Heathlawn – An tEanach agus an Currach Buí

The standard name as given in the Ordnance Survey Name Books 1838 was Heathlawn.  The same version was also used by George D.H. Kirkaldy and Rev. Francis Coghlan.   While no Irish version of the placename is given in the Ordnance Survey Name Books, the Irish Placenames Commission gives its spelling as An tEanach agus an Currach Buí.  The townland contained a number of farmhouses, limekilns, a turret, a Gentleman’s seat called Heathlawn House, a nursery, a trigl. station, and a large portion of fir planting and bog.  The Ordnance Survey Map showed walled gardens, a footstick and part of Lochnanean in this townland.

Location

Heathlawn stretches between Kilmore, Derradda South, Ballinaheskera, Treenaneerla and Garryad and Garryduff.

In 1783 Heathlawn was noted by Taylor and Skinner as a seat of the Hamilton family.  J.T. Betagh is recorded as living at Heathlawn in 1814.  At that stage the Estate Name is given as Betagh (Killimorbologue), the Associated Family as Betagh (Killimorbologue) and the house is called Heathlawn.  The Monahan/Monaghan family are recorded as occupying Heathlawn House in the mid-19th century.  Lewis records it in 1837, as the seat of M. Monahan but at the time of Griffith’s Valuation, circa 1855, Heathlawn House, valued at £31, was occupied by George Saunderson.

Census 1841, 1851

Census statistics showed two hundred and sixteen people in thirty nine houses in 1841, but denoted a post-famine decline to one hundred and twelve people occupying twenty two houses by 1851.

Griffith’s Valuation 1855

Griffith’s Valuation gave the total acreage as seven hundred and eighteen acres, one rood and thirty two perches of land, making it the largest townland in the parish of Killimorbologue.  The total annual valuation was £324.6s.0d.   The landowner was George Saunderson, who held seven hundred and twelve acres and seventeen perches for himself, on which was a house, offices, herd’s house and office.  He also retained two roods and five perches, which contained five cottiers’ houses and gardens.  He leased out two small holdings of land; the first was rented by Peter Callanan, who held a house on four acres and two roods, while Anne Martin also had a house on one acre, one rood and ten perches of land, at a total annual valuation of  £0.9s.0d.

Census 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891

Census statistics showed a major decline in population and houses in 1861, with forty six people in nine houses.  A further reduction was recorded in 1871, with thirty three people in seven houses.  A slight increase in population occurred in 1881 with thirty nine people occupying seven houses.   By 1891 the seven houses accommodated forty one people.

Census 1901

Six houses were listed in Heathlawn in the 1901 census.

House No. 1

House No. 1 in 1901 in the townland of Heathlawn was recorded in form B 1- House and Building Return – as being uninhabited.  The landowner was listed as J. H. Monahan.

 John McClearn

In house 2 John McClearn was head of family.  He was a 79 year old widower who could read.  He was a farmer and his son James was listed as a farmer’s son.  James was a 35 year old married man who was born in Kings Co.  James’s wife Dinah was 28 and they both   could read and write.  John’s grandson, John Hara, was aged 4.  All except James were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholics.

Form B 1 showed that John McClearn was a landholder and his private dwelling was 2nd class with walls of stone/brick or concrete.  It had a thatch or wood roof with 3 windows to the front.  The family occupied 3 rooms.

According to Form B 2 – Return of Out-Offices and Farm-Steadings they had 4 out-offices: a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a shed.

John’s mark x on the census form was witnessed by Jno. E. Harte, Constable, who was also the Enumerator.  The form was collected on April 9th.

Peter Hara

In house 3 Peter Hara was head of family.  He was a 35 year old carpenter.  His wife, Anne, was also 35 and they both could read and write.  Their daughter, Mary K,was 4 and their son Peter was 2.  Peter’s cousin, also named Peter, was a 19 year old carpenter who could read and write.  All were Roman Catholics and were born in Co. Galway except Anne who was born in Kings Co.

Form B 2 listed Peter Hara as a landholder and his private dwelling was 2ndclass.  The walls were of stone/brick or concrete and it had 3 windows to the front.  The roof was of slate/iron or tiled.

They had 4 out-offices namely, a stable, a cow house, a work shop and a shed.

Peter Hara signed the census form which was collected on April 9th 1901.  Jno. E. Harte, Constable, was the Enumerator.

