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The West Clann Chuiléin Lordship in 1586: Evidence from a Forgotten Inquisition
By Luke McInerney

   Inquisition transcribed by Twigge

   Political Economy of Lordship: Origins & Structure

   Structure of the West Clann Chuiléin Lordship in 1586

   Nomenclature Evidence from the 1586 Inquisition

   Concluding Remarks



   Socio-political hierarchy of the lordship of West Clann
      Chuiléin, c.1586

   Recorded lands under the lordship of John McNamara Fionn

   Transcription of Inquisition


See Also:

   Clerics and Clansmen: the Vicarages and Rectories of Tradraighe in the 15th Century by Luke McInerney

   Survey of the McInerney Sept of Thomond by Luke McInerney

   Land and lineage: the McEnerhinys of Ballysallagh in the 16th Century by Luke McInerney

A 16th century bardic poem composed for Seán Mac Conmara by Luke McInerney


An unpublished inquisition of the Court of Exchequer is used to shed new light on the inner workings of a sixteenth-century Gaelic lordship prior to the collapse of the Gaelic system. As a contemporary recording of native political organisation it provides valuable evidence on social hierarchies, economic organisation and place-names.

Clare County Library is grateful to Luke McInerney for donating this article which was originally published in the North Munster Antiquarian Journal, vol. 48, 2008, pp 33-62. Luke ( welcomes queries from people researching late medieval and early modern County Clare.

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Inquisition transcribed by Twigge