1740 Protestant Householders Returns in County Londonderry


Back in 1740, a census was conducted in Ireland of Protestant Householders. This list of data was compiled by the collectors of the Hearth Tax. Unfortunately the original records were destroyed in the infamous 1922 fire in Dublin. However transcripts do still survive for several counties in Ulster – namely Counties Antrim, Armagh, Donegal, Down, Londonderry and Tyrone. 

My interest focuses primarily on the two counties that run up either side of the River Bann, from Lough Neagh up northwards to the Atlantic Ocean at Portstewart i.e. County Londonderry and County Antrim.

Below is the surviving data for County Londonderry, with Tamlaght O’Crilly and Kilrea given some prominence at the top. By the way, if you would like to learn more about how taxes were collected back in olden times in Ireland, via window taxes, fireplace taxes, etc, then here is a fascinating article.

1740 Protestant Householder Returns
1740 Protestant Householder Returns

1740 Tamlaght O’Crilly – Brief Data Analysis

In the records, looking across surnames and christian names of the Tamlaght O’Crilly parish householders, there are references to:  26 William; 24 widows in the data; 12 Daniel; 12 Patrick; 12 Robert; 10 Hugh; 10 Mulholland; 9 Campbell (i.e. 8 Campble and 1 Campbell);  8 Neal;  8 Mckaghy;  8 Stuart;  7 Mcpeak/e;  6 Rea;  5 Smith;  4 Workman;  3 Woods

There are obviously some variations in surnames.  e.g. the above “McKaghy” in modern times will be known as McGaughey. We had a close friend called McGaughey who lived down the Gortgole Road, just outside Portglenone. “Akin” will be linked to Aicken. “Begly” will be Begley, etc.

1740 Kilrea Analysis – Some Number Crunching

In the records, looking across surnames and christian names of the Kilrea parish householders, there are references to: 11 William;  11 widows in the data;  7 McCotter;  6 Samuel;  5 Robert; 4 Hugh;  4 Brown;  4 Neal;  5 (4 Campble and 1 Cample); 4 Smirl; and 1 Mulholland.

