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Drumlougher is a townland of 554 statute acres and 14 perches. It lies about five miles north west of Crossmaglen. It is bounded on the north by Mullaghduff, on the east by Lisleitrim and Annaghmare, on the south by Teer and Teer Island and on the east by County Monaghan. Between 1828 and 1864 the townland seems to have gained approximately 103 statute acres. Some 48 of water might explain some of the difference.

Name of townland

The name of the townland means "The rushy ridge".

There are five townlands called 'Drumlougher' in Ireland. They are in Counties Armagh, Cavan (2), Donegal and Longford.

Sources of Information

Information about the townland was extracted from the following sources -

  • Census of Creggan 1766
  • Tithe Applotment Books 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 1956/57


Annual Rateable Valuation of Townland
Year 1828 1837 1851 1864 1935 1957 1969
Valuation 235-15-10 274-10-8 327-10-0 395-0-0 392-3-0 422-8-0 478-18-0

In the 1828 Tithe Applotment Books the townland is divided between Drumlogher (Ball) and Drumlogher (Eastwood), the total area being shown as 278 acres and 1 rood (Irish) and the Half Yearly Rectorial Tithe as 11-15-91/2.

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.

For the purposes of simplicity, I have intermingled the names in Drumlogher (Ball) and Drumlogher (Eastwood) in the 1828 column. Those residing in or having land in Drumlogher (Ball) are identified by "(G)". In this column the same individual may be named more than once as lessor of more than one plot of land.

Griffiths Valuation records the ownership of the land as shared between Thomas P. Ball and the representatives of John J. Bigger. The rest of the townland was owned by Graham Johnston.

Land Distribution (excluding "Bog only")

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

Census of Ireland 1901

The Census enumerated 156 people in 35 families, an average of 4.5 people per family. The families occupied a total of 82 rooms, an average of 2.3 rooms per family. Of the 35 families, 5 lived in a single room, 20 had two rooms, five had 3 rooms and five had 3 or more rooms. Joseph Martin headed a family of nine occupying two rooms.

Native Irish Speakers

Of the 35 households enumerated in the Census, three contained a total of five native Irish speakers. Since theirs was the last generation to have been born into a predominently Irish speaking environment, their names, occupations and ages are recorded here. Three were born in Co. Armagh and two, Nancy Duffy and Mary McNamee in Co. Monaghan.

  • Mary McNulty, farmer, 70
  • Peter Began, farmer, 55
    his son James, mason, 25
    and a visitor, Nancy Duffy, widow, 68
  • Mary McNamee, boarder with Richard Mallon, 80

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 61 57 50 52 40 37 35 33 27 22 18
People 335 256 216 246 197 153   137 117 80 77
People per house 5.5 4.5 4.3 4.7 4.9 4.1 0.0 4.2 4.3 3.6 4.3

In the period of 110 years, the number of households fell by 70% and the population 77%. The initial fall between 1841 and 1851 (the Famine years) was almost a quarter, (24%) and, apart from a brief rally in the 1871 census the popuation continued to fall for the next 90 years.

Names of House and land Holders

All the Valuations since Griffiths identified those with houses in the townland and those who while living elsewhere leased or owned land there. The Census of Ireland enumerated only households in the townland. The following table uses this approach.

Although the data is not strictly comparable since the information was gathered for different purposes and used varying criteria, it provides a comparison of the names listed in the townland at the different periods. While we can not discern the direct lines of descent it is clear that many are from the same families.

