From: Mary Heaphy

Date: 07/04/04 00:54:41


Subject: Donohill

Rosemary and others.

Alleenhogan and AlleenRyan are two place names in the Civil Parish of Donohill, Barony of Clanwilliam, they mean Hogan’s little slope and Ryans little slope.

Part of Donohill is in the Barony of Clanwilliam and the other part is in the Barony of Kilmanagh. Donohill Lands, Alleenhogan and Alleenryan are in the Barony of Clanwilliam, Places like Graffin, Foilmacduff, and Rossacrow are in the Barony of Kilmanagh. Anacarty/Donohill is an amalgamation of four ancient Parishes whose origins stretch back some eight hundred years. The Parishes were, Aghacrew, Donohill, Kilpatrick, and Kilmucklin. Each had its own Church, Priest, Glebe land and Cemetery. These Parishes continued up to and beyond the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. It was preserved by the C of I and by the civil authorities until the latter part of the nineteenth century.After the end of the Penal laws the of the eighteenth century the Bishops to a great extent ignored the old system and opted instead to create new parishes by either amalgamating or destroying the old mediaeval ones.

As a footnote to this, I didn’t find my GrGrGrandparents marriage in the Parish register in Drom and Inch for 1829. I did find that their children were baptised in Drom and Inch. I knew both my GrGrGrandparents were from the Parish. Then I found out that the place where they came from was in a different Parish up to 1829. So their marriage record is in another Parish even though they lived in the same place. Just a thought for those of you who are finding it difficult to trace ancestors, some parish bounderies did change.



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