Griffith's Revision Books and Maps for the townland of Glenlough, Parish of Ballymoney


When using the Griffith's Revision Books in rural areas you need to know in which DED a townland is situated. For North & Mid Antrim, you can find this in my database Townlands in North and Mid Antrim and their Administrative Divisions at the Administrative Divisions link in the top menu of this website. There is also a database here for townlands in Co. Londonderry. Below is the result of a search in the Excel version of the North & Mid Antrim database. Note that this database [and the Co. Derry one] also gives the OS sheet number or numbers that cover a townland, in this case 17.

I then carried out a search of the online PRONI eCatalogue to find the Revision Books for Stranocum DED - see screenshot below. I typed Stranocum in the Any Text box and VAL/12/B* in the PRONI Ref. box. The * after B means that it will bring out all of the revision books relating to Stranocum DED.

Here is the result of the above search.

The books cover the period 1864 to 1930. In books 24A, 24B and 24C [covering the period 1864 to 1897] David Frizzell’s name remains listed against the house 8Bc as shown in the Printed Valuation of 1861.

David was dead by 1890 and his wife, Ellen, died in 1900 in Union Street, Ballymoney.

However, as book 24D [1898 to 1912] page 23 [below] shows David Frizzell’s name was finally stroked out by the valuers in 1901 when the name William McKillop [listed in 1901 Census] was inserted. The house is recorded as down by 1908. It is also worth noting that in 1901 the valuers put a note in red against 8Bc that the house was in very bad repair. The figures 34 x 20 x 9 are also given. Presumably these are the dimensions of the house in feet. The 1901 Census lists the house as being slated with one room and one front window. Because the house is down in 1908 it does not appear in the 1911 Census.

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I think that in the case of David Frizzell the Revision Books only tell part of the story. I am confident that he was living in this house at the beginning of the period but I cannot be certain of the date when he left. Quite often valuers never bother recording changes in cottier houses. If you look at the BDMs data you will see other townlands mentioned. I have searched the Revision Books for any Frizzells in these townlands but, so far, I have not found any.


The Revision Books are accompanied by 6 inch maps containing the numbers used in the books, thus allowing us to identify precise locations. Again I used the PRONI eCatalogue to find the appropriate maps. Here you need to know not only the fact that the maps are catalogued as VAL/12/D you also need to know the OS sheet number in which a townland was situated. Note that some townlands can be spread over four separate sheets. As the table at the top of the page shows, all of Glenlough is on sheet 17. So I typed in VAL/12/D/1/17* into the PRONI Ref. Box shown below. The 1 is necessary because it signifies that you are looking for maps in Co. Antrim, only. A 2 would signify Co. Armagh and so on alphabetically through the six counties of Northern Ireland. Co. Londonderry is No. 5. The * will bring out all maps with this reference.

Here is the result.

Note that the dates against each map are approximate. The earliest maps are similar to the VAL/2/A maps in PRONI and can be used as an alternative to the often difficult to read VAL/2/A maps. You will often need to look at the later maps if there have been major changes [particularly renumbering] in a townland. If you were looking for a house in 1901/1911, it is a good idea to look at maps 17E [1896-1914] and 7F [1907-1925]. In this particular case study the key maps were 17A and 17B. Note that 17A had the lower case letters - a, b and c marked on the map.These letters are not shown on the 17B map. I am not sure what this means. Does it mean that David Frizzell had gone by 1886? I don't know.

Copyright 2012 W. Macafee.