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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 29. Ecclesiastical

List of Protestant ministers in the Diocese of Kilfenora; Only three Protestant ministers permitted by Cromwell for the whole County; List of lands, and value of same belonging to Killaloe and Kilfenora

A list of the Protestant clergy of the Diocese of Kilfenora, compiled in 1633, is here given: Dean, Heygate Lone; Precentor, Neptune Blood; Chancellor, Patrick Lysaght; Treasurer, Nehemiah Davoren; Archdeacon, Andrew Lysaght; Parish ministers—Killeany and Kilmoon, Daniel Lysaght; Kilmacreehy, Owen Neylan; Kilmanaheen, Hugh Powell; Clooney, Patrick Lysaght; Glaninagh, Gillakally O’Hickey.

When the Puritans under Cromwell and Ireton got the ascendant they thought three Protestant ministers sufficient for the wants of the whole county, and in 1652 appointed Alexander Young for the district of Ennis, Robert Thornton for Sixmilebridge, and Gavin Berkeley for Killaloe, at a stipend of £100 a year each. Up to 1693 no very important increase of the number was made. In that year a list was compiled by Dr. Rider, Bishop of Killaloe. It is as follows: Killaloe, Thomas Tovey; Dromcliffe, etc., Patrick Fitzsimonds; Bunratty, etc., John Hawkins; Tomgraney, Daniel Higgins; Kilrush, etc., John Vanderlure; Rath, etc., John Jones; Killadysert, etc., John Lawson; O’Mullod, John Paterson; [3] Kilfinaghty, etc., James Vanderlure; Quin, etc., John Lawson (a Scotchman); Killofin etc., David Barclay (of Ballyartaney); Tulla, etc., Robert Wallis.

Bishop Worth compiled a list of the lands and other species of property belonging to, or claimed by the Bishops of Killaloe; it is dated in 1661. [4] Among these are—certain houses and towns parks in Killaloe; the tolls of the ferry there let at £16 yearly to Mahone O’Nihill; the weirs let to the same tenant at £28, with a condition that fish should be supplied to the Bishop’s house on every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; the mill, and the tolls of the fairs and markets let at £30 annually. As regards the lands belonging to the Bishopric, an account of these will be found in the transcript of the Book of Forfeitures and Distributions as given in this work.

In reference to the Diocese of Kilfenora, an Inquisition taken at Ennis on the 8th of October 1629, before William Starkey, finds that the following lands belonged to that See, viz.:—two quarters in Kilfenora, Kilaspuglonan, and Dromerilly; an annual rent of £1 3s. 4d. from Smithstown; the lands of Ballytarsney and Lisdowney; an annul rent of 11s. 8d. from Carrowmore-fanta; an annual rent of £1 from Ballybreen; 11s. 8d. from Ballycholy; 10s. from Kiltoraght; 10s. from Clogher; 10s. from Uctoraght; £1 from Gleninagh; £1 from Killonaghan; 10s. from Crumlin; £1 3s. 11d. from Oughtmama; £2 9s. 2d. from Aughavinnane; 10s. from Sleabh Corran; 13s. 4d. from Carran and Poulavack; £1 9s. from Kilcorney, and £4 from Noughaval. The Inquisition further finds, that Heygate Loane, Dean of Kilfenora, claims three quarters in Kilmacreehy, four quarters in Liscannor, two in Clooney, and one in Lickeen, all of which he says belonged, in ancient times, to the Bishopric of Kilfenora. He claims likewise the tolls of two fairs, and of a weekly market held at Kilfenora, out of which the Bishops usually paid a yearly rent of 20s. to the King’s exchequer.