1610 Inquisition in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

 

By John D. McLaughlin

        Below is a transcript of an Inquistion into the ownership of church lands taken at Enniskillen in 1610 during the reign of James I of England.  The inquisition is undated except for a notation that it occurred during the 7th year of his reign, therefore, I assume this was in 1610 (he became King in 1603:. The date could be a year later.)   The Inquistion lists the names of all the herenagh families of Fermanagh, including the O'Cassidys.

 

Irish Patent Rolls of James I
pp. 383-385
18 Sept. 1610

XXXI.-22. Inquisition, taken at Eniskilline, 18 Sep. 7th Jas I. before the commissioners named in the preceding commision, and the following jury:


Donnell McGuire, Patrick McDonnell,
Dean of Logherne, Patrick McHugh McGuire,
Shane McHugh, Brian McDoile McCabe,
Brian O'Corchran, Cormocke O'Cassidie,
Owen O'Flanigan, Hugh O'Flanigan,
Brian McThomas, Gellegare O'Hoane,
Shane McEnabbe McGuire, Richard O'Hoane, and
Rorie O'Corrigan, Cahill McGuire,

Finding - that the bishop of Clogher is seised in fee in right of his ee, in Lurge half-barony, of the following rent refections and duties out of the herenagh land of Maghericoolmany, containing 2 qrs. and 3 new measure, making 4 qrs and 1 1/2 old measure,

whereof Phelim O'Muldowne is herenagh, and has 3 free, a rent of 2m, every mark being but 26 groats sterling, 2 white groats and 4 night's refections at alhallontide, and for want of flesh and wine or aquavitae, 4, also at every hallontide, half a beofe or 3s 4d,
and 30 froghans of oat bread or 5 - that in the said barony is Maghericoolmanny parish,

with a parson and vicar collative, the
tithes are paid in kind, 1/4 to the bishop of Clogher, 1/4 to the vicar, and 2/4 to the parson, the parson and vicar pays 1/3, and the herenagh 2/3 of the repairs of the church, the vicar has 1 of glebe, the parson pays 8, and the vicar 4 proxies to the bishop,

this parish is bounded by Coolemckernan half barony N., thence to a great rock called Ardshanckie in Bawagh N.W., thence to the
river of Termonmcgrath, and to a mountain called Urliewe, N.E. by Mononvarrowe, E. and by Lougherne S., in this parish
is Balliconnell chapel with 1 tate of herenagh land belonging to it,

whereof O'Connelly is herenagh and pays thereout 2s 8d yearly to the bishop of Clogher - that the grance of Magherikilterny,
containing 1/2 qr new measure, in the said barony, is parcel of the late abbey of Asherowe, and that Termonmcgrogh parish extends into Fermanagh co. but in what co. the herenagh land, out of which the bishop of Clogher claims his rent, is situate, is not
known - that Coolemckernan barony is part of Derrimoylan parish in Tircannada 1/2 barony, and that the tates of Bonanebber, of
Tullagh and Tohill, of Killencloghan and of Dromacklawna, and the 1/2 tates of Ardirry and of Ardmeville,

all old measure, in CoolemcKernan 1/2 barony, are parcel of the possessions of the late priory of Collidea, in the 1/2 barony is the chapel and grange of BallimcIteggart, containing 1 tate, new measure, possessed by the sept of Munteraran, who are the natives thereof, paaing yearly to the late abbey of Lisgoole 24 meathers of butter, and 50
meathers of barley, each meather containing 6 quarters, paying 8 for the said tithes, and also to the bishop of Clogher,

2 - that the bishop of Clogher is seised in fee, in right of his see, of the following rents out of several parcels of land in the barony of Magheriboy and Twora, viz. out of the herenagh land of Enismissaugh, of which O'Flanagan is herenagh, containing
1 qr new measure, 1m as before, and 2 night's refections at his visitation; out of the herenagh land of Boghae, containing 2 qrs. and 2 tates, new measure, of which the 2 tates are free, 1m and a Cosherie of 12 meathers of butter of their own measure, and half a beef or 6 groats and 1 white groat in lieu of it;

O'Fellan and his sept are the herenaghs, and under him is another sept in the nature of an herenagh, called Clanmcgarraghan, who inherit 1 1/2 of the said 2 qrs;

