Information about Gortskeagh

Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books

Standard Name:
Gortskeagh
Irish Form of Name:
Gort Sgiathach
Translation:
fort of the briers or thorns
Civil Parish:
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Gortskeagh
Gort Sgiathach
Gortskeagh By. Surveyors Sketch Map
Gortskyagh Inq. Temp. Jac. I
Gortskeagh Mr. John Bell, By. Constable
Gurtskeagh Rev. John Burke, Rector
Gortskeagh Rev. Michl. Fahy, P.P.
Description:
Proprietor Mark Browne, Esq., Rockville, Athenry, Kelly, Agent, Athenry. Let to 5 occupying tenants at will from 10s. to 16s. per acre yearly rent. County Cess 2/9½ per acre. Tithe withheld by the tenantry. Size of farms 16½ acres each. Soil rocky, stony and gravely. Usual crops wheat, oats and potatoes. Prevailing names Keane. Authority Michael Keane, Gortskeagh.
Situation:
In the North West extremity of the parish of Killinny, Barony of Kiltartan and County Galway, North and East of roads.

Information From Joyce's Place Names

Translation according to P. W. Joyce:
Gortskagh and Gortskeagh ; field of the thorn-bushes.

Information From Griffith's Valution

Area in Acres, Roods and Perches:
A.R.P.
139 0 13
Land value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
£.s.d.
35 11 6
Building value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
£.s.d.
0 0 0
Total value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
£.s.d.
35 11 6
Heads of housholds living in the townland at this time:

Townland Information

What is a townland?:
A townland is one of the smallest land divisions in Ireland. They range in size from a few acres to thousands of acres. Many are Gaelic in origin, but some came into existence after the Norman invasion of 1169
Townland:
Gortskeagh is a townland.

Information From Maps

Original OS map of this area.
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Ireland was first mapped in the 1840s. These original maps are available online.
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Gortskeagh
Original OS maps at the Ordnance Survey of Ireland website.
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Gortskeagh
Information from the Down Survey Website.
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The down survey website will tell you who owned this townland in 1641 (pre Cromwell) and in 1671 (post Cromwell).
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Information from Google Maps.
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Information from the National Monuments Service.
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Archaeological map from the National Monuments Service

Neighbouring Townlands

List of townlands that share a border with this townland:
This is a list of townlands that share a border with this townland.

Population and Census Information

People who lived here:
You can retrieve a list of people who lived in this townland from 1827 to 1911. This list is compiled from the following resources.
  • The Tithe Applotment Books
  • Griffith's Valuation
  • 1901 Census
  • 1911 Census
List of nineteenth century and early twentieth century inhabitants of this townland.
Church records of births, deaths and marriages:
Church records of births, deaths and marriages are available online at http://www.rootsireland.ie. To search these records you will need to know the 'church parish' rather than the 'civil parish'. (The civil parish is the pre-reformation parish and was frequently used as a unit of administration in the past.)
Gortskeagh is in the civil parish of Killinny.
Roman Catholic parishes:
This civil parish corresponds with the following Roman Catholic parish or parishes.
  • Kilmacduagh & Kiltartan
  • Headford
  • Kinvara
Church of Ireland parishes:
This civil parish corresponds with the following Church of Ireland parish.
  • Killinny
In general, the civil parish and the Church of Ireland parish are the same, but, this is not always the case.

Other Sources

Information from the Logainm database.
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