Letterdeen

Leitir Dín

Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Townland:                                Letterdeen

Civil Parish:                              Omey

Barony:                                     Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                         Clifden

District Electoral Division:    Clifden

Area:                                         359.26 acres / 359 acres, 1 rood, 1 perch

 

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

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

Map

Galway Library for Letterdeen

Logainm for Letterdeen

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Letterdeen

 

1911 Census for Letterdeen

Overview of Letterdeen in 1911

There were a total of 6 houses in the townland of Letterdeen and 5 of those were occupied, with house 2 being empty, and they were all listed as being private dwellings. The occupied houses were all constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and house 6 slate, iron or tiles for roofing and all the others had only thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 1, 5 and 6 were 2nd class dwellings and houses 3 and 4 were 3rd class dwellings. House 4 had 2 rooms and 2 windows, house3 had 3 rooms and 2 windows in the front, house1 had 3 rooms and 3 windows, house 5 had 4 rooms and 2 windows in the front and house 6 had 4 rooms and 5 windows. There were a total of 15 out buildings, 3 stables, 6 cow houses, 3 piggeries, a fowl house, a barn and a shed. There were 29 people in the townland at the time of the census, 12 males and 17 females. The enumerator for the area was Const. James Barrett.

 

Mullen                                                                        (additional surname: Melia)

Peter (46) was the head of the first family in Letterdeen and he lived in the house with his sister, Selia (50) and a servant, Patk Melia (30). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and all could read and write. Peter was a farmer and Patk was a farm servant. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house and a barn. The landholder was Peter Mullen.

 

House 2 was unoccupied

 

Mullen                                                            (additional surnames: Madden and Condon)

Bridget (57), who was single, was the head of this household and she lived in the house with her brother, Michael (43), her nephew, Festus Madden (26) and a lodger, Nellie Condon (24). They were all Roman Catholic with Nellie being born in Co. Limerick and the rest of the household being born in Co. Galway. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and Festus and Nellie could read and write. Michael and Festus were farmers and Nellie was a national school teacher. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had 2 cow houses and a piggery. The landholder was Bridget Mullen.

 

McDonagh

There were 9 members of this family and the head was Martin (69) who was married to Mary (62) and had been for 35 years and they had had 12 children and 9 of those had survived. Seven of those children also lived in the house at that time and they were, Martin (25), Michael (23), John (18), Patrick (16), Peter (12), Nora (10) and Ellen (8). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and John, Patrick, Peter, Nora and Ellen could read and write. Martin (69) was a farmer, Martin (25) and Michael were farm labourers, John and Patrick were farmer’s sons and the other children were all scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a stable, a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Martin McDonagh.

 

Davis

Martin R. (50) was listed as the head of this family in house 5 and he had been married to Margaret A. (47) for 30 years, during that time they had had 9 children, all of whom had survived. Seven of those children were also in the house and they were, Mary K. (18), Margaret E. (16), Lillie R. (14), Alice J. (12), Eileen F. (9), Agnes (6) and Teresa (4). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both parents spoke Irish and English and all the family, with the exception of Teresa, could read and write. Martin R. was a farmer. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had a cow house. The landholder was Martin Davis.

 

Coyne                                                                                      (additional surname: Kane)

The head of the last family in Letterdeen was Philip (56) who had been married to Mary (58) for 40 years and they had had 2 children, with only 1 having survived, Mary (5). Also in the house at that time was Philips mother-in-law, Mary Kane (76). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Philip, Mary (58) and Mary (76) spoke Irish and English and only Mary (58) could read and write. Philip was a farmer. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 5 rooms and they had a stable, a cow house and a shed. The landholder was Philip Coyne.

