Caltra

An Chealtrach

Roger Harrison

Irish Grid: M 71 43

 

Description:

(John O’Donovan 1806-1861)

Caltra is the property of Michl. D. Bellew held by deed for ever. It contains a.r.p. all of which is of a good quality and in good state of cultivation. The houses are in very bad repair but the roads are in good repair. There is about 40 acres of this townland under bog. Pays for County Cess £5. 6s. 5d. including the townland Caltra Pallis.

 

Situation:

(John O’Donovan 1806-1861)

Caltra is situated in a western part of this parish in the barony of Tiaquin bounded by Killosolan, Graignavaddogue, Caltra Pallis, Kinclare, Lissnagree and Greenville in same barony and by Glebe, Cartron, Eskerballycahil and Lisslea in the barony of Kilconnel, in this parish by Ballderny South in the parish of Moylough in Killian Barony.

 

This is a list of townlands that share a border with Caltra.

 

 

Census of Ireland (1821- 1911)

The first full population census of Ireland was taken in 1821 and the first four Irish censuses were arranged by county, barony, civil parish and townland.

 

1821:  Only some fragments for small parts of county Galway survive. There are no records      for Ballymacward.

1831:  The only surviving records are from Counties Antrim and Derry.

1841:  There are no surviving records for County Galway.

1851:   There are no surviving records for County Galway.

1861:  Census records for 1861 and 1871 were deliberately destroyed by the government

1881:  The records for 1881 and 1891 were pulped as waster paper during the shortages of World War I.

1901:   Full Census records are available    See below.

1911:   Full Census records are available    See below.

 

1911 Census

Overview of the townland

There were a total of 23 houses in the townland of Caltra but houses 6 and 7 were unoccupied. The landholder of those houses was Sir H.G. Bellew. They were all listed as being private dwellings with the exception of house 3 as that was a public house. All the occupied buildings were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and houses 9, 10, 15, 16, 18, 19 and 22 had slate, iron or tiled roofs and the others all had only thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 20 and 21 were 3rd class dwellings and all the others were 2nd class. Houses 19, 20 and 21 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 2 windows in the front of the house, Houses 1, 5, 8, 11-15, 17, 18 and 23 all had between 2 and 4 rooms and 3 windows in the front and house 2 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 4 windows in the front. Houses 9 and 16 had 5 or 6 rooms and 3 windows in the front, house 10 had 5 or 6 rooms and 5 windows in the front and houses 3, 4 and 22 had 5 or 6 rooms and 6 windows in the front. There 102 out buildings consisting of 17 stables, a coach house, 23 cow houses, 17 piggeries, 7 fowl houses, 15 barns, a turf house, a workshop. 16 sheds, a store and a forge. There a total of 95 people, 52 males and 43 females. The enumerator for the area was Const. James Dalton.

 

House 1: Madden

The head of the first house in Caltra was Thomas (70) and he had been married to Catherin (73) for 40 years and in that time they had had 4 children, all of whom had survived. They shared the house with Geraghty, their son, Thomas Joseph (30). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas (70) and Catherin spoke both Irish and English. Catherin and Thomas Joseph could read and write. Both Thomas and Thomas Joseph were blacksmiths. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms and they also had a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn, a shed and a forge. The landholder was Thomas Madden.

 

House 2: Dillon

The head of this family was John (62) and he was married to Winifred (58) and had been for 35 years and they had had 3 children and 2 had survived. They shared the house with their son, Patrick (32). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could all read and write and both John and Patrick were listed as being farmers. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms and they also had a stable, a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was John Dillon.

 

House 3: Geraghty

Winifred Mary (62), who was single, was the only occupant of house 3. She was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. She spoke Irish and English, could read and write and her occupation was a publican. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with between 5 or 6 rooms and they also had a cow house, a piggery, a barn, a shed and a store. The landholder was Winifred Geraghty.

 

House 4: Killilea

The head of the family in house 4 was the widower, Patrick (71) and he lived in the house with his son, John (40) and he was married to Bridget (39) and had been for 9 years and they had 6 children, also in the house and they were Matthew (8), Patrick (7), Norah (6), Katty [sic] (4), John (2) and Mary (1). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and, apart from Katty [sic], John (4) and Mary, they could all read and write. Patrick (71) and John (40) were carpenters and Matthew, Patrick (7) and Norah were scholars. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with 5 or 6 rooms and they also had a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a workshop. The landholder was Patrick Killilea.

