Glassillaun

Glasoileán

Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

 

Townland:                                   Glassillaun

Civil Parish:                                 Ballynakill

Barony:                                        Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                           Letterfrack

District Electoral Division:     Cushkillary

Area:                                          342.19 acres / 342 acres, 0 roods, 29 perches

 

Baptism and Marriage records for Letterfrack R.C. Parish 1821-1881

1901 Census for Glassillaun (no records)

Map

Galway Library for Glassillaun

Logainm for Glassillaun

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Glassillaun

 

 

1911 Census for Glassillaun

Overview of Glassillaun in 1911.

The 1911 census for Glassillaun lists 21 households in the 22 houses. There were 103 persons with 53 males and 50 females. All the houses were listed as being private dwellings and all, except house 22, were inhabited. Patrick Walsh was the landholder of the un-inhabited house 22. All the houses had stone, brick or concrete walls, thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofs. There were 7 houses with 2 rooms and 1 window, 12 houses with 2 rooms and 2 windows, 1 house with 2 rooms and 3 windows and only 2 houses, houses 17 and 19 that had 1 room and no windows. All the occupied houses were 3rd class dwellings with the exception of houses 17 and 19 that were 4th class. The out offices and farm-steadings in Glassillaun at this time included 12 cow houses, 6 piggeries, 1 fowl house and 2 barns.

 

Walsh 

The Walsh family in house 1 only had 2 members, John (75) and his wife Julia (74). They had been married for 47 years and had had no children. Both had both Irish and English language and neither could read or write. John’s occupation is listed as being a farmer. Both were Roman Catholic. They lived in a 3rd class, 2 roomed house. They also had a cow house.

 

Coyne 

The Coyne consisted of 5 members, the head of the family Philip (52) who was a widower. With him lived his children, Annie (16), Nora (14), Michael (12) and Bridget (7). Bridget could speak only English, but the rest of the family could speak both Irish and English. Philip and Bridget could not read but the others could read and write. All were Roman Catholic. Philip’s occupation is listed as a farmer and Michael is listed as a scholar. They lived in a 3rd class, 2 roomed house and Philip was the landholder. In addition, they had a cow house and a barn.

 

O’Malley       (additional surnames: Guthria, Faherty)

House 3 in the 1911 census for Glassillaun is the O’Malley household and consists of 5 members. The head of the family was Michael (69) and his wife Honor (68) who had been married for 41 years and had had 9 children of which 7 survived. Living with them at that time was their daughter Margaret (25) and their grandchildren Margaret Guthria (6) and Thomas Faherty (3). Michael and Margaret (25) could speak Irish and English, Honor could speak only Irish and Margaret (6) and Thomas could only speak English. Only Margaret (25) cor read and write, the others could not. All were Roman Catholic. Margaret Guthria was born in America and all the rest were born in Co. Galway. Michael is listed as being a farmer. They lived in a 3rd class, 2 roomed house and Michael was the landholder. They also had a cow house.

 

McNamara 

The McNamara family consisted of 6 members. The head of the family Martin (40) and his wife Annie (39) who had been married for 10 years and had had 5 children of which 3 survived. Living with them was Martin’s brother, Charles (28) and their three daughters Annie (9), Mary (8) and Bridget (6). All were born in Co. Galway and Roman Catholic. Martin, Annie (39) and Charles are listed as being able to speak Irish and English, and only Annie (39) could read and write. Martin is listed as being a farmer and Charles as a fisherman. They lived in a 3rd class, 2 roomed house and Martin was the landholder. They also had a barn.

 

Coyne 

House 5 in Glassillaun in the 1911 census was that of the Coyne family. Head of the family was John (66) and his wife Julia (62) who were married for 20 years and had had 1 child and who survived. Their son Michael (15) also lived with them. All had Irish and English language but only Michael could read and write. They were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. John’s occupation is listed as a farmer and Michael’s as a farmers son. They occupied a 3rd class, 2 roomed dwelling and John Coyne was the landholder. They also had a piggery.

