Gallaghers of Galwolie, Kilteevoge, Co Donegal

(Dan Gallagher (jnr) house in Galwolie)

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Daniel Gallagher c1774 - 1862


Daniel Gallagher is the earliest Galwolie Gallagher I have anything on. He was born abt 1774 and died in 1862, aged 88 years. His wife's name was Margaret and she was born abt  1785. She died quite early - it was 1826 and she was only 41 years old. The house they lived in and raised their children in is still standing - and still occupied. The large barn that is evident on the 1835 Ordnance Survey map is also still standing and in use. Photographs of both can be found on the Galwolie Photographs page.


The earliest 'official' record I found for Dan is the 1834 Tithe Applotment book, which has him holding, with his son Dan (jnr), :


14 0 01 arp arable land
11 2 15 arp pasture
24 3 27 arp mountain grazing
Total in holding = 50 2 03 arp

For this they paid an annual rent of 14 19s 6p. The 1857 Griffith's Valuation details Dan snr's holding as Plot 5, a house, outbuildings and 36 0 10 arp of land - for a map showing the location of this plot, see the Galwolie OS Map

The names of only two of Dan snr and Margaret's children are known - Dan (jnr) and Michael - whose stories are continued below.


Dan (snr) and Margaret are buried in the Kilteevoge graveyard, Cloghan - see the Kilteevoge graveyard


Daniel Gallagher (jnr) and Susan


Daniel Gallagher (jnr) was born abt 1803 and died 14 Feb 1883, aged 80 years. His wife's name was Susan, born abt 1815, dying 20 Jan 1897, aged 82 years. Some time, probably shortly after marrying Susan, Daniel (jnr) built a house and erected farm buildings in an area in front of his father's house, closer to the road which runs through Galwolie. The original plot was split and the 1857 Griffith's Valuation details his holding as Plot 6, a house, outbuildings and 29 acres of land - for a map showing the location of this plot, see the Galwolie OS Map


When Dan (jnr) died in 1883, Letters of Administration were drawn up and lodged in Londonderry. This was normally done to keep the family home and lands in the hands of that family - at that time, Donegal was still held by landlords, the native Irish population not being able to own their land. The details of Dan jnr's Letters of Administration -


ID 29491
Forename: Daniel
Surname: Gallagher
Date Of Death: 14/02/1883
Date Of Grant: 01/12/1884
Effects: Effects 200
Registry: Londonderry
Full Abstract: Letters of Administration of the personal estate of Daniel Gallagher late of Galwolie County Donegal Farmer who died 14 February 1883 at same place were granted at Londonderry to Susan Gallagher of Galwolie aforesaid the Widow

Source: PRONI Will Calendars


Dan (jnr) and Susan had at least 5 children - Margaret, Mary, Michael, Bridget, and Peter :


1. Margaret married Edward McDade of Glenswilly 23 Dec 1858 in Cloghan. The witnesses were Tully Gallagher and Charles Mulloy - see marriage register

    Margaret and Edward had the following children born in Tooslenagh, Conwal :

    - John b 27 Jan 1864   

    - Bernard b 12 Jan 1866, d 11 Dec 1913 in Philadelphia, PA (?). Susan Gallagher present at birth

    - Mary b 22 Sep 1868

    - Michael b 21 Nov 1870

   - Anne b 23 Jun 1873

2. Mary was born abt 1853, and died 2 Aug 1935, aged 82 years. She married Neil Browne and lived in her father's house, where she raised her family. Neil was born abt 1848 and died 9 Jan 1942, aged 94 years. Mary is the only member of the whole family who appears in the 1901

    census for Galwolie, even though she had siblings and cousins still alive at that time.

    Mary and Neil had a large family, comprising these children :

   - Dan born abt 1884, died 1 Apr 1952 (wife Mary, d 4 Jan 1952)
   - Mary born abt 1885
   - Susan born abt 1886

   - Edward born 18 Oct 1887, baptised 19 Oct, Godparents John & Bridget Bonar

   - William born & baptised 27 Oct 1889, Godparents Peter & Anne McGlinchey

   - Anne Jane born & baptised 3 Jan 1891, Godparents James McNulty & Anne McNamee

   - Bridget born 17 Jan 1892, baptised 18 Jan, Godparents Edward & Sarah McGlinchey

   - Anne Jean born 29 Jul 1893, baptised 30 Jul, Godparents Daniel ? & Mary Gallagher

   - Margaret (Maggie) born & baptised 9 Sep 1894, Godparents James McNulty & Anne McNamee

   Mary and Neil, along with Mary's mother Susan, are buried in the Kilteevoge graveyard, Cloghan - see the Kilteevoge graveyard

2. Michael b abt 1854 d 13 Apr 1877 aged 23 years, death registered by Peter Gallagher

3. Bridget b abt 1855 m Daniel McGlinchey - see 1901 census Meenbog, Inishkeel
4. Peter b 1861 d 1909 aged 48 years

Michael Gallagher and Mary McGlynn

Michael was born abt 1818, and died in 27 Apr 1877, aged 59 years (son Peter was the informant on his death cert). He was married to Mary McGlynn, born abt 1824, dying in 1873, aged 49 years. Michael lived in his father (Daniel snr's) house, where he raised a family with Mary.

