Rosroe

An Ros Rua

Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Townland:                                 Rosroe

Civil Parish:                               Ballynakill

Barony:                                       Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                          Letterfrack

District Electoral Division:     Cushkillary

Area:                                           325.24 acres / 325 acres, 0 roods, 38 perches

 

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

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Galway Library for Rosroe

1670 Down Survey for Rosroe

Logainm for Rosroe

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Rosroe

 

 

1911 Census for Rosroe

Overview of Rosroe in 1911.

There were 10 houses listed for Rosroe in the 1911 census all of which were inhabited. All houses had stone, brick or concrete for walls. Only houses 9 and 10 had slate, iron or tiles for a roof, the others had thatch, wood or other perishable materials. Houses 1 to 8 were 3rd class dwellings with houses 9 and 10 being 2nd class. House 1 had 1 room and 1 window, houses 56 had 2 rooms but no windows, house 7 had 2 rooms and 1 window, houses 2,3,4, and 8 had 2 rooms and 2 windows, house 10 had 2 rooms and 3 windows and house 9 had 3 rooms and 6 windows. The out offices and farm-steadings return lists a total of 3 cow houses, I piggeriy, I fowl house, 3 barns, 1 turf house and a shed. The enumerator was Patrick Phelen.

 

Coyne 

The 7 members of the Coyne family were headed by Michael (60) and his wife Mary (56) who had been married for 21 years and had had 6 children of which 5 survived. Their children were Brigid (20), Patrick (18) Mary Anne (13), Peter (11) and Norah (10). All had Irish and English but only Mary Anne, Peter and Norah could read and write. All were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. Michael is listed as a farmer, Brigid as a farmer’s daughter and Patrick as a farmer’s son. Mary Anne, Peter and Norah were scholars. They lived in a 3rd class, 1 roomed house and Michael Coyne was the landholder.

 

Kane

The first of 3 Kane families in Rosroe lived in house 2 on the 1991 census. The head of the family was Patrick (63) and his wife Brigid (50). They had been married for 26 years and had 7 children. 4 of their children were in the house at the time of the census, they were Philp (18), Brigid (15), Winifred (12) and Michael (10). All had both Irish and English language and all, with the exception of Patrick, could read and write. All were also born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patrick is listed as being a farmer, Philip, a farmer’s son, Brigid a farmer’s daughter and Winifred and Michael as scholars. They occupied a 3rd class, 2 roomed dwelling with Patrick Keane being the landholder.

 

Kane 

The second of the Kane families in Rosroe was headed by Michael (40) and his wife Catherine (30) who had been married for 12 years and had 6 children. The children were Philip (11), John (8), Mary (6), Norah (4), Brigid (2) and Kate (8 mths). All, except Brigid (2) and Kate, could speak both Irish and English and all were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Catherine, Philip and John were the only ones that could read and write. Michael is listed as being a farmer while Philip and John were scholars. Their dwelling was a 3rd class, 2 roomed house with a barn. Michael Keane was the landholder.

 

Kane

The last of the Kane families listed in Rosroe was headed by Patrick (61) who had been married to Anne for 30 years and had had 8 children of which 6 survived. 4 of their children lived with them and they were Peter (19), Michael (17), Nappy[i] (15) and Julia (12). All could speak both Irish and English and all the children could read and write while their parents Patrick and Anne could not read. All were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. Patrick is listed as being a farmer, Peter and Michael as farmer’s sons, Nappy as a farmer’s daughter and Julia as a scholar. Their house was a 3rd class, 3 roomed house with a cow house. Patrick Keane was the landholder.

 

Mortimer 

House 5 was that of the Mortimer household and at the head of the family was Michael (45) along with his wife Margaret (44). They had been married for 16 years and had had 9 children of which 7 survived. All the children lived with them and they were Mary Anne (13), Margaret (11), Marie (9), Nora (7), Catherine (5), John (3) and Brigid (8mths). Michael and Margaret (44) are listed as having both Irish and English and Mary Anne as having English only. Margaret (44), Mary Anne and Margaret (11) could read and write but the others could not read. All were Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Michael is listed as being a farmer and Mary Anne, Margaret (11) and Nora are listed as scholars. They lived in a 3rd class, 2 roomed dwelling with a cow house and a barn. Michael Mortimer was the landholder.