Matthew Donohoe

House 5 was the residence of the Donohoe family.  Matthew Donohoe was head of family.  He was a 65 year old farmer.  His wife, Bridget, was 61 and she spoke English and Irish.  Their 3 sons’ occupation was listed as farmer’s son.  Patrick was 40, Michael was 38 and Martin 35 and they were not married.  Their 3 daughters, Mary aged 9, Bridget aged 27 and Margaret, aged 25, were also not married and their occupation was listed as farmer’s daughters.  All of the family could read and write and were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholics.

J.H. Monahan was the landholder on whose land Matthew Donohoe’s 2nd class private dwelling was built.  It had walls of stone/brick or concrete and the roof was thatch or wood.  It had 2 windows to the front and they occupied 2 rooms.

Their 7 out-offices listed on Form B 1 were: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 workshop and 2 sheds.

Martin Donohoe signed the census form which was collected on 9th April.  The Enumerator was Jno. E. Harte, Constable.

Martin Tuohy

House 6 in the townland of Heathlawn was that of Martin Tuohy who was head of family.  He was 60 and an agricultural labourer who could not read.  His wife, Mary, was 60 and they both spoke Irish and English.  Their son, 24 year old John, was also an agricultural labourer and not married.  He could read and write.  They were Roman Catholics and born in Co. Galway.

J.H. Monahan was the land holder on whose land their private dwelling was built.  It had walls of stone/brick or concrete and a thatch or wood roof.  It had 1 window to the front.  They occupied 2 rooms.

No out-offices were listed for house 6 on Form B 2.

Martin’s x on the census form was witnessed by Jno. E. Harte, Constable, who was also the Enumerator, and it was collected on April 9th.

In 1906 James H. Monahan (reputedly a judge) was the owner of over seven hundred acres of untenanted land in the Killimor area as well as the Mansion House at Heathlawn.  Sadly the house no longer exists but some of the boundary walls are still to be seen.

Census 1911

The name Monahan did not appear in the 1911 census.  Ten houses were listed, eight ‘built’ and two ‘buildings’.

James McClearn

In house 1 in the townland of Heathlawn James McClearn was head of family.  He was a 55 year old farmer who could read and write.  His wife Dinagh, could also read and write and was 38.   James and Dinagh were married for 10 years.  They had 6 children with 3 still living.  Their sons, Joseph, 9, and Patrick, 4, were scholars and could read and write.  Their daughter, Dympna, was aged 9.  James was born in Kings County and all the others were born in Co. Galway.  They were Roman Catholics.

Form B 1 showed James was a landholder and his private dwelling was 3rdclass with walls of stone/brick or concrete and the roof was thatch or wood.  It had 2 windows to the front and they occupied 4 rooms.

They had 4 out-offices: a stable, a coach house, a cow house and a barn.

James McClearn signed the census form which was collected on April 19th.  Jno. Mullooly, Constable, was the Enumerator.

Catherine Carey

The Careys were residence of house 2 in Heathlawn.  Catherine Carey was head of family.  She was a 73 year old widow who could read and write.  Her son, James, was 38, a farmer, who could also read and write. He was single.  Form A showed Catherine was born in Co. Roscommon and James in Kings County.

James Carey was listed as landholder and the walls of their private dwelling were stone/brick or concrete.  The roof was slate/iron or tiles and there were 3 windows to the front.  They occupied 4 rooms.

According to Form B 2 – Return of Out-Offices and Farm-Steadings they had 2 out-offices: a stable and a cow house.

Catherine Carey signed the census form which was collected on 19th April. Jno. Mullooly, Constable, was the Enumerator.

Peter O’Hara

Form A of the 1911 census showed Peter O’Hara in house 3 as head of family.  He was a 48 year old farmer and married to Anne, who was 49, for 16 years with 4 living children.  Mary Kate aged 14, Peter aged 12 and Martin aged 9 were scholars.  All the family could read and write.  Anne was born in Kings County and all the others were born in Co. Galway.  All were Roman Catholics.

Peter O’Hara was a landholder and their private dwelling was 2nd class.  The walls were stone/brick or concrete and the roof was thatch or wood.  It had 3 windows to the front.  They occupied 3 rooms.

Listed on Form B 1 – House and Building Return- were their 4 out-office: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 shed.

Peter O’Hara signed the census form which was collected on April 19th. Jno. Mullooly, Constable, was the Enumerator.

