Gortrummagh

An Gort Dromach

: Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Townland:                                Gortrummagh

Civil Parish:                              Omey

Barony:                                     Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                         Clifden

District Electoral Division:    Clifden

Area:                                         300.61 acres / 300 acres, 2 roods, 17 perches

 

 

Baptism and Marriage records for Clifden R.C. Parish 1821-18811911 Census for Gortrummagh

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

Map

Galway Library for Gortrummagh

Logainm for Gortrummagh

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Glenrummagh

 

1911 Census for Gortrummagh

Overview of Gortrummagh in 1911

The 1911 census shows that there were a total of 9 houses in the townland and houses 1-7 and 9 were private dwellings and house 8 was the Coast Guard Station. The houses were all constructed of stone, brick or concrete and houses 5 and 8 had slate, iron or tiled roofs, while all the others only had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. House 8 was a 1st class dwelling, houses 2, 5, 6 and 9 were 2nd class dwellings and houses 1, 3, 4 and 7 were 3rd class. Houses 1, 3, 4 and 7 had 2 rooms and 2 windows in the front, houses 2, 6 and 9 had 2 rooms and 3 windows, house 5 had 3 rooms and 3 windows and house 8 had 24 rooms and 20 windows in the front. There were a total of 18 out buildings in the townland consisting of a stable, 4 cow houses, a calf house, a piggery, 7 turf houses, 2 potato houses, a store and a laundry. There were 37 people in Gortrummagh at the time of this census, 24 males and 13 females. 20 males and 12 females were Roman Catholic, 2 males were Church of Ireland and 2 males and a female were of another Protestant denomination. The enumerator for the area was Const. Patrick Dunning.

 

McDonnell

The head of the first house in Gortrummagh was Patrick (81) who had been married to Catherine (77) for 57 years and they had had 8 children, but only 1 had survived. They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English and both could read only. Patrick was a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Patrick McDonnell.

 

McDonnell

Peter (63) was the head of this family and he was married to Mary (61) and had been for 35 years and during that time they had had 9 children but only 6 of those had survived. They shared the house with 2 of those children, Christopher (28) and Annie (17). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Peter spoke Irish and English and the other members of the family spoke only English. They could all read and write and Peter was a farmer and Christopher was a farmer’s son. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had 2 cow houses and a calf house. The landholder was Peter McDonnell.

 

McDonnell

The widower, John (65) was the sole occupant of house 3 and he was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. He spoke Irish and English, could read and write and was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was John McDonnell.

 

Whelan

John (48) was listed as the head of this family and he had been married to Bridget (47) for 24 years and they had 12 children and all had survived. They shared the house with 9 of those children, Michael (18), Patrick (16), Thomas (13), Antony (10), Bridget (9), Festy (6), Martin (5), Joseph (4) and Annie (2). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both Parents spoke Irish and English. Apart from Martin Joseph and Annie, they could all read and write. John was listed as being a farmer, Michael and Patrick were farmer’s sons and Thomas, Antony, Bridget and Festy were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a cow house. The landholder was John Whelan Jnr.

 

Casey

There were 6 members of this Casey family and Patrick (34) was the head and was married to Alice J. (34) and had been for 7 years and they had had 5 children, 4 of which had survived. They lived in the house with 4 of those children, Thomas J. (6), Mary Ellen (5), Elizabeth Matt [sic] (2) and Teresa Susan (5mths). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. The parents could speak both Irish and English and read and write. Patrick was a national school teacher and Thomas J. and Mary Ellen were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms. The landholder was Thomas Mannion.

 

Joyce

The widow, Mary (70) was the head of this household and she lived in the house with her son, Pat (45). They were all born in Co. Mayo and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English and Pat could read and write. Mary was listed as being farmer and Pat was a farm labourer. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Mary Joyce.

 

Whelan

John (80) was the head of the family in house 7 and he shared the house with his wife of 55 years, Nappie (78) and during that time they had had 6 children and 4 had survived. They shared the house with their grandson, James (14). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John and Nappie spoke Irish and English but only James could read and write. John was a farmer and James was a scholar. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a potato house. The landholder was John Whelan.

