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  Tithe Records for Donagheady Parish, 1833-4
Compiled & Submitted by Dr. William Roulston
Research Director, Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast
 

Extracted with permission from the author’s book Three Centuries of Life in a Tyrone Parish: a History of Donagheady from 1600-1900 (2010) available as a hard copy from BooksIreland or as an ebook from UlsterHeritage

In 1823, in response to growing agitation over tithes, the Composition Act was passed which stipulated that henceforth all tithes due to the Church of Ireland were to be paid in money rather than in kind. This necessitated a complete valuation of all tithable land in Ireland. The results of this valuation are contained in the tithe applotment books which list the names of tithe-payers by townland. Donagheady is one of the very few parishes in Northern Ireland for which there is no tithe applotment book. Why this should have been so is not clear.

Although there is no tithe applotment book for Donagheady, there is, however, a collection of documents in the National Library of Ireland in Dublin relating to the assessment of tithes in the parish (MS 17,990). The first of these documents is dated 9 September 1826 and concerns the nomination by the Rev. Charles Douglas of Earlsgift of Robert Howard Nolan Esq. of Londonderry as his commissioner to fix and ascertain jointly with a commissioner appointed by the select vestry a composition for all the tithe of the parish with the exception of the glebe-lands. The other documents in the collection are certificates of composition for tithes in the parish. Twenty-five of these are from 1833, with a further one from 1834. The table below lists the names of the tithe-payers and the lands upon which the tithe was charged.

 

TITHE-PAYERS IN DONAGHEADY PARISH IN 1833-4

Date

Land(s)

Tithe-payer(s)

29 April 1833

Ardcame, Bunowen, Fawney, Leitrim

Anthony Babington, agent to Sir James Robertson Bruce

20 June 1833

Altrest

Robert Stewart

26 June 1833

Leat

William Kane

26 June 1833

Altrest

Andrew Brown

26 June 1833

Aughtermoy

Andrew and Alexander Bairde

26 June 1833

Killenny

John Latta

26 June 1833

Glencush, including the subdivisions of Silverhill and Ballanamoney

James and Robert McCrea

27 June 1833

Ardmore

Archibald McMorris

27 June 1833

Altrest

Alexander Brown

28 June 1833

Moyagh, Gloudstown, Stranabrosney, Ballinabuoy

James McCrea of Foyle St, Londonderry, and Robert McCrea, both merchants

17 July 1833

Tirconnelly

John Walker

18 July 1833

Ardmore

John McMorris

24 July 1833

Binnelly

Robert Craig of Ballymaclanagan

15 August 1833

Glencush

Ephraim McMorris

28 August 1833

Gortmonley

James Hall

20 September 1833

Ardmore

John McMorris

28 September 1833

Altrest

Robert Alexander

17 October 1833

Altrest

Robert Stevenson

17 October 1833

Altrest

John Stevenson

18 October 1833

Irish and Scotch Lisnarrow, Claggan, Tirconnelly

Samuel Jack

18 October 1833

Drummond, Barran

Robert Smyley of Camus

23 October 1833

Ardmore

William Downing

30 October 1833

Gortmonley

James Hall

30 October 1833

Not specified

Earl of Belmore

30 October 1833

Gortmonley

Samuel and James Hall

31 March 1834

Upper Aughafad

James Henderson

 

The agreements with the Rev. Douglas seem to have been made with either the outright owner of the lands or someone who enjoyed a perpetual lease or a lease for lives renewable forever of them. The townlands of Altrest, Ardmore and Gortmonley were all part of the freehold of Dullerton, though no certificate for the townland of Dullerton is in the collection. No agreement with the Marquess of Abercorn for his lands in the manor of Dunnalong has survived, though that is not to say that one was not drawn up.