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The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost

Part III. History of the County of Clare
Chapter 15. Inquisitions relating to County of Clare—Reign of Elizabeth

Hugh MacClancy of Toomullin; Flan Neylan of Kilnacally; William Neylan of Ballymacahill; Sir Daniel O’Brien of Ennistymon

Inquisition, taken at Ennis Abbey, on the 14th of January, 1589, before John Crofton, finds that Hugh MacClancy, late of Toomullin, died on the 5th of October, 1579, being the owner in fee of the castle of Toomullin, and of certain lands which he rented from the Bishop of Killaloe; of Killilagh, Cahergaltyre, of the town of Cromlyn and of Knockane, situate contiguous to it; of Ballyelaghy, Derryns, and Ballycahan, all held in fee simple from the Queen; finds that Honoria was the widow of the said Hugh, and that Boetius was his son and heir; that said Boetius was of full age and married at the time of his death, and that he subsequently, to wit, on the 14th of October, 1580, died, being the owner of the castle and lands of Knockfynn and of the neighbouring lands of Ballyvoe, Ballycahan, Ballynahown, Doonagore, Corraimulearagh, and Ballydusheen, in Burren; and of Ballyivryn, also in that barony; finds that the said Boetius occupied the castle of Knockfinn, and the lands here enumerated, as chief of his name, and held them from the Queen in capite; finds that Boetius MacClancy Junior, his nephew, and the grandson of Hugh, above-mentioned, was his heir-at-law, and was of full age and married at the time of the death of his uncle.

Inquisition, taken at the Monastery of Ennis, on the 14th of January, in the . . . th year of the Queen, before John Crofton, finds that Flan Neylan, late of Kilnacally, died on the 18th of November, 1580, being then owner of Kilnacally, Shanavogh, Killeko, Ballinknock, Maghery near Gilteboy, Rusheen, Tullabeg, Tullamore, Rathkerry, and Islangar; finds that Nicholas Neylan, his eldest son and heir, was married and of full age.

Inquisition, taken at the Abbey of Ennis, on the 14th of January, 1589, before John Crofton, Esquire, finds that William Neylan, late of Ballymacahill, died on the 2nd of April, 1588, seized in fee simple of the hamlet of Ballyvickahyl, and of the lands of Knockogan and Cappagh; finds that John Neylan, now aged 26, is the son and heir of William; and that his widow, named Slaney Mulconry, survives, and is entitled to her dower out of these lands.

Inquisition, taken at Ennis Abbey, on the same day, finds that Sir Daniel O’Brien, Knt., late of Ennistymon, died on the 10th of October, 1579, being owner of the following denominations, viz.: Ennistymon, Liscannor, Dromore, Dromfinglas (Cregmoher), Ballytumulty, Ballymacdonellbane, Ballynacarragh, Ballingaddyeragh, Cloghaunadine, Caneyellagh, Ballyvorda, Ballysteene, Ballyrochan; one moiety of the tithe of Clare Abbey; a certain tribute called O’Brien’s rent, amounting to £22 a year, and payable out of part of Corcomroe; another sum of £10 per annum, formerly payable to the O’Connor out of another part of Corcomroe; both of which rents, however, having been extinguished by the Deed of Composition of the Queen with the people of Thomond; finds that Sir Turlogh, the present owner, has a rent of £25, i.e., five shillings per quarter, per annum, payable out of one hundred quarters of the lands of the aforesaid barony; finds that Sir Turlogh assigned to his brother, Murtagh O’Brien, of Tullagh, the lands of Ballymacdonnell, and Ballyhamulta, and to his brother Conor, the castle and lands of Dromore, and the lands of Ballynacarhagh, and Ballyroghan; finds that “flores serè filii Caroli als Cahall McMoriertagh” claims the two quarters of Ballynacarragh as his by right of succession. [5]