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County Cavan

"Cavan, a county of Ireland, province of Ulster, 47 miles long and 23 broad; bounded W by Leitrim, M by Fermanagh and Monaghan, E by the latter county and Louth, and S by Longford, W Meath and E Meath. It sends 2 members to parliament, and is divided into 30 parishes. The linen manufacture is carried on here to a great extent. Pop. 194,330."
[From The New London Gazetteer (1826)]

Archives and Libraries

Abbreviations used in these Cavan pages
GO - Genealogical Office/Office of the Chief Herald of Ireland, Dublin
GRO - General Register Office, Dublin
LDS - Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, Salt Lake City
NAI - National Archives of Ireland, Dublin (Used to be known as the Public Records Office)
NLI - National Library of Ireland, Dublin
PRONI - Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast
RCBL - Representative Church Body Library, Dublin
CCL - County Cavan Library, Farnham Street, Cavan
CRC - Cavan Research Centre

Bibliography

Cemeteries

  • Cavan Cemetery Records
  • Cemeteries of County Cavan
  • Find A Grave
  • Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead in Ireland, Printed at the University Press by Ponsonby and Gibbs, 1909.
    • Vol. 1-3 & Index to 1888-1909 are on CD
    • Vol. 1-6, 1888-1906, LDS Film 127952
    • Vol. 7-8, 1907-1912, LDS Film 127954
    • Vol. 9, 1913-1916, LDS Film 1279285, Item 15
  • Mass Graves of Ireland, 1845 to 1850 include Bailieborough, Bawnboy, Cavan, Cootehill
  • Mitchell, B. A Guide to Ireland Graveyards and Cemeteries, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1990.
  • Old Irish Graveyards by Eileen Hewson, County Cavan, Kabristan Archives 2006
    • Part I Annagh; Bailieborough; Ballyjamesduff; Blacklion; Drumaloor; Drumlane; Killeshandra; Kilmore; Milltown; Swanlinbar. (14 graveyards; index of approx 675 memorials) ISBN 978-0-9548979-6-3
    • Part II Arvagh; Ballyconnell; Belturbet; Shercock; Kill; Meaghera; Mullagh; Roffony. (10 graveyards; 2 memorials; index of approx 873 memorials) ISBN 978-0-9548979-7-0
    • Part III Ballyconnell; Ballyjamesduff; Derrylane; Dowra; Drumalee; Kildallon; Killeshandra; Virginia. (10 graveyards; index of approx 1000 memorials) ISBN 978-0-9548979-9-4
    • Part IV Bailieborough; Ballyhaise; Cavan; Cloverhill; Cootehill; Killinkere; Killoughter; Kingscourt; Laragh; Lavey; Magherintemple; Urney; Virginia. (17 graveyards; index of approx 890 memorials) ISBN 978-0-9553321-0-4
    • Part V Ballintemple; Ballymachugh; Bawnboy; Belturbet; Dernakesh; Derryheen; Drung; Glangevlin; Kilnaleck; Mullagh; Redhills; Templeport; Virginia. (14 graveyards; index of approx 1040 memorials) ISBN 978-0-9553321-1-1
  • Sullivan, M., The Graveyards of County Cavan - A Survey, Cavan-Monaghan Rural Development Co-op Society Ltd., May 1998.

Census

Church History

  • Catholic Diocese of Kilmore
  • Gallogly, D. The Diocese of Kilmore, 1800-1950 Bréifne Historical Society, 1999.
  • Hall, T. The History of Presbyterianism in East Cavan Belfast, 1912
  • MacNamee, J. J. History of the Diocese of Ardagh. Dublin, Browne & Nolan, 1954.
  • O'Connell P. The Diocese of Kilmore: Its History and Antiquities Browne and Nolan, Dublin, 1937.
  • The Trial of the Rev. Thos. Brady, Parish Priest of Kilmore, at Cavan, W. E. Andrews, London, 1828.

