Gortnaglogh

Civil Parish of Killinny

Natalie Cyrkel / University of Galway / Galway County Heritage Office

Ghort na gCloch / Gort na Cloch

Stone stone, stone building

Gort [gart] field

Gortnaglogh is situated in the western extremity of the parish of Killinny, in the Barony of Kiltartan in County Galway.

The Down Survey Map under the name ‘Gortfarrall,’ the Earl of Clanrickard (Protestant) was the owner in 1641 (pre Cromwell) and 1670 (post Cromwell). There was 137 plantation acres of unprofitable land, 51 of profitable land, and 51 of forfeited land.

O’Donovan’s Field Name Books were used to record other spelling of the townland and other information. Other spellings of Gortnaglogh include: Gort na g-cloch [sic], Gurtnaglough, Gortneglogh, and Gurtnaclough. John E. Lopdell, Esq., of Athenry was the proprietor, and Michael Henly of Athenry was the agent. There were 3 tenants on a 21 year lease. The land was divisions were valued to be 5 to 20 pounds per annum. The county cess or tax was 2 shillings 9.5 pence per acre and the tithe was withheld. The soil in Gortnalogh was characterised by sandy, rocky, and stony. Wheat and potatoes were the main crop grown. The primary family names were Donohue and Keane. The listed authority was John Burke, Esq., of Norman Grove.

Griffith’s Valuation 1855

The townland of Gortnaglough had 22 occupants based on the Griffith’s Valuation in 1855. All of the land was owned by John Lopdell.

Martin Donohue Sen. was leasing 2 holdings: a house, offices, and land with an area of 37 acres, 2 roods, 23 perches, and land with an area of 9 acres, 3 roods, 29 perches. These holdings were valued to be £11-15-0. Michael Hennelly was renting land from John, this land was 108 acres, 3 roods, 21 perches, it was recorded to be worth £9-15-0. John Hynes leased a garden, 0 acres, 0 roods, 16 perches. John’s holding was £0-1-0. Margaret Kennedy rented a holding of a house, offices, land, and a garden. The first holding was 106 acres, 3 roods, 4 perches, the second holding was 0 acres, 0 roods, 30 perches valued to be £12-5-0. Thomas Harrihell had two land holdings, one of 2 acres, 3 roods, 16 perches and another of 0 acres, 1 rood, 0 perches. These land holdings were £0-7-0. Michael Hynes’s leased land had an area of 0 acres, 1 rood, 0 perches, worth £0-1-0. John Donohue and Patrick Hynes (John)1 leased a divided land holding with a total area of 4 acres, 2 roods, 21 perches, a land of that size is valued to be £0-15-0. Michael Hynes and Patrick Hynes (Mark) leased a split land holding with an area of 2 acres, 1 rood, 6 perches. This land was valued at £0-7-0. Martin Donohue Jun. rented 3 land holdings: the first with an area of 2 acres, 0 roods, 7 perches, the second with an area of 0 acres, 2 roods, 31 perches, and the third with 0 acres, 1 rood, 0 perches. These holdings were £1-1-0. Patrick Hynes (John) leased a holding of land worth £0-2-0, the area was 0 acres, 1 rood, 0 perches. John Donohue’s land was 1 acre, 0 roods, 22 perches and valued to be £0-7-0. Michael Hynes, Martin Hynes, and Patrick Hynes (Mark) all leased a divided plot of land with an area of 0 acres, 2 roods, 31 perches and a value of £0-2-0 for Michael and £0-1-0 for Martin and Patrick. Patrick Hynes (Coleman) leased a house and land. This property was 6 acres, 2 roods, 15 perches, valuing to be £3-0-0. Edmund Conneely leased two holdings: land with an area of 74 acres, 0 roods, 11 perches and a house, office, and land of 0 acres, 3 roods, 0 perches. The value of the two were £5-10-0. John Donohue and Patrick Hynes (Mark) leased divided land, the area was 46 acres, 2 roods, 36 perches, worth £4-10-0. Patrick Nilan leased his house and land. The area was 187 acres, 1 rood, and 2 perches, valuing to be £18-5-0. John Lopdell occupied his land of 63 acres, 1 rood, 7 perches, this land was worth £3-5-0. 