Michael and Mary had at least 9 children - Jeremiah/Darby, Margaret, William, Catherine, Anne, Ellen, Peter, Brigid, Mary :

1. Jeremiah b 1845 d 1850 aged 5 years

2. Margaret born abt 1850, married Charles Quinn, Dalraghan More, son of Owen? Quinn, Tieveragh, 21 Feb 1870 in Glenties. Witnesses William Gallagher, Fintown, and John Quinn, Laconnell. See 1901 Dalraghan More census

3. William (Sir) b 18 Nov 1851, married 1875 to Margaret Theresa Colhoun (d. 1921), d. of late George Colhoun, Ebrington House, Londonderry; two sons, four daughters. Address: St Eunan's, Stapleton Hall Road, N.4.

   Sir William Gallagher, Kt, cr. 1916; C.B. 1920; I.S.O. 1910; late Commissioner of Customs and Excise

   Donegal News 10 Jun 1916 :

   Knighthood for Donegal Gentleman
   His many friends in Donegal and the North-West generally are pleased to notice that among those upon whom the King, on the occasion of his birthday, has conferred the honour of Knighthood is Mr William Gallagher, chief inspector of the Board of Customs.

   Sir Wm Gallagher became attached to the Customs Department of the Civil Service at an early age, and his devotion to duty and exceptional ability won him the responsible position in the service he now occupies. Sir William is a nephew of the Right Rev Monsignor McGlynn,

   PP, VG, Stranorlar, and is an uncle of Rev Michael O'Donnell, DD, Maynooth College. He is a native of the Glenfin district of County Donegal.

   See 1901 census Nassau St Lower, Derry and 1911 census Nassau St Lower, Derry

4. Catherine, born abt 1859, married James O'Donnell, Kilrean, Killybegs Lower, son of Seamus O'Donnell and Nancy Molloy, 7 Feb 1880, in Kilteevoge. The witnesses were Peter Gallagher & Catherine O'Donnell - see 1901 Kilrean Upper census

5. Anne b 25 Aug 1860, Godparents James and Biddy McGlynn, died bef 1865?
6. Ellen b 15 Mar 1862, Godparents Peter and Biddy McGlynn (
Sister Michael Gallagher?)

7. Anne Jane b 6 Mar 1865, birth registered by her sister Mary on 25 Mar. Died Stranorlar 26 Oct 1906 aged 41, informant on death registration, Fr Charles McGlynn, Uncle. Anne Jane is with her Aunt Bridget McGlynn, housekeeper to Charles, in 1901 - see 1901 census Stranorlar

8. Peter - USA

9. Brigid

10. Mary, married Dominick Harron, Garvan, son of Thomas, 2 Mar 1867 in the RC Chapel Kilteevoge. Witnesses Bernard & William Gallagher - see marriage registration

     Dominick d 4 Mar 1892 aged 62 years of pneumonia    

    - children born in Donegal - see Harron Births

    - Thomas, b 28 Jan 1868

    - Mary, b 29 Apr 1869

    - Daniel, bapt 5 May 1870, married Anna Cusack 1903 in Philadelphia. Their dau Isabel b 14 Apr 1917 married Charles J Gillespie, grandson of Patrick Gillespie, Beaugreen Glebe - see 1901 census Beaugreen Glebe

    - Susan, b 25 Sep 1871

    - Bridget, b 22 May 1873

    - Charles, bapt 9 Jan 1875

    - Michael, b 6 Jan 1877, married Minnie - no children

    - Bella, b 18 Feb 1879

    - Anne Jane, b 28 Oct 1880

    - Ellen, b 29 May 1883

    - Hannah, b 27 Feb 1885

    - Son Charles emigrated to America on the Furnessia, arr NY 30 Apr 1894 - see passenger list

    - Mary, with Daniel, Michael, Anne Jane, Bella, Ellen and Hannah emigrated to America on the Furnessia, arr NY 1 May 1895 - see passenger list

    -  Mary, with children Daniel, Charles and Anne, appear in the 1900 Philadelphia census in Judson Street - see 1900 census Judson Street, Philadelphia, PA

- Also see Maureen's Family website


Notes :


Daniel Gallagher (snr) related to James Gallagher, who moved to Stramore in Gartan Parish in the late 1700s

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