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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; Mahone M‘Inerney of Ballysallagh; Colla MacSweeny of Kilkee; Daniel O’Connor of Glaniconner; Dermot, fourth Baron of Inchiquin

The same Inquisition finds, that Sinon M‘Girrigine, formerly Bishop of Iniscathy, was owner of sixteen quarters of lands, three of which are situate in Killtylline, in the barony of Clonderalaw; three in Beallantallinge, in Moyarta barony; four called Kilrushene, and four named Kilnagalliagh and Moyasta, in the barony of Moyarta; two called Kilcredaun, in the same barony; which sixteen quarters of land are commonly called Tarmon Senan, that is, land given originally in free gift to St. Senan for pious uses, or for spiritual intentions; finds that the said M‘Girrigine bequeathed these lands to the brotherhood of the Canons of Iniscahy, consisting of 303 persons, and to their successors, on the condition that said order of Canons should for ever, devote themselves to the service of God and to the performance of sacred duties; finds that Maurice, now Bishop of Killaloe, with the assent of his dean and chapter, conveyed, by deed of 10th July, 1595, three quarters of the above sixteen to John Gegynn, of Bealatallinge, for a term of 60 years; finds that the same Bishop, with the assent of dean and chapter, by deed of 31st March, 1595, leased three other quarters called Kiltelane, to one Teige M‘Gillehanna, of Kiltelane, prior of Iniscahy, for 101 years; finds that the same Bishop made a lease of the four quarters of Killrushe, to Nicholas Cahan who, as well as his ancestors, was called Coarb of Tarmon Senan, which word signifies overseer or keeper, of these four quarters of Killrush; finds that these lands of Termon Senan were forfeited to the Crown, because they came under the statute of Mortmain.

Inquisition, taken at the Windmill, on the 13th of March, 1606, by Humphrey Wynch, finds that Mahone, son of Loghlen MacInerney, died at Ballysallagh, on the 12th of November, 1572, being then owner in fee of Ballysallagh, Ballykilty with its water-mill, and of Carrigoran, and leaving his son Loghlen his heir-at-law. This son died at Carrigoran on the 14th of November, 1576, leaving his son Donogh, then aged six years, but now of full age, as his heir; finds that Mahone, son of John MacInerney, disputes the right of his cousin to the ownership of these lands, alleging that his father John, who was the true owner, had died at Dromoland, on the 5th of November, in the 7th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, leaving him, the said Mahone, his son and heir. A subsequent Inquisition, taken in 1632, finds that Mahone had been in possession, and that he died about the year 1617, leaving a son John to succeed him, a man then of full age.

Inquisition, taken at Quin, on the 24th of April, 1606, by Nicholas Kenny, Esq., finds that part of the lands of Keevagh, containing 16 acres, lying at the west side of the Quin river, together with the water-mill, called the Friars’ mill, and water-course belonged to the Abbey in former times, and now are the king’s property.

Inquisition, taken at Kilrush, on the 11th May, 1606, in presence of Nicholas Kenny, finds that Collo MacSweeny died on the 31st of August, 1576, being then owner in fee of the castle, town, and lands of Kilkee; that he left a son Hugh, of full age as his successor; that Murrogh MacSweeney, also of Kilkee, the brother of Collo, laid claim to the ownership of a moiety of the property, which claim after his death, was continued, by one Owen MacSweeney in the character of a mortgagee.

Inquisition, taken at Kilfenora, on the 11th of October, 1606, in presence of Nicholas Kenny, finds that Daniel O’Connor, of Castle-i-Connor, died at Glan-i-Connor, on the 10th of October, 1585, being seized, at his death, of a moiety of the castle, barony, and town of Glan-y-Connor, viz., the cellar, the chamber, the castle, the middle room, and the porter’s lodge; and of a moiety of the lands of Clogher; finds that Donogh O’Connor was the son and heir of the aforesaid Daniel.

Inquisition, taken in the fifth year of James I., is almost illegible, but it purports to be an inquiry into certain claims on the estate of the young Baron of Inchiquin. One of these is a mortgage to Nicholas Skerrett of Galway, merchant, of lands in Magherkearney, and a release by Skerrett for £66, the amount of said mortgage, to Edmond O’Hogan, the attorney of Dermot Roe, the young Baron. While his claim was outstanding, it appears Skerrett received interest in the shape of rents due by tenants of the Baron, namely, from Dermot Oge O’Neylan, and from Teige McMurrogh out of Cahir Invoullame and Lisduff. The Inquisition further states that estates had been conveyed to the Baron’s father by the following, viz. :—Conor, son of Turlogh; Murtagh MacDyer . . , Robert Brett, Teige Mantagh, Bryan Oge, son of Bryan, son of—, of the Callaghs (Kells); Neylan of Drumna-Crigher; Donogh O’Roone O’Hogan, of Magherakearney. It finally mentions that a family named O’Kelliher, who were followers of the family of the O’Briens, were in possession of Apliskearney.