 

Coyne 

House 6 was that of the Coyne family with the widow Mary (80) as the head of the family. She had her son Philip (39) and his wife Brigid (39) living with her. They had been married for 13 years and had had 8 children. Their children, Mary’s grandchildren, also lived in the house and they were John (12), Mary (11), Brigid (10), Peter (8), Julia (7), Margaret (5), Thomas (3) and Patrick (1). All with the exception of Thomas and Patrick could speak both Irish and English but only John, Mary and Brigid could read and write. All were Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Mary (80) and Philip were farmers with John, Mary (11) and Brigid being scholars. Their dwelling was a 3rd class, 2 roomed house with a barn. Philip Coyne was the landholder.

 

Mortimer

House 7 was that of the second Mortimer family. The head of the family was George (71) and his wife Brigid (70) who had been married for 46 years and had had 11 children of which 7 survived. Two of their children were in the house at this time and they were Brigid (30) and Festus (27). All had both Irish and English language but only Brigid (30) and Festus could read and write. All were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. George was a farmer, Brigid (30) was a farmer’s daughter and Festus a farmer’s son. They lived in a 3rd class, 2 roomed dwelling with a cow house. George Mortimer was the landholder.

 

Mortimer

House 8 was that of the Mortimer family in Rosroe at the time of the 1911 census. Head of the family was George (35) who had been married to his wife Kate (40) for 10 years and they’d had 6 children. Those 6 children also lived in the house with them and they were Mary (10), Brigid (8), Norah (6), Michael (4), Kate (2) and Margaret (9mths). All, with the exception of Margaret could speak both Irish and English but only Kate (40) and Mary could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. George is listed as being a farmer and Mary as a scholar. Their house was a 3rd class, 2 roomed dwelling with a piggery. George Mortimer was the landholder.

 

Conboy 

Head of the Conboy household was James (38) who had been married to Norah (30) for 3 years and they’d had 3 children. Their children were Malachy (2), Mary Elizabeth (1) and Michael James (8mths). James and Norah could both read and write. All were Roman Catholic, James was born in Co. Leitrim, Norah in Co. Kerry and the children in Co. Galway. James was a national school teacher. They lived in a 2nd class, 3 roomed house with a turf house. James was the landholder.

 

Mortimer

The last house, house 10, in Rosroe at the time of the 1911 census was that of another Mortimer family. Head of the family was Philip (75) and his wife Brigid (71) who had been married for 48 years and had had 10 children of which 7 survived. Two of their children, Philip (37) and Julia (23) also lived with them. All could speak both Irish and English but only Julia could read and write. They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Philip (75) is listed as a farmer and Philip (37) a farmer’s son. They lived in a 2nd class, 3 roomed dwelling with a fowl house and a shed. Philip Mortimer was the landholder.

 

1901 Census for Rosroe

Overview of Rosroe in 1901.

The 1901 census for Rosroe lists 10 private dwellings and a R.C church. The landholder for the church was C.H. Thomson Esq. All the private dwellings had stone, brick or concrete walls with houses 2 and 6 have slate, iron or tiles for roofing and the rest having thatch, wood or other perishable materials. Houses 2 and 6 were 2nd class dwellings and the rest were 3rd class. Houses 1 and 8 had 1 room and a window, houses 3,4,5,7,9 and 10 had 2 rooms and 2 windows, house 2 had 2 rooms and 3 windows and house 6 had 3 rooms and 5 windows. There were a total of 51 people, 23 male and 28 female. Const. Patrick Flannery was the enumerator.

 

Coyne            (additional surname: Mullen)

The first house was that of the Coyne family with Michael (40) and his wife Mary (40). Their children were Bridget (9), Patrick (7), Mary A. (3), Peter (1) and Nora (3mths). Also living with them was Michael’s father-in-law Patrick Mullen (80). With the exception of Mary A., Peter and Nora, They could all speak both Irish and English but none of them could read or write. All were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway and Michael is listed as being a farmer. They lived in a 3rd class, 1 roomed dwelling and Michael Coyne was the landholder.

 

Mortimer         (additional surname: Lydon)

Head of the household in house 2 was Philip (41) and his wife Bridget (40). They shared the house with their children Philip (20) and John (18). Also in the house was Philip (40)’s Mother-in-Law Honor Lydon (60) who was a widow. All could speak both Irish and English but only John could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Philip was a farmer and both Philip (20) and John are listed as farmer’s sons. The dwelling was a 2nd class, 2 roomed house and Philip Mortimer was the landholder.

