Patrick Kissane contributes this information about the Books of Distribution and Survey and a transcription of the Survey for Aghadoe, presented in the table below.
The Books of Survey and Distribution were compiled around 1680. Their main function was to serve as a basis for the taxing of ownership of land. To this end, a list of landowners and their holdings was compiled. It was the Land Registry of its day. The records were compiled on a barony and parish basis. The records for Aghadoe are for the civil parish of Aghadoe. The book was written in copperplate handwriting.
A copy of the Books of Distribution and Survey is kept at the National Archives in Dublin and a copy at the National Library in Dublin. Extracts can be obtained by mail on payment of a small fee.
Under the Brehon law, the clan was regarded as the owner of the land. But under the English common law, the chieftain was regarded as the owner of the land.
During the 100 years to 1680, there had been two confiscations of land and a partial reversal. The first confiscation occurred after the Earl of Desmond's rebellion in 1584. At that time, the land in the Aghadoe area was owned by the O' Donoghues. The land of the O' Donoghues was confiscated. A large part of the confiscated land was given to the McCarthys who had taken no part in the rebellion.The remainder of the O' Donoghues land was given to Sir Valentine Browne. Later the McCarthys sold to Sir Valentine Brown some of the confiscated O' Donoghue land that they had received (including Ross Castle).
Although all of the McCarthy lands was confiscated in the Cromwellian Plantation, some of the lands were restored to the McCarthys on the restoration of Charles II in 1660. The restored lands included Pallas, Muckross, Cahernane and Castlelough. Some of these lands, including the castle at Castlelough, remained in the ownership of the McCarthy family until the late 18th century when they were sold by them. The last McCarthy, Florence or Finneen McCarthy,who had a credible claim to be regarded as McCarthy Mor died in London in 1640. The suffix Mor (big) indicates that the person was chieftain of the clan. McCarthy Mor was forced to spend 40 years in exile in London. He wrote a history of Ireland while there, usually called The McCarthy Book. Donal McCarthy of Castlelough (called "Dan the Feathers") also claimed to be McCarthy Mor. His lands were confiscated and then restored. The present-day State-owned Killarney National Park comprises much of the land owned by the O' Donoghues.
Sir Valentine Browne was appointed Auditor-General of Ireland in the mid-sixteenth century and later Surveyor-General. He seems to have carried out his duties so well that he was given a large portion of the land confiscated from the O' Donoghues in 1584. In all, there were 11 Browne's between 1584 and 1952. They later became Earls of Kenmare. Throughout all of this time, they adhered to the Catholic religion. The line and title became extinct in 1952 with the death of the last Lord Kenmare.
The Earl of Orrery mentioned was Roger Boyle, Earl of Cork.
The Lady Ann Crosby mentioned who owned land in Aghadoe was the wife of Sir Walter Crosby deceased. During the Insurrection, she lost much property in Meath and Leix. The "Aghadoe" mentioned may be the area in the vicinity of the churchyard (Nunstown).
The Richard Laughlin mentioned was a Cromwellian soldier.
The records are shown in six columns. Measurements are by acres, roods and perches. Some names have changed since the book was written. Where able to confirm a name or location, it is listed in brackets after the 17th century name. However some of the names mentioned are no longer in use and have no present-day equivalents.
|Owner 1641||Land Description||Land Unprofitable
(Donal McCarthy Mor)
|Pallace (Pallis)||103:2:08||103:2:08||Sarah Carthy
|The Same||Gortocllop (Gortacollopa)||82:1:19||82:1:19||Sarah Carty|
|The Same||bog||11||Sarah Carty|
|The Same||Tearoncormack||53:3;32||53:3;32||Sarah Carty|
|The Same||Carmachipsany||4:3:00||4:3:00||Sarah Carty|
|The Same||Ardepto||106:2:22||106:2:22||Sarah Carty & Earl of Orrery|
|The Same||same||39:0:20||39:0:20||Sarah Carty & Earl of Orrery|
|The Same||Lismungan (Lismongane)||92:0:35||92:0:35||Edward Cosgrave|
|The Same||Gortreagh (Gortreagh)||58:3:10||58:3:10||Edward Cosgrave|
|The Same||Kearunapipsany||13:3:21||13:3:21||Dame Sarah Carty|
|The Same||Drumine (Dromin)||126:2:34||126:2:34||Dame Sarah Carty|
|The Same||boggy pasture||4:0:0||4:0:0||Dame Sarah Carty|
|The Same||Cluonisty||141:1:21||141:1:21||Dame Sarah Carty|
