Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Two Comments and Hearth Money

I have recently added a comment to the blog 'A Belfast Family' on 26th September 2011, from the Military Attestation papers of one member of the family.

I have recently also checked the births, marriage and deaths published by the Irish Family History Federation on their 'rootsireland' Internet site. For the record, of the 96 clan births I can place 62 in families, which leaves more research needed on 34. I can also place 72 marriages in my Clan Family Trees, with 44 needing more research. There are many fewer deaths recorded, of which I can place 17 but at present not a further two.

This morning I have come across a Chart of the 1669 Irish Hearth Money Rolls which confirms and slightly amplifies my knowledge. The three (annotated) entries are as follows:

1. Record No. 4984
Surname (standardised): McIlhagga;
Surname (HMR spelling): McIlhaga;
Forename (in HMR): James;
Barony: Antrim Upper;
Parish: Doagh Grange;
Townland (modern spelling): Coggrey;
Townland (in HMR): Cogry.

2. 5001. McIlhagga - McIlhago - Allexander;
Upper Antrim - Doagh Grange - Doagh - [decayed parchment].

3. 5014. McIlhagga - McIlhago - Allexander;
Upper Antrim - Doagh Grange - Doagh - [decayed parchment].

Previous references I have found to the Hearth Money Rolls haven't included Record Numbers or the modern spellings, which have got our clan name 'right', or the fact that in cases two and three the parchment has decayed. Also the second reference to Allexander has been abbreviated to Allex. As all three references are to properties in the same parish I still think all three men must have been related though it is possible that there were only two, the two Allexanders being the same person but owning two properties. The likelihood is that the two decayed bits of parchment refer to the Townland of Cogry. Also it could be that the 'o' and 'a' name endings differ due to a 'slip of the pen' rather than anything else. The probability is that as early as 1669 the name would have been spelled McIlhago, equating with what we find in Ayrshire on the South West of Scotland.

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