 

House 5: Nee

Thomas (71) was listed as the head of this family and he had been married to Bridget (60) for 30 years and they had had 5 children and 3 of those had survived. Those 3 children lived with them and they were Patrick (24), Catherine (20) and Bridget (18). They were all Roman Catholic and Thomas was born in Rabane [sic] and the others were all born in Caltra. Bridget (60), Patrick and Catherine could read and write. Thomas and Patrick were herds, Bridget (60) and Catherine were housekeepers and Bridget (18) was a scholar. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms and they also had a cow house and a shed. The landholder was Sir H. G. Bellew.

 

Houses 6 and 7: Unoccupied

 

House 8: Higgins

The head of the family in house 6 was Thomas (58) and he had been married to Maria (54) for 33 years and they had had 10 children and 8 of those had survived. They shared the house with 4 of those children, John (21), Ellie (19), Bernard (17) and Hugh (14). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas and Maria could speak both Irish and English but all the family could read and write. Thomas was a farmer, John was a farmer’s son, Ellie was a seamstress and Bernard and Hugh were scholars. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms and they also had a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed. The landholder was Thomas Higgins.

 

House 9: Dooly / Kilgannon

The widow Mary (75) was the head of this family and she had been married for 10 years and had had 5 children and 4 of those had survived. She lived in the house with her son, William (32) and her first cousin, Mary Kilgannon (69). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. The 2 Marys could speak both Irish and English and William and Mary (69) could read and write. Mary Dooly was a farmer and William was a labourer. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with 5 or 6 rooms and they also had a stable, a cow house, a barn and a shed. The landholder was Mary Dooly.

 

House 10: McLoughlin

The head of this family was the widow Annie (67) and she had been married for 22 years and had 5 children with 4 of those surviving. She shared the house with 3 of her children, Delia (32), Thomas (31) and James (29). They were all Roman Catholic but only Annie was listed with a place of birth and that was Galway, she was also the only one to speak Irish and English. All the family could read and write. Annie was a farmer, Delia was a farmer’s daughter and Thomas and James were farmer’s sons. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with 5 or 6 rooms and they also had 2 stables, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed. The landholder was Annie McLoughlin.

 

House 11: Lyons

William (53) was the head of this family and he had been married to Mary (52) for 25 years and they had had 7 children but only 5 had survived. They shared the house with 4 of those children and they were, Patrick (23), Busey [sic] (21), Joseph (17) and John (12). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic, with the exception of Mary, who didn’t have a place of birth listed. William and Mary could speak both Irish and English and all the family could read and write. William was a farmer, Patrick and Joseph were labourers and John was a scholar. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms and they also had a stable, a cow house and a barn. The landholder was William Lyons.

 

House 12: Cronnolly [sic]

The head of this family was Michael (31) and he lived in the house with his wife, Anne (33) and she had been married for 10 years and they had had 7 children and 6 of those had survived. They lived in the house with those 6 children and they were, Thomas (9), Magret [sic] (7), Ellen (6), John (4), Mathew (2) and Mary (1). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Only Michael and Anne were listed as being able to speak Irish and English and Michael, Anne and Thomas could read and write. Michael was a farmer and Thomas, Magret [sic], Ellen and John were scholars. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms and they also had a stable, a cow house and a barn. The landholder was Michael Cronnolly [sic].

 

House 13: Lyons / Mulryan

Patrick (65) was the head of this household and he lived in the house with his wife, Elizabeth (63) and they had been married for 34 years and had had 3 children, 2 of whom had survived. Also in the house at that time were their daughter, Mary Mulryan (30) and their son-in-law, Michael Mulryan (35). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from Mary, the family could speak both Irish and English and all could read and write. Both Patrick and Michael were listed as being farmers. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms and they also had a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a barn and a shed. The landholder was Patrick Lyons.

 

House 14: Quigley

The head of the family in house 14 was the widow, Mary (45) and she shared the house with 7 of her children, Michael (23), Patrick (20), John (13), Thomas (12), James (3), Delia (7) and Mary (21). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary (45) was listed as speaking both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the others under that heading. Apart from James and Delia, they could all read and write. Michael was a farmer’s son, Patrick was a postman and John and Thomas were scholars. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms and they also had, a cow house and a shed. The landholder was Mary Quigley.