Census of Creggan Tithe Applotment Books Griffiths Valuation census First NI Revaluation Second Revaluation
1766 1828 1864 1901 1935 1957 1969
Households/Land Households Households Households Households Households
James Breen Widow Conlon Peter Began Peter Began James Began James Began Francis Began
John Daly Widow Daily Thomas Brennan Patrick Bellow Patrick Bellew Mary Campbell Eileen Burns
Peter Heer Bryan Donaghy Andrew Campbell Hugh Brennan Mary Campbell James Duncan Mary Campbell
Art McArdle Daniel Donaghy Thomas Campbell Hugh Brennan Patrick Conlan Owen Kelly Owen Kelly
James McCooey Henry Donaghy Bridget Conlon Patrick Callaghan Rose Duncan James Mallon Patrick Daniel Martin
Bryan McCreese Nicholas Duffy Bryan Conlon Catherine Campbell Hugh Kelly Patrick Daniel Martin Margaret McCooey (John)
John McEnolty Nicholas Duffy (B) Anne Connelly Bryan Conlan Owen Kelly John McCooey (Pat) Michael McCooey
Laurence McEnolty Peter Mallon Bryan Donoughy Anne Donaghy Peter Maguire Margaret McCooey (John) Peter McCooey
Hugh McMahon Hugh McAnulty Henry Donoughy Anne Donaghy Richard Mallon Michael McCooey Patrick McCreesh
James McShane Hugh McAnulty Mary Donoughy James Donaghy Susan Mallon Peter McCooey Ellen McNulty
Patrick McShane Hugh McAnulty Sen Owen Donoughy Rose Duncan Joseph Martin Patrick McCreesh Malachy Sheridan
Andrew Mulligan John McAnulty (B) Patrick Kelly Ellen Kelly John McCooey (Pat) Thomas McMahon  
Widow Toal Patt McAnulty Anne Lavelle Anne Mallon Patrick McCooey James McNulty Land
James McCooey (B) Bryan Mallin Jun James Mallon Peter McCooey Thomas McNulty Francis Bellew
James McCooey (B) Bryan Mallin Sen James Mallon Michael McCreesh Patrick McShane Vincent Bellew
James McCooey Jun (B) James Mallin Michael Mallon Patrick McCreesh Bernard Quinn Benjamin Conlan
Michael McCooey (B) James Mallin Jun Richard Mallon Francis McMahon H. Robinson Benny Conlon
Patt McCooey (B) James Mallin Sen Joseph Martin Ellen McNulty Peter Sheridan Bernard Conlon
Patt McCooey (B) Peter Mallin Joseph Martin James McNulty   James Mallon
Bryan McCreesh Felix McCooey Catherine McCooey Thomas McNulty Land Richard Mallon
Michael McCreesh (B) James McCooey John McCooey Charles McShane Catherine Began Eugene McCooey
Michael McCreesh (B) Michael McCooey Patrick McCooey Bernard Quinn Benjamin Conlan Thomas McMahon
Patt McCreesh John McCreesh John McCreesh   Benny Conlon Thomas McNulty
Patt McCreesh (B) Michael McCreesh Mary McCreesh Land Bernard Conlon Patrick McShane
Peter McCreesh Michael McCreesh Margaret McGeough Catherine Began Robert Feeley Bernard Quinn
Peter McCreesh (B) Patrick McCreesh John McMahon J. Bradley Richard Mallon Michael Quinn
Peter McCreesh (B) Patrick McCreesh Peter McMahon Peter Mallon James McConville Sheila Sheridan
Edward McMahon Peter McCreesh Peter McMahon John McCooey (John) Ellen McNulty  
James McMahon Peter McCreesh Bryan McNulty Peter McMahon Michael Quinn  
Michael McMahon Edward McMahon Mary McNulty Bridget McNulty Patrick Quinn  
Michael McMahon James McMahon Sarah McNulty John McShane    
Rowland McMahon Michael McMahon Charles McShane Bernard O'Hare    
Rowland McMahon Mary McNamee John McShane Peter Quinn (Annamar)    
Owen McNamee Julia McNully Alice O'Hare      
Charles McShane (B) Eliza McNulty Bernard O'Hare Bog only    
Edward McShane (B) Hugh McNulty Mary FE Eastwood    
Francis McShane (B) Neal McShane      
James McShane (B) Patrick McShane      
Patt McShane (B) Sarah McShane      
Widow Bernard McShane (B) Mary Murphy      
Widow Frank McShane (B) Bridget O'Hare      
Bernard O'Hare (B) Mary O'Hare      
Bryan O'Hare Jun (B) Peter O'Hare      
Neal O'Hare (B) Margaret Smith      
Widow O'Hare (B) Terence Toal      
David Smyth Catherine Ward      
John Smyth Jun Peter Ward      
Patt Toole (B)      
Francis Ward (B) Land      
James Ward (B) Hugh Mallin      
Patt Ward (B) Mary McCooey      
James McCooey      
John McCreesh      

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Last Updated on 31 December 2002

© Patrick Devlin 2002