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A List of Freeholders of Kilfenora Diocese in 1601
by Luke McInerney

This paper presents a list of freeholders of Kilfenora Diocese in Co Clare from 1601. The fortuitous survival of this list shows a snap-shot of Gaelic social hierarchies and landholding in an area almost wholly unaffected by anglicizing changes. The value of the list is its survey of land denominations and proprietorship and its focus on the church lands of the Corcomroe division of the diocese. It is speculated here that the list was compiled by a cleric at the cathedral chapter of Kilfenora and that its purpose was to ascertain church lands and property in order to put the administration of the diocese - including its revenues from the diocesan temporalities - on a more sure footing.

This paper was published in Eolas: The Journal of the Americal Society of Irish Medieval Studies, Volume 11, 2018, at pages 60-103.
Clare County Library is grateful to Luke McInerney for donating this article. More papers by Luke McInerney can be accessed at

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