 

Mortimer        (additional surname: Faherty)

The second Mortimer family in Rosroe at this time was headed by Michael (33) and his wife Margaret (30). With them in the house were their children Mary Anne (3) and Margaret (1) along with Michael’s cousin John Faherty (60). All the adults could speak both Irish and English but only Margaret (30) could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael is listed as being a farmer. Their house was a 3rd class, 3 roomed and Michael was the landholder.

 

Mortimer 

In house 4 there was another Mortimer family, this time George (55) was the head of the household. In the house with him were his wife Bridget (56) and 2 of their children, Maggie (20) and Fessie[ii] (18). All the family could speak both Irish and English but only Maggie could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. George was a farmer, Maggie a farmer’s daughter and Festie a farmer’s son. The house they occupied was a 3rd class, 2 roomed house and George Mortimer was the landholder.

 

Coyne

The Coyne family head was Philip (27) and his wife Bridget (31). With them in the house were their children John (3), Mary (1) and Bridget (3mths) and George’s parents Patrick (80) and Mary (70). All the adults are listed as speaking both Irish and English but none of them could read or write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Philip is listed as being a farmer. Their house was a 3rd class, 2 roomed houses and Philip was the landholder.

 

Sherlock          (additional surnames: Mortimer, Caine )

House 6 was the home of the Sherlock family. Head of the family was Henry (28) and his wife Annie (30) with them in the house they had 2 servants, George Mortimer (18) and Bridget Caine (13) and also Henry’s mother Edith Sherwood Sherlock (52) who was a widow. George could speak Irish and English, but the others only had English. All could read and write. Henry, Annie and Edith Sherwood were Protestant and George and Bridget were Roman Catholic. Henry was born in Canada, Annie in England, Edith Sherwood in Bath and George and Bridget in Connemara. Henry’s occupation is listed Mining[iii] Engineer, George was a personal attendant and Bridget a domestic servant. The house was a 2nd class, 6 roomed house and the landholder was C.H. Thomson Esq.

 

Kane

Head of the Kane family was Patrick (40) with his wife Anne (42). Living with them were their children Mary (18), Bridget (16), Nora (14), Peter (12), Michael (9), Belinda (7) and Julia (4). All, except Julia, could speak both Irish and English. Mary, Bridget, Nora and peter were the only ones that could read and write. All were Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Patrick is listed as a farmer, Mary and Bridget listed as farmer’s daughters and Nora and Peter were Scholars. Their house was a 3rd class, 2 roomed house and the landholder was Patrick Kane.

 

Kane 

House 8 was the home of the Kane family with Michael (24) at its head. Also in the house were his wife Kate (23), their son Philip (1) and Michael’s mother Honor (60) who was a widow. All could speak both Irish and English but only Kate could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael’s occupation was a farmer. Their house was a 3rd class, 1 roomed dwelling and Michael was the landholder.

 

Mortimer 

House 9 was the home of George (30) and Mary (28). Both had Irish and English but neither could read or write. Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. George was a farmer and they lived in a 3rd class, 2 roomed house and George was the landholder.

 

Mulkerrins

The last house was that of the Mulkerrins household, consisting of John (30) and Lizzie (25). Both had Irish and English and both could read and write. Both were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. John Was a steward and gardener and Lizzie was a dressmaker. They lived in a 3rd class, 2 roomed house and the landholder was C.H. Thomson Esq.

 

 

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Rosroe

 

Bridget McNamara – Application No. C17 5440. Bridget’s application was received on 24/07/1917 with an address at Mr. W. Minihane, Master Tailor, Army Service Corps, Aldershot. Her parents were Anthony and Mary McNamara (Keane). Her Address in 1851 was Rosroe, Co. Galway. Her search was returned on 09/08/1917.

 

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Rosroe

The Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) states that Alexander Thompson owned 296 Acres, 2 Roods and 18 Perches of land in Rosroe for which he paid an annual rate of £25. Jeremiah Coyne, Patrick Coyne, Mary Bennett, Joseph Connor, Patrick Keane, Matrin Faherty, Michael Mortimer and James McDonnell leased houses from Alexander Thompson at a rate of 5s each per year. Thomas W. Christy and Bartholomew Foherty both leased a house and office from Alexander for which Thomas W. Christy paid £2 5s a year and Bartholomew paid 5s. Andrew Coyne and Martin Keane leased a house and a small garden from Alexander Thompson at a rate of 5s.

 

[i] Nappy is a local name for Penelope

[ii] Fessie would be a local name for Festus

[iii] Difficult to read

This page was added on 17/07/2018.

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