Knockaun

An Cnocan, a hillock

Jo Kelly/Galway Rural Development (GRD)

Knockaun

 

 

Knockaun is situated in the civil parish of Abeygormacan in the Barony of Longford Co Galway. It is bounded on the north by Gortevoher, on the west by Gurtalough, on the east by Corballybeg and part of Walshtown and on the south by Abbeygormacan and part of Gurtnappagh.

 

O’Donovan’s Field Name Books gives 3 other spellings of Knockaun: Knockawn, Knockuney and Knockane.

 

Down Survey Map shows that this land was owned by Ambrose McTeige Mcambrose O’Madden, a catholic in 1641. It was owned by Sir James Cuffe, a protestant in 1670. It stated there were 47 plantation acres of profitable land and 47 plantation acres of forfeited land.

 

Census 1901

 

There were 10 houses in Knockaun in 1901. One house was uninhabited. The land this house was situated on was owned by Michl Martin. The other 9 houses had 40 residents in total: 21 were male and 19 were female. All residents were Roman Catholic. They were born in Co Galway. The heads of the households were: Michael Manning, John Connolly, Patrick Connolly, Anne Connelly, Maria Martin, Patrick Coen, Bridget Hardiman, Mary Kelly and Thomas Hardiman. The census taken on the 11th of April 1901 showed that the houses were built as private dwellings. The walls were built with stone, brick or concrete. John Connolly’s, Anne Connolly’s, Patrick Coen’s and Thomas Hardiman’s house roofs were made with slate, iron or tiles. The other 5 roofs were made with perishable material.

 

Michael Manning (48) worked as a black smith. He was married to Margaret (45). There was no occupation recorded for her. They spoke Irish and English. They had 6 children. Michael (14), John (13), Kate (10), Mary (8), Patrick (5) and Margaret (4) were scholars. Mary, Patrick and Margaret could not read or write. The rest of the family could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 5 rooms, 4 front windows and 6 outhouses. Michael Manning owned the land the house was situated on.

 

John Connolly (70) was a farmer. He spoke Irish and English. He was married to Margaret (60). She was listed as a farmer’s wife. They had 4 unmarried children. Michael (34) and John (30) were recorded as farmer’s sons. Mary (25) and Margaret (20) were recorded as farmer’s daughters. The entire family could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 5 rooms, 5 front windows and 5 outhouses. John Connolly owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Patrick Connolly (74) was a farmer. He was married to Bridget (63). There was no occupation recorded for her. They spoke Irish and English. They had 3 unmarried children. Thomas (34) was recorded as a farmer’s son. Mary (34) and Bridget (24) were recorded as farmer’s daughters. The entire family could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows and 5 outhouses. Patrick Connolly owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Anne Connelly (40) was a widow. She was a farmer. Visitor Kate Whelan (11) was a scholar. She could read and write. Anne could read only. They lived in a 2nd class house with 5 rooms, 5 front windows and 3 outhouses. Anne Connelly owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Maria Martin (69) was a widowed farmer. She spoke Irish and English. She had 2 unmarried sons.Patrick (32) and Ferdinand Francis (29) were recorded as farmer’s sons. All 3 occupants could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows and 5 outhouses. Maria Martin owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Patrick Coen (46) was a farmer. His brother Thomas (41) was listed as a farmer’s brother. Their sister Hanoria Duffy (43) was a farmer. Their niece Bridget Murphy (25) was recorded as a farmer’s daughter. The entire household could read and write. They were unmarried except for Hanoria. She was a widow. They lived in a 2nd class house with 6 rooms, 5 front windows and 9 outhouses. Patrick Coen owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Bridget Hardiman (50) was a widow. She was a farmer. She had 2 unmarried sons. Michl (30) and James (25) were listed as farmer’s sons. All 3 occupants could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows and 5 outhouses. Bridget Hardiman owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Mary Kelly (50) was a widow. She was a farmer. She had 3 sons. John (28) and Patt (17) were listed as farmer’s sons. They were unmarried. Michael (9) was a scholar. Mary’s mother Bridget Gantley (75) was a widow. She was a farmer. John could read and write. Patt could not read. The other 3 occupants could not read or write. They lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms, 2 front windows and 1 outhouse. Mary Kelly owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Thomas Hardiman (27) was a tailor. Listed were his aunt, his uncle and a male boarder. There was no occupation recorded for Bridget (55).  Martin (45) worked as a shepherd. Patrick Glynn (20) was a tailor.  All 4 occupants were unmarried. They could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 front windows. There were no outhouses recorded for this house. Michael Manning owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Census 1911

