Lackan

Information taken from a variety of official documents

Research: Eileen Keane, Abbey Heritage

Lackan Townland

Lackan, An Leacain, hillside

The townland of Lackan is situated in the N. East end of the Civil parish of Ballynakill about 2¼ miles n east of Woodford. It is in the barony of Leitrim, in the Co Galway. There were 378 acres, 1 perch and 11 roods.

According to O’Donovan’s field name books (1838) the standard name for the townland in Lackan and its Irish form of name according to logainm is Lissnagry.  The translation of the name is given as hillside. There is no information on Lackan in the Down Survey of Ireland

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 Lackan was undertaken in 1834. It states that the townland of Lackan 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: J McAylward.

According to the Tithe Applotment Books, J McAylward held 231 acres 1 rood of land which was occupied by 1 tenant. 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:

Widow Donnelly held 1 acre and 2 roods of land that was valued at 6s 6d per Irish acre and had a total valuation of £75 3s 2d. She paid £2 5s 1d of a tithe tax. The Bishop got 5s 7½d and the Dean got £1 5s 2¼d which was a total of £1 13s 9¾d.

Griffiths Valuation 1856

According to Griffiths valuation 1855 the townland of Lackan contained 378 acres and 31 perches of land and it stated that Sir Thos. J. Burke, Bt leased all of it to Martin White, Ferdinand Abberton, John Coniry, Bridget Farrell and John Gantley.  The overall rent paid £66 10s.  

Martin White paid £46 for herd’s house, offices and land.  Ferdinand Abberton paid £3 10s for a house and land.  John Coniry paid £3 10s for a house and land.  Bridget Farrell paid £2 15s for a  house, offices and land.  John Gantley paid £10 15s for house offices and land.  

Census 1901

The N Form documents that there were 7 inhabited houses at the time of the 1901 census with 20 males and 18 females.  They were all Roman Catholics.  The heads of households were John Gantly, John Minogue, Anne Kelly, John Lyons, Thomas Coneary, Patrick Abberton and Owen Farrell. The B1 Form shows that there were 7 inhabited houses. All but one of the houses had walls constructed from a permanent matetrial and all the roofs were made from a perishable material except for two of them. The B2 Form shows that there were  18 outhouses consisting of 3 stables, 4 cow houses, 4 calf houses, 1 dairy, 3 piggeries, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 workshop.

John Gantley was 77 years old. He was a farmer. He was married to Mary Gantley and she was 60 years of age.  They had 1 son and 2 daughters. Margaret Gantley was 25 years of age. She was listed as a farmer’s daughter. Norah Gantley was 23 years of age. She was listed as a farmer’s daughter. Danil (sic) Gantley was 21 years of age. He was a listed as a farmer’s son. All the family could read and write.  John Gantley’s house had wall built of a permanent material and the roof was made from a perishable material. There were 3 front windows and it was listed as a 2nd class house with 3 rooms. He owned the land on which the house was built and had 4 out offices, consisting of 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house and 1 barn.

John Minogue was the head of the family.  He was 60 years of age.    He was a caretaker and a widower. His son Michael Minogue was 26 years of age.  He was an agricultural labourer. Bridget Minogue was 24 years of age. She was a housekeeper. John Minogue was 19 years of age. He was an agricultural labourer. All the family could read and write.  John and Michael could speak Irish and English. John Minogue’s house had walls and roof built of a permanent material. There were 2 front windows and it was listed as a 2nd class house with 3 rooms. His farm had 4 out offices  consisting of 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house and 1 dairy. H H Lewis of Ballynagar was the landholder on whose holding the house was situated.

Mary Kelly was the head of the family.  She was 64 years of age.  She could speak Irish and English.  Her occupation was listed as charge on the union. Both her sister and herself were born in Co Galway and were not married. Her sister Anne Kelly was 60 years of age. She spoke Irish and English. Her occupation was listed as charge on the union also.  Mary Kelly’s house had walls made of a permanent material and the roof was made of perishable material.There were 2 front windows and it was listed as a 3rd class house with  2 rooms. Mary Kelly is not listed on the B2 form. H H Lewis of Ballynagar was the landholder on whose holding the house was situated.

John Lyons was the head of the house.  He was 68 years of age.  He could read and write and speak Irish and English.  He was a farmer and a widower. Also resident was James Tuohy whose occupation was listed as farm servant. He could read and write and speak Irish and English. He was single.  John Lyons’ house had walls and roof  built of m perishable material. . There were 2 front windows and it was listed as a 3rd class house with 2 rooms. His farm had 2 out offices consisting of 1 piggery and 1 fowl house. Patrick Abberton was the landholder on whose holding the house was situated.

Thomas Coneary was the head of the family.  He was 50 years of age.  He was a farmer and he was married to Bridget Coneary who was 40 years of age.  They had 5 sons and 4 daughters.. They were all single. Mary Anne Coneary was 20 years of age. Patrick Coneary was 18 years of age. Ellen Coneary was 16 years of age.  Daniel Coneary was 13 years of age. John Coneary was 10 years of age. Thomas Coneary was 9 years of age. He could read and write and he was a scholar. Bridget Coneary was 7 years of age. She could not read and she was a scholar. James Coneary was 4 years of age. He could not read and he was a scholar. William Coneary was 2 years of age.  Thomas Coneary’s house was built as a private dwelling and was inhabited. Its walls were built of stone, brick or cement and its roof was made of thatch, wood or other perishable material. There were 2 front windows and it was listed as a 3rd class house with 11 occupants sharing 2 rooms. Thomas Coneary is not listed on the B2 form.