 

Faherty

The Faherty family consisted of 10 members. John (68) was the head of the family and he had been married to his wife Bridget (49) for 30 years and had 13 children of which 12 survived. The children living with them were Charles (23), Philip (18), Anne (16), Bridget (14), Norah (12), Kate (10), John (8) and Gregory (6). All could speak Irish and English and all, except for John and Bridget, could read and write. All were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. Johns occupation is listed as a shoe maker, Charles and Philip are listed as fishermen and the other children as scholars. They lived in a 2nd class, 3 roomed house and they had a cow house. John was the landholder.

 

Mulkerrin

House 7 had only one occupant, that was the widow Mary Mulkerrin (74) an retired farmer. She had Irish and English but could not read. She was a Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. Mary lived in a 3rd class, 2 roomed house and she was the landholder. She also had a cow house, a piggery and a fowl house.

 

Coyne

John (60) was the head of the family and had been married to his wife Margaret (58) for 6 years and had no children. Both had Irish and English but John could not read, Margaret could read and write however. Both were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway and Johns occupation is listed as a farmer. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house with a cow house and John was the landholder.

 

Coyne 

The 8 members of the Coyne family were headed by Philip (52) and his wife Anne (48) who had been married for 20 years and had had 7 children of which 6 survived. Their children were Patrick (18), Mary (17), John (15), Philip (14), Michael (7) and Bridget (6). All had both Irish and English as a language but Philip (52), Michael and Bridget could not read. All the others could read and write. Anne was born in Co. Mayo and the rest in Co. Galway and all were Roman Catholic. Philip’s occupation is listed as a fisherman, Patrick and John as fisherman’s sons and Mary as a fisherman’s daughter. Philip (14) and Michael are listed as scholars. They lived in a 3rd class, 2 roomed house and Philip was the landholder.

 

Kane 

House 10 in Glassillaun was occupied by the Kane family. Head of the family was Thomas (90) who was a widower but had fathered 10 Children of which 8 survived. His Son and daughter-in-law, Philip (55) and Mary (37) had been married for 7 years and had 3 children, all of whom survived. Thomas’s grandchildren were Michael (6), Thomas (4) and Mary (1). Philip and Mary (37) could speak both Irish and English, Thomas (90) only Irish and Michael and Thomas (4) only English. All were Roman catholic and born in Co. Galway. Thomas (90) and Philip had their occupations listed as Fishermen. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house with Thomas Kane being the landholder and they also had a cow house and a piggery.

 

Kane               (additional surnames: Faherty, Laffey)

The family of Philip Kane (77) lived in house 11 according to the 1911 census. He lived there with his wife Mary (74), to whom he had been married for 60 years and they had had 11 children of which 8 had survived. Living in the house with them were his two sons John (39) and Peter (37) along with their niece Sarah Faherty (14) and nephew John Laffey (12). All could speak both Irish and English with John (39), Peter, Sarah and John (12) all being able to read and write and Philip and Mary not being able to read. All were Roman catholic and born in Co. Galway. Philip (77), John (39) and Peter are listed as being fishermen and Sarah and John (12) as scholars. They all lived in a 3rd class, 2 roomed dwelling with Philip being the landholder and also had a cow house.

 

Coyne 

Head of the family in this Coyne family was Michael (69) along with his wife Mary (66). Married for 34 years they had had 9 children of which 6 had survived. Living with them they had their son Martin (17) and daughter Norah (15). Michael, Mary and Martin are listed as having both Irish and English, Martin and Norah could read and write but neither Michael or Mary could read. All were Roman Catholic and Michael, Mary and Martin are listed as being born in Co. Galway. Michael’s occupation is listed as a farmer and Martin’s as a farmer’s son. They had a 3rd class, 2 roomed house along with a cow house and a piggery. Michael was the landholder.

 

Laffey 

House 13 was the Laffey household. There were 10 members of the Laffey family listed in the 1911 census. Head of the family was Patrick (60) and his wife Sarah (42). Married for 20 years they had had 10 children of which 8 survived. Those children were Thomas (17), Sarah (14), Stephen (12), Anne (10), Julia (8), Patrick (5), Norah (3) and John (1). All could speak both Irish and English. Sarah (42), Thomas, Sarah (14), Stephen and Anne could read and write but the others could not read. All were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. Patrick (60) had his occupation listed as a farmer and Thomas as a farmers son, Stephen and Anne are listed as Scolars. The dwelling was a 3rd class, 2 roomed house and in addition they had a cow house and a piggery. Patrick was the landholder.

