Cancelled Book 6 Town of Clare (Clarecastle) 1896-1910

Town of Clare Revision /Cancelled Book 1896-1910

When the information contained in the 1896-1910 revision /cancelled book is combined with the data contained in open source 1901 and 1911 censuses of Ireland it is possible to reconstruct the social and economic history of the village. The name of each occupier listed in the revision/cancelled book can be matched with the census to provide more information about who lived in the household. The 1901 and 1911 census form B1 house and building return forms for Clarecastle were also transcribed. The house and building returns identify the class of house, its construction and roof type and records the number of rooms being lived in by the occupants.[1]

The population of Claretown continued to decline 1891-1901 and 1901-1911 but not as the rate observed 1881-1891. In 1901 there were thirty three fewer people present in 1891, while the number of households declined by twenty-nine. There was a further decline in population to 538 people living in 151 households in 1911.[2] The 1901 census included two boats moored in the Port of Clare on census night.

The continuity provided by the information in the revision /cancelled books allows a researcher to research the names of all individual who lived in a particular house over a period of time. Equally the revision/cancelled books documents how long a family may have lived in the same property.  An examination of the cancelled books from 1855-1910 provides an example of family continuity. Edward Meany is documented in 1855 as the occupier of house 27, Ennis Road Clare Commons. Edward continues to be listed as the occupier until 1901 when his name is struck out and replaced by Edward Russell, his son-in-law. Edward Meany died aged eighty-nine in Jan 1902.[3]  The family continue to be listed as occupiers of this property in the 1926-1934 revision/cancelled book.

The disposal and dispersal of Patrick O’Brien (1831-1900) businesses at lot 1 Quay Road and lots 17a and 17b Clarehill to Suttons is documented in this revision/cancelled book. The sawmills, a major local employer in the 1890s ceased production. It is interesting to note that that Patrick O’Brien’s name continued to be listed as the immediate lessor on many properties in 1910.

The United Irish League intimidation court case brought a degree of national and international notoriety to Clarecastle in 1902 through the widespread reporting of the case brought by the Royal Irish Constabulary against ten members of the League for a campaign of intimidation against Patrick Normoyle and his family[4]. The field in question was located at lot 6 Clarehill.

[1] ( (16 March 2019.

[2] Clarecastle and Ballyea Land and people, (2014) p.184.

[3] ( (15 Sep. 2020).

[4] Cork Examiner 25 Feb. 1902.

IF you want to search for someone in particular in the spreadsheets, you can Search by pressing Crtl+f on your keyboard and type the name into the search field that appears , if you are using a Mac press Cmd+f .

Cancelled Book 6 Town of Clare (Clarecastle) 1896-1910

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