The Verlin Families of Tubber, County Clare
||The Verlin Families of Tubber, County
|Type of Material:
|| Tubber, County Clare
||Most of the information is collated from other
sources. I am grateful to Sharon Carberry, Pat Connors, Joan Birtles,
Ernene Smedley, Paddy Waldon, Mary Mullins and others of the County
Clare family history sorority/fraternity for posting these results
of their research.
Past Forum: Verlin / Verling / Virlin of Tubber, Co. Clare
The following information was collated
in connection with, and from the perspective of, research on the Verlin
families of Tubber, a small geographical area which straddles the Clare/Galway
border. The starting point was a family relationship between my great-greatgrandfather
Denis Howard of the village of Moyrhee in the townland of Shanballysallagh
in Tubber and John Verling of the townland of Derrylummaun in Tubber (both
townlands on the Clare side of the border) who married Denis' sister Elizabeth.
There were several Verlin families in
the Tulla area. They have been documented in various ways by several members
of the Clare family history fraternity/sorority to whom I am grateful.
Note: the name may be spelled
Verlin, Verling or Virlin.
Denis Howard, ca 1799-1871, was very probably the brother of Elizabeth
Howard, who married John Verling (presumably the John Verling of Derrylummaun
listed in the Griffiths of 1855). Thus Eliza and John Verling would be
the couple listed in the 1901 census of Derrylumman with their daughter
Catherine, aged 37.
In 1938 my grandfather John Casey, in
a letter to his brother in Australia, wrote "......You remember Grandfather
Denis Howard. His sister our grand Aunt lived with the Clunes, I think
this is the only connection we have with the Clunes. Our Grand Aunt was
Mrs Verlin, the mother of our cousin Johnny Verlin. One of the Clunes
was at School with me in Ruan....".
Frank Brew's book (The
Parish of Kilkeedy - a Local History, compiled and published
by Frank Brew, Castlequarter, Tubber, Co. Clare, 1998) refers to this
townland on p. 11 as follows:
"Derrylummaun......could mean the Bare Rocky Wood. (Compare Gort
Loman, Barefield). It has also been translated the Wood of the Shield
(Frost). Although there is no sign of a wood there now, the place
consists of an oasis of dry land surrounded by bog and wet land with
the Castlelodge river on one side. This river starts from a small
lake about 2 miles south of Gort and just east of the railway. After
flowing southwest for about 4 miles it turns to the right and crosses
the railway and road to form some good sized lakes in the neighbourhood
of Fiddane castle.
Half a mile further on it enters Kilkeedy parish passing close by
the blessed well of Tubber, and after another mile it disappears in
the waters of Muckenagh Lough or Lake Tullymacken as it is known locally.
In a locality where streams are rare indeed, it is much sought after
by local fishermen on the Sundays.
In 1854 the area of the townland was 92 acres divided between Murray,
Hynes, Walsh, Hickey and Verlin. Verlin was an unusual name, and they
are said to have been "gentility" that came down in the
world. They were good athletes, and one of the family was a priest
in Australia, while older people remember Catherine whose conversation
certainly had a refined air about it. The only person paying tithes
in 1824 was Henry Murray on 57 acres. In 1838 there was a kiln for
drying corn situated in the northern end of the townland."
Note: Derrylummaun is only 10-15 minutes walk over
the fields from Moyrhee, the village where Denis Howard and his family
No Verlins or Verlings in the Tubber area but they were listed in
the parishes of Kilseily, Tulla and Clonlea (three contiguous parishes
in East Clare - see Map
of Civil Parishes of County Clare for their locations).
- Griffiths Valuation 1855
||Townland, Town, Street
|| Cloonloum More
- Tubber baptisms
|19 May 1872
||Martin ?erlin (Verlin?)
- 1901 census of Derrylumman
||Rel to H of F
|| Co. Clare
- 1901 census of Rinecaha
No Verlins listed.
Origin of the Verlins
in Clare – forcible transfer from Co.Cork In a text
entitled The O'Callaghan Family by Mary Mullins (I can no longer find
the original reference to this article or book) I found the following:
The O'Callaghans after whom the village (O'Callaghans Mills –
PAC) is named, were transplanted here from Dromaneen Castle two miles
west of Mallow in County Cork.
This was part of the Cromwellian transplantation strategy to oust
the sitting Irish owners of good land and estates and place British
families in their place. Donogh O'Callaghan Chief of his name, and
his wife Elena were amongst those who had to leave their prime Munster
estates when given the choice of ''to hell or to Clare". By 1654
he had settled in his new home and received his legal rights to the
lands assigned to him within the county by August 29th, 1657.
Like many others, he received title to much smaller estates than those
he had been parted so unwillingly from. His grant amounted to 2,788
profitable acres in lieu of his previous holding of 112,000 on the
other side of the Shannon river.
Donogh O'Callaghan also introduced the names Lenihan, Noonan, Connell
and Verlin into Clare, as people of those names were in the service
of The O'Callaghan and followed him into exile in the Banner County.
The O'Callaghan lands were situated within a triangle formed between
Bodyke to the east, Tulla to the west and Kilkishen to the south.
Mountallon was the first O'Callaghan seat in the county. Here he maintained
a poet in keeping with the old Gaelic custom; and in his lifetime
the house was known as Min Thalún, meaning the gentle land.
The house appears to have been abandoned by the O'Callaghans in the
1750s for Kilgorey. By 1845 it had fallen into ruin. Kilgorey House
is now almost totally demolished. This was a large seventeenth-century
house and estate to which Donogh's son, another Donogh, received title
in 1675. This remained the seat of the senior branch of the O'Callaghans
until 1791 when the last male member of the family was killed in a
duel at Spancil Hill.
The O'Callaghans of Clonloum were descended from Donogh's youngest
brother, Conor. Conor fought at the siege of Mallow and was outlawed
at Youghal in 1642.
There is a castle site in the townland of Coolreagh East and the ruin
of a tower house in Ballinahinch. No mention was made of either in
the 1580 list of castles.
Death of Richard Verlin
Clare Journal Mar 14 1853: Death on Wednesday last at Clondanagh,
near Tulla, Mr. Richard Verlin, leaving an amiable young wife to deplore
his loss. The cause of his death was from injuries he received in
this town at the last election.