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Archbishopric of Armagh Estate:
Tenants of the Lease: John Hodgson, Gent., 1703
Parish of Desertlyn, Co. Derry/Londonderry

PRONI Ref: T848/1
Transcribed, compiled and submitted by Evelyn Cardwell
lynca55[at]btinternet.com
Formatted by
Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia
len_swindley[at]hotmail.com

 

FROM AN ACCOUNT OF THE LANDS OF THE ARCHBISHOP OF ARMAGH, BY THOMAS ASHE, 1703

Extracted from the enormous Archbishopric of Armagh Estate, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), Belfast

The Archbishop of Armagh owned large tracts of land in Counties Tyrone, Londonderry, Armagh, Monaghan and Louth. With the exception of place names and personal names, spelling in this document has been modernised and punctuation has been inserted where it has been judged useful and relevant. Acreages are in Irish Plantation Measure [IPM]. One Irish acre equals 1.62 statute acres.

Pre1800 records comprise leases, rentals and surveys and a large collection of maps. Some records are in a fragile state and may be referred to using photocopies of the originals. The call numbers are catalogued DIO/4 passim

***A TRANSCRIPTION OF THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT CONTAINING EARLY EIGHTEENTH CENTURY SPELLING FOLLOWS AT THE END OF THIS FILE**


 

Tenant Of Lease:– JOHN HODGSON, GENT. (Mr Hugh Rainey has some interest in this Lease)

TOWNLAND

OCCUPYING TENANTS AND DESCRIPTION OF TOWNLAND

Carredarra

This contains 194 acres IPM. WILLM. MCCOLLAN and JOHN BROWN who have each a farm house with a barn, stable, cow house and garden together with a corn and a tuck mill. About two thirds of this land is coarse arable and pasture ground. The other one third is better arable and pasture. There is upon this farm a great number of oaks which are large timber trees. Many of them are decayed and without bark. There are on it good meadows.

 

Ballemulle

This contains 150 acres 1 Rood and 24 perches IPM. DAVID ASPE, JOHN SLONE are tenants and have each a farm house with barns, stables, gardens and as above. And note with Slone an orchard and Aspe’s house is the better of the 2 and is built with stone and lime. On this is a great quantity of timber trees and as above. The land for the most part is good arable and pasture. Note on this the old walls of Desertlinn Church.

 

Murrascullen

This contains 219 acres 2 roods and 16 perches. SANDERS MCCANE and THOMAS WRIGHT are tenants, have each a small farm house with barns, stables etc. JOHN SLONE is also tenant. His house which lies by a small brook is now the worst of the three, but he is building new walls with design to improve. To his house belongs an orchard and a garden. This is good arable and pasture land and there are some good meadows all which are well enclosed.

 

Larra=Cormuck

This contains 149 acres 2 roods and 16 perches. JOSIA FLEMMING is tenant and has a good stone farm house with a barn, stable, cow house and garden. There is a good quantity of timber trees (all oak) upon this farm. It is coarse arable and pasture land. The tenant complains of the under tenant of Murrascullen that he, by giving leave to the miller of Moneymore (MR DAWSON’S land) to turn his watercourse upon his farm for which he pays 15 shillings per annum, overflows above 8 acres of his meadow. I sent to the tenant about it and believe care will be taken to prevent it but query.

 

 

All these town lands are bounded with the Society lands north east and south and with Lord Primate’s land in possession of SR ROBT STAPLES, west

 

Note These woods are called the woods of Desert Linn which I left in charge with JOSIA FLEMMING and DAVID ASPE and made them chief rangers and overseers of them until his Grace my Lord Primate’s pleasure was further known. They are looked upon to be very honest careful men. Therefore I reposed that trust in them and they have promised to discharge it faithfully.


 

TOWNLAND

PARISH

Carredarra [Carrydarragh]

Desertlyn

Ballemulle [Ballymully]

Desertlyn

Murrascullen. [Magherascullion]

Desertlyn

Larra=Cormuck [Larrycormick]

Desertlyn


 

PRONI Ref: T848/1

OF

THE ARCHBISHOP

OF

ARMAGH

A VIEW OR AN ACCOUNT TAKEN

BY THOMAS ASHE ESQ

IN ANNO

1703


The Following Pages Containe Only The Notes & Observations of the said Tho. Ashe Made & Taken For the help of his Memory) at the time of his View – To which he has Since Collected (Out of the Surveyor’s Office) and Added The Numbers of Acres contain’d in all the Town Lands belonging to The said ArchBishoprick – An Undertaking not (in the Memory of man) before Attempted by any of the Lord Primats Receivers. And begun & finished at the Charge & Expense of the said Tho. Ashe In Anno 1703

John Hodgson Gent (Mr Hugh Rainey has Some interest in this Lease)

194- - Carredarra This Contains 194 acres Ireish Plantacon Measure Willm McCollan & John Brown who have each a Farme House with a Barne Stable Cow House & Garden together with a Corne & a Tuck Mill. About two thirds of this Land is course Arrable & Pasture Ground The other one third is better Arr and Past. There is upon this Farme a Great Number of Oaks which are Large Timber Trees Many of them are decay’d &without Bark. There are on it good Meadow’s

150-1-24 Ballemulle This Contains 150 acres 1 Rood & 24 perches Ireish Plantacon Measure David Aspe John Slone are Tenants & have each a Farme House with Barns Stables Gardens & ut Supra And note with Slone an Orchard & Aspe’s House is the better of the 2 and is built with Stone & Lyme On this is a great Quantity of Timber Trees & ut Supra The Land for the most part is good Arrable &Pasture. Note on this the Old Walls of DesertLinn Church

219-2-16 Murrascullen This Contains 219 Acres 2 Roods & 16 Perches Sanders McCane & Thomas Wright are Tenants have each a small Farme House with Barnes Stables etc. John Slone Is also Tenant His house which Lyes by a Small Brook is now the worst of the three But He is building New walls with designe to Improve To his House belongs an Orchard & a Garden This is good Arrable & Pasture Land and there are some good Meadows all which are well Inclosed

149-2-16 Larra=Cormuck This Contains 149 Acres 2 Roods & 16 Perches. Josia Flemming is Tenant & has a good Stone Farme House with a Barne Stable Cow House & Garden There is a good Quantity of Timber Trees (all Oak) upon this Farme. It is course Arrable & Pasture Land. The Tenant complains of the Under Tenant of Murrascullen that He by giving Leave to the Miller of Moneymore (Mr Dawson’s Land) to turn his Watercorse upon his Farme for which he pays 15 Shillings pr Ann- Over Flowes above 8 acres of his Meadow I sent to the tenant about it & believe care will be taken to prevent it But Quer

All these Town Lands are bounded with the Society Lands North East & South & with Lord Primat’s Land in Possession of Sr Robt Staples West

Note These woods are called The Woods of Desert Linn which I left in charge with Josia Flemming & David Aspe & made them chief Raingers & overseers of them untill his Grace my Lord Primat’s Pleasure was further known They are look’t upon to be very Honest carefull Men. Therefore I reposed that Trust in Them and they have promised to discharge it faithfully.