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Tithe Applotment Books Ireland 1824-38: Gaps in the Archive

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 01, 1985


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By Dr. Brian Trainor, Valerie Adams

“A searcher glancing at the catalogues of the Tithe Applotment Books held in the Public Record Offices in Dublin and Belfast might think that coverage was lacking for about one-tenth of the parishes of Ireland.

Detailed examination shows that the apparent gap in the archive is less serious.

In some cases books are wanting because the parish did not exist or was united with another parish at the time of the tithe survey and the area was surveyed as part of another parish. Examples of the latter are Ballyliney and Ballymartin, Co. Antrim, which appear under Carnmoney, and Ballycor and Rashee which appear under Ballyeaston in that county.

In other cases the parish was extra parochial, in other words outside parochial jurisdiction. This applied to lands that formerly belonged to a monastery and these were often known as ‘Granges’. They were either not liable to the payment of tithe or tithes were payable to a lay impropriator.”

This article looks at the Tithe Applotment Books of Ireland, the gaps that exist in their catalogues, and possible reasons for those gaps.