Pollacappul

Poll an Chapaill

Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Townland:                                 Pollacappul

Civil Parish:                               Ballynakill

Barony:                                      Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                          Letterfrack

District Electoral Division:     Rinvyle

Area:                                          1114.92 acres / 1114 acres, 3 roods, 27 perches

 

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

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Pollacappul (no records)

Map

Galway Library for Pollacappul

1670 Down Survey for Pollacappul

Logainm for Pollacappul

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Pollacappul

 

 

1911 Census for Pollacappul

Overview of Pollacappul in 1911

According to the census of 1911, there were 7 houses in Pollacappul with 2 houses being uninhabited. All the houses had stone, brick or concrete walls and slate, iron or tiled roofs. House 3 was a 1st class dwelling with the other 4 being 2nd class dwellings. House 2 had 2 rooms and 3 windows in the front, house 4 had 3 rooms and 2 windows, house 3 had 3 rooms and 3 windows, house 1 had 4 rooms and 2 windows and house 3 had 6 rooms and 20 windows in the front. All the houses were private dwellings. The out-office and farm-steadings return (form B2), there were a total of 14 out buildings in the town land. They consisted of 2 stables, 2 coach houses, a harness room, a fowl house, a barn, a turf house and 3 stores. The enumerators abstract return (Form N) shows that there were a total of 17 people, 7 male and 10 female. 4 male and 1 female were Roman Catholic, 2 male and 7 female were Church of Ireland or Irish Church and 1 male and 2 female were from other Protestant churches. The enumerator for this area was Const. Thos Casey.

 

Bosomworth 

The head of this family in house 1 was William Edward (53) and he was married to Mary (53) and had been for 30 years. In that time they had had 5 children of which 4 had survived. They shared the house with their 2 daughters, Margaret (24) and Ada (15). William Edward was born in England while the others were all born in Co. Armagh. They were all members of the Church of Ireland. All the family spoke only English and all could read and write. William Edward was a gamekeeper, Margaret was a draper assistant and Ada was a scholar. They all shared a 4 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a fowl house and a turf house. The landholder was the Duke of Manchester.

 

Gibbons                                  (additional surname: Wallace)

House 2 was the home of 2 servants, Martin Gibbons (24) and Thomas Wallace (41). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English and both could read and write. Both were employed as gardeners. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable, a coach house and a barn. The landholder was the Duke of Manchester.

 

Feeney                         (additional surnames: Coyne, Daly and Joyce)

House 3 was home to 4 servants, Martin Feeney (64), Martin Coyne (20), Lizzie Daly (32) and Ellen Joyce (21). Lizzie was born in Co. Cork and the rest were all were born in Co. Galway and all were Roman Catholic. Apart from Lizzie, all spoke both Irish and English and all could read and write. Martin was an electrician, Martin a hall boy, Lizzie was a house keeper and Ellen was a house maid. They lived in a 6 roomed, 1st class dwelling and they had an engine house and a freezing house. The landholder was the Duke of Manchester.

 

Anderson 

The head of this family was David (41) and his wife Rosa (41) and they had been married for 17 years and in that time they had had 3 children and 2 of those had survived. Those 2 children lived with them and they were Jane (16) and Rosa (14). David and Jane were born in Scotland, Rosa (41) was born in England and Rosa (14) was born in Co. Galway. All were members of the Church of Ireland. Nothing was listed under the language heading so that could indicate that they only spoke English. They could all read and write. David was listed as being a motor driver and mechanic, Jane and Rosa (14) were scholars. The house they lived in was a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable, a coach house, a harness house, and 2 stores. The landholder was the Duke of Manchester.

 

Humphreys 

The head of the last house in Pollacuppal was Edward (63) and he had been married to Mary (59) for 30 years and in that time they had had 4 children, all of which had survived. Their Daughter Gertrude (28) also lived with them. All the family were members of the Church of England and Edward and Gertrude were born in Wales and Mary was born in England. There was nothing entered under the Irish Language heading so that could indicate that they only spoke English. All of the family could read and write. Edward was a postmaster. They all lived in a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a store. The landholder was the Duke of Manchester.

 

1901 Census for Pollacappul

Overview of Pollacappul in 1901.

According to the census of 1901 there were 7 houses in Pollacappul and all were listed as private dwellings. All were built of stone, brick or concrete walls and slate, iron or tiled roofs. House 1 was a 1st class dwelling while the others were all 2nd class. House 2 had a single room with 3 windows, house 3 had 2 rooms and 2 windows and house 4 had 2 rooms and 4 windows. House 1 had 6 rooms and 20 windows and the last 3 houses had 3 rooms and 4 windows. The enumerator’s abstract return form shows that there were total of 31 people in the townland at that time, 16 male and 15 female. 7 male and 3 female were Roman Catholic, 3 male and 5 female were Church of Ireland, 1 male was a Protestant of another church and 5 male and 7 female were Presbytarians. The enumerator was Const. Thomas Burke.