Tamlaght O’Crilly Protestant Householders in 1740

George Akin — Hugh Allice — widow Banintin — Huy Bay — John Bay — Jas. Begly — Willm. Begly — John Bell — Nichs. Bert — Bryan Black — Adam Blair — Mary Blair — widow Blair — Willm. Bole — Saml. Boulton — widow Boulton — Willm. Boulton — John Boyd — John Brannan — Robert Campbell — John Campble — John Campble — John Campble — Richard Campble — Robt. Campble — Robt. Campble — widow Campble — Willm. Campble — Mark Carr — John Caskey — John Casky — widow Casky — Wilm. Catherwood — Thos. Church — Robt. Clements — Robt. Clerk — Andw. Cochran — James Collins — Willm. Collins — Wm. Collins — Edwd. Cox — Edwd. Cox — John Cox — Willm. Cox — Hugh Crafford — Richd. Craford — James Creely — John Crosly — widow Davison — Neal Diamond — Patk. Dorethy — Danl. Downing — Alex. Duncan — John Faulkner — John Fleming — Willm. Fleming — George French — Richd. Gardiner — Jas. Gibson — James Gillmore — John Gilmore — widow Gilmore — Willm. Gilmore — Hugh Glasgow — Hugh Glasgow — James Graham — Robt. Graham — widow Hamilton — Willm. Hart — Samuel Hasty — Willm. Hasty — Robert Henderson — Hugh Henry — widow Henry — widow Hevern — Adam Hill — Hugh Hill — Willm. Hill — James Hilton — James Hinds — Alex Huey — John Huey — Margt. Johnston — Willm. Johnston — Chas. Kairnan — James Karny — Alexr. Kelly — John Kelsy — Dorothy Kenedy — Juggy Kenedy — Willm. Kenedy — James Killpatrick — James Knox — Hester Laudden — James Laughlin — Josh. Laughlin — Henry Lennox — David Long — Andw. Lorimer — James Maberry — John Maberry — Richd. Maberry — Patk. macDuffe — widow macReady — Thos. Madikin — Danl. Margy — John Mark — Nathl. Marks — John Martin — Alexr. mcAlester — Randle mcAlester — Randle mcAlester — Archd. McAlhphatrick — Danl. mcAllary — John mcAllary — Shan mcAllary — widow mcAllary — Danl. mcAllester — Tole McAllester — Danl. mcAllin — Dunc. mcAnnuller — Henry mcAnular — Cola mcATamny — Patk. mcATamny — Neal mcater — James mcCaa — John mcCaa — Willm. mcCaa — James mcCahan — John mcCahan — Jas. mcCalen — Carby mcCann — widow mcCart — James mcCartney — Dinis mcCay — James mcCleland — John mcClemont — James mcConnell — Danl. mcConoghy — Robt. mcCormick — Neal mcCotter — James mcCullough — widow mcCullough — James mcCurtney — John mcDearmont — John mcDonnell — Patk. mcFadden — Bryan mcGill — Henry mcGill — widow mcGill — Rose mcGulpin — Archd. mcKaghy — Chars. mcKaghy — Danl. — mcKaghy — George mcKaghy — James mcKaghy — John mcKaghy — John mcKaghy — Willm. mcKaghy — widow mcKay — neal mcKee — James mcKeenan — Thos mcKillip — widow mcKillip — Chas mcLain — John mcLain — Mr. mcLain — Tage mcLain — Roger mcLairn — Chas. McLaughlin — John McLaughlin — Willm. mcMullan — widow mcNeal — James McNickle — John mcNickle — Danl. mcPeak — John mcPeak — widow mcPeak — Danl. mcPeake — Hugh mcPeake — Manus mcPeake — Neal mcPeake — Bryan mcPeecke — John McRandle — Shan McRandle — widow mcRandle — Willm. mcTammy — Patk. mcVeagh — John Miliken — James Miller — John Miller — Robt. Miller — Alex Mott — John Moylany — Art Mulholland — David Mulholland — James Mulholland — James Mulholland — John Mulholland — Mrs. Mulholland — Mrs. Mulholland — Patk. Mulholland — widow Mulholland — Willm. Mulholland — widow Mullan — Patk. Mulloy — Widow Mulloy — John Murdoch — James Murphy — John Murphy — John Murry — James Neal — John Neal — John oBoylan — Tole oCain — John oDaly — Hugh oDiamond — Edmd. oDichon — John oFerral — Art oHenry — Cork oHenry — Nees oHenry — Roger oHenry — Patk. oKeenan — Nees oKenny — John oMullan — Patk. oMullan — Patk. oMurry — Tage oMurry — Art oNeal — John oNeal — Neal oNeil — Art oQuin — Patk. OQuin — Shan. oQuin — Chas. Orr — Patk. Orr — Robt. Orr — James Pattan — George Polike — John Polike — Thomas Rainy — widow Raleagh — Patrick Rallaghan — Alexr. Rea — George Rea — James Rea — John Rea — John Rea — Willm. Rea — Frans. Reed — John Reed — James Reid — James Richey — Chas. Richy — Fras. Roe — Thos. Roe — John Scott — Danl. Shaw — Richd. Shaw — James Sim — Mary Simon — Willm. Sloan — Frans. Smith — James Smith — Ninion Smith — Robert Smith — Robt. Smith — Frans. Starret — Allen Stuart — Danl. Stuart — Jas. Stuart — John Stuart — Robt. Stuart — Thos. Stuart — Willm. Stuart — Willm. Stuart — Willm. Sturgeon — James Tagart — James Taylor — John Taylor — John Taylor — Peter Tochel — Alexander Turner — Willm. Turner — Hugh Walker — Robert Wallace — Eneas Welsh — James Williamson — Jas. Williamson — John Willson — John Willy — Josh Willy — Robt. Willy — James Wilson — Willm. Wilson — Robert Withorow — Allen Woods — James Woods — John Woods — Danl. Workman — John Workman — Robt. Workman — Willm. Workman — Mr. Worling — Hugh Young — John Young — Wm. Young

