Foxhall

Sonnach

Jo Kelly/Galway Rural Development (GRD)

Foxhall

 

Foxhall is situated in the civil parish of Abbeygormacan barony of Longford Co Galway. It is bounded on the north by Mullabeg and Mullamore, on the west by Gurteenmadden and a small part of Castlenancy, on the east by Liscoyle and on the south by Little Foxhall.

 

O’Donovan’s Fields Name Books gives 2 other spellings of this townland: Sonach and Sunnagh.

 

The Down Survey Map under the name ‘Abbygormocane & Mulishe Abby Land’ shows that this land was owned in 1641 by the earl of Clanrickard, a protestant. It was owned in 1670 by Ulick earl of Clanricard Burke, a catholic and by the earl of Clanrickard, a protestant.

 

Census 1901

 

There were 4 houses in Foxhall in 1901. There were 13 residents in total: 7 were male and 6 were female. All occupants were Roman Catholic. They were born in Co Galway. The heads of the households were: Michael Hough, Thomas McGuire, Ellen Deely and Catherine Fitzgerald. The census taken on the 3rd of April 1901 showed that the houses were built as private dwellings. The walls were built with stone, brick and concrete. The roofs were made with perishable material except for Thomas McGuire’s. His roof was made with slate, iron or tiles.

 

Michael Hough (50) worked as a herdsman. He was married to Bridget (46). She spoke Irish and English. There was no occupation recorded for her. They had 4 children. Thomas (25) worked as a herdsman. Mary (19) and John (16) had no occupations listed for them. All 3 were single. James (13) was a scholar. Mary and James could read and write. The rest of the family could not read. They lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms and 2 front windows. There were 3 outhouses: 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 shed. Michael McInerney owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Thomas McGuire (60) was a farmer. He was married to Ellen (55). There was no occupation recorded for her. They could read and write. They lived in a 1st class house with 7 rooms and 6 front windows. There were 5 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 barn and 1 shed. Thomas McGuire owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Ellen Deely (58) was a widow. She was a farmer. She had 3 unmarried children. Patrick (33) and Simon (28) recorded their occupations as farmers. Maria (30) had no occupation listed for her. All 3 could read and write. Ellen could read only. They lived in a 2nd class house with 7 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 5 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 barn and 1 shed. Ellen Deely owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Catherine Fitzgerald (47) was single. She was a farmer. She could read and write. She lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms, 2 front windows, 1 piggery and 1 shed. Catherine Fitzgerald owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Census 1911

 

There were 4 houses in Foxhall in 1911. There were 11 residents in total: 6 were male and 5 were female. All occupants were Roman Catholic. They were born in Co Galway. The heads of the households were: Patrick Hough, Ellen Deely, Catherine Fitzgerald and Ellen McGuire. The census taken on the 8th of April 1911 showed that the houses were built as private dwellings. The walls were built with stone, brick or concrete. The roofs were made with perishable material except for Ellen McGuire’s. It was made with slate, iron or tiles.

 

Michael Hough (65) worked as a shepherd. He was married for 37 years to Bridget (67). There was no occupation listed for her. They spoke Irish and English. They had 8 children with 6 living in 1911. Listed were 4 unmarried children. Thomas (34) and James (24) recorded their occupations as agricultural labourers. John (28) recorded his occupation as a tailor. There was no occupation recorded for Mary (29). Michael, Bridget and Thomas could not read. James, John and Mary could read and write. They lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms, 2 front windows, 1 cow house and 1 piggery. Mrs Barry of Gort owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Ellen Deely (70) was a widow. She was a farmer. She had 2 unmarried sons. Patrick (36) and Simon (31) were listed as farmer’s sons. The entire family could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 6 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed. Ellen Deely owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Katherine Fitzgerald (73) was single. She was a farmer. She could not read. She lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms, 2 front windows and 1 piggery. Catherine Fitzgerald owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Ellen McGuire (70) was a widow. She was a farmer. She could read only. She lived in a 2nd class house with 4 rooms and 5 front windows. There were 5 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 barn. Ellen McGuire owned the land the house was situated on.

This page was added on 25/09/2020.

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