Townland Valuation (1835) for the townland of Drumnagee, Parish of Ballintoy

Although the townland valuation was primarily concerned with the agricultural value of land, it also included details on houses valued at 3 or over (in 1838 this was raised to 5 or over). In the rural areas the names of only a few householders were given, and these tended to be of the gentry or the more substantial tenant farmers. In towns, however, many more houses were substantial enough to reach the valuation, with the result that a large number of the names of householders are recorded. Fortunately much of the Ballintoy area was valued during the year 1835 which means that quite a number of houses were recorded in each townland. The valuation lists the dwelling house and outbuildings and, using a code, tells you whether they were thatched or slated, what the walls were made of, and the general condition of each building. It is also gives you measurements for each buildings - length, breadth and height. Click here for a copy of the code used by the valuers. Only one property in this townland was noted by the valuers in 1835. This was the dwelling house and outbuildings of Andrew McGee. A look at the later c.1860 Printed Valuation will explain why. Only seven of the 40 or so houses in the townland were valued at £1.00 or more - the highest valued was £1.50 and I think this was ahouse shared by two families. There is an Andrew McGee present in c.1860 with a house & offices valued at £1.00. Again, is it the same Andrew McGee? If he is, then he was living at No. 8 on the c.1860 map and a look at the c1833 OS map will show you where that is at the time of the 1832 Valuation which, as the document below shows, took place on Tuesday 5th May.

W. Macafee 2013.