O'Felan and his sept enjoy the rest of the
2 qrs., and O'Felan has one of those free tates, called Karme, to himself, and the other, called Rostollon, is divided among his
sept of doughasaes wqually according to their proportion of chargeable land;

out of the herenagh land of Devenish, containing 4 qrs., new measure, of which the part of Devenish is herenagh land, except Rossimartina, 1/4 tate is free, and belonged to the corbe or chief herenagh, 4m and 8 nights coshering in his visitation, as before, with 60 sroaghans of oat-bread and a beef yearly, or 10 in lieu of the bread, and a noble in lieu of the beef; O'Tullie is the chief and herenagh of half of this land, O'Cassidie is herenagh of one quarter and O'Casy of the other;

out of the herenagh land of Rosserrierie, containing 2 qrs., of which the chief herenagh has 2m free, 2m with refections as in Maghercoolemanny, Slut Laughlin McGuire, Munterluynn, and
Munterconnellie are the 3 herenaghs of these lands - that in the barony of Magheriboy and Twora are the following parishes:

Enishmissaugh parish, with a parson and vicar collative, the former pys 8, and the latter 4, proxies to the bishop of Clogher,
the tithes are paid in kind, 1/4 to the bishop, 1/4 to the vicar, and 2/4 to the parosn, the parson and vicar bear one-third of the repairs
of the parish church, and the herenagh two-thirds; in this parish is the chapel of ease of Fennoare in Macginy, to which the vicar
is to send a curate, also the chapel o Ballihanny, with 1 qr of herenagh land, old measure, of which McGackequin is herenagh, and pays thereout yearly to the bishop of Clogher 3s 4d - that
part of the parish in Fermanagh co. is bounded by Drum-Rieske E., by Rawtonogho S., by Abberneleagh W., and by Loughearne N., whence it extends to Bundroisse in Donegall co.;

Boghae parish, as the preceding, except the 4 tates of the abbey land, do not pay tithes as the rest of the parish, and the parson
pays 2s 8d, and the vicar 1s 4d proxies; one moiety of 6 of glebe land, called KillmcIteggart or Farrennalter, belongs to the parson, and the other to the vicar; in this parish is the chapel of ease called Templemullin on a tate of land, the sept of McGaraghan, the possessers, pay thereout yearly to the late abbey of Lisgoole
5 gallons of butter and one axe;

the benefit of the parsonage of this tate belongs to the parsonage of Clenys, but the vicar of Boghae receives the whole benefit of the vicarage, and is to maintain a curate there; this parish extends into Clonawley barony, and is bounded by the lands of Aghara W., by Sleveamwell hill in Clanawley E., by the river of Bealaghmore N., and
by Ourae mountain N.;

Devenish parish, the church of which is
in the island of Devenish, as that of Ennishmisssaugh as to its parson, vicar, tithes, repairs and proxies; in this parish is the
chapel of ease, called Moynyagh, with 1/2 tate of herenagh land, of which ClanmcIteggart was herenagh, who paid thereout yearly
1 to the corbe or herenagh of Devenish: this parish is bounded by the bog of Aighane N., by the river of Conroe S., by the hill
of Mooyglasse E., and by the hill of Tullagmore W., and extends southwards into Leitrim co. as far as the river of Beaghlaghnymallragh;

Rosscrierie parish, the parsonage and vicarage of which are impropriate to the late abbey of Lisgoole, the tithes are paid as in the preceding parishes, except those of Ballinebort, of which 1/4 are paid to the parson of Inishkine, 1/4 belongs to the
vicarage of Rosscrierie, and of the other fourth one moiety belongs to the bishop of Clogher, and the other to the late abbey
of Lisgoole;

this parish is bounded by the half tate of Moyglasse, called Lieugh W., by Loughglassan E., by the river of Sroughdromcoourie S., and by Loughearne N.; in the barony are 8 tates, old measure, south of the lough, viz. Dromgemple and Eniselerne, 2 tates, Roskleagh, 1 tate, Moynenergid, 1 tate, Findraght
and Cavanchirrin, 1 tate, Magherinegananagh, 2 tates, and Fogher, 1 tate, all which, with the tithes, belong to the late abbey
of Devenish, which, with an orchard or moore belonging to it, is in Devenish island;

the bishop of Clogher had a refection for a
day, or 10 in his visitation, but not to stay all night; in the same island is the priory or house of secular priests of Collidea, with its
orchard, to which belong Fanagrane 2 tates, and Tullagh 2 tates, in this barony, and out of which the bishop had a beef yearly or 20
groats;
the bishop if seised in fee, in right of his see, of the following rents and duties in Cuyle and Tircannada half baronies:

