Creggaunnahilla is a townland in the parish of Clareabbey. At the time of the Griffith Valuation and in the data shown in the revision/cancelled books series 1855-1934, property in Creggaunnahilla was agricultural land. There was a herd’s house recorded at the Griffith Valuation in 1855 in lot 4. This was later struck out. By 1915 lot 4 was split showing a house and garden as lot 4a.
The two immediate lessors of the land in 1855 were Lord Inchiquin and Marcus Patterson. There were no changes recorded to immediate lessors 1855-1934.
The four lots recorded in the townland appear to have been held by three families. Lot 1 was held by the Roughan family and records civil records record the deaths of each occupier in the family. The cancelled books records when the occupiers changed, generally one to two years after the death of the previous occupier. The Bourke /Burke family held two lots in the townland and again family members’ names are struck out and new occupier names added. Michael Bourke (1805-1880 )was the occupier in 1855 and after his death his wife Margaret become the occupier and this was recorded by the Valuation Office in 1881. Margaret Burke died in Feb 1904 and her death was notified by her son Frederick who became the occupier. The Bourke/Burke family also held land in Clarehill and lived in the village through the period 1855-1934.
The case studies of the Bourke/Burke and Roughan families illustrate how following the changes to occupiers recorded in the revision/cancelled books and the use of publically available civil records can assist with genealogy and local history.
Creggaunnahilla is a small townland. Logaimn.ie records that the townland’s area is just less than 25.5 hectares or 65.5 acres. Creggaunnahilla is located adjacent to the townlands of Clare Commons and Clarehill which contain the village of Clarecastle. Other adjacent townlands include Ballaghafadda East and West and Lissane East.
Much of Creggaunnahilla is now occupied by homes including Primrose Gardens and the more recent Creggaunahilla redevelopment. Refer to logaimn.ie for more information including an interactive map showing recent housing development in the townland.
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