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Hearth Money Rolls for County Monaghan: McGeogh, McGeough, and McGogh
The Hearth Money Rolls are listed by the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) among Seventeenth-Century Census Substitutes. The Hearth Money Tax was enacted in 1662. The Hearth Money Rolls are arranged by county and parish. They list the name of the householder and the number of hearths on which he was taxed at the rate of two shillings for every hearth or fireplace. The tax was collected over areas known as 'walks,' which were based on towns. The 'walk' covered not only the town, but also a large rural area outside the town. Rolls for county Monaghan, Ireland, are available for 1663 and 1665.
The Hearth Money Rolls for county Monaghan for the years 1663 and 1665 are printed in The History of County Monaghan for Two Hundred Years, 1660-1860, by Denis Carolan Rushe (1996 edition), Appendix I, pages 291–338, and indexed in Appendix XII, pp. 360 - 414. The spellings of the surnames and other information in this page are based on that source.
Each civil parish of county Monaghan in which a version of the name McGough appears is listed below. The names that I list are McGeogh, McGeough, McGoeugh McGogh. McGorke and McGorky. McGoeugh is probably a typographical error.
Bryan McGeogh is listed for 1663 in the adjoining townlands of Latton and Lisdrumcleve, and for 1665 in Lisdrumcleve, in the civil parish of Aghnamullen and the Catholic parish of Aughnamullen West. (H680150 and H690150). These townlands are about 4 kilometers west and 5 1/2 kilometers south of the town of Ballybay, and roughly halfway between the towns of Moyle and Latton.
Bryan McGeough is listed for 1665 in the townland of Lisnagalliagh (Lisnagillagh in Rushe's book) in the parish of Aghnamullen, immediately north of the townland of Latton, which is referenced immediately above. (H678156).
Patrick McGeogh is also listed for 1665 in the townland of Lisnagalliagh. (HR678156).
Phelim McGogh is also listed for 1665 in Lisnagalliagh.
See: Irish Census Substitutes—Hearth Money Rolls, County Monaghan, Ireland, 1663 and 1665, Barony of Cremorne, Aughnamullen Parish by Jane Lyons; and Hearth Money Roll for the Parish—Aughnamullen.
The Castleblayney McGeoghs and McGeoughs were located in a square about 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from north to south and 5 kilometers (3.15 miles) from east to west, with the town of Castleblayney situated at about the center and 1/2 a kilometer north of the east to west base line.
Hugh McGeough is listed for 1665 in the townland of Monagor in the parish of Clontibret. I assume that this is the same Monagor that is modernly shown just inside the civil parish of Muckno at its western edge, and which forms an arrowhead pointing into the civil parish of Clontibret to the immediate northwest. The townland is today in the Catholic parish of Clontibret. This house was about 3 kilometers west and 1/2 a kilometer south of the center of the town of Castleblayney, near the confluence of two streams which flow northwest then west into Lough Major near Ballybay. Ballybay is about 8 kilometers west and 1 1/2 kilometers north of what I assume to be the site of the McGeough hearth in 1665—about H799193 in the Irish Grid Reference system.
Patrick McGeogh is listed for 1665 in the townland of Corratanty in the parish of Muckno, about 3 kilometers north and 2 kilometers east of Hugh McGeough. This hearth was about 2 1/2 kilometers north and 1 kilometer west of the center of Castleblayney. (H819232).
Patrick McGeough is listed for 1665 in the townland of Killygola in the parish of Muckno. The townland of Killygola is immediately east of, and abuts, the townland of Corratanty. This McGeough property was only a short distance east of the Corratanty property described immediately above. The tracts may have been adjacent to each other. (H822231).
Torlogh McGeough is listed for 1663 in the townland of Tulleinane in the parish of Muckno. Tulleinane is not on the modern townland map of Muckno, but in examining the "walk" on which these taxes were collected, a logical spot for this hearth would be between the present townlands of Annyart and Lurganmore, in the present townland of Tullyharnet, just north of the northernmost point of Muckno Lake. (H845211). This is about 1 1/2 kilometers north and two kilometers east of the center of Castleblayney. Other possible locations of Tulleinane are the modern townlands of Tullyrahan, about 3 kilometers or two miles to the west of Tullyharnet on the eastern boundary of the civil parish of Muckno, or Tulyhattina, also on the eastern boundary, about a kilometer north of Tullyrahan.
