Boocaun

Buacán meaning a conical hill

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Names:

According to O’Donovan’s Field Name Books 1838, the standard name given to this townland was Boocaun and Buacán was its official Irish name.  The village was also known as Buacan (O’Donovan’s Field Name Books, 1838), Buacaun (O’Donovan’s Field Name Books, 1838), Bookaun (Boundary Surveyors Sketch Map, County Cess Collector), Bookawn (Local, Mearsman), Bookane (Rev. Michl. Heraghty P.P.), Bukane (Tithe Ledgar) and Bhuacáin (Logainm.ie).

 

Situation:

This townland was located in the east side of the Ross Parish.  Bounded on the north by the village of Cappaghnagoppul, bounded west by Cloughbrack Lower, Shaunadullaun and Coolin ,bounded south by the villages of Coolin and Cahergal and bounded East by Cahergal and Cappaghnagoppul.

 

Description:

Down Survey:  The Down Survey was a cadastral survey of Ireland carried out by William Petty, English scientist in 1655 and 1656.The survey was apparently called the “Down Survey” by Petty because the results were set down in maps; ‘admeasurement down’ was used; it is referred to by that name in Petty’s will”. (Wikipedia).  The name used by the Down Survey for this village was Barcrumlin.  In 1641, the owner for this townland was Rickard McHenry McRickard Shoy who was a Catholic and in 1670 the owner was the College of Dublin which was Protestant.  Boocaun had 26 acres of unprofitable land and 3 acres of profitable land and 3 acres of land were forfeited.

 

O’Donovan’s (1838):In 1838 the proprietors for this village was Earl of Leitrim and Charlemont, Roshil or Dublin. The agent was Mr. James Fair, Fairhil. The village was held under leases by tenants.  The rent was £30.14s.1½ d. per year.  Co. Cess paid 11¼ d. per acre half yeary for 19 acres.  According to O’Donovan’s Field Name Books (1838) this townland was composed of 160 acres, 0 roods and 30 perches.  The soil was all mountain heathy and mixed pasture.  A good part of the land was sloping and swampy with arable land and tillage.  Crops are middling in some parts but miserable in other parts.

 

Griffiths Valuation

According to Griffith’s Valuation, Boocaun had a total acreage of 160 acres, 3 roods and 18 perches. The total valuation for this plot was £27.12s.0d.  Earls of Leitrim and Charlemont was the immediate lessor for this townland.  This townland was divided into 6 plots.

Plot 1 A,Bwas composed of 5 acres, 1 rood and 37 perches. This plot belonged to Michael Walsh. Total valuation for this plot was £1.12s.0d.

Plot 1 A,B Michael Walshhad land. The land was valued at £1.12s.0d. Total valuation for this plot was £1.12s.0d.

 

Plot 2was composed of 28 acres, 2 roods and 26 perches.  This plot was divided into 3 subplots.  The first subplot was labelled A, B, c, a.  The second sub-plot was labelled C,D, -band the third plot was labelled–B, a.  The first plot belonged to James Mulroe, the second plot belonged to Patk. Mulroe (James) and the last plot was vacant.  Total valuation for this plot was £9.15s.0d.

Plot 2 A, B, c, a James Mulroehad a house, office and land.  The land was valued at £4.5s.0d. and the buildings were valued at £0.10s.0d. Total valuation for this subplot was £4.15s.0d.

Plot 2 C, D, -b Patk. Mulroe (James) had a house, office and land.  The land was valued at £4.5s.0d. and the buildings were valued at £0.5s.0d.  Total valuation for this sub-plot was £4.10s.0d.

Plot 2 –B, a was unoccupied and declared Vacant.  The house was valued at £0.10s.0d.  Total valuation for this sub-plot was £0.10s.0d.

 

Plot 3 A,Bconsisted of 18 acres, 1 rood and 2 perches. This plot was divided into 4 subplots. The first plot was labelled A, a.  The other three plots were unlabelled.  The first plot belonged to Michael Walsh.  The second plot was occupied by Anthony Kenny.  The third plot was owned by Patrick Jennings and the fourth plot was owned by Patrick Madigan.  Total valuation for this plot was £7.5s.0d.

Plot 3 A, B, A, a Michael Walshhad a house and land.  The land was valued at £1.15s.0d. and the house was valued at £0.5s.0d.  Total valuation for this sub-plot was £2.0s.0d.

Plot 3 A, B Anthony Kennyhad land valued at £1.15s.0d.  Total valuation for this sub-plot was £1.15s.0d.

Plot 3 A, B Patrick Jennings had land valued at £1.15s.0d.  Total valuation for this sub-plot was £1.15s.0d.

Plot 3 A, B Patrick Madiganhad land valued at £1.15s.0d.  Total valuation for this sub-plot was £1.15s.0d.