 

There were 9 houses in Knockaun in1911. There were 40 residents in total: 18 were male and 22 were female. All residents were Roman Catholic. They were born in Co Galway. The heads of the households were: Thomas Hardiman, Margaret Manning, Margaret Connolly, Bridget Connolly, Anne Connelly, Patrick Martin, Patrick Coen, Mary Kelly and Bridget Hardiman. The census taken on the 10th of April 1911 showed that the houses were built as private dwellings. The walls were built with stone, brick or concrete. Thomas Hardiman’s, Margaret Connolly’s, Anne Connolly’s and Patrick Coen’s house roofs were made with slate, iron or tiles. The other 5 roofs were made with perishable material.

 

Thomas Hardiman (38) was a tailor. He was married for 8 years to Hanorio (32). There was no occupation recorded for her. They had 6 children with 6 living in 1911.  John (7), Thomas (6) and Bridget (5) were scholars. Mary was 4 years old. Nora was 2 years old and Katie was 1 year old. Thomas (38), Hanorio and John could read and write. The rest of the family could not read or write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms, 3 front windows, 1 fowl house and 1 shed. Thomas Hardiman owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Margaret Manning (56) was a widow. There was no occupation recorded for her. She had 5 unmarried children. John (22) worked as a blacksmith. Michael (23) and Patrick (15) were recorded as farmer’s sons. Kate (20) had no occupation recorded for her. Margaret (14) was a scholar. The entire family could read and write. Michael and Margaret (14) spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 4 front windows. There were 8 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn, 1 shed and 1 forge. Margaret Manning owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Margaret Connolly (72) was a widow. She was recorded as a farmer’s wife. She had 4 unmarried children. Michael (47) and John (42) were recorded as farmer’s sons. Mary (36) had no occupation listed for her. Margaret (28) recorded her occupation as a dressmaker. The entire family could read, write and spoke English with Margaret (72) also speaking Irish. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 5 front windows. There were 5 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 barn and 1 shed. Margaret Connolly owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Bridget Connolly (65) was a widow. She was recorded as a farmer’s wife. She had 2 unmarried children. Thomas (44) was recorded as a farmer’s son. Mary (44) was recorded as a farmer’s daughter. All occupants could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 5 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 barn and 1 shed. Bridget Connolly owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Anne Connolly (66) was a widow. She was recorded as a farmer’s wife. Listed were her 2 unmarried grandnieces: Katie Coen (16) and Agnes Coen (14). Relative Martyn Ferdinand (45) was single. He recorded his occupation as an agricultural labourer. The entire household could read, write and spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 2nd class house with 4 rooms and 5 front windows. There were 4 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 barn. Anne Connolly owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Patrick Martin (48) was a farmer. He was married for 4 years to Catherine (32). Visitor Margaret Monahan (18) was single. There were no occupations recorded for Catherine or Margaret. All 3 occupants could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 2 outhouses: 1 cow house and 1 shed. Patrick Martin owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Patrick Coen (60) was a farmer. His brother Thomas (53) worked as an agricultural labourer. They were both single. Their sister Hanoria Duffy (55) was a widow. Their niece Bridget Murphy (40) was single. There were no occupations recorded for Hanoria or Bridget. The entire family could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 4 rooms and 5 front windows. There were 9 outhouses: 3 stables, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed.  Patrick Coen owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Mary Kelly (67) was a widow. She was a farmer. She could read only. She had 3 unmarried sons. John (40), Patrick (28) and Joseph (20) were recorded as farmer’s sons. They could read and write. Mary, John and Patrick spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 3rd class house with 2 rooms, 1 front window and 1 cow house. Mary Kelly owned the land the house was situated on.

 

Bridget Hardiman (73) was a widow. She was a farmer. She could not read. Her son Michael (46) was single. John Shnaughney [sic] (15) was recorded as a farm servant. John and Michael could read and write. They lived in a 2nd class house with 3 rooms and 3 front windows. There were 5 outhouses: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 barn and 1 shed. Bridget Hardiman owned the land the house was situated on.

 

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