 

Coyne              (additional surnames: Coyne Andrew)

The Coyne family household was house 14 in the 1911 census and consisted of 4 members. Head of the family was the widow Mary (96). Living with her were her children John (71), Anne (69) and Patrick (67), both John and Patrick were widowers. Mary could only speak Irish but the rest of the family could speak both Irish and English and none could read. All were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. Mary and Patrick are listed as farmers, John a general labourer and Anne as spinning wool. They had a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and a cow house, with Mary being the landholder.

 

Kane 

This Kane family consisted of 5 members with Mary (70) being the head of the family and a widow. Living with her were her children Tom (25), John (23), Anne (20) and Julia (17). All had both Irish and English but only John, Anne and Julia could read and write. All were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. Mary’s occupation is listed as a Farmer, Tom and John as farmer’s sons and Anne and Julia as farmer’s daughters. Their house was a 3rd class, 2 roomed house, they also had a cow house and piggery. The landholder is listed as Mary Keane.

 

Kane 

House 16 was another Kane family, this time with 6 members. Head of the family was Michael (70) and his wife Bridget (50) who had been married for 30 years and had had 10 children of which 7 survived. The children living in their house were Winifred (21), Patrick (19), Ellen (15) and Peter (12). All had both Irish and English and Winifred, Patrick, Ellen and peter could read and write but their parents, Michael and Bridget could not read. All were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. Michael’s occupation is listed as farmer, Winifred’s as a hotel waitress, domestic servant, Patrick as a farmer’s son and Ellen’s as a farmer’s daughter. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. Landholder is listed as Michael Keane.

 

Faherty 

The Faherty family consisted of just 3 members. Head of the family was the widower Edward (74) and Patrick (34) and Kate (24), his children lived with him. All had both Irish and English but only Kate could read and write. They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Edward is listed as a farmer and Patrick a farmer’s son. They lived in a 1 room, 4th class house with a barn. Edward was the landholder.

 

Conroy 

The Conroy family lived in house 18 in Glassillaun as listed in the 1911 census. Head of the household was James (68) who had been married to his wife Mary (66) for 38 years in which time they had had 11 children of which 9 survived. Living with them they had their children Philip (26), John (19), Annie (17) and Tom (15). All had both Irish and English but only Philip, John, Annie and Tom could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. James’ occupation is listed as a farmer, Philip and John’s as fishermen and Annie as farming. They lived in a 3rd class, 2 roomed house with cow house, calf house and a piggery, and James was the landholder.

 

Walsh 

The Walsh family consisted of 6 members in the house 19 in Glassillaun in the 1911 census. Head of the family was John (38) who was married to his wife Mary Anne (32) for 11 years and had 4 children all of whom survived. Their children were Bridget (10), Mary Anne (8), Annie (5) and Ellen (2). All had both Irish and English but only John, Mary Anne (32) and Bridget could read and write. All were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway and John’s occupation is listed as a fisherman. They lived in a 4th class, 1 roomed house

And John was the landholder.

 

Walsh 

House 20 belonged to the Walsh family with three occupants. Head of the family was John (76) who was married to Bridget (74) for 56 years in which time they had had 11 children of which only 5 survived. Their son Pat (30) also lived in the house with them. All three had both Irish and English but only Pat could read and write. John was born in Co. Mayo and Bridget and Pat were born in Co. Galway and all three were Roman Catholic. John was a farmer and Pat a farm labourer. The house was a 3rd class, 2 roomed dwelling with John being the landholder.

 

Coyne 

Only two members of the Coyne family listed in this house. Head of the family was the widower Martin (95) and his son Phill (30). Neither could read, martin only had Irish and Phill had both Irish and English. Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin’s occupation is listed as a farmer and Phill as a farmer’s son. The house they shared was a 3rd class, 2 roomed house with a cow house, calf house and a piggery with Martin being the landholder.

