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The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost
Part II. History of Thomond
Chapter 26

Book of Forfeitures and Distributions—continued
Barony of Islands: Part A
: Clare Abbey Parish

In the year 1641, the whole of this parish belonged to the Earl of Thomond with the following exceptions: - Manusbeg was the property of Sir Daniel O'Brien, and the townlands of Ballybeg, Carrownanelly, and Ballaghfadda appertained to the Abbey of Clare. Again, after the Cromwellian Settlement, the Church lands as well as his own were confirmed to Lord Thomond, and Manusbeg to Lord Clare, the grandson of Sir Daniel O'Brien. In 1659, the following townlands were occupied by the undernamed persons as tenants: Clare Abbey townland, by George Huott (or Hurte), Samuel Burton, John Copleman, and Francis Casey; Ballyvarraun, by William Cuffe; Knockanimana, by John Huleatt; and Manusbeg, by Dominick Creagh.

In 1664, the undernamed townlands of the parish were tenanted as follows: - Manusmore, by Daniel MacNamara; Carrownanelly, Buncraggy, &c. by Samuel Burton; Killow, by John Hewlett; Ballyvanavan, by Edward Cuffe; Manusbeg, by Dominick Creagh; Knockanimana and Island Magrath, by Murtagh O'Brien; Barntick and Ballaghfadda, by Thomas Hickman; Islandevinagh, by James Aylmore.

The town of Clare was rated for the Subsidies at £1 per annum.

About the year 1712, the Earl of Thomond demised certain lands in this parish to the following persons: - Clare Castle, to Robert Hickman, at the yearly rent of £80; Town of Clare, Knock, and Lissane, to the same, at £42; Carrownanelly, to the executors of William Stamer; Islandmagrath and Buncraggy, to the executors of Francis Burton, at £111; Barntick, to Robert Hickman, at £47; Clare Abbey, to John Vandeleur, or Thomas Spaight, at £45; the Tolls of Clare fairs, to Robert Hickman, at £10.

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