Information about Letter

Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books

Standard Name:
Letter
Irish Form of Name:
Leitir
Translation:
a spewy hill-side
Civil Parish:
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Letter
Leitir
Letter High Constable for the Barony
da qr. vocat Carowe Lettermoyn Inquis. Temp. Eliz.
Letter Mr. Blake of Furbough
Letter Old County Rate Book
Letter Printed Townland List
Letter Sketch Map
Letter Thos. Martin, Esq., M.P.
Description:
This townland is all mountainous and enterspersed with rocks. Letter Lodge is surrounded with a small plantation. There is a part of this t.ld.cultivated, Sruffaunbeg is on the W. boundary. Loughnawallan on S.E. boundary between Letterfir and Arddarroo townlands. Loughauneethree on N. boundary junction of this townland Buffy and Derryvohil. Loughnawallaun S. of townland Letter River forms part of the boundary on the N. between this and Killygile townland. Nothing more remarkable in it.
Situation:
N.E. of the parish. Bounded on the N. by Buffy and Kilygile, on the E. by Doon and Knockaunrainy in parish of Moycullen, on the S. by Ardderroo and on the W. by Oggool townland.

Information From Joyce's Place Names

Translation according to P. W. Joyce:
Leitir or Letter, a hillside, commonly wet and trickling, a sloping field. See vol. i. p. 404.

Information From Griffith's Valution

Area in Acres, Roods and Perches:
A.R.P.
1692 0 24
Land value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
£.s.d.
22 14 8
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.
22 14 8
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:
Letter is a townland.
Other placesnames in this townland:
Some other placenames in or near this townland are...

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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Original OS maps at the Ordnance Survey of Ireland website.
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Below is a link to the Ordnance Survey of Ireland website. It displays the original OS map that was created in the 1840s.
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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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You can use this link to find this townland on Google Maps.
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Information from the National Monuments Service.
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You can use this link to view a map of archaelogical features.
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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.)
Letter is in the civil parish of Killannin.
Roman Catholic parishes:
This civil parish corresponds with the following Roman Catholic parish or parishes.
  • Killanin
Church of Ireland parishes:
This civil parish corresponds with the following Church of Ireland parish.
  • Killannin
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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