 

Evans

The head of this family was Harry (34) and was married to Mary (32) and had been for 8 years and they had 3 children, Harry Reginald (6), Herbert (4) and Ernest (2). They were all Church of England and Harry, Mary and Harry Reginald were born in England while Herbert and Ernest were born in Clifden, Co. Galway. Harry, Mary and Harry Reginald could read and write. Harry was a boatman with HM Coast Guard and Harry Reginald and Herbert were scholars. The house was a 1st class dwelling with 24 rooms and had a turf house, Store and laundry. The landholder was Reps of T.J. Eyres.

 

Conway                                                                       (additional surname: King)

The head of the last family in Gortrummagh was the widower, Michael (70) and he shared the house with his son, Peter (21) and brother-in-law, Michael King (50). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael (70) spoke Irish and English and all could read and write. Michael (70) was a farmer and Peter and Michael King were general labourers. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a potato house. The landholder was Michael Conway.

 

1901 Census for Gortrummagh

Overview of Gortrummagh in 1901

There were a total of 10 houses in Gortrummagh in 1901 and 9 were occupied. House 5 was the unoccupied house and the landholder was Andrew McGrath. House 10 was the coast Guard station and all the others were private dwellings. The occupied houses were all constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and house 10 had a slate, iron or tiled roof and all the other houses had only thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. House 10 was a 1st class dwelling while all the others were 3rd class. House 7 had 2 rooms and 1 window in the front, house 10 had 30 rooms and 18 windows in the front and all the others had 2 rooms and 2 windows. There were a total of 17 out buildings in the townland consisting of a stable, 2 cow houses, a piggery, 4 barns, 7 turf houses a workshop ad a laundry. Seventy people lived in Gortrummagh at that time, 45 males and 25 females. 29 males an 13 females were Roman Catholic, 14 males and 10 females were Protestant and 2 males and 2 females were Methodists. The enumerator for the area was Const. Martin Sweeney.

 

Conway                                                                                   (additional surname: King)

The head of the first household in Gortrummagh was Michael (50) and he was married to Anne (45) and they sheared the house with 4 of their sons, John (17), Richard (14), Michael (13) and Peter (11) and Anne’s brother, Michael King (40). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael (50) and Anne spoke Irish and English and, apart from Anne and Michael King, they could all read and write. Michael (50) was a farmer, John and Richard were farmer’s sons, Michael (13) and Peter were scholars and Michael King was a agricultural labourer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a stable and a cow house. The landholder was Michael Conway.

 

Whelan

John (73) was the head of this family and he was married to Nappy (71) and they lived in the house with their grandson, John (12). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both John (73) and Nappy spoke Irish and English but only John (12) could read and write. John (73) was a farmer and John (12) was a scholar. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a barn. The landholder was John Whelan (Sen).

 

Joyce

Of the 5 members of this family, John (60) was the head and he was married to Mary (55) and they shared the house with 3 of their sons, Patt (30), Michael (27) and Martin (12). They were all Roman Catholic and John, Michael and Martin were born in Co. Galway and Mary and Patt were born in Co. Mayo. Apart from Martin, all of the family could speak both Irish and English but only Michael and Martin could read and write. John was a farmer, Patt and Michael were farmer’s sons and Martin was a scholar. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a piggery. The landholder was John Joyce.

 

Whelan                                                                        (additional surname: Price)

John (36) was listed as being the head of this Whelan family and he lived in the house with his wife, Bridget (33), 5 of their children, Mary (10), Michael (8), Patrick (6), James (4) and Thomas (2) and also in the house at that time was Bridget’s widowed mother, Mary Price (70). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both John and Bridget spoke Irish and English. James, Thomas and Mary (70) could not read, Patrick could read only and the others could all read and write. John was listed as being a farmer and Mary (10), Michael and Patrick were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a cow house. The landholder was John Whelan (Jnr).

 

House 5 was unoccupied

 

McDonnell

There were 8 members of this family with the head of the family being Peter (50) and he shared then house with his wife, Mary (51) and 6 of their children, George (22), Arthur (20), Christopher (18), Patrick (16), Jane (13) and Annie (7). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Peter spoke Irish and English and Annie could read only while all the others could read and write. Peter was a farmer, George, Arthur, Christopher and Patrick were farmer’s sons and Jane and Annie were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 3 rooms and had a barn. The landholder was Peter McDonnell.

