Knockaunbaun

Information taken from a variety of official documents

Research: Eileen Keane, Abbey Heritage

Knockaunbaun Townland

Knockaunbaun, Cnocán Bán, hillock,  white, lea-ground, grassy

Knockaunbaun is situated in the civil parish of Ballynakill, in the electoral district of Drumkeary, in the barony of Leitrim and in the county of Galway. It is located in the north east end of the parish of Ballynakill about 3½ miles north of Woodford.

According to O’Donovan’s Field Name Books (1838) the standard name for the townland is Knockaunbaun and its Irish form of name according to logainm is Cnocán Bán.  The translation of the name is given as white hillock.

O’Donovan’s Field Name Books states that there is a reference to Knockaunbaun in the following documents:
Hyath Clarke, Esq, BS Sketch

The Down Survey Map of Ireland 1641 

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 Knockaunbaun was undertaken in 1834. It states that the townland of Knockaunbaun was in the parish of Ballinakill and in the Diocese of Clonfert and Kilmacduagh.i

There was 1 proprietor in the townland at this time, namely: Lord Burke Bart.

According to the Tithe Applotment Books, Lord Burke Bart. held 52 acres 3 roods 20 perches of land which was occupied by 8 tenants. 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:

John Fahy held 12 acres of land that was valued at £1 2s per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £13 4s. He paid 7s 10d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 1s and the Vicar got 4s 10½d which was a total of 5s 10½d.

Edward (Edward) Conway held 11 acres 2 roods of land that was valued at £1 2s per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £12 13s. He paid 7s 7d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 11¼d and the Vicar got 4s 9d which was a total of 5s 8¼d.

Michl (Michael) Turney held 3 acres 2 roods of land that was valued at £1 2s per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £3 17s. He paid 2s 2¾d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 3½d and the Vicar got 1s 4½d which was a total of 1s 8½d.

John Mahony held 12 acres 2 roods of land that was valued at £1 2s per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £13 15s. He paid 8s 2½d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 1s ½d and the Vicar got 5s 1½d which was a total of 6s 2d.

Ml (Michael) Shaghnessy held 2 acres 3 roods of land that was valued at £1 2s per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £3 6d. He paid 1s 9¾d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 2¾d and the Vicar got 1s 1½d which was a total of 1s 4¼d.

Peter Cosgrove held 4 acres 3 roods 20 perches of land that was valued at £1 2s per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £5 7s 3d. He paid 3s 2½d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 5d and the Vicar got 2s which was a total of 2s 5d.

Michl (Michael) Donelly held 3 acres of land that was valued at £1 2s per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £3 6s. He paid 2s of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 3d and the Vicar got 1s 3d which was a total of 1s 6d.

Mich (Michael) Shaghnessy held 2 acres 3 roods of land that was valued at £1 2s per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £3 6d. He paid 1s 9¾d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 2¾d and the Vicar got 1s 1½d which was a total of 1s 4¼d.

Old Age Pension Census

There were no records for the townland of Knockaunbaun.

Griffiths Valuation 1847-1864

According to Griffith’s Valuation 1855, the townland of Knockaunbaun contained 87 acres and 23 perches. Therefore it stated that Sir Thom J Burke Bt leased 132 acres and 2 roods to the following tenants: Francis McDonogh and John Fahy.

Francis McDonogh paid a total of £6-10-0 for land.  John Fahy paid a total of £5-5-0 for house, offices and land and Sir Thos J Burke Bt, who was in fee, paid a total of £30-0-0.

Census 1901

There was one inhabited house at the time of the 1901 census.  The N Form showed that there were 2 males and 1 female resident and all were Roman Catholics.  They were all born in Co Galway. The head of the household was Michael Fahy. The B1 Form showed that the house in Knockaunbaun was built and listed as a private dwelling. The house walls were made of permanent material while the roof was made of perishable material.  The B2 Form showed that there were 4 farm buildings consisting of 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 shed.

Michael Fahy, a widower was 74 years old. He was a farmer who spoke Irish and English. He could not read. He lived with his daughter Anne who was 26 years old and his son Lawrence who was 19 years old. Anne could read and write and she was listed as a farmer’s daughter. She spoke English. Lawrence could read and write and he was listed as a farmer’s son. He too spoke English. Both Anne and Lawrence were single people. Michael’s house was listed as a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and there were 3 rooms in the house. Michael owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house and 1 piggery.

Census 1911

There was one inhabited house at the time of the 1911 census.  The N Form indicated that there were 3 males and 1 female and all were Roman Catholics.  They were all born in Co. Galway. The head of household was Lawrence Fahy. The B1 Form showed that the house in Knockaunbaun was built and listed as a private dwelling. The house walls were made of permanent material while the roof was made of perishable material. The B2 Form documented that here were 9 farm buildings consisting of 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 dairy, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn, 1 turf house and 1 shed.

Lawrence Fahy was 32 years old and he was a farmer. He could read and write and he spoke English. He lived with his 2 brothers and 1 sister. James was 34 years old and he could read and write. He was a tailor and he spoke English. Annie was 37 years old and she could read and write. She spoke English. Martin was 39 years old and he was listed as a farmer’s brother. He could read and write and he spoke English. All of the family were single. Lawrence’s house was listed as a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and there were 3 rooms in the house. Lawrence owned the land on which his house was situated along with 9 out offices consisting of 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 dairy, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn, 1 turf house and 1 shed.

Map of Knockaunbaun

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