|The Same||of ye Same||4:0:0||4:0:0||Sarah Carty & Earl of Orrery|
|The Same||of ye Same||21:0:0||21:0:0||Sarah Carty & Earl of Orrery|
|The Same||Iny :Same||11:0:0||11:0:0||Sarah Carty & Earl of Orrery|
|The Same||Keankerry||100:1:00||100:1:00||Sarah Carty & Earl of Orrery|
|The Same||Iny:Same||3:0:0||3:0:0||Sarah Carty & Earl of Orrery|
|The Same||In Keankerry aforesaid||5:0:0||5:0:0||Sarah Carty & Earl of Orrery|
|The Same||In ye Same||2:0:0||2:0:0||Sarah Carty & Earl of Orrery|
|Florence Daniel McCarthy||Knockashornoad||74:1:2||74:1:2||Richard Laughlin|
|The Same||In ye Same||36:1:0||36:1:0||Richard Laughlin|
|The Same||In ye Same||85:2:0||85:2:0||Richard Laughlin|
|Eliza Stephenson||Ballydowny (Ballydowney)||121:0:25||121:0:25||Richard Laughlin|
|The Same||Coolgarive (Coolgarive)||125:2:0||125:2:0||Richard Laughlin|
|The Same||In ye Same||45:0:0||45:0:0||Richard Laughlin|
|The Same||In ye Same Lough||6:2:0|
|The Same||Cahercroghin||105:0:24||105:0:24||Richard Laughlin|
|The Same||Clynie (Cleeny)||72:0:0||72:0:0||Richard Laughlin|
|Sir Valentine Browne||Fossa (Fossa)||110:0:39||110:0:39||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||Gortrue (Gortroe)||204:1:30||204:1:30||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||Leakanbane (Lackabane)||54:1:12||54:1:12||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||Leakanbane (Lackabane)||71:1:27||71:1:27||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||Killinkill. of the Same||43:0:19||43:0:19||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||3 north ? of Leakanbane||48:2:02||48:2:02||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||Knockrere (Knockreer)||129:3:24||129:3:24||Sir Valentine Browne|
|Sir Valentine Browne||Knockasilly||136:2:10||136:2:10||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||In ye Same||122:1:00||122:1:00||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||In ye Same||23:2:00||23:2:00||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||Killeene (Kileen)||182:3:00||182:3:00||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||In ye Same||14:0:0||14:0:0||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||In ye Same||43:1:00||43:1:00||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||Scarteen (Scarteen)||54:0:36||54:0:36||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||In ye Same||54:2:21||54:2:21||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||Agha...bigg||60:0:0||60:0:0||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||In ye Same||19:3:0||19:3:0||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||In ye Same||27:1:25||27:1:25||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||Dromdohymone||111:3:16||111:3:16||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||Of the Same||38:0:0||38:0:0||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||Knockeenduff (Knockeenduff)||140:2:0||140:2: 0||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||Of the Same||61:0:0||61:0:0||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||Dooneen (Dooneen)||105:0:0||105:0:0||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||Of the Same||14:1:7||14:1:7||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||Of the Same||5:0:0||5:0:0||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||Of the Same||38:0:0||38:0:0||Sir Valentine Browne|
|Sir Valentine Browne||Killbreanbegg (Kilbrean Beg)||77:1:0||77:1:0||Sir Valentine Browne ?|
|The Same||Of the Same||43:0:0||43:0:0?||Sir Valentine Browne?|
|The Same||Of the Same||62:6:0||62:6:0?||Sir Valentine Browne?|
|The Same||Tournanultagh||52:2:0||52:2:0||Sir Valentine Browne?|
|The Same||Coolekorkane (Coolcorcoran)||101:0:0||101: 0:0||Sir Valentine Browne?|
|Gleab Land (glebe land)||In this parish||71:0:0||71:0: 0||Gleab Land?|
|Lady Ann Crosby - Prot||Aghadoe 3 plos (ploughlands?)||22:0:0||22:0:0||?|
(Donal McCarthy Mor)
|Elynore||26:0:20||26:0:20||Dame Sarah Carty|
|The Same||In ye Same||16:3:20||16:3:20||Dame Sarah Carty|
|The Same||In ye Same||227:2:10||227:2:10||Dame Sarah Carty|
|The Same||In ye Same||44:0:0|
|The Same||In ye Same||94:3:39||?|
|The Same||In ye Same||75:2:10||140:0:0||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||In ye Same||16:2:100||905:0:20||Sir Valentine Browne|
|The Same||In ye Same||47:0:1||?|
|The Same||In ye Same||74:2:0||?|
|The Same||In ye Same||53:2:13||?|
|The Same||In ye Same||64:3:38||?|
|The Same||In ye Same||26:0:34||?|
|The Same||In ye Same||46:0:0||?|
|The Same||In ye Same||407:2:39||?|
|Sir Valentine Browne||Lyne Igleshane||343:2:08||343:2:08||Sir Valentine Browne|
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