[From Mr. T. J. Westropp.]
'The parish is first mentioned as Clondagah
and Eribanub in the Papal Taxation of 1302. The last name is probably
"Scribanus;" to be connected with the well named Toberscranbaun
in the parish. The name Clondagad belongs to the form, so common in
this country (like Glendalough, Clondanagh, &c.), marking the strange
regard of the Irish for the number two. Legend says in this case that
Clondagad, the plain of the two gads (or withos), derived its name from
two druids, Screabaun and Fiddaun, having contested ...............
JPMD, Vol viii, CLARE, Page 239.
Newmarket - on – Fergus
[From Mr. T. J. Westropp.]
‘It is the Kilmalitrie of the Papal
Taxation, 1802, and was evidently remodeled in the eighteenth century; no
old feature remains. The monument of the MacMahons, 1788, has already been
published in "The Journal for the Preservation of the Memorials of
the Dead." vol.iii (1897), p.899 ; but we give a new copy. The church
retains its south wall, 2 feet 7 inches thick, and is 14 feet 9 inches
wide, and 47 feet 6 inches long inside the lower part and fragments of the
other walls remaining. A late tiled vestry projects as the east end to the
'In the vestry’ :―
Here lies the body of Bridget MacMahon wife
Donagh MacMahon Esqr & Daughter to the
Honble Lord Vict Kingsland
| Departed this life
16th July 1733 Here lyes alsoe the
Body of | Ann
MacMahon wife of Henry McMahon Daughter of
MacO’Brien Arra Departed this life yr 5th
1735 This monument was erected by Mr Henry
MacMahon in yr year of our Lord God 1736.
JPMD, Vol, Issue 1910 - 1912,
CARLOW, Page 13.
Scattery Island, Parish of KiIrush
(from Lord Walter Fitzgerald.)
'Scattery Island (anciently called Inish
Cathy) lies in the mouth of the Shannon, about a mile from the shore,
south of Kilrush. It contains 179 acres; on it there are a few
thatched houses on the east side, occupied since 1843 by pilots, and a
light-house at its western extremity. There are said to have been seven
churches on the island, the ruins or sites of six of which are shown on
the six-inch Ordnance Survey Map. Besides the churches there is the butt
of a doubly vaulted castle near the pier, a Round Tower, nearly perfect,
with its doorway on the ground- level, St. Senan or Synan's Blessed Well,
and one Irish-inscribed slab.
'The "Martyrology of Donegal " gives
two festival days for this St. Synan ,viz., the 1st and the 3rd
of March, the latter being the date of his death.
'The church near the pilots' houses, known as
Tampulnamarve or Kilmamarve (i.e. the Church of the Dead), is the only one
in and around which interments take place ; large flat tomb-stones,
overlapping one another, simply pave the interior of this church ruin. As
far as I could see, during a hurried visit, there are no monuments of any
interest or age among them. The "Annals of the Four Masters"
state that in ‘ :―
1583. Honora , the daughter of Donnell,
son of Conor, son of Turlough O’Brien, and wife of O’Conor
Kerry (Conor) died, and was interred in Inis – Cathy.
'And her sister in' :―
1591. Margaret, the daughter of Donnell,
son of Conor, son of Turlough, son of Teieg, son of Turlough, son of Brian
Chatha-an-aenaigh (i.e.of the Battle of the Fair) O’Brien, and the wife
of Turlough, the son of Brian, son of Donough MacMahon, died at
Kilmacduane, and was interred at Inis-Catha (Scattery Island).
'There is a large slab broken in two, lying
flat on the ground near the Pier, which at one time was removed by one of
the Stoddart family to a house oh his called "Nabochlish" in
Kilkee occupied by a Captain Kennedy, and which was back to Scattery
Island a few years since. It belongs to the nineteenth century, and
as far as I could ascertain originally stood near the church ruin called
Kilnamarve. It bears an undated inscription giving instructions as
to how "Rounds" performed on the Island should be carried
out; the inscription reads thus’:-
In the name of God amen.
Bare head, bare feet.
All Pious christians are to kneel
At every ftation say or read 
Paters, Aves, and a Creed ;
(5) times round each blessed place,
Singing Hymns &partner (sic) beads.
Round this Altar is the first
&2nd stations on The Strand anex (sic)
Ro[und the Island at] water [edge the 3rd].
4th the Nun's tomb on the strand du Wst
JPMD, Vol, Issue 1910 - 1912, CLARE, Page 496
Parish. Clare Abbey.
Lord Walter FitzGerald, 1900.]
Abbey lies a mile south of Ennis; the ruins are
and are in charge of the Board of Works.
there are no remains of any altar-tombs, or monuments of any
which one would have expected to find in the church of
Abbey, which was founded in 1195, by Donnell O’Brien, King
Thomond (Monasticon). All the inscriptions given below are
and copied from headstones or slabs lying inside the
LIETH THE BODY OF DARBY MACMAHON
DYED I 1698.”
LIETH YE BODY OF CHARLES HALLINAN
DYED I YE 15TH
OF JUNE 1697.”
: lies : ye : Body : of : DENNIS I NASH ship
: who : dep I arted : this :
life : ye : 2nd : Day :
: 9ber : Anno : Domini : 1737 : Aged : 41 (?) years.”
JPMD, Issue V, 1901, 02, 03. CLARE, Page 15.
Erected by Peter Barclay in memory of his uncle, Captain McIntyre,
who died at sea the 27th of June 1845,
aged 49 years. In life respected, in death lamented.
Here lyeth the body of I Jane Caldwell, of Belfast, who departed this
life April the 29th 1783, aged 57 years.
Also the said (?) John Cardwell, I who departed April 30th
1786 aged 53 years.
Erected in the memory of Alexander Craig who for 79 years
weathered the battle & the breeze & now lies here one fathom deep.
He died on 5th March 1861 & had been
for many years, an indefatigable Deputy Harbour Master at this Port, under
the Belfast Harbour Commissioners. Here also lie the body of Daniel
O’Mallen, who departed this life, 1730.
Here lyeth the bodies of Homer Jackson and Janet
Cunningham, his wife, who departed this life, Anno Domini the 8 of
April 1689. Also James Jackson and his wife and likewise his
daughter Mary McAllain (or McAldain)
who departed this life Jany 23rd,
1764, aged 64 years.
Here lieth the body of Mar
―, late ye
wife of Thomas Fife, carpenter in Belfast who died Feby
19th 1772, aged 77 years.
This stone belongs to William Carson: here lyeth 4 of his children.
William departed this life March ye 11th
1735 aged 13 years.
'Arms carved on this stone :―
A saltire charged with five crescents :
a boar's head in base. Crest :― A bird's head, in the beak an
JPMD, Issue 1910 - 1912, ANTRIM, Page 494
Margaret daughter of Hugh Boyd of Ballycastle Their
eldest son Alexander was High Sheriff of Co. Antrim for 1766 He married
Julia Henrietta Daughter of Sir Archd Acheson Bart (Afterwards Vist.
Gosford) He died 18th June 1817 She died 28th May 1829 Both in their 83rd
years And here buried Alexander Macaulay son of the late Alexander
Macaulay and Maria Martin who died 19th November 1880 aged 32 years."
JPMD, Vol IV. Issue 1898 - 1900, ANTRIM,