 

McDonnell

The widower, John (50) was the head of this family and he lived in the house with a daughter, Delia (18) and 3 of his sons, Patrick (16), Thomas (14) and John (11). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and could read and write. John (50) was a farmer, Delia was a farmer’s daughter, Patrick and Thomas were farmer’s sons and John (11) was a scholar. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a barn. The landholder was John McDonnell.

 

Staunton

There were only 2 occupants of house 8 and Thomas (60) and he was married to Mary (77). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English but they could not read. Thomas was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a barn. The landholder was Thomas Staunton.

 

McDonnell

With only 2 people living in this house, Patrick (65) was listed as the head of the family and he lived with his wife, Catherine (63). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both could speak Irish and English and Catherine could read only. Patrick was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Patrick McDonnell.

 

House 10 was the Coast Guard station and was divided into 8 parts.

Merriman

(House 10.1)

The head of this household was George Merriman (details in house 10,8 below)

Amy Amelia (36) was the wife of the family head and lived in this part of the house with 6 children, Ethel Lilian (14), Amy Amelia (11), Gladys (10), Kathleen (5), George William (3) and Percy (1). All the family were Church of Ireland and born in England, apart from Percy, who was born in Co. Galway. With the exception of the 3 youngest children, they could all read and write. Amy Amelia (36) was listed as being a wife and the children, except for young Percy, were scholars. The house was a 1st class dwelling and had 7 turf houses, a workshop and a laundry and this part of the house had 6 rooms. The Coast Guard were the landholders.

 

Glanville

(House 10.2)

The head of this household was Richard Glanville (details in house 10,8 below)

The wife in this family was Ellen Norah (28) and they lived in the house with 2 of their children, Elsie Norah (2) and Leslie Richard (5mths). Ellen Norah and Elsie Norah were born in England while Leslie Richard was born in Co. Galway and all were Wesleyans. Ellen Norah and Elsie Norah spoke only English and Ellen Norah could read and write. The house was a 1st class dwelling and had 7 turf houses, a workshop and a laundry and this part of the house had 4 rooms. The Coast Guard were the landholders.

 

Jeffree [sic]

(House 10.3)

The head of this household was Daniel Jeffree [sic] (details in house 10,8 below)

Louisa (26) was the wife in this family and they lived in the house with their son, Edward (1). Both were Church of England and Louisa was born in England and Edward was born in Co. Sligo. Louisa could read and write. The house was a 1st class dwelling and had 7 turf houses, a workshop and a laundry and this part of the house had 4 rooms. The Coast Guard were the landholders.

 

Skinner

(House 10.4)

The head of this household was Hubert Skinner (details in house 10,8 below)

Julia was the wife of the head of this family and she lived in the house with 4 of their sons, Percy (11), Hubert (6), Stanley (4) and Aurther [sic] (5). They were all Church of England and Julia and Percy were born in England and Hubert, Stanley and Aurther [sic] were born in Co. Kerry. Julia and Percy could read and write and Hubert could read only. All the children were scholars. The house was a 1st class dwelling and had 7 turf houses, a workshop and a laundry and this part of the house had 4 rooms. The Coast Guard were the landholders.

 

Regan

(House 10.5)

The head of this household was John Regan (details in house 10,8 below)

John’s Wife also lived in this part of the house and she was Catherine (33) and she was a Roman Catholic and born in England and she could read and write. The house was a 1st class dwelling and had 7 turf houses, a workshop and a laundry and this part of the house had 4 rooms. The Coast Guard were the landholders.

 

Carlyon

(House 10.6)

The head of this household was James Carlyon (details in house 10,8 below)

The wife in this family was Frances (33) and they lived with 2 of their children, Rodney (10) and Gwen (7). They were all Church of England and Born in England. They could all read and write and both children were scholars. The house was a 1st class dwelling and had 7 turf houses, a workshop and a laundry and this part of the house had 4 rooms. The Coast Guard were the landholders.

 

Barwick

(House 10.7)

The head of this household was William Barwick (details in house 10,8 below)

Eliza (39) was the wife in this family and they lived with their son, Frederick (12). They were both Church of England and born in England. Both could read and write and Frederick was a scholar. The house was a 1st class dwelling and had 7 turf houses, a workshop and a laundry and this part of the house had 4 rooms. The Coast Guard were the landholders.