out of the herenagh lands of Eniskine, containing 3 qrs. and 1/2 tate, new measure, of which Munterowen is herenagh, and has 1/2 qr and 1/2 tate free, 2m and a cosherie and refections as in Magheriecoolemanny; ouf of Derrymoylan, containing 4 1/2 qr, new
measure, of which O'Breslan is chief herenagh, and had 1 qr free to himself and his sept, 2m, as in the preceding land, and the
said half qr called Carribanan and Ardylunym is not chargeable with the rest, but pays 3s yearly to the bishop of Clogher, and
there are 3 herenaghs out of 2 tates in Farrenarioght, of which ClanmcRowrie is herenagh, 3s 4d yearly of which O'Breslan is
the chief; out of Derrivoruske, containing 1 1/2 qr, new measure, of which the herenagh has 2m free, 6s 8d yearly, and certain
sroaghans of bread, or 4 in lieu thereof, and a quarter of beef or 1s 8d at alhaloontide yearly;

Clanmcgilcoskilly and Munteriegh
are herenaghs of this land; in the half baronies of Cuyle and Tirrecannada are the following parishes: Eniskine parish, containing
6 ballibetaghs, viz. Ballieniskine, 1 ballibetagh, Ballybreaghan and Garvory, 1 ballibetagh, and 2 tates, and the 3 ballibetaghs of 3 qrs. of Tirecannada; the parish church is in
Eniskine island, it has a parson and vicar collative; the tithes are paid in kind, and the church repaired as in Maghericoolemanny;
the parson pays 8, and the vicar 4 proxies to the bishop of Clogher, and the vicar has 1/2 glebe; in this parish is a chapel of ese, called Puble, with 1/2 qr of herenagh land, called PublePatrick and Drumkeneda, out of which the bishop has 2 yearly;

the herenagh is Munterowen, who is to maintain the chapel, and the vicar of Eniskine is to maintain a curate there; Dirrimoylan
parish, lately annexed to Tircanada half barony, containing 8 ballibetaghs and 1 1/2 qr, new measure, in the said co., viz, in
Coolemckernan half barony containing 3 ballibetaghas and 3 qrs., and 1 bellibetagh and 3 qrs. in Farrenariaght in Cuyle half barony,
and another ballibetagh of Ballyvarrall, adjoining to Farrenaright, the half ballibetagh of Ballinhanulty, the 4 1/2 qrs. of
Derrimoillan, 1 qqr. of Carricke and 1/2 qr. of Inishmore, besides which are 5 qrs., called Brade, in Tyrone co., heretofore parcel of this parish, in which is a parson and vicar collative;

the tithes, except those of Farrenarioght and Ballivarrall are paid in kind; the tithes and
repairs are as in Maghericoolemanny, the parson pays 8s, and the vicar 4s proxies to the bishop of Clogher; in this parish is a chapel, called Magherinecrosse in Farrenerioght, with 2 small tates, the duoghassa of which pays 3s 4d yearly to the bishop of Clogher, there is a vicar endowed with cure of souls; of the tithes of Ballivarrall
and Farrenariought 1/4 is paid to the vicar, 1/4 to the bishop, and 2/4 to the parson of Derrymoylan, the bishop has 2 proxies
out of the chapel; Derrivoruske parish, in which is a parson and vicar collative, the tithes are paid in kind, 1/3 to the vicar, and 2/3 to the parson, the church is repaired as before, the parson pays 2s 8d and the vicar 1s 4d proxies to the bishop of Clogher; the
parish contains3 qrs and 1 tate, new measure, of which 1 qr called Dooghalatedoyne, and 11/2 qr of Balliriagh, with the herenagh land
of Derivoruske are in the said barony, but 1 tate, called Goale, being parcel of said parish, extends into Magheristeffanagh barony;

the 2 small tates of Gorticloghan and Farrenerioght are parcel of the possessions of the late priory of Collidea; the bishop
of Clogher is seised in fee in right of his see, of a yearly rent of 1m, and some duties whose amount is unknown out of the herenagh land of Aghiveghie, containing 1 qr, new measure, of which Munterultaghane is herenagh;

in Magheristeffanagh barony is Aghiveghie parish, containing 1 bellibetagh, with a vicar
collative, the parsonage is united to the vicarage, the tithes are paid in kind, 1/4 each to the bishop and vicar, and 3/4 to
the parson, the repairs are as in Magheericoolemanny parish; in this barony is Lisdromyn, containing 1 tate, old measure, belonging to the late abbey of Cloine, the bishop of Clogher is seised of a yearly rent of 1m, and a cosherie at his visitation,
besides 30 srohgans of bread of 5, and half a beef or 10 groats at alhallontide out of the herenagh land of Aghalurcher, containing
2 qrs and 1/4 tate, new measure, of which Slut McEnaspick McGuire is the herenagh, and has 3 in Aghalurcher town, and
1/4 tate in Clanconnelly in Clankallie barony free;