 

Feeney                         (additional surnames: Ralph, Egan, Simpson and Joyce)

House 1 was home to 6 servants and a visitor, the servants were Martin Feeney (55), Catherine Ralph (37), Kate Egan (20), Kate Egan (17), Mary Simpson (21) and Patrick Joyce (21). The visitor was Louisa Simpson (22). Catherine Ralph was a member of the Church of Ireland, Mary and Louisa Simpson were Presbytarians and the others were all Roman Catholics. Martin and Patrick spoke both Irish and English and there was nothing entered for the others so that could indicate that they only spoke English. All could read and write. Martin was born in (?) Galway, Catherine was born in Co. Wexford, the 2 Kate Egan and Patrick were born in Co. Galway, Mary was born in Dublin and Louisa was born in Queens County[i]. Martin was an Electrician, Catherine and Louisa were housemaids, Kate Egan (20) was a cook, Kate Egan (17) was an under housemaid and Patrick was a pantry boy. The house they all lived in was a 6 roomed, 1st class dwelling and Mitchel Henry was the landholder.

 

Faherty

The sole occupant of house 2 was Patrick (24). He was born in Co. Galway and was a Roman Catholic. He spoke both Irish and English and could read and write. He was listed as being a labourer. He lived in a single roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Mitchel Henry was the landholder.

 

Connolly

Michael (44) was the only occupant of house 3 and was a Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. He spoke both Irish and English and could read and write. His occupation was listed as a stoker in gardary (sic). The house he lived in was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Mitchel Henry was the landholder.

 

Jeffrey                         (additional surnames: Healy, Lydon and Conroy)

House 4 was home to 4 male servants, James Jeffrey (29), Denis Healy (23), Peter Lydon (28) and Michael Conroy (14). James was born in Scotland and was a member of the Presbytarian and Protestant Church, the others were all born in Co. Galway with Denis being born in Co Kerry and Peter and Michael being born in Co. Galway. All could read and write but there was nothing entered und the Irish Language heading so that could mean that they only spoke English. They were all listed a being garden domestic servants. The house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Mitchel Henry was the landholder.

 

Coupar                                     (additional surname: Kearns)

The head of this family was John (45) and he was married to Marjory (38) and they shared their house with 7 of their children, Jessie (15), Janie (13), Susie (12), George (10), Maggie (9), Allan (6) and Henry (2). Also in the house was a visitor Alice Kearns (24). Alice was born in Co. Galway and was a Roman Catholic, Henry was born in Co. Galway and was a member of the Presbytarian Church as were all his family but the other members of the family were all born in Scotland. With the exception of Henry, they could all read and write. There nothing recorded for any of them under the heading of Irish Language so that could indicate that they only spoke English. John was listed as an estate steward, Jessie was a telegraphist, Alice was a seamstress and Janie, Susie, George, Maggie and Allan were scholars. The house they all lived in was a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Mitchel Henry was the landholder.

 

Anderson Family                                (additional surname: Brimson)

The head of this family in house 6 was David (33) who was married to Rosa (33) and they lived with their daughters, Jane (6) and Rosa (5) and a boarder, Erenest Brimson (sic) (20). They were all Church of Ireland and David and Jane were born in Scotland, Rosa (33) was born in London, Rosa (5) was born in Co. Galway and Erenest (sic) was born in England. David, Rosa (33) and Erenest (sic) could read and write. There was nothing listed under the Irish Language heading so that could mean that they only spoke English. David was a coachman, Rosa (33) was a coachman’s wife, Erenest (sic) was an assistant chemist and Jane and Rosa (5) were scholars. The house they lived in was a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Mitchel Henry was the landholder.

 

Comfort                                  (additional surname: Woodfield)

The head of the last house in Pollacappul was William (51) and his wife Jessie (50) and they had a visitor at that time, George E. Woodfield (29). William and Jessie were Church of Ireland and were born in Scotland and George E. was Church of England and was born in England. They could all read and write but there was nothing entered for a language so that could indicate that they only spoke English. William was listed as being a gardener (head) and George E. was a blacksmith. The house they shared was a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Mitchel Henry was the landholder.

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Pollacappul

The Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) shows that St. John L. Clowes leased 1051 acres, 1 rood and 36 perches of land from Robert J. Wilberforce for an annual rate of £23. John Coyne then leased a housefor 5s from St. John L. Clowes and 5 acres, 2 roods and 15 perches of land for £2. There were also 20 acres and 25 perches of water.

[i] Queens County was the former name for County Laois

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