 

Plot 4 A,Bwas composed of 8 acres, 2 roods and 20 perches.  Plot 4 was broken down into two subplots.  The first plot was labelled B, a and the second plot was labelled b. The first plot was owned by Mark Mulroe. The second plot was owned by Patk. Mulroe (John).  Total valuation for this plot was £3.8s.0d.

Plot 4 A, B, a Mark Mulroehad a house, office and land.  The land was valued at £1.8s.0d.  The buildings were valued at £0.6s.0d.  Total valuation for this sub-plot was £1.14s.0d.

Plot 4 A, B, b Patk. Mulroe (John) had a house and land.  The land was valued at £1.8s.0d.  The house was valued at £0.6s.0d.  The total valuation for this sub-plot was £1.14s.0d.

 

Plot 5consisted of 9 acres,1 rood and 8 perches. Plot 5 was divided into 3 sub-plots. The first subplot was labelled aand the other two plots were unlabelled. The first plot belonged to Patrick Kelly, the second plot belonged to Patk. Mulroe (John) and the third plot belonged to Mark Mulroe.  Total valuation for this plot was £3.3s.0d.

Plot 5 a Patrick Kellyhad a house and land.  The land was valued at £1.8s.0d. and the house was valued at £0.7s.0d.  Total valuation for this subplot was £1.15s.0d.

Plot 5 Patk. Mulroe (John)had land valued at £0.14s.0d.  Total valuation for this plot was £0.14s.0d.

Plot 5 Mark Mulroe had land valued at £0.14s.0d.  Total valuation for this plot was £0.14s.0d.

 

Plot 6was composed of 90 acres, 2 roods and 5 perches. This plot was divided into 9 unlabelled subplots.  The first plot belonged to James Mulroe, the second plot belonged to Patk. Mulroe (James), the third plot belonged to Michael Walsh, the fourth plot belonged to Anthony Kenny, the fifth plot was owned by Patrick Jennings, the sixth plot was owned by Patrick Madigan, the seventh plot belonged to Patk. Mulroe (John), the eighth plot was owned by Mark Mulroe and the ninth plot was owned by Patrick Kelly.

Plot 6 James Mulroehad land (mountain) valued at £0.10s.0d.  Total valuation for this plot was £0.10s.0d.

Plot 6 Patk. Mulroe (James)had land (mountain) valued at £0.10s.0d. Total valuation for this plot was £0.10s.0d.

Plot 6 Michael Walsh had land (mountain) valued at £0.6s.0d.  Total valuation for this plot was £0.6s.0d.

Plot 6 Anthony Kenny had land (mountain) valued at £0.4s.0d.  Total valuation for this plot was £0.4s.0d.

Plot 6 Patrick Jennings had land (mountain) valued at £0.4s.0d.  Total valuation for this plot was £0.4s.0d.

Plot 6 Patrick Madigan had land (mountain) valued at £0.4s.0d.  Total valuation for this plot was £0.4s.0d.

Plot 6 Patk. Mulroe (John) had land (mountain) valued at £0.4s.0d. Total valuation for this plot was £0.4s.0d.

Plot 6 Mark Mulroehad land (mountain) valued at £0.4s.0d.  Total valuation for this plot was £0.4s.0d.

Plot 6 Patrick Kelly had land (mountain) valued at £0.3s.0d.  Total valuation for this plot was £0.3s.0d.

 

Census 1901

The Census of 1901 states there was six houses in Boocaun.  There were 12 males and  14 females. Everyone in this village was Roman Catholic according to the Enumerator’s Abstract (Form N) and census forms.  Everyone in this village was also born in Galway.  There were three cow houses, five piggeries and five barns in this village.

 

House 1- Patrick and Mary Mulroe

Patrick(40) and Mary(32) Mulroelived in house 1 with their four children and Marys mother, Ellen Lydon(60).  Their children were Patrick(8), Bridget (6),Mary(3) and Kate (9 months).  Patrick (Snr.) was a farmer.  Patrick was a scholar.  Mary (Snr.) and Patrick (Jnr.) could read and write, the rest of the household could not read or write.  Patrick (Snr.), Mary (Snr.), Patrick and Bridget spoke Irish and English.  Ellen spoke Irish only.  They lived in a 3rdclass house with three rooms.  They had a piggery and a barn.

 

House 2- Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly (50) resided in house 2 with his two children.  His children were John(31) and Catherine(15).  Michael was a widower.  Michael was a farmer and John was a farm servant.  John could not read or write, the rest of the household could read and write. Everyone in this household spoke Irish and English.  They lived in a 3rdclass house with two rooms.  They had a piggery and a barn.

 

House 3-James and Mary Mulroe

James (35) and Mary (22) Mulroe lived in house 3 with their three children.  Their children were Patrick(10), Mark(9) and John(7).  James was a farmer.  Patrick, Mark and John were scholars.  James could not read or write, the rest of the household could read and write. Everyone in this household spoke Irish and English.  They lived in a 2ndclass house with three rooms.  They had a cow house, a piggery and a barn.