Aghalurcher parish extends into Magherasteffanagh barony, and contains 6
ballibetaghs and 8 tates, new measure, viz. Balliloughmcguffe, 1 ballibetagh, Clanconnelly, 2 ballibetaghs, 2 qrs. of Ballimcrivertie, 1 qr of Carrowvilly, 1 qr of Ballymcgellrory, 1 qr of Aghalurghie, 2
tates of Curragh, 2 qrs. of Castlekeagh, 1 qr of Ballimcgillroe, 1 qr of Ballimccarrie, 1 qr of Ballimcmanus, 1 1/2 qr of Ballimccaferie,
1 qr of Lislaught, and 1 qr of Tonagh and Laginnaght;

in this parish is a parson and vicar collative; 2/3 of the tithes, except those of the 2 qr of Castlekeagh, and the other parcels
named after those 2 qrs, being 2 ballibetaghs in all, are paid to the parson and 1/3 to the vicar; one fourth of the excepted tithes
is paid to the bishop of Clogher, and another fourth to the parson of Aghalurcher, who has the cure of souls in the 2 ballibetaghs
and two tates above-mentioned, another fourth to the late abbey of Cloinys, and the other fourth to the corbe of Cloinys;

the church is repaired as before; in the same barony is the chapel of Magheriveleke, with 1/2 tate, being parcel of Cloinys parish in
Monaghan co., O'Corrigan is the duoghasa of that land, paying thereout yearly 10 white groats to the bishop; in the same barony
is the chapel of Clontiveris, two tates of land being parcel of Clonis parish, of which land O'Quigley is the duoghasa, who pays
thereout yearly 20 groats to the bishop; the bishop of Clogher is also seized of the rents, out of the following herenagh lands in Cuylnaine half barony;

out of Goaloane containing 7 1/2 tates new measure, of which the 1/2 tate is free to the herenagh, McDonegan, 2m, and a cosherie of duties as in Maghericoolemanny,
in this land are 3 herenaghs, McDonegan, O'Carberie, and McGillachoyle; out of Drumulchy, containing 2 tates new
measure, of which Muntergore is the herenagh, 20 groats, it is not known whether there be any duties paid thereout; in Cuynanar are the following parishes: Goalone parish, containing 2 qrs. in Fermanagh co., the rest of it extending into Monaghan co., the church is in Goalone island; in this parish are a parson and vicar collative, the tithes ae paid in kind, 1/4 to the bishop, 1/4 to the vicar, and 2/4 to the parson, the church is repaired as before,

the parson pays 8s and the vicar 2m proxies to the bishop, the vicar as 1 tate of glebe land; Drumalchy or Drumulchy parish, containing 6 Ballibetaghs and 2 tates, new measure, viz. Ballidrumloan, Ballyleturine, and Ballinchullin, 1 ballibetagh each, and 3 qrs of Comyns, all in the said half barony, also Ballyrenvillie,
1 ballibetagh, Carrowgarcragh, 1 qr, and Ballinchirrin and Tonaghboy lying in Clancally, the parsonage is impropriate to the corbe of Clonys and the vicar is collative, the tithes and repairs are as in Magheriecoolemanny; in this parish is the
chapel of ease of Donoghmoycline with 1/2 tate of land,

of which O'Downan is the duoghasa, paying thereout yearly to the bishop of Clogher
10 white groats. the bishop of Clogher is also seised of a yearly rent of 2m and other duties, as in Magherecoolemanny, out of the herenagh land of Clenys, containing 2 1/2 qr. new measure in Clanarlie barony,

of which the 3 herenaghs, Slutlaughlin,
Muntercorkeran
, and Munterkeran, have 1 tate of said land free, equally divided between them and their septs, also a
rent of 2s out of the chapel and 2 small tates of herenagh land of Templemoillin, of which O'Corkeran is the herenagh, and which is in that part of Clonys parish that extends into Tirecanada;

in Clanawlie barony is the parish of Clenys island with a parson and vicar collative who pay, the one 8s and the other 4s proxies to the bishop of Clogher, the tithes and repairs are as in Magheriecoolemanny, the vicar has about 3 of glebe, the parish extends into Tirecannada half barony where it is bounded by LoughmcKealie on the N., by the bog of Eskenanawde in Magheristeffanagh barony N.E., by Bealaghnimerlagh river in
Clonawlie barony, S., and by Dromboy hill, W.,