 

 

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Glassillaun

Mary Conroy – Application No.: C17 8703 Mary’s application was received on 15/11/1917 and an address of Mrs John Coyne Senr, Lettergesh East, Renvyle, Co. Galway is given. Her parents were Michael and Sarah (or sally) (Lyden). Her address in 1851 is given as Glassillaun Co. Galway. The search was returned on 19/11/1917 saying that Michael and Sarah were not found but a Michael and Isabella, married in 1842 was found with the children being Patt(15), Thos (10), Nancy (7), Bridget (4) and Mary (1 ½). A hand written note says “Note: the mother’s name is given as Isabella but the names of the children correspond to those given by you” and dated 04/12/1917

 

Patrick Joyce – Application No.: C17 2922. Patrick’s application was received on 11/04/17 with an address at that time of c/o Mrs Elizabeth Flaherty, No. 18 Edward Street, South Shields, Co. Durham. Patrick’s parents were Patrick and Bridget Joyce nee Faherty, This was Bridget’s second husband as she was married first to Austin Coyne. His address in 1851 is given as Culfin, Glassillaun Co. Galway. The search return is dated 16/04/1917 with the wording “Family of Patk and Bridget Joyce not found. Found two families of Patk and Bridget Coyne see other side” Patrick was granted a pension of 2s on 17/04/1917.

 

On the other side of this application were some hand written notes:

Sheet 5 Glassillaun

Pat                   Coyne              45        Head    married 1843

Bridget                        “           45        wife

Pat                   “                      16        son

Mary               “                      11        dau

Kate                 “                      6          “

Anne               “                      2          “

John                “                      7          son          Died 1843

Bridget            “                      2          dau           “          “

Anne               “                      2mths  “              “       1847

 

Sheet 8 Salrock

Bridget                        Cain                40        Head    Married 1836

Martin             “                      13        son

Patk                 “                      9          “

Mary               “                      7          dau

Catherine         “                      2          “

Patk                 Cain                40        husband           absent in America

John                “                      5          son                       dies      1849

Thos                “                      1          “                             “          1849

 

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Glassillaun

According to Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) Alexander Thompson leased tenements to Connor Faherty, James Faherty, Martin Faherty, Michael Conroy, Charles Faherty, John Faherty, John Martin, Michael Keane, Thomas Keane, Martin Coyne, Daniel Keane, Philip Coyne, Patrick Coyne and John Gaffney. Alexander Thompson had a total of 322 Acres of land of which he kept 242 Acres 3 Roods and 25 Perches for himself at a ratable annual valuation of £14. He leased 2 sections of land jointly to Connor, James and Martin Faherty. The first section had an area of 15 Acres, 2 Roods and 35 Perches which each man had an annual rate of £1 10s. Martin Faherty also had a house on this piece of land at an annual rate of 5s. The second section of land had an area of 12 Acres, 2 Roods and 10 Perches and this land had an annual ratable valuation of £1 to each man. Connor and James also had a house and office each on this land for which they had an annual rate of 7s for Connor and 8s for James. Michael Conroy, Charles Faherty and John Faherty jointly leased land of 13 Acres, 2 Roods and 32 Perches from Alexander at an annual valuation of £1 15s for Michael Conroy and Charles Faherty and £1 2s for John Faherty. They also had a house each and Michael Conroy had an office as well for which each had an annual rate of 5s. John Martin and Michael Keane lease an area of 10 Acres, 1 Rood and 37 Perches at an annual rate of £1 15s each John Martin also paid 8s for a house and Michael Keane paid 5s for his house. Thomas Keane leased an area of 6 Acres, 1 rood at an annual rate of £2 and he had a house at a rate of 5s. Martin Coyne leased an area of land of 15 acres, 2 roods and 2 Perches at a rate of £2 10s he also had a house at a rate of 5s. Daniel Keane and Philip Coyne jointly lease 4 Acres, 3 Roods and 27 perches from Alexander for 15s each and each had a house for the rate of 5s annually. Patrick Coyne leased just a house at an annual rate of 5s. John Gaffney also only leased a house at 15s annually.

 

1670 Down Survey for Glassillaun

The down survey name for Glassillaun was Ilandcrunny Island. In 1641 the owner was Sir Robert Cressey and in 1670 the owner was Cressey Taseborough and both where protestant. It had 41 plantation acres of profitable land and 41 plantation acres were forfeited.

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