This paper presents a list of freeholders of Kilfenora
Diocese in Co Clare from 1601. The fortuitous survival of this list shows
a snap-shot of Gaelic social hierarchies and landholding in an area almost
wholly unaffected by anglicizing changes. The value of the list is its
survey of land denominations and proprietorship and its focus on the
church lands of the Corcomroe division of the diocese. It is speculated
here that the list was compiled by a cleric at the cathedral chapter
of Kilfenora and that its purpose was to ascertain church lands and property
in order to put the administration of the diocese - including its revenues
from the diocesan temporalities - on a more sure footing.
This paper was published in Eolas: The Journal of the Americal Society
of Irish Medieval Studies,
Volume 11, 2018, at pages 60-103.
Clare County Library is grateful to Luke McInerney for donating this article.
More papers by Luke McInerney can be accessed at https://independent.academia.edu/LukeMcInerney
Freeholders of Kilfenora
Diocese in 1601 (PDF)