in this parish is the chapel of ese of Templeneferin with a tate of herenagh land
of which Clanmacglasset is the herenagh, he has the tithes and is to maintain the chapel, also, the chapel of Templemoyle with
1/2 tate of herenagh land of which Clan McGlassett is the herenagh - the bishop of Kilmore is seised of a rent of 4s and a
cosherie pf 4 qrs. of beef at his visitation, or 40 groats in lieu thereof sent him home if he go not in person out of the herenagh
land of Kilenallie, containing 3 tates new measure, of which Muntergromagh is herenagh in Clonawlie barony, also of other
rent and duties, the amount of which is not known, but refer to the bishop's register; out of the herenagh land of Killesser,
containing 1/2 tate, new measure, of which is herenagh in Clonawlie barony are two small parishes, viz.:

Kilnallie parish, the parsonage of which belongs to the bishoprick of Kilmore
are the bishop's mensal, and is confined within Knocknynny 1/2 barony, but extends not into so much of the said parish as is
within Clanawlie barony, but that the vicarage of Killnally extends in both baronies as far as Drumunchie river, on the other side of
which river are the 10 tates of Calbagh in Knocknynny, and within Tomergan vicarage in Cavan co. the tithes of Kilnallie parish
are paid in kind, 1/3 to the vicar, and 2/3 to the parson according to the abovenamed scopes and bounds, the church is repaired by
both as before, and vicar pays 3s proxies to the bishop;

Killesserparish, the parsonage of which extending into so much of Killnally
parish as is in Clanwlie barony, is impropriate to the dissolved abbey of Kells and its vicarage is collative, the tithes are paid in kind, two thirds to the parson and one to the vicar, the repairs of the church as before, the vicars pay 3 shillings proxies to the bishop of Kilmore - that the following tates with
their tithes belong to the dissolved abbey of the canons of Lisgoole in Clanawlie barony, viz. the two tates of Dromcon, Gartret
tate, the three tates of Colkie, the three tates of Grangeth, the two tates of Lisroddy, Kappoge tate, the two tates of Launchall,
the two tates of Drumkine, and the four tates of Moylett, all old measure; the bishop of Clogher has one meal yearly and
6s 8d proxies for Rosserriirie impropriation;

the ballibetagh of Balliloughmcguffe is in Fermanagh co. - that the bishop of the
diocese collated to all the parsonages and vicarages in Fermanagh co. (except the impropriations) within six months after vacancy after which time the collation lapsed to the archbishop, and after six months more, to the pope - that the great Cuconnagh
McGuire
, grandfather to Brian oge, now living, had the right of patronage of all livings within the county, till deprived of it
by the council of Trent - that the herenagh lands were at first given by the temporal lords to certain saints, free from duties or exactions, for maintaining the church, celebrating divine service, and maintaining hospitality; which saints some were donfessors, some deacons, and some virgins, who before they ceased gave to some septs a portion of land to be equally inherited by them and their posterity in each parish, for
the purpose of maintaining the church and keeping hospitality,

and the septs desirous to maintain the church and the liberties they enjoyed, did voluntarily give the bishop of the diocese the above mentioned duties and pensions that he should protect them in their liberties, and that until these duties and pensions were voluntarily given the bishop never claimed the lands or
tenements, but from thenceforth took upon him the protection of each sept and their lands, and gave to each chief of a sept
the name of herenagh, from whence the name of herenagh land.

The herenagh in the first instance to be elected by the sept, to be confirmed by the bishop, and if the sept did not agree in their
election, the right is then in the bishop, dean and chapter, to be confirmed by the bishop, who is entitled to the same fees and duties as on instituting a clerk to a benefice, the whole property of the land to be in the sept for ever, and if the sept becomes extinct the bishop to have no power over the land, but to elect
an herenagh from another sept, and that in doing so the bishop had no power to alter or increase his former rent, pensions or duties, and that it was in the power of the sept to make any part of their lands free, paying the bishop out of the remainder,

and if a forfeiture by the herenagh or any of the sept the land was to be partitioned through the whole sept - that old Coconnaght McGuire surrendered to Queen Elizabeth the whole county
of Fermanagh alias McGuire's country, who re-granted the smae by letters patents, by virtue of which he died seised, and the county descended to his son Hugh McGuire, who was slain in rebellion against the said Queen, and as for the quantity of the said rents, duties and refections, payable to the said
bishopricks, be they more or less, the bishop's several registers can declare.- Delivered in Chancery, 6 January, 7th.

 

 

       

 


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