Patrick Abberton was the head of the family. He was 40 years of age and he was a farmer and a carpenter. He could read and write. All of his family were born in Co Galway. He was married to Mary Abberton who was 36 years of age. She could read and write. They had 2 sons and 4 daughters. None of their children was married. Ellen Abberton was 16 years of age. She could read and write and she was a scholar. Mary Anne Abberton was 14 years of age. She could read and write and she was a scholar. Teresia Abberton was 12 years of age. She could read and write and she was a scholar. Patrick Abberton was 11 years of age. He could read and write and he was a scholar. Michael Abberton was 9 years of age. He could not read and he was a scholar. Bridget Abberton was 7 years of age. She could not read and she was a scholar.  Patrick Abberton’s house was built as a private dwelling and was inhabited. Its walls were built of stone, brick or cement and its roof was made of slate, iron or tiles. There were 2 front windows and it was listed as a 2nd class house with 8 occupants sharing 5 rooms. Patrick’s farm had 5 out offices and farm steadings consisting of 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery and 1 work shop.

Owen Farrell was the head of the family. He was 60 years of age and he could read and write. He was a farmer. All of his family were born in Co Galway. He was married to Catherine Farrell who was 45 years of age. She could not read. They had 2 sons and 2 daughters. None of the children was married. Michael Farrell was 20 years of age and he was a farmer’s son. He could not read. Stephen Farrell was 13 years of age. He could read and he was a scholar. Catherine Farrell was 9 years of age. She could not read and she was a scholar. Lizzie Farrell was 7 years of age. She could not read and she was a scholar.  Owen Farrell’s house was built as a private dwelling and was inhabited. Its walls were built of stone, brick or cement and its roof was made of thatch, wood or other perishable material. There were 2 front windows and it was listed as a 3rd class house with 6 occupants sharing 3 rooms. His farm had 3 out offices and farm steadings consisting of 1 cow house, 1 calf house, and 1 piggery.

Census 1911

The N Form shows that there were 5 inhabited houses at the time of the 1911 census with 15 males and 11 females.  They were all Roman Catholics.  The heads of households were Dan Gantly, Owen Farrell, John Lyons, Pat Abberton and Thomas Conniry. The B1 Form documents that 4 of the 5 houses had walls built with permanent material and 2 of the 5 houses had roofs built with permanent material. The B2 Form indicates that there were 8 outhouses namely, 2 stables, 3 cow houses, 2 piggeries and a work shop.

Dan Gantley,  the head of the family was a farmer.  He was 38 years of age.  He lived his sisters, Sabina who  was 50 years of age and Nora who 45 years old. All members of the family could read and write and they were not married. Dan Gantley’s house was built as a private dwelling. The  walls were built of a permanent material and the roof was made from perishable material.There were 5 front windows and it was listed as a 2nd class house with 3 rooms. Dan owned the land the house was built and had 1 out office, namely a stable.

Owen Farrell was the head of the family. He was  an 87 year old farmer. He was a farmer.  He was married for 39 years to Catherine Farrell who was 61 years of age. They had 12 children born and 10 children still living. Four of the children were living with them on the night of the census. Michael was 31 years old, Stephen was 25 years old, Kate was 18 years old and Lizzie was 16 years of age. Michael and Stephen were listed as farm labourers. All four adult children were single. Kate was the only member of the family able to read and write. Owen Farrell’s house had  walls built of stone, brick or cement and its roof was made of thatch, wood or other perishable material. There were 3 front windows and it was listed as a 2nd class house with 2 rooms. Owen was the owner of the land the house was built on. He had 2 out offices consisting of 1 cow house and 1 piggery.

John Lyons was a 78 year old widower living alone on the night  of the census.  He was a labourer and had been married for 50 years.  He had 2 children but none living at the time of the census. He could read and write.  John Lyons’ house had walls built of mud, wood or other perishable material and its roof was made of thatch, wood or other perishable material. There were 2 front windows and it was listed as a 3rd class house. John owned the land the house was built on and there were no outhouses.

Pat Abberton was 52 years of age and he was a carpenter. He was married to Mary Abberton who was 55 years of age. They were married for 28 years. They had 7 children born and 6 children were still living at the time of the census. Four of their children are listed on the Census A form. Jessie Abberton was 22 years of age. Pat Abberton was 21 years of age and he was a carpenter. Michael Abberton was 20 years of age and he too was a carpenter. Bridget Abberton was 15 years of age and she was listed as a scholar. She could read and write. Michael Kelly was a grandson of Pat Abberton and he was 2 years of age.  All the family except 2 year old Michael could read and write.  Patrick Abberton’s house was built as a private dwelling and was inhabited. Its walls and roof were both made from permanent materials. There were 3 front windows and it was listed as a 2nd class house with 3 rooms. Patrick’s farm had 4 out offices consisting of 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 work shop.

Thomas Conniry was the head of the family.  He was 57 years of age and he was a labourer. He was married to Bridget Conniry who was 50 years of age.  They had 10 children born alive and 9 children were still living. They were all born in Co Galway and all were single. Dan Conniry was 23 years of age and he was a labourer. John Conniry and Thomas Conniry were 21 years of age and they were both labourers. Bridget Conniry was 17 years of age and she was a scholar. James Conniry was 14 years of age and he was a scholar. William Conniry was 12 years of age and he was a scholar . Jane Conniry was 10 years of age and she could read and she was a scholar.  Pat and his wife Mary could read while all the other family members could read and write. Thomas Conniry’s house was built as a private dwelling and was inhabited. Its walls were built of permanent material and the roof was built of perishable material. There were 2 front windows and it was listed as a 3rd class house with  1 room. Thomas Conniry’s farm had 1 out office, a cow house.

 

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