Church Records

  • Ryan, J.G. (ed), Irish Church Records, Flyleaf Press, Dublin, 2001
  • Church of Ireland
  • Methodist
  • Presbyterian
  • Quaker
    • Archives
      Religious Society of Friends
      Ulster Quarterly Meeting
      Friends Meeting House
      Railway Street Lisburn
      County Antrim BY28 1EP
      Northern Ireland
      Dublin Friends Historical Library
      Religious Society of Friends in Ireland
      Swanbrook House
      Morehampton Road
      Donnybrook
      Dublin 4 Ireland
    • Directory of Microfilm and Indexed Records
    • Eustace, P. B. and Goodbody, O. C., Quaker Records Dublin Abstracts of Wills, Stationery Office for the Irish Manuscripts Commission, Dublin, 1957.
    • Goodbody, O. C. and Hutton, B. G., Guide to Irish Quaker records, 1654-1860, Genealogical Pub. Co. Baltimore, MD, 1999.
    • Mitchell, B. A Guide to Irish Parish Registers, Genealogical Publishing Co., MD, 1995
      • Quaker Meetings by civil parish: Ballyhaise, Belturbet, Cootehill
  • Roman Catholic

Court Records

  • Commissioners of Affadavits; from Wilson's Dublin Directory, 1820
    • Beatty, Arthur; King's Bench Cootehill Chancery & Special Bail
    • Bell, Andrew; King's Bench Not listed & Exchequer Bermingham Mich. Four Courts King's Court
    • Fanner, Theop.; Four Courts Belturbet
    • Griffith, Edward; Four Courts Not listed
    • Henry, Maurice; Four Courts Cavan & Special Bail
    • Mullen, James; Four Courts Ballybays, Cavan
    • Phillip, Rich.; Four Courts Cootehill & Special Bail
    • Whiteby, E.; Kings Bench & Exchequer Ballyconnell & Common Pleas
  • Newspapers
    • Both the Cavan Herald and the Anglo-Celt published regularly judgement summaries and in some cases detailed testimony for the following courts:
      • Chancery Court - Notices of forthcoming cases
      • Crown Court
      • Record Court
      • Petty Sessions
      • Quarter Sessions
      • Assizes
  • Registry of Deeds

Description and Travel

Directories

  • Cavan in Lewis' Topographical Dictionary 1837
  • Holden's triennial directory for 1805, 1806, 1807 - LDS Film 0100179, Item 2
  • Lewis, S. A topographical dictionary of Ireland: comprising the several counties, cities boroughs, corporate, market and post towns, parishes and villages with historical and statistical descriptions LDS Film 599557
  • Pigot, J. The Commercial directory, of Ireland, Scotland, and the four most northern counties of England, for 1820-21 and 1822. 1820/21 & 22 - LDS Film 0962702, Item 1
  • The Parliamentary gazetteer of Ireland: adapted to the new poor-law, franchise, municipal and ecclesiastical arrangements...and presenting the results, in detail of the census of 1841, compared with that of 1831 (10 vols.) LDS Fiche 6020358 - 6060382
  • Provincial Directory Counties of Antrim, Armagh and Cavan

Emigration and Immigration

Genealogy

History

  • 1641 Depositions
  • Cavan Vintage Photographs
  • Conlon, L. "The Influence of Freemasonry in East Cavan During the Rebellion of 1798", Breifne v. 8, No. 33, 1997, p. 782-807.
  • Coote, C. Sir Statistical survey of the County of Cavan, with observations on the means of improvement drawn up in the year 1801, for the consideration, and under the direction of The Dublin Society, Dublin, Graisberry and Campbell, 1802.
  • Cullen, S. "Sources of Cavan Local History", Breifne, Vol. 5, No. 18 (1977) p. 185-205
  • Dunne, P.J. (ed), County Cavan in old picture postcards with historical commentary [by Ciaran Parker], P.J. Dunne, Butlersbridge, 1999.
  • Ferris, T. The Irish Narrow Gauge : A Pictorial History, Belfast, Northern Ireland : Blackstaff Press, c1993.
  • Flanagan, P.J. The Cavan and Leitrim Railway, Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1966.
  • Gillespie, R. (Editor) Cavan: Essays on the History of an Irish County, Irish Academic Press, 1995
  • Hayes, R. (ed), Manuscript Sources for the History of Irish Civilization, 11 vols. Boston, 1965.
  • Mag Uidhir, T.C. "The Cavan Inquisitions of 1588, 1590 and 1609", Breifne, v. 8, No. 2, 1991, p. 272-291.
  • McCullam, R., Sketches of the Highlands of Cavan, and of Shirley Castle, in Farney, taken during the Irish famine/by a Looker-On, J. Reed, Belfast, 1856
  • O'Donovan, P. Archaeological Inventory of County Cavan., Dublin : Stationery Office, 1995.
  • "The Ancient Irish Chiefs And Clans - Brefney" from O'Hart, J. , Irish Pedigrees, two vols., Fifth edition, published in 1892 in Dublin, re-printed by the Genealogical Publishing Co. in Baltimore in 1976.
  • The Modern Antiquarian.com

Land and Property

Migration, Internal

  • 1796 - "Catholics to Mayo", Seanchas Ardmhacha (Journal of the Armagh Diocesan Historical Society) v. 3, No. 1, 1958, p.17-50

