Background Reading

Click on the first three papers and these will open as PDF files in a separate tab or window. All three papers cover the periods we are dealing with in the two sessions The Sperrins in the 17th Century and Local Records (1850s-1920) as a tool to reading the past. They should help you to get some kind of overview of the seventeenth century and the latter part of the nineteenth century and, even, the periods in between.

W. Macafee, Co. Londonderry Historical Background Paper from my CD Researching Derry & Londonderry Ancestors, published in 2010.)

W. Macafee, The Population of County Tyrone 1600-1991 from C. Dillon & H. A. Jeffries [eds.] Tyrone History & Society, (Dublin, 2000), pp. 433-459. See Table 1 - Table 2 - Table 3 - Table 4.

W. H. Crawford, Kinship and Inheritance in Ulster from Ulster Local Studies, Vol. 16, No. 2, Winter 1994, pp. 59-70.

Clachans and rundale are a feature of many of the settlements in the Sperrins. You might find the Clachan Project which was undertaken by the Glens of Antrim Historical Society 2004-2007 useful, especially the following papers - What is a Clachan? - Books & Articles on Clachans and Rundale - Summary of Findings of Project.

Another useful book to read is County of Tyrone 1802: A Statistical Survey by John McEvoy, first publihed in 1902, reprinted [with an introduction by W.H. Crawford] in 1991 (Belfast).

See also the Ordnance Survey Memoirs of the 1830s. For Co. Tyrone the relevant volumes, published by the QUB Institute of Irish Studies, are 5 and 21. For Co. Londonderry the relevant volumes are 15, 18, 27, 28, 30 & 31. Also very useful is John MacCloskey's Statistical Reports (1821) published by Ballinascreen Historical Society, 1983 & 1986.

The two county histories published in 1999 and 2000 contain a variety of information, particularly on the pre-Plantation period.

Gerard O'Brien, Derry & Londonderry: History & Society, Geography Publications, Dublin, 1999, pp. 115-205 deals with early history of the county.

Charles Dillon & Henry A. Jeffries (eds.), Tyrone: History and Society, Geography Publications, Dublin, 2000, [pp. 55-488 deals with early history of the county.

Books & Articles relating to the Plantation Period

George Hill, An Historical Account of the Plantation in Ulster at the commencement of the 17th century 1608-1620, (Belfast, 1877, reprinted 1970).

Ulster-Scots Agency's CD of Hill's Plantation of Ulster, 1608-1620 and the Maps of Thomas Raven, 1622, (Belfast, 2009).

T. W. Moody, The Londonderry Plantation, 1609-41 : The City of London and the Plantation in Ulster, (Belfast, 1939).

M. Perceval-Maxwell, The Scottish Migrations to Ulster in the Reign of James 1, (London, 1973).

Philip Robinson, The Plantation of Ulster: British Settlement in an Irish Landscape 1600-1670, (Belfast, 1984).

James Stevens Curl, The Londonderry Plantation 1609-1914, (Chichester, 1987).

W. Macafee & V. Morgan, "Population in Ulster, 1660-1760", in Peter Roebuck [ed.] Essays in Ulster History in honour of J. L. McCracken, (Belfast, 1981), pp. 46-63.

W. Macafee, "The Movement of British Settlers into Ulster during the Seventeenth Century", Familia: Ulster Genealogical Review, Vol. 2, No. 8, 1992, pp. 94-111.

Nicholas Canny, Making Ireland British 1580-1650, (Oxford, 2001).

W. J. Roulston, Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors: The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800, (Belfast, 2005).

Jonathon Bardon, The Plantation of Ulster, (Dublin, 2011).

R. J. Hunter, ed. (Prepared for publication by John Johnston) 'Men and Arms' The Ulster settlers c.1630, (Belfast, 2012).

Brendan Scott & John Dooher, (eds.) PLANTATION: Aspects of seventeenth-century Ulster society, (Belfast, 2013). This recently published book contains the following papers:

Patrick Fitzgerald, "When the British came to Ulster: migration, memory and myth", pp. 1-12.
Raymond Gillespie, "The Gaelic Irish and the Ulster Plantation", pp. 13-31.
William Roulston, "The archaeological fabric of a manor in the Ulster Plantation: Dunnalong, Co. Tyrone ", pp. 32-45.
John Cunningham, "From the Broads to the Lakelands - English plantation in Fermanagh, pp. 49-54.
Brendan Scott, "The 1622 royal visitation of the Church of Ireland in Ulster", pp. 55-68.

Elaine Murphy, "The 1641 depositions: a window on life and society in seventeenth-century Ulster", pp. 69-88. See website
Andrew Robinson, "Deconstructing the reputation of Sir John Clotworthy, 1st Viscount Massereene", pp. 89-120.

The following are detailed studies of particular localities.

W. Macafee, "The Colonisation of the Maghera Region of South Derry during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries", Ulster Folklife, Vol. 23, 1977, pp. 70-91.
Philip Robinson, "Irish Settlement in Tyrone before the Ulster Plantation", Ulster Folklife, Vol. 22, 1976, pp. 59-69.
Philip Robinson, "British Settlement in County Tyrone 1610-1660", Irish Economic and Social History, Vol. 5, 1978, pp. 5-26.
P. J. McCusker, "Ballentaken - Beragh in the 17th Century", Seanchas Ard Mhacha, Vol. 10, No. 2, 1982, pp. 455-501.
W. J. Roulston, The parishes of Leckpatrick and Dunnalong: Their Place in History, (2000).
W. J. Roulston, Three centuries of life in a Tyrone parish: A history of Donagheady from 1600 to 1900, (Strabane History Society, 2010).
R. J. Hunter, ed., Strabane Barony during the Ulster Plantation 1607-1641, (Belfast, 2012).

Printed Sources

Robert C. Simington, The CIVIL SURVEY A.D. 1654-1656: Counties of Donegal, Londonderry and Tyrone, Vol. III, (Dublin, 1937).
Seamus Pender, A "Census" of Ireland circa 1859, (Dublin, 1939). [The "Census" is in fact a Poll Tax.]


P. H. Reaney & R. M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames, (Oxford, 1997).
George F. Black, The Surnames of Scotland, first published 1946, reprinted 1999 & 2004.

Edward MacLysaght, The Surnames of Ireland, (Dublin 1973).
Robert Bell, Ulster Surnames
, (Belfast 1988).
Brian Mitchell, Surnames of Derry, (2005).


Alfred Moore Munn, Notes on the Place Names of the Parishes and Townlands of the County of Londonderry, first published 1925, reprinted by Ballinascreen Historical Society 1985.
P. McAleer, Townland Names of County Tyrone: Their Meanings Explained, first published 1936, reprinted by Ballinascreen Historical Society 1988.
Gregory Toner, Place-Names of Northern Ireland, Vol. Five, County Derry I: The Moyola Valley, (Belfast, 1996).

W. Macafee
March 2014.