Patrick Donohoe 

Form A of the 1911 census listed Patrick Donohoe as head of family in house 4 in the townland of Heathlawn.  He was a 39 year old farmer.  He was married to Lucy who was 28.  They were married under 1 year and had no family.  Patrick’s mother, Bridget, aged 68, was a widow and his sister, Margaret, was 28 and single.  All the family could read and write.  They were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholics.

Patrick Donohoe was a landholder and their private 2nd class dwelling with walls of stone/brick or concrete had a slate/iron or tiled roof with 5 windows to the front.  They occupied 5 rooms and had 10 out-offices.

Form B 2 listed their out-offices as: 2 stables, 1 coach house, 3 cow houses, 1 calf house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 barn.

Patrick Donohoe signed the census form which was collected on April 19th.  Jno. Mullooly, Constable, was the Enumerator.

Matt Hanney

Head of family in house 5 in the townland of Heathlawn was Matt Hanney.  He was a 37 year old farmer.  His wife Mary was 27.  They were married 6 years with 3 living children.  Their son James, a scholar, was 5.  Another son, Patrick Joseph, was 2 and their daughter, Mary Ellen, was 1 year old.  Ellen Broderick, a widow, was Matt’s mother-in-law and was 70.  All except the 2 youngest could read and write.  They were Roman Catholics and born in Co. Galway.

Matt was a landholder and his 2nd class private dwelling had walls of stone/brick or concrete and the roof was slate/iron or tiles.  They occupied 5 rooms.  The house had 5 windows to the front.

Form B 2 listed their 13 out-offices as: 5 stables, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 2 piggeries, 1 boiling house, 1 barn and 1 shed.

Matt Hanney signed the census form which was collected on 19th April. Jno. Mullooly, Constable, was the Enumerator.

John McClearn 

Head of family in house 6 in the 1911 census for the townland of Heathlawn was John McClearn who was a 51 year old farmer.  He was married to Maria, aged 28, for 10 years.  They had 7 children with 6 still living.  John aged 9, James aged 8, and Patrick aged 6 were

scholars.  Two other sons, Thomas, aged 5, and Brendan aged 3, could not read.  All the others could read and write except Patrick who could read only.  Their daughter, Mary, was aged 1.  Patrick Keary was a farm servant who was 20 and he could read and write.  He was single.  All the family were born in Co. Galway except John senior who was born in Kings Co.

John McClearn was a landholder and his private 2nd class dwelling with walls of stone/brick or concrete and roof of slate/iron or tiles had 5 windows to the front.  They occupied 3 rooms.  Form B 2 showed they had 4 out-offices: 3 stables and a shed.

The census form was collected on April 19th.  Jno. Mullooly, Constable, was the Enumerator and John McClearn signed the form.

Patt Conway  

In house 7 in the townland of Heathlawn was Patt Conway who was head of family.  He was a 72 year old farmer.  He was married to Nora, aged 71, for 38 years.  They had 5 children with 3 living.  They could read and write.  Their son-in-law, Michael Finnerty, was a 28 year old farmer who could also read and write.  Patt’s daughter, Nora, was 25.  She was married under 1 year with no children and could read and write.  A visitor Ma? Conway (see Form A) was a 7 year old scholar who could read and write and was born in America.  All the others were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholics.

Michael Finnerty was the landholder and their 2nd class private dwelling had walls of stone/brick or concrete and a roof of slate/iron or tiles.  It had 5 windows to the front and they occupied 4 rooms.

They had 3 out-offices which were: 1 stable, 1 cow house and 1 shed.

Patt’s mark x on the census form was witnessed by Jno. Mullooly, Constable, who was also the Enumerator and was collected on 19th April.

Ellen Tierney 

House 8 in Heathlawn townland was the residence of the Tierney family.  Ellen was head of family.  She was a 59 year old widow who could read and write.  Her daughter, Julia, was 29, single, and could read and write.  Ellen’s son, Patrick, was a 25 year old farmer.

Ellen was a landholder and their 2nd class private dwelling of stone/brick or concrete with roof of slate/iron or tiles had 5 windows to the front.  They occupied 4 rooms.

Their 3 out-offices, listed on Form B 1, consisted of a stable, a cow house and a shed.

Ellen Tierney signed the census form which was collected on April 19th and the Enumerator was Jno. Mullooly, Constable.

Form B 1 – House & Building Return for the townland of Heathlawn showed house numbers 9 and 10 as “building” with no other information.

 

This page was added on 17/02/2017.

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