Military Records

  • Arms registered with the Clerk of the Peace, April 1833. NLI ILB 04 p 12
  • Cavan Born Soldiers British Census
  • Cavan Militia
  • Circular No. 6, Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association. Irish Branch, Co. Cavan Division. NLI Collection G, Call Number 355 s 3.
  • Kitzmiller, J.M. In Search of The Forlorn Hope, 1988, Manuscript Publishing.
  • Maxwell, M.P. and Hunter, R.J. "The Muster Roll of c. 1630: Co. Cavan", Breifne, V. 5 No. 18, 1977-8, pp.206-222
  • Markey, E.P., 1798 The Cavan Connection, 1998.
  • Paterson, T.G.F. "The Volunteer Companies of Ulster 1778-1793 III Cavan", Irish Sword, The Journal of the Military History Society of Ireland, v. 7
  • National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey
  • Regimental Records
  • Soldiers Died In Great War 1914 - 19 published by J. B. Hayward & Son in association with The Imperial War Museum, 1921
  • Snodaigh, P.O. The Irish Volunteers, A List of the Units, Cambridge University Press, 1995
    • Cavan County Volunteers - 1779, 1782, 1783
    • Cavan, County Cavan Volunteers Regiment, Cavan Volunteer Corps.
  • Snoddy, O. "Notes on the Volunteers, Militia, Yeomanry and Orangemen of County Cavan", Breifne v.3 No. 11, p.320-339
  • The Jacobite War In Cavan

Names, Geographical

  • Common elements in Irish Placenames
  • Goblet, Y. M., ed. A Topographical Index of the Parishes and Townlands of Ireland in Sir William Petty's Mss. Barony Maps (c. 1655-9) and Hiberniae Delineatio (c.1672), Dublin: 1932
    • Reprinted Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, Md.: 1999
    • LDS Film 599359
  • The Origin and History of Irish Names of Places by PW Joyce; 1869-70
  • Ordnance Survey: Name Books
    • PRONI MIC.6
    • NLI Collection G
  • Townland Indexes - based on census data

Occupations

Orphans and Orphanages

  • Arnold, M. & Laskey, H., Children of the Poor Clares: The Story of an Irish Orphanage, Appletree, Belfast, 1985.

Periodicals

  • Ardagh & Clonmacnoise Historical Society Journal (1926-51)
    • NLI Call No: Ir 794105
  • Breifny Antiquarian Society Journal
    • Covers the area of the ancient kingdom of Breifne, centered on County Cavan. Published 1920-1933 by the local historical society, Cumann Seanchas Bhreifne.
    • NLI Call No: Ir. 794106 b 1
  • Breifne
    • Covers the area of the ancient kingdom of Breifne, centered on County Cavan. Published since 1958 by the local historical society, Cumann Seanchas Bhreifne.
    • NLI Call No: Ir 94119 b2
    • PERSI Code: IRBR
    • LDS
      • Salt Lake Holdings: Vol. 3 (no. 9, 1966) -
      • Call Number: 941.69 H25b
    • Indexes
  • Breissne (Annual)
    • Aine Bean Ui Sheasnain, Grouse Hall P.O., Ballieborough, Co. Cavan
  • Cavan Newsletter (Quarterly)
    • Published by Kathy Dyer, 99 West Harrison Street, Chandler, AZ 85224
    • PERSI Code: IRVN
  • The Heart of Breifne: traditions, ballads, legends and folklore from mid-Cavan
    • Published 1978-1987 by Cumann Staire Leathrátha, ISSN-0332-2762.
  • The Irish Ancestor
    • Published between 1969-1986 (18 vols.), edited by Rosemary ffolliott of Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.
    • PERSI Code: IRAN
    • The LA FHC has a set.
  • The Irish Sword
    • Journal of the Military History Society of Ireland. Published since 1949 by the Military History Society of Ireland, Newman House, University College, 86 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.
    • NLI Call No: Ir 355 i6
    • PERSI Code: IRSW
  • PERSI Order Form
  • PERSI index

Politics and Government

  • Smyth, T.S. "Cavan Members in the Irish Parliament", Breifny Antiquarian Society Journal
    • "Seventeenth Century", V. 1 No. 1, p. 37-47, 1920
    • "Eighteenth Century", V. 1 No. 2, p. 95-112, 1921
  • The Ulster Covenant
    • Signators on petition opposed to Home Rule 1912

