1 Introduction and
Scattery Round Tower
This book intends to provide a
detailed account of the inhabitants of Scattery Island from the
earliest recorded times to the 1940s. Its primary objective is to
provide genealogical information on the main inhabitants from the
1840s to the 1940s and this includes all the available memorial
inscriptions from the graveyard on the island.
Section two gives
an outline account of those inhabitants that settled on the island
up to the 1840s, taken from the best available source which includes
extracts from a number of the Annals.
summarises the information relating to the main inhabitants from
the 1840s to the 1940s it outlines the reasons why the island was
repopulated in the early 1840s and why its population increased
during the famine when the rest of West Clare was in severe decline.
The detailed genealogical information on the inhabitants in Appendix
8 is primarily the result of extensive research in Kilrush Parish
Registers and the General Register Office, Dublin, including obtaining
more than thirty copy certificates for Births, Marriages and Deaths.
In addition some dates prior to official registration in 1864 have
been estimated from information on Marriage and Death certificates
and from the Census for 1901 and 1911 together with data from the
memorial inscriptions. The research, which also included examination
of some War Office records in The National Archives in London, concentrated
on providing where possible all the details for the nineteenth century
and only outline details are given for the early years of the twentieth
century. Section three also outlines details of land division on
the island together with the names of pilots and source details
for these are included in Appendix 10. A brief description of Appendix
11 which has pedigree sheets for the main island families is also
Section four details
the memorial inscriptions extracted from the island graveyard and gives
details of the deceased inhabitants that lived on the island and those
that lived elsewhere but are buried in this graveyard.
Section five describes
aspects of life on the island including details of the main occupations
of the islanders; the roles played by the Island School the Coastal Battery
and the Lighthouse.
Section six gives details,
principally from newspaper extracts of the Western Pilots and section
seven gives an outline of Kilrush and Estuary News from c 1840
to c 1900. Section eight contains the main Appendix 8
which details the dates for Births, Marriages and Deaths of the main inhabitants
that occupied the island from c 840 to c 940. In addition details of families
that temporarily resided on the island for shorter periods during these
years are included these being mainly associated with the Coastal Battery
and the Lighthouse.
Section nine is Appendix
9 which is a plan of Scattery Graveyard.
Section ten is Appendix
10 and it provides details of pilot names and land division for Scattery
Section eleven is Appendix
11 and contains seven outline Pedigree Sheets for the Main Families of
Scattery c 1840 to c 1940.
Section twelve provides a detailed sources
list divided into primary and secondary sources.
The Database (Appendix I) outlining the details of the main inhabitants
after c1840 AD could not have been completed without the assistance and
research done by Mick McGrath of Kilrush. In addition Mike Guiney, Glanmire,
Cork, David Scanlan, Swords and Warren Buckley, Dundrum, assisted with
the memorial inscriptions. Warren also arranged the layout and provided
the photographs and cover for this book. Ron Battye, Dublin also provided
some photographs and enhanced the map showing the fishing weirs. John
Scanlan, Ennis provided valuable guidance. The Staff of the National Library
of Ireland, National Archives, Limerick Archives, Dublin City Library
and Archive also provided valuable assistance. Thanks to Andrew Scanlan
for organising the printing of this book.
This book is dedicated to my late father
Sinon, born on the Island in 1911 who encouraged and gave me the initial
information and it is hoped that it will be of assistance to others who
wish to pursue further research relating to the Island. Finally I would
like to thank Mick McGrath and Patrick Scanlan Kilrush and Rachel Scanlan,
Dublin who read and corrected the first draft of this book and therefore
prevented me from making even more mistakes. Any remaining errors are
© Copyright 2007, Senan Scanlan