 

House 15: Keane

The head of this household was Theady [sic] (58) and he was married and had been for h35 years, in which time he had had 9 children, all of whom had survived, but there was no entry for a wife. He lived in the house with his son, Martin (24), Martin’s wife, Ellie[i] (29), his daughter, Margaret (21) and son, Tim (19). 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. Theady [sic] and Martin were listed as being farmers. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms and they also had, a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a shed. The landholder was Timothy Kane

 

House 16: Hannon

Mary (64) was listed as the head of this family and she was married for 40 years and in that time she had had 5 children and they all had survived, but there was no listing of a husband. Also in the house were her widowed son, Michael (39), who had been married for 1 year and had 1 child, another son, Willie (35) and a grandson, James Francis (4mths). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English, except for baby James Francis. Mary, Michael and Willie could read and write. Mary and Michael were listed as being farmers. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with 5 or 6 rooms and they also had, a stable, 2 cow houses, a piggery, a barn and a shed. The landholder was Mary Hannon.

 

House 17: Noone

Michael (65) was the head of this family and he had been married to Mary (63) for 37 years and in that time they had had 9 children and 8 of those had survived. They shared the house with 4 of those children and they were Brigid (20), Maggie (36), William (22) and Martin (18). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael and Mary spoke Both Irish and English and the children all only spoke English. The children could also all read and write. Michael was listed as being a farmer and Martin was a labourer. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms and they also had, a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed. The landholder was Michael Noone.

 

House 18: Noone

The head of the family in house 18 was John (75) and he had been married to Bridget (73) for 40 years and they had had 5 children and 3 had survived. They lived in the house with their son, Patrick (39) and their daughter-in-law, Norah (30). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English with the exception of Norah. Apart from Bridget, they could all read and write. John was listed as being a farmer. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms and they also had, a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed. The landholder was John Noone.

 

House 19: Smyth / Toomey

Maria (37) was listed as the head of the family and she had been married for 5 years and in that time she had had 3 children and all of those had survived. There was no entry for a husband. Those 3 children lived in the house with her and they were, John (7), Andrew (5) and Patrick. And also in the house was a boarder, Maggie Toomey (10). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic, although there was no place of birth listed for Maggie. Maria could speak both Irish and English and Maria, John and Maggie could read and write. Maria was listed as being a farmer. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms and they also had, a cow house, a piggery, a barn and a shed. The landholder was Maria Smyth.

 

House 20: Gill

Patrick (35) was listed as the head of this family and he had been married to Anne (60) for 6 years, but they had no children. They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Anne spoke both Irish and English but neither of them could read. Patrick was a farmer. The house they lived in was a 3rd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms and they a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Patrick Gill.

 

House 21: Smyth

The head of this Smyth family was the widower, Denis (69) and also in the house at that time was a visitor John (27). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English but only John could read and write. Denis was a farmer and John was a labourer. The house they lived in was a 3rd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms and they a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Denis Smyth.

 

House 22: Donohoe / McLoughlin

Edward (35) was listed as the head of this family and he had been married to Ellen (25) for 6 years and in that time they had had 5 children and 3 had survived. Those 3 children lived with them and they were, Ellen (5), Thomas (3) and John (2) and also in the house at that time was Edward’s mother-in-law, Ellen McLoughlin (72). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic although there was no place of birth listed for John. Edward could speak both Irish and English and he, Ellen (25), Ellen (5) and Ellen (72) could all read and write. Edward was a farmer. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with 5 or 6 rooms and they 2 stables, a cow house, 2 piggeries, a barn and a shed. The landholder was Edward Donohoe.

 

House 23: Dooley

The head of the last house in Caltra was William (40) and he lived in the house with his sister, Maria (30). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both could read and write and William was listed as being a herd. The house they lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms and they a fowl house and a shed. The landholder was Sir H.G. Bellew.

 

Griffith’s Valuation

James Joyce leased 83 acres, 3 roods and 6 perches of bog for 15s and 187 acres, 1 rood and 33 perches of land for £125, both plots from Mary Joyce. Thomas Clarke leased a house and 10 perches of a garden from James Joyce. Michael Noone and Mary Noone Jointly leased 7 acres and 30 perches of land from Mary Joyce for 17s for the land and Michael also had a house for which he paid 8s. Hugh Duffy leased a house on 2 acres, 1 rood and 4 perches of land from Mary Joyce for 15s for the land and 5s for the house, John Davis leased a house on 1 acres, 2 roods and 33 perches of land from Mary Joyce for 10s for the land and 7s for house, James Egan leased a houses and offices on 13 acres, 2 roods and 34 perches of land from Mary Joyce for £7 for the land and 10s for the buildings.

 

There was a vacant house belonging to James Egan with an annual ratable valuation of 8s.

