Townland Valuation of Drumadreen

Drumadreen was surveyed on 9th November 1831. Below is a copy of a page* from that valuation [VAL/1/B/514A]. At that time the valuers and the creators of the first edition of the Six Inch Ordnance Survey Map took Drumadreen to include the adjoining townlands of Mulkeeragh and Drumaduff.  The houses that are listed on the page that I have included here refer mostly to the townland of Drumadreen as it is identified on the later 1858 Griffith's Valuation Map.

The houses in the Townland Valuation are numbered 5, 6, 7 and 8 in the page below - 5, R. Barnett,  6, J.  King, 7, W. Long and 8 J. Barnett. The other two houses marked numbers 9 and 10 [Smith and White] were actually in the adjoining townland of Mulkeeragh. Only one of the houses in Drumadreen, that of J. Barnett, number 8, was finally included in the valuation. This was because its valuation was 3.14.0. i.e. it met the 3.00 criterion for inclusion.

The accompanying valuation map that I have used is really a copy of the first edition of the Ordnance Survey Map c.1833 and I have marked two of the original numbers, 7 and 8 [in red] on this map to show the houses of William Long and J. Barnett.  I cannot be absolutely sure about houses 5 and 6 [R. Barnett and J. King] except to say that I am certain they were at the top end of the townland. Note that these R. Barnet and J. King's  houses were slated. Unfortunately, this is all the information provided on the four houses. The other information on the page below refers to the quality of various areas of land, and their valuations, within the townland. Note that these areas do not correspond to individual farmers' holdings. Incidentally, this is the reason why this valuation format was scrapped and replaced by the later Griffith's [Tenement] Valuation which valued individual holdings or tenements.


PRONI: VAL/1/B/514A

* Note that this page has been constructed from two pages 6 and 7 in the manuscript book. - click here to see the two original pages which are difficult to read.

Copyright 2010 W. Macafee.