 

House 4- Barbara Mulroe

Barbara Mulroe (70) resided in house 4 with her son, Patrick(27).  Barbara was a widow.  Barbara was a farmer and Patrick was a farm servant.  Barbara and Patrick could not read or write.  Barbara spoke Irish only, Patrick spoke Irish and English. They lived in a 3rdclass house with three rooms.  They had a piggery and a barn.

 

House 5-Mary Canny  

Mary Canny (50) lived in house 5 with her four children.  Her children were Bridget(31), Kate(16),Margaret(14) and Anthony(12).  Mary was a widow.  Mary was a farmer, Bridget was a farm servant and Anthony was a scholar.  Everyone in this household could read and write and spoke Irish and English.  They lived in a 3rdclass house with two rooms.  They had a cow house.

 

House 6- Patrick and Bridget Kelly

Patrick(35) and Bridget (26) Kelly resided in house 6 with their two children.  Their children were Mary(4) and John(3). Patrick was a farmer. The parents could read and write, the children could not read or write.  The parents spoke Irish and English.  They lived in a 3rdclass house with two rooms.  They had a cow house, a piggery and a barn.

 

Census 1911

Ten years later the census questions were expanded to include the following: Particulars as to Marriage (which included – completed years the present marriage has lasted, children born alive to present marriage, total children born alive to this marriage, and children still living).  There were six houses in this village and five of them were inhabited.  The other house was unoccupied and was owned by Michael Canny of Rusheen West (as transcribed from 1911 Census of Boocaun). This unoccupied house had a piggery. There was no mention of the Canny household in this 1911 census.  Everyone in this village was Roman Catholic and was born in Galway.  There were fifteen outhouses.  There were three stables, two cow houses, five piggeries and five barns. There were inconsistent age gaps between the 1901 Census and the 1911 Census.

 

House 1- Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly (48) resided in house 1, previously numbered house 6, with his five children.  His five children were Mary(14), John(11), Bridget(8), Catherine(5) and Micheal(2).  There was no mention of Bridget (26) in this 1911 census. Patrick was a widower. Patrick was a farmer.  Mary, John and Bridget were scholars.  Catherine and Micheal could not read or write, the rest of the household could read and write. Patrick, Mary, John and Bridget spoke Irish and English.  They lived in a 2ndclass house with three rooms.  They had a stable, a cow house and a barn.

 

House 2-Barbara Mulroe

Barbara Mulroe (73) lived in house 2, previously numbered house 4, with her son Patrick (26).  Barbara was a widow.  Barbara was a farmer.  Barbara could not read or write.  Patrick could read and write.  Barbara spoke Irish only, Patrick spoke Irish and English.  They lived in a 2ndclass house with three rooms.  They had a cow house, a piggery and a barn.

 

House 3- Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly(78) resided in house 3, previously numbered house 2, with his son, daughter in law and two grandchildren. His son was John(33), his daughter in law was Bridget Kelly(30) and his grandchildren were Mary (3) and Kate(5 months).  There was no mention of Catherine in this 1911 census.  Michael was a widower.  John and Bridget were married for 3 years, had two children and both of them survived until 1911.  Michael was a farmer.  Bridget could read and write, the rest of the household could not read or write. Michael, John and Bridget spoke Irish and English.  They lived in a 2ndclass house with three rooms.  They had a stable, a piggery and a barn.

 

House 4- Patrick and Mary Mulroe

Patrick(50) and Mary (45) Mulroe occupied house 4, previously numbered house 1, with their seven children and Mary’s mother, Ellen Lydon(74).  Their seven children were Pat(called Patrick in 1901) (20),Bridget(16), Mary(14), Kate(10), John(8), James(5) and Annie(3).  Patrick and Mary (Snr.) were married for 21 years, had nine children and seven of them survived until 1911.  Patrick was a farmer.  Mary (Jnr.) and Kate were scholars. Ellen was a nurse and domestic servant.  John, James, Annie and Ellen could not read or write, the rest of the household could read and write.  Ellen spoke Irish only; the rest of the household spoke Irish and English.  They lived in a 2ndclass house with three rooms.  They had a piggery and a barn.

 

House 5- James and Mary Mulroe

James (52) and Mary (33) Mulroe resided in house 5, previously numbered house 3, with their six children.  Their children were Mark(20), John (19), Mary(8), Maggie(6), James (4) and Katie(1).  There was no mention of Patrick in this 1911 census.  James (Snr.) and Mary (Snr.) were married for ten years, had seven children and five of them survived until 1911.  James (Snr.) was a farmer, John was a rabbit trapper and Mary (Jnr.) was a scholar. Maggie, James (Snr.), Katie and James could not read or write, the rest of the household could read and write. Everyone in this household, except James and Katie, spoke Irish and English.  They lived in a 2ndclass house with three rooms.  They had a stable, a piggery and a barn.      

 

 

 

 

 

 

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