 

1901 Census for Letterdeen

There were 7 houses in the townland of Letterdeen in 1901 and they were all occupied and listed as being private dwellings. They were all built of stone, brick or concrete walls with house 6 having a slate, iron or tiled roof while all the others had only thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. House 1 and 3 were 3rd class dwelling and the rest were 2nd class. Houses 1 and 3 had 2 rooms and 2 windows, house 4 had 2 rooms and 3 windows, house 2 had 3 rooms and 3 windows in the front, house 5 had 4 rooms and 3 windows, house 6 had 4 rooms and 5 windows in the front and house 7 had 5 rooms and 5 windows. The townland had 13 out buildings, 4 stables, 6 cow houses, a piggery, a fowl house and a barn. There were a total 45 people in the townland, 26 males and 19 females. The enumerator for the area was Sergeant Andrew Young.

 

Toole                                                                                       (additional surname: Madden)

The head of the first household in Letterdeen was James (50), who was listed as being married but there was no wife listed in this entry. Also in the house at that time was a servant, Patrick Madden (60). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English and James could not read and Patrick could read only. James was a farmer and Patrick as a farm servant. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a stable and a cow house. The landholder was James Toole.

 

Mullen                                                                                    (additional surname: Murray)

The widower, Peter (80) was listed as the head of this family and he lived in the house with his son, Peter (35), daughter, Celia (37) and also a servant, Thomas Murray (18). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and all the Mullen’s could read and write. Peter (80) was a toll collector and farmer, Peter (35) was a farmer’s son, Celia was a housekeeper and Thomas was a farm servant. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house and a barn. The landholder was Peter Mullen.

 

McDonough

The head of the family in house 3 was Martin (50) and he was married to Mary (45) and they shared the house with 8 of their children, Delia (19), Martin (17), Michael (15), Mary (10), John (7), Patrick (5), Peter (3) and Honor (11mths). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from Peter and Honor, all of the family could speak both Irish and English. Michael, Mary (10) and John could read and write, Patrick could read only and the others could not read. Martin (50) was a farmer, Mary (45) was a farmer’s wife, Delia was a farmer’s daughter, Martin (17) and Michael were farmer’s sons and Mary (10), John and Patrick were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house. The landholder was Martin McDonough.

 

Mullin                                                                                     (additional surname: Madden)

Stephen (76) was listed as being the head of this family and he was married to Mary (73) and they lived in the house with their daughter, Bridget (40), their son, Michael (28) and a grandson, Festus Madden (20). They were all Roman Catholic and Festus was born in Scotland and the others were all born in Co. Galway. All of the family could speak both Irish and English. Festus could read and write, Bridget could read only and Stephen, Mary and Michael could not read. Stephen was listed as being a farmer, Mary was a farmer’s wife, Bridget was a farmer’s daughter, Michael was a farmer’s son and Festus was a farm servant. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a stable and a cow house. The landholder was Stephen Mullen.

 

King                                                                                        (additional surname: Holleran)

Of the 7 members of this family, the head was James (33) and he was married to Sarah (29) and the lived with 4 of their children, Michael Joseph (7), Patrick B. (6), Mary (4), James F. (2) and a servant, Anne Holleran (18). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. James, Sarah, Michael Joseph and Patrick B. spoke Irish and English and, along with Anne, could read and write. Mary could read only and James F. could not read. James was a national school teacher, Michael Joseph, Patrick B. and Mary were scholars and Anne was a general servant domestic. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms. The landholder was James King.

 

Davis

There were 9 members of this family with Martin R. (38) being the head of that family and he lived in the house with his wife, Margaret A. (36) and their 7 children, John F. (14), Michael J. (12), Julia A. (10), Mary K. (9), Maggie E. (6), Tillie R. (5), Allice J. (2). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from Maggie E., Tillie R. and Allice J., all of the family could speak both Irish and English and all, apart from Allice J., could read and write. Martin R. was a farmer and boatman, Margaret A. was a farmer’s wife and all the children, with the exception of Allice J., were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had a cow house. The landholder was Martin R. Davis.

