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Clarbane is a small townland of 70 statute acres and 4 perches, about two and a half miles northwest of Crossmaglen on the Castleblaney Road. It is bounded on the west and north by Co Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland (one of the boundaries being the River Fane which flows into Lough Ross a few hundred yards to the south), on the east by Tullyard and on the south by Drumgose.

Name of townland

The name of the townland means "The uncultivated plain" or "The waste, or empty level place". There is no other townland of that name in Ireland.

Sources of Information

Information about the townland was extracted from the following sources -

  • Hearth Money Roll of the Fews 1664
  • Census of Creggan 1766
  • Tithe Applotment Books - Creggan Parish - 1828
  • Townland Valuation 1837
  • Griffiths Valuation 1864
  • Census of Ireland 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911, 1926, 1937, 1951
  • First Northern Ireland Revaluation 1935
  • Second Revaluation 1957


Annual Rateable Valuation of Townland
Year 1828 1837 1851 1864 1935 1957 1970
Valuation 40-14-2 38-14-10 62-10-0 63-0-0 62-10-0 68-15-0 68-15-0

In the 1828 Tithe Applotment Books the total area is shown as 48 acres 1 rood and 36 perches (Irish) and the Half Yearly Rectorial Tithe as 2-0-81/2.

The 1837 Townland Valuation recorded only houses worth 5 or more a year. There were no such houses in the townland.

The Third Revaluation (1975) did not identify property by townlands. Instead, it used the new Post Office system of road names and postcodes. It can therefore not be used to continue this series of household, land and property censuses. To get as close as possible to the present, the position in the townland at the date of the last recorded revision of the Second Revaluation is presented.

Griffiths Valuation records the townland being owned by James McWatty who did not have a house there.The distribution of land holdings in 1864 and 1935 are set out in the following table.

  Holdings - number by acreage
  Less than 10 10 to 19 20 and over Total

Census of Ireland 1901

In Census 19 persons (6 male and 13 female) were enumerated in 4 households; a ratio of 4.8 people per household. No native Irish speakers were identified in the townland.

Population Decline

The following table sets out the number of houses and population enumerated in the townland in each of the 11 Censuses held between 1841 and 1951.

  1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1926 1937 1951
Houses 8 9 9 7 7 6 4 4 4 4 5
People 50 45 40 34 34 21 19 24 15 10 19
People per house 6.3 5.0 4.4 4.9 4.9 3.5 4.8 6.0 3.8 2.5 3.8

In the period of 110 years, the population dropped by almost two thirds - 65%.

Names of House and Landholders

All the valuations since 1864 distinguish between those with houses in the townland and those, living elsewhere, who leased or owned land there. The Census of Ireland enumerated only households in the townland. The following table uses this approach.

The data are not strictly comparable since the information was gathered for different purposes and used different criteria. The table below allows the reader to compare the names and note some remarkable survivals of names. While we can not be sure that there are direct lines of descent in every case, it is more than likely that many are the same families.

Hearth Money Rolls Census of Creggan Tithe Applotment Books Griffiths Valuation Census of Ireland First NI Revaluation Second Revaluation
1664 1766 1828 1864 1901 1935 1957 1970
(Clare) (Clarebane) (Clarbane) (Clarbane) (Clarbane) (Clarbane) (Clarbane) (Clarbane)
Households/Land Households Households Housesholds Households Households
John Logherbee John Fannin Francis Donaghy Susan Burke Daniel Cannon Reps Annie Canning Peter Canning Peter Canning
Hugh McCome Hugh McConvall James Donaghy Henry Donagher Eliza Donaghy Owen Donaghy Henry Donaghy Henry Donaghy
Thomas Proctor (Proctox?) Phelamy Nugent Michael Donaghy John Donaghy Mary Donaghy John Donaghy James John Donaghy James John Donaghy
John Woods Terence Donaghy Hugh McConville Michael McArdle Sarah McArdle Owen Donaghy Owen Donaghy
Murtagh Woods Hugh McConville Patrick McConville   Patrick J. Hanratty Patrick J. Hanratty
Widow Woods Michael McConville Bernard Woods Land    
Widow McConville Michael Woods Hugh McCabe Land Land
Bernard Woods Thomas Woods Bridget McCabe Bridget McCabe
Michael Woods   Thomas Woods Patrick Woods

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Last Updated on 30 December 2002

© Patrick Devlin 2002