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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 17. Inquisitions relating to county of Clare—Reign of Charles I

Donogh O’Brien of Newtown; Thomas MacNamara of Kilcornan; James Comyn of Ballyvorda; Daniel MacNamara of Kilbarron; James Burnell of Ranaghan; Sir Donogh O’Grady, Edmond Roe MacSweeney of Ballyuaddane; Murrogh O’Brien of Ballykinnacurra

Inquisition, taken at Ennis, on the 14th of October, 1628, before John Evans, finds that Sir Turlogh O’Brien, Knt., being the owner, in 1620, of Croagh, Clonmartin, and Feenagh (parish of Rathborney), devised same to his second son, Donogh O’Brien of Newtown, and to his heirs for ever.

Inquisition, taken at Ennis, on the 13th of January, 1629, finds that Thomas MacNamara died on the 28th of July, 1620, leaving his son Fineen to succeed him; finds that Thomas, in 1619, had let the lands of Kilcornan, of which he was owner, to one Thomas Buxten for a term of fifteen years; finds that Sheeda and Mahone MacNamara laid claim to Kilcornan as their property of right.

Inquisition, taken at Ennis, on the 14th of April, 1630, finds that James Comyn was owner of the following lands in the parish of Kilmacreehy; that he died on the 3rd of September, 1628, seized of Ballyvrislan, Ballyvorda, Ballyphaudeen, Ballyheean, and Lislorkan; finds that by Deed of August, 1628, he conveyed these lands to Hugh, Andrew, and Patrick MacCurtain, as trustees, for certain uses; finds that said James Comyn left as his heir, his son James, then a minor.

Inquisition, taken at Ennis, on the 7th of August, 1630, finds that Donogh, Cuvarra, Cuvea, and Donald MacNamara, about thirty years ago, were seized of the lands of Kilbarron, Ranagh, and Manegullin; finds that their relative, Donald, is their heir, he being the son of Donogh, son of Daniel, who was the son of Donogh, above-mentioned; finds that young Donald is a ward of the king, he being now only four years of age.

Inquisition, taken at Ennis, on the same day, before Philip Percival, finds that Conor O’Brien, being owner of Ranaghan, Turmulmoney, and Garvillaun, conveyed them, in the time of Queen Elizabeth, to Robert Burnell, who afterwards devised them to James Burnell.

Inquisition, taken at Ennis, on the same day, finds that Henry VIII. had, by Letters Patent, granted in fee-simple to Sir Donogh O’Grady, Knight, amongst other lands, those of Fossamore, Cloonusker, and Kiltullagh. By virtue of this grant, Sir Donogh, about seventy years ago, was in possession of these denominations; finds that John O’Grady, yet living, is his son and heir; finds that said John, after his father’s death, and in the time of the late Queen Elizabeth, assigned these lands to the Right Rev. Hugh Brady, late Bishop of Meath, and to the bishop’s heirs; [2] finds that the Queen, by Letters Patent of the 1st of August, in the 24th year of her reign, conferred these lands on the bishop and his heirs in free soccage; finds that this prelate died about forty years since, leaving as his heir his son, Luke Brady, whose death occurred about eighteen years ago. Luke’s heir was his son, Luke junior. This Luke junior, about seven years ago, assigned back to Donogh O’Grady, son and heir of the above John, the townlands above mentioned. About six years since, John O’Grady, being thus owner, conveyed to Donogh, late Earl of Thomond, the lands of Kiltullagh.

Inquisition, of the same day, finds that Edmond Roe MacSweeny was owner of Derryuaddane; that he died on the 20th of May, 1625, leaving as his heir, his son Turlogh, then aged fifteen years.

Inquisition, of the same day, finds that Murrogh, son of Turlogh O’Brien, was the owner of Ballykincurra (near Corofin), Maghera, and Coiltabrack, and that he died on the 8th of August, 1622, leaving his son, Turlogh, his heir.