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Lisamry is a small townland of 135 statute acres 3 roods and 19 perches in County Armagh about a mile north of Cullaville, off the Concession Road (which runs from Castleblaney and Dundalk). It is bounded on the north by Drumgoose and Loughross, on the east by Creevekeeran, on the south by Monaguillagh and on the west by Cornahove. Forty of its acres are in Lough Ross to the boundry with Drumgose on the other side.

Name of townland

The name of the townland means "The summer (or summery) fort". There is no other townland of that name in Ireland.

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

Sources of Information

Information about the townland was extracted from the following sources -

  • 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 General Revaluation 1935
  • Second Revaluation 1957


Annual Rateable Valuation of Townland
Year 1828 1837 1851 1864 1935 1957 1970
Valuation 49-10-10 52-14-11 71-15-0 61-12-0 63-7-0 69-2-0 69-2-0

In the Tithe Applotment Books of 1828 the total acerage is shown as 58 acres 1 roods and 37 perches(Irish). The Half Yearly rectorial Tithe was 2-9-61/2.

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.

In the Title Applotment Books the same name may appear more than once for different parcels of land.

In Griffiths Valuation the land was owned by the representatives of John Reid. Of the 11 land holdings, eight were less than 10 acres, two were between 10 and 20 acres and one was over 20 acres. In 1935 there were 12 land holdings, nine of which were less than 10 acres and three between 10 and 20 acres.

Census of Ireland 1901

In the Census 34 people were enumerated in seven households; a ratio of 4.9 people per household. The households occupied a total of 14 rooms; a ratio of 2 rooms per household and 2.4 people per room.

Native Irish Speakers

Of the seven households enumerated in the Census two contained 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. Both were born in Co. Armagh -

  • Anne Gartland, farmer, widow, 65
  • Thomas McKeown, farmer, 65

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 7 5 6 7 7 7 6 4 4 3
People 38 35 30 35 38 45 34 22 12 16 14
People per house 4.8 5.0 6.0 5.8 5.4 6.4 4.9 3.7 3.0 4.0 4.7

In the period of 110 years, the number of households dropped from eight to three and the population from 38 to 14. It took 20 years after 1841 for the population to fall by eight people after which it rose by 1891 to seven above the pre-Famine figure. Between 1891 and 1926 the population dropped dramatically before stabilising.

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 of Ireland First NI revaluation Second Revaluation
1766 1828 1864 1901 1935 1935 1970
Lissaury Lisavery Lisamry Lisamry Lisamry    
Households/Land Households Households Households Households Households
Hugh McShane Bryan Callaghan Thomas Callaghan Anne Gartland James Carraher Edward Carraher Edward Carraher
Patrick McShane Owen Callaghan James Gartland Mary Woods James McCreesh James McCreesh James McCreesh
Thomas Callaghan Bridget Lavell Patrick McCreesh Patrick McKeown (Jemmy) Patrick McKeown (Thomas) Patrick McKeown (Thomas)
Thomas Callaghan Patrick McKeown Edward Callaghan Patrick McKeown (Thomas)    
Widow Callaghan Catherine Woods James McKeown      
Widow Finegan Thomas McKeown Land Land Land
Arthur McKeone Land Thomas Lavelle Edward Callaghan    
James McKeone Anne Callaghan Patrick Callaghan Jun. Annie Callaghan Patrick Callaghan Jun.
Matthew McKeone Bryan Callaghan Rose Callaghan Patrick Fanning Patrick Fanning
Owen McKeone Cormack Callaghan Reps. John Fanning Patrick Lavelle Patrick Lavelle
Bryan McShane Edward Fanning Catherine Gartland Patrick Lavelle Jun. Joseph Robb
Charles McShane Neill McCreesh Patrick Lavelle Patrick Traynor Patrick Traynor
Catherine Morris Arthur McKeown Patrick Lavelle Jun.    
Felix Morris Owen McKeown James McCreesh    
Rose Morris Bernard McShane Kate Traynor    
    A. McMahon        

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Last Updated on 31 December 2002

© Patrick Devlin 2002