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Gorraun Townland

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Gorraun Townland

Gorraun Townland, County Offaly map
Gorraun is in the Electoral Division of Templeharry, in Civil Parish of Templeharry, in the Barony of Clonlisk, in the County of Offaly aka King's County. It should not be confused with Gorraun in the parish of Aghancon also in County Offaly.
The Irish name for Gorraun is An Garrán - A shrubbery.
Gorraun Townland has an area of 103.44 hectares / 0.40 square miles / 255 acres, 2 roods, 18 perches. It is bordered by the townlands of Brickanagh, Emmel East, Emmel West, Graffan, Knockbrack, Stoneyacre and Townfields.[1][2] It is not shown in the Down Survey.[3]


  • Gaynor, Henry
  • Holden, Mary
  • Sheppard, John
  • Tierney, Jane
  • Tierney, Daniel
  • Hodgins, James
  • Stanley, Mary
  • Armitage, Benjamin
  • Kennedy, Patrick
  • Murphy, Ellen
  • Loney, Francis
  • Mcloughlin, Margaret
  • Short, Maryanne
  • Tierney, Margaret



Thomas and John Talbot and John Shortt of Pallas re Garrane. Mentions John Shortt and Grace Shortt, two of the children of said John Shortt the Lessee and John Shortt the son of James Shortt the brother of said John Shortt the Lessee. (I have not been able to find the microfilm for this deed so it may be that some of its details are incorrect.)[4]


Thomas Talbot and John Talbot of Cloughjordan, gents, (one part) and Robert Johnston of Emmill Castle (other part). George Percy late of Ballintemple on 28/5/1746 did demise and sell unto Richard Talbot of Garrane the lands of Garrane, 114 acres, now legally vested in said Thomas Talbot and John Talbot and 31/8/1799 they did demise and set unto John Shortt of Pallas 88 acres and bog etc. late in the possession of Edward Talbot deceased. Robert Johnston hath agreed to advance to Thomas and John £300 stg and Thomas and John hath agreed to rent charge of £18 stg yearly. Yearly rent charge of £18 demised unto John Shortt. Endorsement: Received from John Shortt the within sum of £300 having agreed to give up the rent charge on Garrane for above conson. and to fufill the promise of my late uncle. May 12th 1803 Thomas Stoney (Witness Minchin Lewis). (This endorsement added in 1803 does not appear on the deed in the Registry of Deeds. Copied from the copy of the original deed. Is this John Shortt the nephew of John of Pallas resident in Newtown, Mountrath by this time?)[5]


John Shortt of Pallas, eldest son and heir at law of John Shortt late of Pallas deceased (1st part), John Roe of Beckfield, Queen's Co. surviving trustee and Exor. of Edward Fitzgerald late of Coolmore, Queen's Co. (?), deceased (2nd part), Mary Anne Fitzgerald, spinster and only surviving daughter of Edward Fitzgerald (3rd part), James Shortt of Newtown, Queen's Co. and John Roe, Jnr. of Dublin, gent (4th part) … re forthcoming marriage … re lands etc. of Garrane late in possession of Edward Talbot decd and indenture of lease 1/8/1799 Thomas Talbot and John Talbot did demise and release unto John Shortt and his heirs 88 acres and bog, turbary waters, etc. unto John Shortt for and during the natural lives of John Shortt and Grace Shortt, two of the children or said John Shortt the lessee and John Shortt, son of James Shortt the brother of John Shortt the lessee … John Shortt the lessee has lately died intestate. Edward Fitzgerald’s will dated 3/6/1803 to his father-in-law Thomas Roe of Gortnalee and also John Roe, sum of £3000 for his two daughters Elizabeth and Mary Anne and they die unmarried then to son Robert Fitzgerald, his only son and heir at law. Thomas Roe in exec of will laid out at interest to Peter Henry Shortt £1500 and £600. Bill filed in High Court of Chancery for foreclosure of both mortgages. Conditional decree for sale of several properties so mortgaged. Thomas Roe died 6/7/1806. Elizabeth Fitzgerald died 20/0ct(?)/1809 unmarried so Mary Anne entitled to £3000 and interest of £1600. Robert Fitzgerald attained his age of 21 years in 1816 (after arbitration) should pay £1600 to James Shortt and John Roe Jnr - and the lands of Garrane(?) to James Shortt and John Roe until the marriage. £1000 by John Shortt to James Shortt and John Roe in trust.[6]


Tithe Applotment Book, Garrane, John Short tenant and Richard Burris landlord, 88 acres, total payable £9 11s. Also Westfield, 3 acres 3 roods 18 perches, total payable 8s. Other tenants in Garrane townland were John Gaynor, Joseph Palmer and Michael Russell.[7]


John Short of Pallis was a churchwarden of Templeharry Church.[8]


Griffith's Valuation, Gorraun, House offices and land, Daniel Tierney with Maryanne Short as lessor, 33 acres; land, James Hodgins with Maryanne Short as lessor, 100 acres; land, Maryanne Short with Reps. John Gaynor as Lessor, 49 acres; house, Margaret Tierney with Maryanne Short as lessor; and house Vacant with Maryanne Short as lessor.[9]


  1. Gorraun on Logainm.ie
  2. Gorraun on Townlands.ie.
  3. The Down Survey of Ireland, The Barony of Clonliske in the Kings Countie
  4. Registry of Deeds 531 100 352146 dated 31/7/1799.
  5. Registry of Deeds 525 461 345145 dated 28/4/1800.
  6. Registry of Deeds 757 101 514236 dated 18/5/1819.
  7. http://titheapplotmentbooks.nationalarchives.ie/reels/tab//004625722/004625722_00083.pdf.
  8. Templeharry Parish Records.
  9. http://griffiths.askaboutireland.ie/gv4/z/zoomifyDynamicViewer.php?file=152072&path=./pix/152/&rs=39&showpage=1&mysession=2632725494182&width=&height=.

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