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Poor Law Union and The Workhouse
    • Bailieborough
    • Bawnboy
    • Cavan
    • Cootehill
    • Enniskillen
    • Granard
    • Kells
    • Oldcastle
  • Grant, J. "Local relief committees in Co. Cavan, 1845-47", Breifne, v. 8, No.3, 1994, p. 553-565.
  • LDS Film
    • Board of Guardians minute books, 1839-1917
    • Kells Poor Law Union Board of Guardians minute books, 1870-1920
    • Oldcastle Poor Law Union Granard Union minute book, 1863-1872
    • Granard Poor Law Union Workhouse registers, 1845-1913
    • Enniskillen Poor Law Union

Public Records

  • 1839 List of Persons who obtained Game Certificates in Ulster, PRONI T688
  • Outrage Reports 1835-1852
  • Dogs Regulation Act, 1890 (list of licencees), Cavan County Library

Schools

  • Duffy, F. "The Second Report of the Commissioners for Education Inquiry for County Cavan 1824-1827", Breifne, v. 9, No. 35, p. 884-910
  • Duffy, F. "Education in Cavan, 1825-32", Breifne, v. 8, No. 31, 1995, 587-606
  • National School records held at the National Archives
  • De Brún, P. "Some Cavan Schools and Teachers 1814-31, Breifne, V. 5, No. 20, 1981, pp. 407-431
  • Cunningham, T.P. "Students of Kilmore Academy 1838-1874", Breifne
    • V. 4, No. 16, 1973-5, pp. 501-530
    • V. 5, No. 17, 1976, pp. 37-73
    • V. 5, No. 18, 1977-8, pp. 278-293
    • V. 5, No. 19, 1979, pp. 369-381
    • V. 5, No. 20, 1981, pp. 451-458
    • V. 6, No. 21, 1982, pp. 76-88
    • V. 6, No. 22, 1984, pp. 189-199
    • V. 6, No. 23, 1985, pp.277-285
  • O'Connell, P., The Schools and Scholars of Breiffne, Dublin: Browne and Nolan Limited, 1942, 8vo. pp669.
    • LDS Film 992996 Item 2
  • Viscount Weymouth's Grammar School (Carrickmacross)
    • A list of Cavan born pupils from Moffett, B. (ed), A list of pupils who entered Trinity College, Dublin, from 1706 to 1909, Dundalk : W. Tempest, 1911

Social life and Customs

  • Ballard, L.M. "Matchmaking and Marriage Revisited", Heart of Breifne, 1985, pp. 75-81.
  • O'Keefe, J. G. ND O'Brien, A A Handbook of Irish Dances, With an Essay on their Origin and History, 6th ed., Dublin, M. H. Gill & Son, ltd., Dublin, 1944.
    • Four-hand reel (Cavan)
  • Sexton, A. "Matchmaking and Marriage in Co. Cavan in the Late Nineteenth Century", Heart of Breifne, 1978, pp. 24-30.
  • Sexton, A. "Death and Burial in Co. Cavan in the Late Nineteenth Century", Heart of Breifne, 1979, pp. 68-82.

Societies

Taxation

  • Tithe Applotment Books
    • Tithe Applotment Books, LDS Films 256,560 to 256,699; sorted by parish.
    • Surnames are indexed in the Householder's Index, LDS Film 919001.
  • Griffith's Valuation
    • Lists every occupier of land, the lessor of that land, size of the holding, and the rate payable on that holding. Useful for identifying a landlord's name, and from there, to various Estate Records.
    • Index to Griffith's Valuation of Ireland Broderbund CD #188
    • Online at Irish Origins
  • Revised Valuations
    • Perpetual updates of Griffith's Valuations
  • Early Valuations and Revisions
    • "While Griffith's published Valuation contains the surveys made of the various Poor Law Unions for the years 1848-1864 only, some earlier surveys were made" Falley p. 529. The earlier surveys referred to above by Falley, include the majority of County Cavan. The early County Cavan books are held by the National Library of Ireland in Dublin and begin circa 1837.

Voting Registers

  • Poll Book for Co. Cavan, 1761, PRONI T1522
  • Cavan Residents in the Fermanagh Poll of Electors 1788
  • List of Freeholders of Co. Cavan, 1813-21, NLI IR 94119 c2
  • A Copy of the Registry of Freeholders in the County of Cavan, 1825-1826, LDS Film 1440955
  • Applications for the Registry of Voters in the Division of Cavan for the County Cavan Elections, c1832, NLI Ms. 9360
  • Voter List, 1841, NAI OP2 1841/183
  • Voter List, 1843, NAI OP2 1843/71
  • Applications for the Registry of Voters in the Division of Cootehill