 

Mary Joyce leased 9 tenements on 29 acres, 2 roods and 36 perches of land to the following people: Martin Keane paid £1 7s for land and 5s for a house, Michael Connolly paid £4 4s for land and 10s for a house and offices, Thomas Dillon paid £2 4s for land and 10s for a house and office and John Dillon paid £2 4s for land and 6s for a house and office. John Taylor paid £1 7s for land and 5s for a house, John Noone paid £1 7s for land and 5s for a house, Mary Noone paid £1 15s for land and 8s for a house and Michael Lane paid £1 7s for land and 13s for a house and office. Catherine Quigley leased a house with 3 roods of a garden for 7s for the garden and 6s for the house.

 

John Lyons and Martin Smith jointly leased houses and offices on 33 acres and 27 perches of land for which they both paid £8 16s for the land and John paid 14s for buildings and Martin paid 18s for buildings. Thomas Daly and Andrew Lyons Jointly leased houses and offices on 8 acres and 30 perches of land from Mary Joyce for which they each paid £2 5s for land and Thomas paid 18s for buildings and Andrew paid 15s for his buildings.

 

Michael Hoare leased a house from Thomas Daly for 5s, Thomas Daly leased 5 acres, 1 rood and 26 perches of land from Mary Joyce for £2 15s, Patrick Loughnane leased 9 acres, 3 roods and 9 perches of land, a house and offices from Mary Joyce for £5 for the land and 12s for the buildings. Patrick Lyons leased a house and offices on 15 acres and 26 perches of land for £8 10s for the land and £1 for the buildings.

 

Sir Christopher Bellew Bt. Leased 7 tenements to the following: Mary Joyce leased 16 acres, 1 rood and 37 perches of land for £7 8s, Patrick Keane leased a house and offices on 15 acres and 20 perches of land for £7 10s for the land and 10s for the buildings, Patrick McLoughlin leased House and offices on 26 acres, 1 rood and 27 perches of land for £11 7s for the land and 15s for the buildings. Andrew Joyce leased an office on 65 acres and 17 perches of land for £34 for the land and 5s for the office, Patrick Mitchell leased a house and office on 7 acres, 2 roods and 14 perches of land for £3 15s for the land and 5s for the buildings, James Dooly leased a house with 1 rood and 25 perches of a garden and an office for 3s for the garden and 10s for the buildings and the Rev. Patrick McGovern leased 2 plots of land, the first of 21 acres 3 roods and 8 perches of land of which he paid £12 and the second of 8 acres, 1rood and 5 perches of land for £6.

 

Mary Joyce leased 5 tenements to the following: John Staunton leased a house for 4s, John McLoughlin and James Dooly jointly leased 9 acres of land for £2 5s each and John also paid 5s for a house, Thomas Keane leased a house and offices on 8 acres, 2 roods and 14 perches of land for £4 10s for the land and 10s for the buildings. James Joyce leased 2 plots of land, the first was of 5 acres, 2 roods and 36 perches of land for £2 16s, and the second, 38 acres, 3 roods and 2 perches of land for £12 10s.

 

Mary Joyce leased 3 plots of land from Sir Christopher Bellew Bt. The first was 17 acres, 3 roods and 21 perches of land for £9, the second was 3 acres, 3 roods and 11 perches of land for £2 10s and the third was a house and offices on 2 acres, 3 roods and 21 perches of land for £2 for the land and £18 for the buildings.

 

Mary Joyce leased 7 tenements to the following: Michael Tanya [sic] leased 4 acres, 3 roods and 10 acres of land for £3 10s and also a house, offices and a forge on 2 acres, 3 roods and 33 perches of land for £2 15s for the land and £1 for the buildings, Michael Mitchel leased 5 acres and 10 perches of land for £3 10s and also a house and offices on 3 roods and 20 perches of land for £1 for the land and £5 10s for the buildings. Patrick Gately leased a house for 8s, Patrick Bourke and Catherine Killarney each leased houses for 3s, Thomas Lyons leased a house and offices on 1 acre, 3 roods and 23 perches of land for £2 for the land and £1 for the buildings and Patrick Curley leased 2 plots, the first was offices on 7 acres, 1 rood and 19 perches of land for £7 10s for the land and 15s for the buildings and the second was a house and offices on 1 acre, 2 roods and 3 perches of land for £1 10s for the land and £2 5s for the buildings.

 

Sir Christopher Bellew Bt. also had a C. Chapel and graveyard of 2 roods and 32 perches with an annual ratable valuation of 5s for the land and £10 for the chapel. There was a exemption for the R.C. chapel and graveyard of 5s for the graveyard and £10 for the chapel.

 

 

 [i] Ellie was listed as ‘wife’ under the heading, Relation to Head, but given her age and position in the listings it would be likely that she was Martins wife rather than Theady’s.

 

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