Kilrea Protestant Householders in 1740

James Henry — Thos. Anderson — Rich. B — John Baldridge — Hugh Bamfart — John Barber — Mrs. Bell — James Blainey — Lauglin Blaney — Willm Boeman — John Boman — James Boyd — Frans. Boylan — John Brown — Neal Brown — Solomon Brown — Willm. Brown — Anne Bryars — Willm. Burrel — — Frans. Cahan — John Cahan — James Cally — David Campble — James Campble — James Campble — Richard Campble — Willm. Cample — James Canders — James Candor — widow Church — wid’w Clark — widow Clements — Alex Clerk — Richd. Clerk — Chas. Clinton — Frans Clinton — Law. Collence — John Collins — Robt. Cook — Saml. Davison — Saml. Davison — Adam Dickey — Margt Dumbar — James Erwin — Robt. Erwin — wid’w Feary — Eliz. Gibson — Robt. Gordon — Galland Griffin — Henry Henry — John Henry — John Henry — John Henry — William Hunter — Willm. Hunter — widow Jemison — Saml. Kidd — Willm. Kilpatrick — Willm. Lee — Willm. Lee — George — — Liggett — widow Lilly — John m’Alester — Saml. M’Almoyle — Hugh m’Alshanog — John m’Ashannog — Saml. M’Cahay — Saml. M’Cahay — Neice m’Calem — Robert M’Camly — Danl. m’Cammon — John m’Cammon — James m’Carg — John m’Carrell — Chas. M’Cart — Will M’Cart — Mary m’Caul — Cork m’Cay — Danl. m’Cay — John m’Cay — Hester M’Colgan — Bryan m’Cotter — Bryan m’Cotter — Bryan m’Cotter — Darby m’Cotter — Donaghy m’Cotter — Donoghy m’Cotter — Neal m’Cotter — John m’Cully — James m’Gee — Patk. m’Grah — Dan m’Gregor — Robert m’Gregor — John m’Kei — Mary m’Lane — Dan m’Lean — widow m’Mighen — John m’Mullan — John M’Neal — widow m’Ready — Mary m’Tagart — widow Medley — Jas. Mitchel — Thos. Mitchel — James Money — John Money — widow Mulholland — Geo. Neiland — George Neiland — Richd. O’Cahan — James o’Cogherty — John o’Dempsey — John o’Diamond — Con O’Donnell — Ferral o’Kennan — Patk. o’Mallican — Neal o’Money — Neal o’Money — Donaghy o’Mullaghan — — Robt. Orr — widow Parrot — John Reed — Willm. Reed — Eliz. Richison — Mr. Sampson — Robt. Shearer — John Sherer — David Sloan — Jas. Sloan — John Smirl — John Smirl — widow Smirl — widow Smirl — David Walker — John Walker — Willm. Wallace — Willm. Warren — Jane Watson — Chas. Williamson — John Wilson — Hugh Woods — Hugh Woods

1740 County Londonderry Protestant Householder Returns by Barony and Parish

 

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10 thoughts on “1740 Protestant Householders Returns in County Londonderry

  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful Co Derry list for 1740 .

    I believe that I have found both my McPeake and Patton/Patten family. My family Matthew Patton immigrated to the US through Canada in 1832.

    Does anyone know of any family members of the McPeake or Patten/Pattan still in Tamlaght Finlagan or Tamlaght O’Crilly?

    Thank you again.

  2. Delighted to hear that you potentially found your McPeakes and Pattons, Alice.

    I don’t know much regarding Patton, but there were/are McPeakes in the Tamlaght O’Crilly region – namely between Clady and Eden.

    My mum knew them well. She was a nurse and would often call to help. The main McPeakes, she knew, lived in a townland called Moneystaghan (about a couple of miles from Clady, or three from Portglenone).

    1. Hi Antje! Like in Germany, we can go back hundreds of years in Irish records.

      Our only key problem is a fire in Dublin in 1922, destroyed a large batch of specific records. Although there is currently a big project underway, to try and duplicate (using various sources) the lost material (as much as possible), in time for 2022 (centenary of the fire).

      You also probably lost much during the wars.

  3. I do have a question about this wonderful list. Do each of the names listed represent a household under that name as in a Census or are they just individuals in the townland? Could they be from the same family household?

    Thank you, Alice Radcliff

  4. Hi Alice. Yes, presumably ‘householder’ means house-owner. That’s my interpretation too.

    update – I looked, householder is defined as: one who occupies or owns a house; the head of a household, noun: a person who owns or rents a house

    1. Thank you for checking. I assumed that was the case but I have learned in research never “assume”.
      Alice

  5. This is the 1st time anyone in the family has been able to trace the name O’Dillon back to Ireland or anywhere for that matter. My ggg grandfather seems to have dropped out of the sky in about 1840 to Georgia, USA. He states he is Irish in the census but can find no record of him having immigrated to the US. So excited to have finally found the O’Dillon name in Ireland. Found the record in Tamlaght, Loughinsholin.

    1. Hello Linda. Delighted to hear that you have finally found the O’Dillon name in Ireland.

      I found an old 1700s era map of Ireland a few weeks back, which I am cleaning up for a future article.

      The map listed common surnames, at the time, in each county – and back then many surnames were prefixed with O’

      In modern times, the O has been dropped in most surnames.

      Happy to hear that you have finally found O’Dillon.

      All my best.

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