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1666 Hearth Tax Lists Termonmagork Parish, (Termonmaguirk) Co. Tyrone

Transcriber note – in this article all name spellings with a ‘Y’, will be spelt with terminal letters ‘ij’. Example – PERRY = PERRIJ

This is a return of all the hearth, fireplaces, and stones within the County of Tiron, as the same was returned and taken att a private sessions held att Newstewarton 28th March in the eighteenth year of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles the Seacond by the Grace of God of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, King, defend, of the faith &c., and befor Gerard JEVINE esq., Dr. Thomas BUTTOLPH and Bernard BUTERFIELD esq., his maties, Justices of the Peace in the county aforesaid, for one year commencing at Michaelmas, 1665 and dertermining at Michms, 1666.

Termon House, 64 Termon Rd., Carrickmore
by Ulster Architectural Heritage Society

This Hearth Money Law (14th and 15th Chas. 11, c.17, 1662) imposed a tax of 2s. (two shillings) each on every “hearth and other place used for firing and stoves within every (dwelling and other house and edifice that are or hereafter shall be erected within this kingdom of Ireland than such as are in this Act hereafter excepted)” sec. 1, persons living alms exempted by section 13 and all houses certified by two justices to be of not greater value than 8s. upon the full improved rent and that the persons occupying the same do not have, use, or occupy any lands or tenements of the value of 8s. per acre, or have any lands, tenements, goods or chattels of the value £4 in their own possession, or held in trust for them sec. 14 (resteicted to widows by 17 and 18 Chas. 11, c.18, sec. 11, 1665.) By the 14th section of the latter enactment houses having no fixed hearth with chimneys chargeable with two hearths.

Subjoined is a list ot townlands of Termonmagurk with the names of those who paid the hearth money in 1666. It appears that Donaghanie, Aldrummond, and Aughiogan and Glenure and Redergan, which now form one townland with the latter name, had four hearths each.

The following names are rather outlandish and are not known here unless they have been so anglacised and modernised that I can’t recognise them.

o Cugan (perhaps M’Kiggan the modern equivalent,)
o Mullerive
o Cunagh
and M’Ceemon

I should state that the parish of Termonmagurk was divided by an Act of the Privy Council (dated 13th May 1732) into Termonmagurk and Clogherney, divisions which are still followed by the civil authorities.

Denominacons of lands – Men’s names

Cloghfine – Brian M’Mah, Phelemij o Donnellij

Coragh (now Sixmilecross) – John Anderson, William Anderson

Ballihallaghan – Donald M’Kesne

Ballkill and Aughnagarrij – Donold o Laphij, Shan o Sheel, Phelemij o Mulmoniij

Killcame (now Kilcam)  – Neill M’Kennij, John Anderson

Ossnagh – Donakhij M’Girr

Glenur – Cormick o Sheell, Patrick o Teige

Radergan – Brian M’Keanij, Enid M’Martin

Claghernisclew (now Clogherney Upper) – Forlogh o Cugan, Mahon Macroddan

Roscavij – Phelemij Momnagh, Ouen M’Elgirr

Carbellitackin (now Curr) – Hugh M’Rorij, Conor o Gorman

Lagacorrij  – Shan o Donnellij, John o Donnellij

Killadroy – Teege o Donnallij, Brian M’lllbreed

Laghfearne (now Letfem)  – Shan o Neill

Seskanor – Mamy o Horisk, Hugh o Horisk, Neill M’Martin

Mullaghmor – Hugh Warnoke, Alexander Scott, Donald Moinagh

Ranallij – James Perrij

Tulliross – Alexander Smith, Jas. Anderson

Tullihirme  – Thomas Peerij, John Creige

Mullagh – James Dunlappe

Lissara (now Raw) – Laughlin o Ravertij, William Watson

Dirivercroy – Shan o Mullerive, Patrick Donallij

Donaghenee – Forlogh o Sheele, Laughlin o Donallij, Murtagh Maquort, Teege o Sheell

