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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

Daniel Neylan bishop of Kildare; Murrogh, third Baron of Inchiquin; Conor O’Brien of Castletown

Inquisition, taken at Ennis, on the 21st March, 1604, before Nicholas Kenny, Esq., finds that the Right Rev. Father, Daniel Neylan, late bishop of Kildare, died at Dysert, on the 10th of June, 1603, leaving William Neylan his son and heir, then aged 13 years. The bishop, at his death, was owner in fee of the following lands, viz. :—Turlogh, Deelin, Ballylennan, Muckinishnoe, Ballymichell, Aghinish, Ballyalliban, Lissylisheen, Dangan, Poulbane, Crughvill, Owelaymoic, Booltiabrack, Tarmonbeg, all in the barony of Greggans (Burren); Dysert, in the barony of Tullagh O’Dea (Inchiquin); Townanlegehee, Glennaghteragh, Cruyt, Clontoohill, Kilmacklin, Cahercornan, the two Inchacorkas, Ballycullinanemore, Rathhearalla, Moyhullin, Dromcurreen, Cottin, Coolshengane, Cloonbeg, Bealickania, Ballyduffmore, a water-mill on the river Rothwell and its castle, all of these being in the same barony of Tullagh O’Dea; of Ballagh, Carrowreagh, Kiltoraghta, Laghvallyclinraghe, Ballyculleeny, Townmouda, Knocknaskagh, Cahersherkin, Caherinderry, (of which one half quarter belongs to one Flan O’Neylan, fitz David, servant and nephew of the bishop); of Knockanemore, Inclaghmor, Ballyclancahill, and Ballmacarragh, in the barony of Corcomroe, otherwise Dough-i-Conocher. [1]

By an Inquisition, taken at Corofin, in 1620, before Sir Roland de la Hoyde, it was found that the following persons were possessed neither of property, lands, nor cattle: Donagh O’Brien of Ballingaddy, Constance O’Davoren of Ballyalliban, Christopher Banks, Christopher Creagh of Limerick, Rory McMahon of Coolenusty, and Richard Bendle of Lissofin.

Inquisition, taken at Ennis, on the 15th of May, 1605, before Nicholas Kenny, finds that Henry VIII., being possessed in right of the Crown, of various lands, church property, and tithes, which are enumerated in the original Inquisition did, by patent, dated at Greenwich, 1st July, 35th year of his reign, grant these to Murrogh, then Earl of Thomond. It finds that the late Murrogh O’Brien, Junior, Baron of Inchiquin, the grandson of the Patentee, being owner of these lands and tithes as his heir, did, by Deed, bearing date 18th January, 35th of Elizabeth, convey, in trust to Gerald Nugent, of Clonyn, Co. Westmeath, Esq., and to Cornelius O’Heynos, of Libla, in same county, for the use of Mabel Nugent, his wife, various denominations set forth in full, in the Inquisition here abstracted; finds that the said Baron, by Deed of 13th July, 1597, mortgaged certain lands to Marcus Lynch, and another, of Galway; finds that the daughters and co-heiresses of Teige, son of Murrogh O’Brien, viz., Honoria, Slaney, and Aney, lay claim to certain of the Baron’s lands as their property of right; finds that Maurice Doly (sic) claims part of the lake of Inchiquin; finds that the Baron died on the 29th of July, 1597, leaving Mabel Nugent, his widow, and a son and heir, Dermot, then aged two years and nine months. [2]

Inquisition, taken at Clare, on the 27th of October, 1604 before Nicholas Kenny, Esq., finds that Conor, son of Daniel O’Brien, late of Castletown Mocrossy, gent., at the time of his death, was seized of the upper room of the castle, of the cellar, of the right to keep the door, of a moiety of the bawn lands and orchard belonging to the said castle, and of one half the following lands, viz.:—Kilfeilim, Knockluskran, Cragivoryn, Crannagher, Kilvoydane, and Noughaval; finds, that having entered into rebellion against Queen Elizabeth, on the 1st of October, in the 39th year of her reign, he was killed at Killaloe, on the 3rd of March, in the 43rd year of the Queen; finds that Joan Hogan was his wife, and that she claimed the above property for her dowry.