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The Verlin Families of Tubber, County Clare

Title: The Verlin Families of Tubber, County Clare
Type of Material: Family History
Places: Tubber, County Clare
Source: Most of the information is collated from other sources. I am grateful to Sharon Carberry, Pat Connors, Joan Birtles, Ernene Smedley, Paddy Waldon, Mary Mullins and others of the County Clare family history sorority/fraternity for posting these results of their research.
Transcriber/Donator: Paddy Casey

See Clare Past Forum: Verlin / Verling / Virlin of Tubber, Co. Clare

The following information was collated in connection with, and from the perspective of, research on the Verlin families of Tubber, a small geographical area which straddles the Clare/Galway border. The starting point was a family relationship between my great-greatgrandfather Denis Howard of the village of Moyrhee in the townland of Shanballysallagh in Tubber and John Verling of the townland of Derrylummaun in Tubber (both townlands on the Clare side of the border) who married Denis' sister Elizabeth.

There were several Verlin families in the Tulla area. They have been documented in various ways by several members of the Clare family history fraternity/sorority to whom I am grateful.

Note: the name may be spelled Verlin, Verling or Virlin.
Denis Howard, ca 1799-1871, was very probably the brother of Elizabeth Howard, who married John Verling (presumably the John Verling of Derrylummaun listed in the Griffiths of 1855). Thus Eliza and John Verling would be the couple listed in the 1901 census of Derrylumman with their daughter Catherine, aged 37.

In 1938 my grandfather John Casey, in a letter to his brother in Australia, wrote "......You remember Grandfather Denis Howard. His sister our grand Aunt lived with the Clunes, I think this is the only connection we have with the Clunes. Our Grand Aunt was Mrs Verlin, the mother of our cousin Johnny Verlin. One of the Clunes was at School with me in Ruan....".

  1. Derrylummaun: Frank Brew's book (The Parish of Kilkeedy - a Local History, compiled and published by Frank Brew, Castlequarter, Tubber, Co. Clare, 1998) refers to this townland on p. 11 as follows:
    "Derrylummaun......could mean the Bare Rocky Wood. (Compare Gort Loman, Barefield). It has also been translated the Wood of the Shield (Frost). Although there is no sign of a wood there now, the place consists of an oasis of dry land surrounded by bog and wet land with the Castlelodge river on one side. This river starts from a small lake about 2 miles south of Gort and just east of the railway. After flowing southwest for about 4 miles it turns to the right and crosses the railway and road to form some good sized lakes in the neighbourhood of Fiddane castle.

    Half a mile further on it enters Kilkeedy parish passing close by the blessed well of Tubber, and after another mile it disappears in the waters of Muckenagh Lough or Lake Tullymacken as it is known locally. In a locality where streams are rare indeed, it is much sought after by local fishermen on the Sundays.

    In 1854 the area of the townland was 92 acres divided between Murray, Hynes, Walsh, Hickey and Verlin. Verlin was an unusual name, and they are said to have been "gentility" that came down in the world. They were good athletes, and one of the family was a priest in Australia, while older people remember Catherine whose conversation certainly had a refined air about it. The only person paying tithes in 1824 was Henry Murray on 57 acres. In 1838 there was a kiln for drying corn situated in the northern end of the townland."

    Note: Derrylummaun is only 10-15 minutes walk over the fields from Moyrhee, the village where Denis Howard and his family lived.

  2. Tithe Applotments
    No Verlins or Verlings in the Tubber area but they were listed in the parishes of Kilseily, Tulla and Clonlea (three contiguous parishes in East Clare - see Map of Civil Parishes of County Clare for their locations).

  3. Griffiths Valuation 1855

    Surname Forename Townland, Town, Street Parish Union
    Verlin Eliza Cloondanagh Tulla Tulla
    Verlin Thomas Cloonloum More Clonlea Tulla
    Verling John Derrylumman Kilkeedy Corrofin
    Verling Judith Rinecaha Kilkeedy Corrofin

  4. Tubber baptisms

    Date Child's
    fore- name
    fore- name
    Resid- ence Sponsor1 Sponsor2
    19 May 1872 Denis Patt Howard Kate McCaul Moyrhee David(?) Verlin Susan Ryan
    1838 Bridget Denis Howard Mary Ryan   John Verlin Honora
    17 May
    Bridgt. Tom Considine Margt. Fox P?????? Martin ?erlin (Verlin?) Katy do.

  5. 1901 census of Derrylumman

    Surname Christian Name Rel to H of F Religion Education Age Sex Occupation Marriage Where
    Irish Language
    Verlin John Head of
    Read-Write 52 M Farmer Not
    Co. Clare Irish-English
    Verlin Eliza Mother Roman
    Read-Write 81 F Seamstress Widow Co. Clare Irish-English
    Verlin Catherine Sister Roman
    Read-Write 37 F House
    Co. Clare Irish-English

  6. 1901 census of Rinecaha

    No Verlins listed.

  7. Origin of the Verlins in Clare – forcible transfer from Co.Cork In a text entitled The O'Callaghan Family by Mary Mullins (I can no longer find the original reference to this article or book) I found the following:
    The O'Callaghans after whom the village (O'Callaghans Mills – PAC) is named, were transplanted here from Dromaneen Castle two miles west of Mallow in County Cork.

    This was part of the Cromwellian transplantation strategy to oust the sitting Irish owners of good land and estates and place British families in their place. Donogh O'Callaghan Chief of his name, and his wife Elena were amongst those who had to leave their prime Munster estates when given the choice of ''to hell or to Clare". By 1654 he had settled in his new home and received his legal rights to the lands assigned to him within the county by August 29th, 1657.

    Like many others, he received title to much smaller estates than those he had been parted so unwillingly from. His grant amounted to 2,788 profitable acres in lieu of his previous holding of 112,000 on the other side of the Shannon river.

    Donogh O'Callaghan also introduced the names Lenihan, Noonan, Connell and Verlin into Clare, as people of those names were in the service of The O'Callaghan and followed him into exile in the Banner County.

    The O'Callaghan lands were situated within a triangle formed between Bodyke to the east, Tulla to the west and Kilkishen to the south. Mountallon was the first O'Callaghan seat in the county. Here he maintained a poet in keeping with the old Gaelic custom; and in his lifetime the house was known as Min Thalún, meaning the gentle land.

    The house appears to have been abandoned by the O'Callaghans in the 1750s for Kilgorey. By 1845 it had fallen into ruin. Kilgorey House is now almost totally demolished. This was a large seventeenth-century house and estate to which Donogh's son, another Donogh, received title in 1675. This remained the seat of the senior branch of the O'Callaghans until 1791 when the last male member of the family was killed in a duel at Spancil Hill.

    The O'Callaghans of Clonloum were descended from Donogh's youngest brother, Conor. Conor fought at the siege of Mallow and was outlawed at Youghal in 1642.

    There is a castle site in the townland of Coolreagh East and the ruin of a tower house in Ballinahinch. No mention was made of either in the 1580 list of castles.

  8. Richard Verlin listed as flax grower in Tulla in 1796

  9. Death of Richard Verlin 1853
    Clare Journal Mar 14 1853: Death on Wednesday last at Clondanagh, near Tulla, Mr. Richard Verlin, leaving an amiable young wife to deplore his loss. The cause of his death was from injuries he received in this town at the last election.

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