Tatticoron (Tattykeeran) – Wm, M’Gorman, Donaghij M’Elirr

Eskermor and Cloghernij – Andrew Woods, Brian o Ferrinan

Laragh-linsij (now Laragh) – Artt M’Girr, Shan o Selovin

Baragh (Beragh) – Phelemij o Donallij, Hugh M’Gurgan

Coullij (Cooley) – Edward Homes, Phelemy M’Girr

Aldrummond  – Neel M’Ceemon, Edmond o Tanij, Call M’Kernan, John M’Kernan

Bracagh (now Brackey) – Neill o Donaghij, Shan o Donallij

Drumduff – Phelemy Donallij, Neill M’Quork

Ramacken – Dermond o Hoyne, Edmond o Donallij, Artt M’Keagnij

Ballitren – Edmond o Donallij, Teege o Dallij

Drumlester  – Torlogh o Teeg, Murtagh o Donallij, Edmond o Donallij

Cavanreagh – Patrick o Donallij, Murtagh o Ravertij

Aghigogan – Shan Magork, Torlogh o Kennedij, Shan M’Gork, Patrick M’Gork

Agharkee and Tirwnij (Tirooney) – John Magunshanan, Neel M’Gork, Patrick M’Cromresk

Camsan  – David Atcheson

Crevnagh and Galbally – Artt o Managhan, Wm. Grhame

Tetikeel – Teeg M’Gurigan

Racassan and Liscoppan – Edmond M’Gurigan

Ramacan and Corr – Rorij oge Macolgan

Edenderrij – Brian o Neill

Lisslea  – Neill Magunshanan

Aughiogallan – Owen M’Conway

Logh M’Rorij – Phelemy M’Canna

Stlugan and Aghinanarigh – Brian oge Moynagh, Henrij M’Rorij, Edwd M’Canna

Dunmisk and Enistive – Neil o Cunagh, Patk o Donaghij

Balleklll, Gortfin, add Tonregee (Tandragee) – James o Donallij, William M’Rorij, Torlagh M’Keg_ij (?) Brian o Ravertij, Cormack o Ravertij, Teegeo Ravertij, Patk. M’Keagnij

Sultin – Torlogh M’Goirke, Patrick Quort

Mullin, Lagnasamer, Carrickmore, and Killen – Artt  M’Goirk, Neille M’Goirk, James M’Rorij, Teoge M’Gilduffe, Edmond M’Closkey, Cullow M’Crener

Aghinagrogan – Neill Magunshanan, Forish o Tannij

Cregan – Artt M’Conwaij

Millaghstlinney (now Mullaghslin) – Henrij o Lughran, Owen Magunshanan

Banerar, Diroran, and Colisker – Brian M’Edgir, Artt M’Canna, James M’Cana, Wm. M’Cramlin, James M’Manas

(121 Hearths)

The terminal letters ij are now replaced by the letter y.

Donnellij is now the modern DONNELLY and M’Rorij is now M’RORY.

The population was not quite so sparse as the above list would indicate, because parts of the country were in an unreclaimed state and, therefore, the houses thereon were mere hovels (being then exempt) such as we would expect to see occupied by the “meer Irish”, who were gradually stealing back to the homes of their ancestors and who were not certain when these little “shelters” might be forfeited.

It is very likely that there was many a ‘cute one’, who tried to evade the tax by having primitive interiors, but subsequent legislation made provision for such a contingency by charging double for any who had not fixed hearth and chimney in his home. At the present time I know a farmhouse in Tyrone that has no regularly built up chimney and the smoke from the turf fire finds its way along the upper regions, and escapes through a hole in the roof, not directly above the fire.

It is strange to contemplate that in the middle of the 17th century, that there was not a second hearth in any house in this vast district! How little our progenitors of that date bothered themselves about parlour fires, marble mantle-pieces, over-mantles, and fancy tiles!

The following is a copy of a Hearth Tax Receipt; it is probable that there is not another receipt for the same in Tyrone. It was printed like a receipt form of the present day, only that it had no perforation and was merely torn from the block.

The words in (itallics) were written with a pen.

County of
Barony of (Strabane)
Parish of  (Ardstraw)
Town of (Newtown)
Received from (Char. CRAWFORD Esq.), of the (town) aforesaid the sum of (10 shiles) due to His Majesty for (five) Hearths, payable the Tenth Day of January, One Thousand Seven Hundred and 36.
I say Received this Day (19) of Aprle, 1737
By me, Tris. SEVENHAM
Entered Ledger Page
H. K. M’ALEER, Sixmilecross

transcribed by Teena from the Tyrone Courier 31st Aug. 1900

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