1830 Tithe Applotment Book - Killea Parish, Co Donegal

The following is a complete index to the Tithe Applotment Book for Killea, transcribed by Len, and forming part of the Donegal Genealogy Resources Website


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Tithes were an income tax on farming - usually about one tenth of the annual income. These were used for the upkeep of the Church of Ireland and were paid from the time of the Reformation. Before the Composition Act of 1823 it was possible to pay them in kind in stead of money. From the time of the Composition Act they were supposed to be paid in cash and Tithe surveys were carried out in each Parish to assess what the income for that parish would be. Two people were appointed by each parish to carry out this assessment.


Both Catholics and Protestants resented this tax - tax was not payable on all land, and there was even variation on the types of land from place to place. From 1736 grazing land had an exemption - this was usually land held by landlords. Certain crops were taxable, others weren't. Potatoes could be taxable in one parish and not in the one next door.


Tithe books are not comprehensive, people who did not hold land are not listed and some types of land were passed over absolutely. Towns and cities were usually not assessed.


They are arranged by Townland and usually give the acreage held by each farmer. However, note here that the measurement used was the plantation or Irish acre which differs in size from the imperial or English acre used in the Griffith's Valuation.


The information you get from the Tithe Books is simple, townland name; landholders name; area of land and tithes paid. Some will list the landlords name as well. The original tithe books for the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland are held in the National Archives in Dublin.



Surname Given Name Townland
ALEXANDER James (or Archibald Parker) Carrigans
ALEXANDER Richard Carrigans
ANDERSON Charles Glassmullen
ANNAN Robert Carrigans
BOGGS James Dunmore
BRADLEY Andrew Carrigans
BRADLEY Daniel Carrigans
BURNS John Dunmore
CANNON Denis Carrigans
CANNON Dennis Carrigans
CANNON Matthew Carrigans
CARRUTHERS Moses Newtownhamilton
CRAIG Rev. Mr. Tubberslane
CROCKETT George Drumnashier
CULBERT Thomas Altaghaderry
CUNNINGHAM William, Jun. Carrigans
CUNNINGHAM William, Sen. Carrigans
DOHERTY William Dunmore
DOUDS James Altaghaderry
ELLIOTT Robert Carrigans
FORSYTHE William Carrigans
GALLAGHER [..?] Imlick
GALLAGHER Edward Altaghaderry
GALLAGHER Mr. Carrigans
GALLAGHER William Altaghaderry
GIBSON Charles Glassmullen
GIBSON Charles Newtownhamilton
GOURLEY Thomas Dunmore
HAMILTON William Carrigans
HANNA Samuel Whitehouse
HENDERSON James & partners Carrigans
HUNTER James Dunmore
HUNTER Robert Dunmore
IRWIN Samuel Altaghaderry
JAMESON James Newtownhamilton
KELLAGHAN Richard Carrigans
KILDEA Betty Carrigans
KILDEA John Carrigans
KIRKPATRICK Frederick Tubberslane
KIRKPATRICK John Tubberslane
LAVINS Widow Arnamochil Craig
LODGE Rev. Mr. Imlick
MACKY William Carrigans
MAHAFFY John Altaghaderry
MASON James Dunmore
MASON John Dunmore
MASON William Dunmore
McCARTER James Carrigans
McCLINTOCK R., Esq.  (Bank part of Carrigans contg. 1 acre 0 roods 38 perches valued on HUGH McGETIGAN) Dunmore
McCONOMY Denis Carrigans
McCORKILL Joseph Altaghaderry
McCREA Mr. James Carrigans
McGETTIGAN Hugh Carrigans
McGETTIGAN Hugh, Sen. Carrigans
McILHINNY James Carrigans
McILWAINE [..?] Dunmore
McILWAINE Mr. Whitehouse
McLAUGHLIN Widow Mary Carrigans
McPHERSON James Newtownhamilton
McPHERSON Mr. Lagnaduff
McPHERSON William Arnamochil Craig
McPHERSON William Newtownhamilton
MILLER James Imlick
ORR John Arnamochil Craig
OSBORNE John Altaghaderry
OSBORNE William Altaghaderry
PARKER Archibald (or James Alexander) Carrigans
REID William Lagnaduff
SMYTH Hugh Dunmore
SMYTH Robert Dunmore
SMYTH Samuel Dunmore
SMYTH Thomas Dunmore
SMYTH William Dunmore
STEEL Andrew Imlick
STEEL James Altaghaderry
THOMPSON Mr. Altaghaderry
WILLIAMS Miss Carrigans
WILLOCK Noble Dunmore


Summary: [Proprietors?]




ROBERT BOND, ESQ. apply to himself, Derry

MISS HARVEY apply to JAMES COCHRANE, ESQ. Crohan, Lifford


ROBERT BATESON apply to WILLIAM McCREA KNOX, ESQ., Ballyduff House, Lifford

MR JOHN HANNA apply to himself

MRS THOMPSON apply to herself

MR THOMAS KIRKPATRICK apply to himself


MR CRAIG apply to himself


Further information relating to some of those above is offered in the ORDNANCE SURVEY MEMOIRS OF KILLEA & TAUGHBOYNE, dated October 1821:


Practical Farmers


The number of active spirited farmers in this district are numerous. As to their intelligence I can say little, not being much acquainted. However, the REV. MATTHEW HERON of the Hall, MR HUGH STEPHENSON of Lignathraw, MR JOHN ALEXANDER of Drummanan, MR SCOTT of Mullinan, MR HUNTER of Tullyown, MR McFARLAND of Cloon and MR SAMUEL MARSHALL of Tibber [Tubber] are all active and intelligent farmers. Others have made great improvements lately, which are owing principally to their indulgent landlords, MR ANDREW MASON of Kildrum, MR JOSEPH McPHERSON and MR WILLIAM ELLIOTT of Cloughfin, and this farm, the occupier I do not know, it lies immediately above ROBERT BATESON ESQUIRE, I imagine he is a MR MILLS, and MR DAVID McCLEAN, all have done much to the farms.




[Linen manufacture] is nearly at a stand these 3 or 4 years back, but much decreased from what it was for 20 years previous.


The number and extent of millworks are many and great; no less than 20 mills are in this limited district of 21 miles: MR STEPHENSON of Lignathraw 1, MR ALEXANDER of Drummanan 1. MR ALEXANDER of Kinnycally 1, REV. MR CUNNINGHAM of Castletown 1, MR McCLEAN of St. Johnstown 1, MR GALLAGHER of Castletown 1, MR McPHERSON of Kildrum 1, MR McFARLAND of Cloon 1, MR MARSHALL of Tibber 1, MR LAID of Cross 1, MR MACKIN of Lishill 1, MR ROGER of Ginsurry [Garsuey] 1, MR McPHERSON 1, MR MILLS 1, MR CALDWELL of Kildrum 1, MR CULBERT of Kildrum 1, MR PINKERTON 1, MR GALLAGHER of Portlough 1, MR LEVINS of Brickfield 1, 21 in all. Probably some others may have escaped my notice.

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