 

Mulkerrin

The head of the last family in Letterdeen was Michael (45) and he was married to Mary Anne (33) and they lived in the house with 6 of their children, Delia (10), Thomas (8), Patrick (6), Michael (5), Mary Margaret (4) and Festus (3). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both parents spoke Irish and English. Michael (45) could read only and Mary Anne, Delia and Thomas could read and write. Michael (45) was a shepherd, Mary Anne was a shepherd’s wife and all the children, with the exception of Festus, were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 5 rooms and they had a stable and a cow house. The landholder was Frank Connolly.

 

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Letterdeen

John Mullins had, in fee (for himself, full ownership), a house and office on 16 acres, 3 roods and 30 perches of land which had an annual ratable valuation of £4 12s for the land and his house and office had an annual ratable valuation of 8s. Thomas Joyce leased a house and part of that land form Francis Mullin for £1 10s for part of the land and 5s for the house. Edward Toole leased a house and office on 12 acres and 3 perches of land from Thomas Eyre for £4 15s for the land and 10s for the buildings, Mary Mullins leased a garden of 20 perches and a house from Thomas Eyre for 2s for the garden and 5s for the house. Ambrose Madden leased 2 tenements from Thomas Eyre, the first was a house and offices on 4 acres and 36 perches of land for £2 2s for the land and 15s for the buildings and, the second, was 1 acre, 3 roods and 28 perches of land for 8s and Peter Mullins leased a house and office on 8 acres, 1 rood and 2 perches of land from Thomas Eyre for £3 for the land and 10s for the buildings. Patrick Kilkenny leased 2 tenements from Thomas Eyre, the first was 5 acres and 2 roods of land for £1 10s and the second was a house with a garden of 20 perches for 2s for the garden and 5s for the house.

 

John Mullins, Thomas Joyce, Edward Toole, Ambrose Madden, Peter Mullins and Patrick Kilkenny jointly leased 86 acres, 1 rood and 26 perches of land from Thomas Eyre for which John Mullins paid 7s, Thomas Joyce paid 3s, Edward Toole paid 10s and the other 3 all paid 5s each. Philip Maginn [sic] leased a house on 24 acres, 1 rood and 24 perches of land from Thomas Eyre for £2 18s for the land and 7s for the house and Anthony Conneely leased a house with 6 acres, 3 roods and 19 perches of land from Thomas Eyre for £1 for the land and 5s for the house. James Lucy leased a house on 2 acres, 2 roods and 30 perches of land from John Raspberry 7s for the land and 5s for the house, James Mullins leased a house on 2 acres and 3 roods of land from John Raspberry for 7s for the land and 5s for the house and John Raspberry leased a house and offices on 66 acres and 2 roods of land from Thomas Eyre for £7 for the land and £2 for the buildings. Thomas Joyce leased a house with a garden of 2 roods from John Raspberry for 5s for the garden and 5s for the house, John Keady also leased a house and garden of 1 rood from John Raspberry for 3s for the garden and 5s for the house. John and Frank Mullins had free land of 11 acres, 3 roods and 25 perches of land that had an annual ratable valuation of 10s. John Murray leased a house and garden of 3 roods and 20 perches of land from John Mullins for 5s for the garden and 5s for the house, Patrick Molloy leased a house and garden of 30 perches from John Mullins for 2s for the garden and 5s for the house and Thomas Joyce leased a house with a garden of 3 roods and 10 perches from John Mullins for 3s for the garden and 5s for the house. Christopher Cullen leased a house and garden of 2 roods and 10 perches of land from Francis Mullins for 3s for the garden and 5s for the house and William Coneys leased a herd’s house with 17 acres, 2 roods and 12 perches of land from Thomas Eyre for £1 15s for the land and 5s for the herd’s house. There were also 6 acres, 3 roods and 13 perches of water in the townland.

 

 

1670 Down Survey for  Letterdeen

The 1670 Down Survey name for this area was Cloghwallie & Litterdine. The 1641 owners (pre Cromwell) was the Catholic, Owen FitzDaniell O’Flaherty and in 1670 (post Cromwell) the owner was the Catholic, James Darcy.

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