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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

Edward White of Cratloe; Turlogh O’Brien of Smithstown; Aney O’Brien of Tullaghmore; Teige Caech MacMahon; Brian O’Connor of Ballyvorda; Rory O’Halloran of Killanena

Inquisition, taken at Ennis Monastery, on the 21st August 1611, before Sir John Denham Knt., finds that Edward White of Ballinderry, in the county of Roscommon, died at that place on the 4th of May, 1611, being then owner of the lands and castles of Cratloemore, of Quirenbuoy, of Portrine, Coulinfonshyne and of Carrownigare, all in the barony of Bunratty; finds that a certain Geneta Butler, otherwise Geneta White of Calline, in the county of Kilkenny, who is the niece of said Edward White, is his next heir; finds that Catherine Mostyn was the widow of said White. [4]

Inquisition, taken at Ennis, in the 9th year of James I., finds that Turlogh O’Brien was the heir of Teige O’Brien, that he died at Ballygown (Smithstown), on the 12th of July, 1584, being seized of the following denominations, viz.:—the castle, town, and lands of Ballygown; Ballykennedy; Gortnaboul; of the castle, town, and lands of Bothneill; of the castle and its town which formerly belonged to the monastery of Kilshanny, then lately dissolved; of the castle and lands of Ballyveaghan; Ballygastel, Clonyvorshin, Gortantubber, Ballyedramayn, Tromora, Ballgyuyn, Forynmill, and Cloonyconerybegg; finds that Teige O’Brien, the father of said Turlogh, had mortgaged, to one Loghlen Oge MacConsidine, the lands of Cahernahally; finds that the sisters of the said Turlogh, namely, Honoria, Slaney, and Aney are the co-heiresses to his estates; finds that Honoria, at her brother’s death, was aged fifteen years and then married, Slaney ten years, and Aney seven years, respectively.

Inquisition, taken at Ennis, on the 12th of October, 1612 before Nicholas Kenny, finds the Aney, daughter of Teige O’Brien, late of Tullaghmore, died on the 15th of October 1611, being then owner of Tullaghmore castle and lands, and of Knocknaraha; finds that, in her lifetime, she had mortgaged, to Daniel O’Tynn, the lands of Ballytarsna; that she had given the lands of Lisduff and Listnemeher to one Teige O’Brien of Dromore, in exchange for a quarter in Knocknaraha; that, at her death, she was seized of the lands of Fanta, and Carrowduff, which is a parcel lying on the east side of Ballyalla; of Carrowfrowsome, and Ballyashill, which last she had mortgaged to one Cullane; finds that she was owner of the tithe of the monastery of Kilshanny; finds that Dermot, now Baron of Inchiquin, claims all these hereditaments as his of right; finds that Donogh, son of Mahone O’Brien, was the legitimate husband of said Aney, and that he died, on the 20th of March, 1611, leaving as his heir, his son Turlogh, now aged five years.

Inquisition, taken at Ennis, on the 5th of March 1613, before Sir William Methwold, Knt., Chief Baron of the Irish Exchequer, finds that the following lands, belonging to Teige Caech MacMahon, of Carrigaholt, at the time of his attainder, were held from him, by Owen O’Cahane, as tenant at will, viz.:—Lisdeen, Listcunaghan, and Kildima, all in the parish of Kilferagh.

Inquisition, taken at Killinaboy, on the 14th of May, 1613, before Nicholas Kenny, finds that Brian, son of Murrogh O’Connor, late of Ballyvorda, died, on the 13th of March, 1593, seized of Ballyvorda and Ardnacoilla, and leaving as his heir, his son Owen O’Connor, then aged 18 years.

This Inquisition repeats the list of lands owned by Daniel Reagh MacNamara, as already given. It further states, that John and Loghlen O’Malley, and others of the race of O’Malley, had taken possession of the lands of Knockbeha, (Feakle), soon after the death of Donald Reagh.

Inquisition, taken at Ennis, in 1622, before John, Bishop of Kilfenora, finds that Rory O’Halloran was owner in fee of Killanena, in the parish of Feakle, at the time of his death, on the 12th of March, 1619. He left three daughters, coheiresses, namely Murna, Una, and More, and a widow, More, daughter of John M‘Namara.