The total annual valuation of rateable property paid overall in Gortnaglogh was £77-2-0 for 8062 acres, 2 roods, and 7 perches of house, offices, and land.

 

1901 Census

Gortnaglogh in 1901 consisted of 6 households, 15 males and 13 females, totaling 28 inhabitants. Houses in Gortnaglogh were built as private dwellings. Houses were made of stone, brick, or concrete. The roof of the houses were made of thatch, wood, or other perishable material.  It is noted that there was no out-offices and farm steadings return form in the 1901 census for this townland, therefore the details of the out-offices and farm steadings is unknown.

Mary Connolly (52) was a widowed farmer who lived with her three unmarried children, Bridget Connolly (26), John Connolly (24), and Peter Connolly (19). John and Peter were recorded as farmer’s sons. The Connolly family was all born in County Galway and identify as Roman Catholic. Mary and John cannot read, Bridget and Peter can read and write. All four speak Irish and English. The family lived in a 3rd class house with 3 rooms, 2 front facing windows, and 2 out-offices and farm- steadings. Mary Connolly owned the land on which her house was situated.

Margt Connolly (59) was a widowed farmer who lived with her daughter Mary Quinn (25) and Mary’s husband Martin Quinn (30). Martin was listed as a farmer. Martin and Mary could read and write, Margt could not. All three were born in County Galway and are Roman Catholic. The whole family speaks English and Irish. The family house was a 3rd class house with 3 rooms, 2 front facing windows, and 4 out-offices and farm- steadings. Margt [sic] Connolly owned the land on which her house was situated.

Patrick Donohue (55) was a married herd who lived with his sister Bridget Donohue (52). There was no occupation listed for Bridget. Both spoke Irish and English and were unable to read. The siblings were both born in County Galway and identify as Roman Catholic. The Donohue siblings lived in a 1 room, 3rd class house, with 1 front facing window and 1 out-office and farm- steading. Thomas Purcell owned the land in which Patrick Donohue lived. 

Stephen Donohue (71) was a widowed farmer who lived with his children, Lizzie Donohue (24), Michl [sic] Donohue (42), and Michl’s wife Sarah Donohue (35). Additionally, Stephen’s grandchildren, Stephen Donohue (6), Michl [sic] Donohue (5), John Donohue (3) and Martin Donohue (9 months). The only occupations listed were Stephen (71) and Michl (42) as farmers. All 8 family members were born in County Galway and identified as Roman Catholic. Lizzie, Michl (42), and Sarah could read and write and spoke Irish and English. Stephen (71) could not read, Irish and English are listed as his languages. None of the grandchildren were able to read or have a language listed. The Donohue family resided in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows, 3 rooms, and 3 out-offices and farm- steadings. Stephen Donohue owned the land on which his house was situated.

Michael Kennedy (62) was a farmer who lived with his wife, Catherine Kennedy (36), his married brother Patrick Kennedy (48), unmarried sister Honoria Kennedy (54), and daughter Maragret Kennedy (5 months). Patrick was listed as a farmer and Honoria as a general domestic servant.The entire family was born in County Galway and is Roman Catholic. The Kennedy family can read and write with the exception of Margaret. All five speak Irish and English. The family house was a 2nd class house with 3 front windows, 3 rooms, and 5 out-offices and farm- steadings. Michael Donohue owned the land on which his house was situated.

John Purcell (49) was a farmer married to Bridget Purcell (43). The two lived with their four unmarried children, Annemaria Purcell (18), John Purcell (17), Delia Frances Purcell (15), and David Purcell (7). All children were listed as a farmer’s son/ daughter. All family members were born in County Galway and identified as Roman Catholic. John (49) and Bridget spoke Irish and English, all of the children only spoke English. All Purcell family members could read and write. The Purcell family resided in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows, 4 rooms, and 5 out-offices and farm- steadings. John Purcell owned the land on which his house was situated.