 

House 10.8

Note: Members of the Coast Guard were only listed by their initials but names could be found from other sources, in this case, from the house and building return (form B.1)

 

G.M. (George Merriman) (44) was listed as being the Chief Officer C.Gd. and was born in England and was Church of England. He was married, could read and write and was a scholar before joining the Coastguard. J.R. (John Regan) (40) was a chief boatman. He was born in Co. Donegal and was a Roman Catholic. He could read and write and was a scholar before joining the Coastguard. H.S. (Hubert Skinner) (39) was a commissioned boatman and was Church of England and born in England. He was married, could read and write and was a labourer before joining the Coastguard. D.J. (Daniel Jeffree [sic]) (32) was a commissioned boatman and was born in England and was a member of the Church of England. He was married, could read and write and was a labourer before joining the Coastguard. W. B. (William Barwick) (39) was a provisional boatman and was born in England and was a member of the Church of England. He was married, could read and write and was a carpenter before joining the Coastguard. J.C. (James Carlyon) (34) was a boatman who was born in England and was Church of England. He was married, could read and write and was a labourer before joining the Coastguard. Lastly, R.G. (Richard Glanville) (28) was a boatman and was born in England and was a Wesleyan. He was married, could read and write and was a labourer before joining the Coastguard.

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Gortrummagh

Griffith’s Valuation shows that Thomas Eyre was the immediate lessor in the townland of Gortrummagh and he leased tenements to the following: Anthony King leased a house on 19 acres, 3 roods and 2 perches of land for £5 for the land and 10s for the house, George Ward and Mary Carr leased houses with a garden of 10 perches for 2s for the garden and 8s for the house and there was a vacant house belonging to Anthony King that had an annual ratable valuation of 8s. Anthony Hynes leased a house on 1 acre, 1 rood and 32 perches of land for 15s for the land and 5s for the house, John Ennis leased a house and office on 9 acres, 1 rood and 10 perches of land for £3 10s for the land and 10s for the buildings and Peter Faherty paid £1 13s for 5 acres, 3 roods and 35 perches of land and 7s for a house. Bartholomew King paid £1 13s for 5 acres and 25 perches of land and 7s for a house and Patrick Whelan leased a house and office on 5 acres, 1 rood and 33 perches of land for £1 15s for the land and 7s for the buildings. Walter Kelly leased a house on 8 acres, 1 rood and 11 perches of land for £1 18s for the land and 7s for the buildings, Edward Ennis leased 8 acres of land with a house for £2 3s for the land and 7s for the house, Edmund Flaherty leased a house on 6 acres, 3 roods and 27 perches of land for £2 for the land and 7s for the house and John Conneely paid £2 12s for 8 acres, 3 roods and 36 perches of land. Patrick McDonnell leased 2 tenements, the first, a house and office on 19 acres, 1 rood and 10 perches of land for £4 8s for the land and 8s for the buildings, and the second, 25 acres, 1 rood and 22 perches of land for £3. Margaret Cloonan leased 2 plots, a house on 11 acres, 3 roods and 24 perches of land for £2 17s for the land and 8s for the house and a second of 3 acres, 1 rood and 20 perches of land for 10s. Mark Browne leased a house on 11 acres, 1 rood and 38 perches of land for £2 5s for the land and 7s for the house, Margaret Mullins leased a house on 2 acres, 2 roods and 10 perches of land for 15s for the land and 5s for the house and Thomas Eyre had 9 acres, 1 rood and 12 perches of land for himself that had an annual ratable valuation of £5. There were also 118 acres and 15 perches of land (commonage) leased by the tenants of the townland from Thomas Eyre for £2.

 

1670 Down Survey for Gortrummagh

The 1670 Down Survey name for this area was Gortdronagh. The 1641 owner (Pre-Cromwell) was the Catholic, Owen Fitz Teige O’Flaharty and in 1670 the owner was James Darcy, also a Catholic. There were 108 plantation acres of unprofitable land, 51 plantation acres of profitable land and those 51 plantation acres were forfeited.

 

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