and 1 store.

Andrew Martin was 57 years old.  He was married to Anne who was 28 years old.  He was a farmer who could read and write and he could speak Irish and English.  Anne could read and write.  According to the 1911 Census they were married for 5 years.  According to the Census A Form there were 3 daughters listed although it stated that 2 children were born alive and 2 children were still living.  Maud was 15 years old and she was a scholar who could read and write.  Frances was 4 years old and she could not read.  Rosaleen Martin was 9 months old.  Most of the children spoke English.  Andrew Martin’s house was listed as a 1st class house with 9 front windows and there were 17 rooms in the house.  Andrew owned the land on which his house was situated along with 25 out offices consisting of 4 stables, 1 coach house, 1 harness room, 5 cow houses, 4 calf houses, 1 dairy, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 boiling house, 1 barn, 1 turf house, 1 potato house, 1 work shop, 1 shed and 1 store.

William Watson was 29 years old.  According to the 1911 Census he was married to Celia for 5 years and there were no children listed on the Census Form A.  He was a carpenter and he could read and write. Catherine Kelly was a mother-in-law of William Watson and she was 71 years old.  She could read and write.  They all spoke English.  It stated on the census form that William was born in Co Galway and there was no information furnished for the origin of Celia and Catherine.  William’s house was listed as a 3rd class house with 2 front windows and there were 2 rooms in the house.  William owned the land on which his house was situated along with 7 out offices consisting of 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn, 1 work shop and 1 shed.

James Broderick was 30 years old.  He was married to Francis(sic) who was 24 years old.  He was a farm labourer who could read and write. Francis(sic) could read and write.  They both spoke English.  Michael was their son and he was 1 month old.  They were all born in Co Galway. James Broderick’s house was listed as a 3rd class house with 2 front windows and there was 1 room.  Andrew Martin owned the land on which the house was situated along with 3 out offices consisting of 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 shed.

Monuments & Architectural Heritage

GA125-056—-

Class: Enclosure

Townland: EAGLEHILL

Scheduled for inclusion in the next revision of the RMP: Yes

Description: We regret that we are unable to supply descriptive details for this record at present.

GA116-052—-

Class: Designed landscape – folly

Townland: EAGLEHILL

Scheduled for inclusion in the next revision of the RMP: No

Description: We regret that we are unable to supply descriptive details for this record at present.

GA116-051–

Class: Quarry

Townland: EAGLEHILL

Scheduled for inclusion in the next revision of the RMP: No

Description: In a marshy field of rough scrubland. A hachured feature marked on the 1920 edition of the OS 6-inch map proved on inspection in 1983 to be a disused quarry pit. As it is of post-AD 1700 date it does not come within the remit of the Archaeological Survey of Ireland.

Eagle Hill House is listed on the Landed Estates Database.

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This page was added on 27/05/2015.

Comments about this page

  • James Burke of Danesfield, Moycullen (d. 1820) names “Andrew Martin of Eagle Hill” as a trustee in his will (written in or before 1814)

    He also mentions his daughter ‘Charlotte Martin’. It looks like Charlotte might have been married to Andrew, but that’s not stated explicitly.

    By Joseph McGinley (05/07/2018)

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