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The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost

Part III. History of the County of Clare
Chapter 16. Inquisitions relating to county of Clare—Reign of James I

Maurice, bishop of Killaloe; Teige Caech MacMahon of Carrigaholt; Daniel Neylan of Ballyallia; Teige, son of Daniel Oge Reagh MacNamara; Turlogh Merigagh O’Brien; Daniel O’Brien of Ballygriffy

Inquisition, taken at the Windmill, in the county of Clare, on Friday after the feast of St. Margaret, Virgin, i.e., 22nd of July, 1608, finds that Maurice, The Bishop of Killaloe, has laid claim to certain dues arising from lands in the barony of Moyarta, and that a Commission to inquire into his demands had issued to Francis Barkley, High Sheriff. The Inquisition here abstracted, taken before Bernard, Bishop of Limerick, and John Sarsfield, further finds, that Teige Caech MacMahon of Carrigaholt, and Turlogh his son, had, on the 15th of December, 41st of Elizabeth, broken into rebellion against the Queen, that Turlogh was killed at Dunboy on the 15th of June, 44th of Elizabeth, and that father and son had been outlawed.

Inquisition, taken at the Windmill, on the 19th of July, 1609, before Nicholas Walsh, finds that various persons held lands from Teige Caech MacMahon and his son, as mortgagees, as follows:—Cloonluskane, Clooncinegy, Ballinade alias Tullabrack, by Edmond Cahane (Keane); Clooncullin, by Thomas, son of Murrogh MacGorman; Kelmacduane, by Dermot, son of Teige MacGorman; Ballynagurr, by Daniel MacGorman; Moyadda and Knockerry, by Teige, son of Shoneen MacGorman; Ballymacrinnan, by Oliver Stephenson; Leitrim, by Thomas, son of Melaghlin MacGorman; Cloghaunbeg, by Owen MacCiu MacGorman; Cloghaunmore, and Cahermoroghue, by Teige, son of Dermot MacGormon; Doonlickey, by Owen MacSweeney; Dough, by Owen MacCahane; Corbally, by William MacCraghe; Doonbeg, by Nicholas Oge Stritch; Moyadda, and Moyhret, by Murtogh O’Harney; finds that Daniel O’Brien of Ennistymon, held various lands from Teige Caoech; that other parts of his lands were claimed by his relatives, Brian, son of Murrogh, Maoel; Turlogh Duff, son of Brian; and Donagh, son of Murtogh, son of Edmond MacMahon; finds that the Bishop of Killaloe, in right of his see, was seized of the lands of Ballonane and Kilcasheen, and of certain dues payable annually out of other lands mentioned in the Inquisition.

Inquisition, taken at Ennis, on the 18th of March, 1610, before Sir John MacNamara, knight, and Nicholas Kenny, finds that Daniel Neylan, late of Ballyallia, died on the 14th of March, 1608, leaving his widow Honora O’Grady with a claim for jointure on part of the lands of Ballyallia called Ballycoree; that James Neylan, the father of Daniel, had also left a widow, Finola Clancy, whose jointure was chargeable in another part of the same townland called Reaskaun, and Ballymaguiggin; finds that one Michael Chamberlain has a mortgage on Ballyallia; and that these lands are free from Crown rent [3]; finds that James Neylan, who at his father’s death was aged eleven years, is the heir of Daniel.

Inquisition, taken at Castlebank, on the 10th of October, 1610, before Nicholas Mordant and John Sarsfield, finds that, during the minority of Teige, son of Daniel Oge MacNamara, who is mentioned at the end of a previous Inquisition, certain persons laid claim to and seized on portions of his property. They are here named: Rory O’Halloran entered on the lands of Corbehagh; Donogh, and Hugh son of Donogh MacNamara, took possession of Leaghort; the Earl of Thomond seized on part of Corclone; and Loghlen O’Malley on another portion of the same denomination; John O’Halloran possessed himself of Pallin and Killagurteen, otherwise called Drumturney; the Lady More MacNamara appropriated to herself Cloncuse and Cragroe, wholly repudiating the claim of Ellen O’Gorman, widow of Cuvea, son of Donogh MacNamara, who alleged that these two places were part of Lismeehan, which had been left by her husband to her as jointure. The Lady More, took by force, other lands belonging to her grandson, to wit, Liscahill and Garruragh. The Inquisition further goes on to state that, in his life time, Daniel Oge Reagh MacNamara had made an exchange with his kinsman, Sheeda, son of John, by which the latter got possession of Rosslara, in place of Laccorrow-na-fonishany, which last named place was claimed by Aney O’Brien, widow of Daniel Oge, as for her jointure.

Inquisition, taken at Ennis, on the 30th of January 1612, before Nicholas Kenny, finds that Turlogh Merigagh, (the freckled), O’Brien, late of Ballyneillan, parish of Kilnamona, was owner of that place and of Knockacourhin; that by deed of 25th February, in the fortieth year of the late Queen Elizabeth, he sold to Daniel, son of John Gnelome (?) of Moarhaun, gent., a moiety of the lands of Knockacourhin; finds that the same Turlogh, being joined with Conor O’Brien, and divers other wicked persons, in rebellion against the late Queen, was killed at Kilveda, in the county of Clare, on the 6th of August 1599, and his estates confiscated to the Crown.

Inquisition, taken at Ennis, on the same day, finds that Daniel, son of Dermot O’Brien, of Ballygriffy, being seized of the lands of Cahirbannagh, Ballylevenan, and Magowna, with a cellar and room in the castle of Magowna, and of Gurtipwill, pledged the quarter called Lurgan to Turlogh McMahomide (?) for a horse and a hackney nag; finds that, on the 10th of August, 27th of Elizabeth, he was attainted, at Ennis, of high treason, and his lands forfeited to the Crown.