Gortyroyan East

Gort Uí Ruaín Thoir

Roger Harrison

Gortyroyan East / Gort Uí Ruaín Thoir                          

 

Author: Roger Harrison

 

The townland of Gortyroyan East is in the civil parish of Ballymacward, in the barony of

Kilconnell and the County of Galway.

 

Description:

(John O’Donovan 1806-1861)

It is the property of Anthony Donellan, Esq. by deed for ever. It is flat and dry of middling good quality. The houses and roads are in good repair. It contains 119Acres 0 roods and 3 perches. The County Cess £3 13. 0. including Gortyroyan West.

 

Situation:

(John O’Donovan 1806-1861)

Lies in the S. East of this parish in the barony of Kilconnel, is bounded in same barony by Lisseane Upper, Gortyroyan West, Attyregan townlands in this parish and by Calla in the parish of Kilconnel. It is situated about 4 miles S. West of Ahascragh.

 

This is a list of townlands that share a border with Gortyroyan East.

 

 

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 5 houses in the townland but only houses 1-3 were occupied and were listed as being private dwellings. All the occupied houses were built of stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. They were all listed as being 2nd class dwellings. They all had between 2 and 4 rooms with 3 windows in the front. There were a total of 15 out buildings consisting of 4 stables, 4 cow houses, a calf house, 3 piggeries, 2 barns and a shed. There were a total of 17 people living in Gortyroyan East at that time, 11 male and 6 female. The enumerator for the area was Const. Michael Carr.

 

House 1: Barrett

The head of the first house in Gortyroyan East was the widow Margaret (70) and she shared the house with her son Nicholas (32), daughter-in-law, Margaret (32) and they had been married for 4 years and they had 3 children, John (3), Mary Anne (2) and Essy (sic) (1mth) and also in the house was another son Thomas (30). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Only Margaret (32) and Thomas could read and write, Margaret (70) was a farmer, Nicholas was a farmer’s son and Thomas was a cattle dealer. The house was a 2nd class dwelling and had between 2 and 4 rooms. They had a stable, a cow house, a calf house, a piggery and a barn. Margaret Barrett was the landholder.

 

House 2: Nutley

John (42) was listed as the head of this family and he had been married to Maria (42) for 20 years and they had had 5 children and all had survived. They lived with those 5 children and they were Thomas (19), Mary Delia (16), Joseph (15), John (13) and Patrick (9). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Only John (42) was listed as speaking Irish and English and there was nothing entered for the others which could indicate that they only spoke English. They could all read and write. John (42) was a farmer, Thomas was a farmer’s son and Joseph, John (13) and Patrick were scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2nd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms and they had a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a barn and a shed. John Nutley was the landholder.

 

House 3: Kenny / Gately

Patrick (42) was the head of this family and he lived with his brother, John (40) and a servant, Martin Gately (40), a widower. They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin could speak Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the brothers, which could indicate that they could only speak English. Patrick and John could read and write. Patrick was a farmer, John was a farmer’s son and Martin was a farm servant. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms and they had 2 stables, 2 cow houses and a piggery. Patrick Kenny was the landholder.

 

House 4: Unoccupied

The landholder was John Kelly.

 

House 5: Unoccupied

The landholder was John Kelly.

 

1901 Census

Overview of the townland

There were a total of 6 houses in Gortyroyan East in 1901 and they were all occupied and were listed as being private dwellings. They were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 1 and 4 were 2nd class dwellings, houses 2, 5 and 6 were 3rd class and house 3 was a 4th class dwelling. Houses 1 and 4 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 3 windows in the front, house 2 has between 2 and 4 rooms and 1 window, house 3 had 1 room and no windows and houses 5 and 6 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 2 windows in the front. The enumerators abstract return (form N) shows that there were a total of 28 people in the townland at that time consisting of 16 male and 12 female occupants. The enumerator for the area was Const. Patrick Irwin.

 

House 1: Nutley

John (35) was listed as the head of this family and he was married to Maria (35) and they shared the house with 5 of their children, Thomas (10), Mary (8), Joseph (5), John (4) and Patrick (1). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John (35) and Maria could read and write, Thomas and Mary could read only and the others could not read. John (35) was a farmer, Joseph was a farmer’s son and Thomas and Mary were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms. John Nutley was the landholder.

 

 

House 2: Kelly / Clancy

Bernard (28) was the head of this family and he was married to Anne (46) and they lived with his step children, Michael Clancy (21), John Clancy (17) and Julia Clancy (16). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English but only the children could read and write. Bernard, Michael and John were agricultural labourers, Anne was a housekeeper and Julia was a scholar. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms. Richard Kelly was the landholder.

 

House 3: Raftery

The head of the family in house 3 was Thomas (35) and he was married to Kate (30) and they lived with their 6 children, John (8), Thomas (7), Michael (7), Ellie (4), Katie (2 and Bridget (8mths). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. There were no languages entered, which could indicate that they all spoke only English. Kate could read and write, John could read only and the others could not read. Thomas (35) was an agricultural labourer, Kate was a housekeeper, John was a scholar and the other children had no occupation. The house was a 1 roomed. 4th class dwelling and Richard Kelly was the landholder.

 

House 4: Raftery

Patrick (35) was listed as being the head of this family and he lived with 2 of his siblings, John (33) and Kate (37). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All could read and write. Patrick and John were farmers and Kate was a housekeeper. The house was a 2nd class dwelling and had between 2 and 4 rooms. Patrick Kenny was the landholder.

 

House 5: Connor

Bridget (55) was the sole occupant of house 5. She was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. There was no language listed for her, which could mean that she only spoke English and she could not read. She was listed as being a housekeeper. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms. Bridget Connor was the landholder.

 

House 6: Barrett

The head of the last house in Gortyroyan East was the widow Margret (55) and she lived with 3 of her children, Nicholas (21), Thomas (19) and Mary (17). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. There were no languages listed so that could indicate that they all spoke English. Margret could read only and the others could all read and write. Margret was a housekeeper, Nicholas and Thomas were farmers and Mary was a scholar. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with between 2 and 4 rooms and Margret Barrett was the landholder.

 

 

 

 

 

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