 

1911 Census

According to the 1911 Census, Gortnaglogh had a population of 29 people, 15 males and 14 females. There were a total of 5 households. Houses in Gortnaglogh were built as private dwellings. Houses were made of stone, brick, or concrete. The roof of the houses were made of thatch, wood, or other perishable material. The household heads were Mary Connolly, Stephen Donohue, Patrick Kennedy, John Purcell, and Margret Connolly. All of the household heads were farmers. 

Mary Connolly (71) was a widowed farmer who lived with her three single children, Bridget Connolly (40), John Connolly (37), and Peter Connolly (31), and Mary’s granddaughter, Annie Kelly (12). John, Bridget, and Peter were recorded as farmer’s sons/daughter. Annie was a scholar. The Connolly family was all born in County Galway and identify as Roman Catholic. Bridget, Annie, and Peter could read and write, Mary and John could not. All speak Irish and English, there was no language listed for Annie. The family lived in a 2nd class house with 2 rooms, 3 front facing windows, 1 stable, 1 coach house, 1 piggery, and 1 fowl house. Mary Connolly owned the land on which her house was situated.

Stephen Donohue (83) was a widowed farmer who lived with his son, Michael Donohue (52), and Michael’s wife Sarah Donohue (44). In 1911, the couple had been married 17 years and bore 6 children, all of which were still living. The children were Stephen Donohue (16), Michael Donohue (14), Martin Donohue (11), Thomas Donohue (9) and Mary Donohue (3). Michael was a farmer’s son, Stephen (16) was an agricultural labourer, and the rest of the children were scholars. All Donohue family members were born in County Galway and identified as Roman Catholic.Michael (52), Sarah, Stephen (16), and Michael (14) could read and write. All spoke Irish and English, with the exception of Thomas and Mary who had no language listed. The Donohue family home was a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows, 1 stable, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, and 1 fowl house. Stephen Donohue was the landowner. 

Patrick Kennedy (64) was a farmer who lived with his wife of 14 years, Catherine Kennedy (52). They lived with Patrick’s sister Norah Kennedy (73), who was listed as an imbecile affected by paralysis. They lived with their daughter Margret Kennedy (9), who was a scholar. The entire family was born in County Galway and is Roman Catholic, with the exception of Catherine who was born in County Clare. The Kennedy family can read and write with the exception of Norah. All speak Irish and English, there was no language listed for Margret. The family house was a 2nd class house with 3 front windows, 4 rooms. The land had 1 stable, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, and 1 barn. Patrick Kennedy was the landowner.

John Purcell (62) was a farmer and a widow. John lived with his three unmarried children, Annemaria Purcell (25), Delia F Purcell (21), and David M Purcell (17). Delia and David were listed as a farmer’s son/ daughter, no occupation was listed for Annamaria. All family members were born in County Galway and identified as Roman Catholic. The Purcells all spoke Irish and English, and could read and write. The Purcell family resided in a 2nd class, 4 bedroom house with 4 front windows. On John’s land was 1 stable, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, and 1 barn. John Purcell owned the land on which his house was situated.

Margret Connolly (76) was a widowed farmer who lived with her daughter Mary Quinn (34) and Mary’s husband Martin Quinn (40). Martin was listed as a farmer’s son, and Mary as a farmer’s daughter. The couple was married 11 years as of 1911, they bore 5 children, all of which were still alive. The children, Mary Quinn (10), Patrick Quinn (8), Michael Quinn (5), Martin Quinn (4), and Margret Quinn (1), were all recorded as scholars, except for Margret (1). Martin, Mary (34), and Mary (10) could read and write, the rest of the family could not. All family members were born in County Galway and are Roman Catholic. The whole family speaks English and Irish, however there was no language listed Michael, Martin (4), and Margret (1). The family house was a 3rd class house of 3 rooms and 2 front facing windows. On the property was 1 stable, 1 coach house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, and 1 barn. and 4 out-offices and farm- steadings. Margret Connolly was the landowner.

 

1 The name in brackets following an individual’s name is the father’s name. It is Gaelic practice to use the father’s name to distinguish men with the same name. 

2 It is difficult to decipher on the original document the number of acres, but it appears to be 806.

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