See: Hearth Money Roll for the Parish—Mucknoe.
Phelem McGoeugh is listed for 1665 in the townland of Crossmore in the parish of Clontibret. (H768283). This house is about 8 1/2 kilometers (5.3 miles) north and about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) west of the center of Castleblayney, or about 10 1/2 kilometers (6 1/2 miles) northwest of Castleblayney on N2, a short distance east of the highway. I assume that McGoeugh is a typographical error in Rushe's book.
Phelime McGeough is listed for 1665 in the townland of Corlagan North in the parish of Clontibret. (H738291). This is about 1 kilometer west (.62 miles) of the present intersection of N2 and R 184, which intersection is marked "Clontibret." This house is about 2 kilometers northwest of the house of the Phelim McGoeugh described immediately above, and is about 9 1/2 kilometers (5.9 miles) north and about 7 1/2 kilometers (4.66 miles) west of the center of Castleblayney, or about 12 kilometers (7.45 miles) northwest of Castleblayney on N2, and from there, about 1.2 kilometers (0.75 miles) west of the highway.
Hugh McGough was listed in the townland of Monagor, which is included under "Castleblayney McGoughs" above.
See: Hearth Money Roll for the Parish—Clontibret.
Torlogh McGeogh is listed for 1663 in the townland of Drumlurg in the parish of Donaghmoyne. (H823098). This location is on sheet 35 of the Discovery Series of the Ordnance Survey of Ireland, rather than sheet 28 of the Discoverer Series of the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland. This location is approximately 10 kilometers (6.2) miles south and 1/2 kilometer west of Castleblayney.
See: Hearth Money Roll for the Parish—Donaghmoyne.
Torlogh McGeogh is listed for 1665 in the townland of Elvey in the parish of Errigal Trough. My guess is that Torlogh McGorke in the 1663 listing for the same townland was the same person. The parish of Errigal Trough is the northernmost tip of county Monaghan, bounded on three sides by county Tyrone. The Blackwater River is the northeast boundary of the parish of Errigal Trough. In the parishes of Aghaloo and Carnteel on the northeast side of the Blackwater River, McGeoughs later show up in county Tyrone. (See Ireland tables, lines 492 and 493.) The townland of Elvey (H668495) is one kilometer south of the Moy Bridge which carries highway N2 over the Blackwater and roughly 6 kilometers north of the town of Emyvale. The Moy Bridge is a little less than 2 1/2 kilometers south of Aughnacloy in county Tyrone and roughly 18 kilometers (or 11 miles) north of the town of Monaghan.
Dunsleve McGeough is listed for 1665 in the townland of Glasmullagh in the parish of Errigal Trough. Dunsleve McGorky in the 1663 listing for the same townland was probably the same person. Glassmullagh is two kilometers southwest of Elvey, where Torlogh McGeogh was listed in 1665. Dunsleve is the anglicized version of the Gaelic Dunsleibe.
Bryan McGeough is listed for 1665 in the townland of Davagh Itra (now Davagh Etra) in the parish of Errigal Trough. Davagh Itra is three kilometers south of Glassmullagh where Dunsleve McGeough was listed in 1665.
See: Hearth Money Roll for the Parish—Errigal Trough.
Shane Bane McGeough is listed for 1663 in the townland of Ballingary in the parish of Killanny. The parish of Killanny is east of Carrickmacross and straddles the Fane River where that river forms the boundary between county Monaghan and county Louth. The parish of Killanny is immediately north of the parish of Magheracloone which is the southernmost parish of county Monaghan. The townland of Ballingary is less than a kilometer north of Essexford (H890300) which is 5 kilometers east of Carrickmacross.
See: Hearth Money Roll for the Parish—Killany.
William McGeoghy is listed in the Hearth Money Rolls of 1663 for the townland of Agherakeltan, parish of Tedavnet, county Monaghan.
See: Hearth Money Roll for the Parish—Tedavnet (Tedanowght).
Money Rolls for County Monaghan: McGeogh, McGeough, and McGogh
Updated November 18, 2009
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