McCormack Ancestral Townland

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The ancestral townland of the McCormack family is Corradarren (Irish: Corr an Dairín). It is located in the Dromhaeda portion of the Barony of Tullyhunco, Killashandra Civil Parish, County Cavan, Ireland. [1]. Corr means a hill in Irish. Corradarren was originally Corromaghin[2].

There are references in the family record to "Duinanore" as the name of the family farm. Official marriage records refer to Dinanore as the residence of William McCormack and Catherine McCormack. Bodley's Map of 1609 shows that this land may have very well been located in the now-extinct townland of Dounanorro[2] which is correlated with the townland of Dawnonaironagh aka Downanorow in the 1629 Inquisition of Cavan and which has since been absorbed into a modern townland bearing a different name.

Under the Plantation of Ulster grants were made to five Scottish "undertakers" in the barony of Tullyhunco in 1610. Alexander Auchmutie or Auchmootie received 1000 acres in Drumhaeda on 14 Aug 1610. [3].

3. Grant to Alexander Achmootie (196). The small proportion of Dromheada (197), containing the lands of Drumfart, 1/2 poll ; Quinemore, 2 polls ; Dromlyne, one poll ; Gartnartin, 1/4 poll ; Laghtnafiny, 1/2 poll ; Corromaghin, one poll ; Downanow, one poll ; Amaghtarcorne, one poll ; Aghcarrow, one poll ; Tollagh, one poll ; Cromcrin, 1/4 poll ; Shalghwy, one poll ; Portlanghill, 2 polls; Dromchorie, 1/4 of a poll; Carromconagh, 2 polls; Dromany, one poll; Crodrom, one poll ; 3/4 of Bohora ; Dromheada, one poll ; Dromvoloskie, one poll ; Ardra, one poll; and 1/12 of Dromro, next to Ardra ; in all, 1,000 acres. The poll of Crinowe, and the 1/4 of Bohora, containing 60 acres, are excepted from this grant. The premises are erected into the manor of Dromheada, with 300 acres in demesne, and a court baron. Rent, 5/. 6s. 8d. English. To hold forever, as of the castle of Dublin, in common socage. 24 June, 8th [1610][4].

In footnotes within Hill's history is contained a survey by Captain Nicholas Pynnar from 1619 which contains the following:

(66). Drumheda and Kilagh. — Alexander Aghmootie sold his proportion of Dromheada to James Craig on the 14th of August, 1610 ; and John Aghmootie sold his proportion of Kilagh or Keylagh, to the same purchaser, on the 16th of August 1610 — not long after the these undertakers had taken out their patents. In addition to these extensive lands, James Craig purchased 8 poles from a native named Brian M'Kergeren, who had received a grant of this property from the Crown. The name of these 8 poles were Dronge, Cornacran, Cornehan, Clontegrigenie, Derranlaster, Dromlara, Ardlogher, and Killneskellan, and Killegarnan. On the 26th of April, 1631, a re-grant was made to Sir James Craige, and dame Mary his wife, of the two small proportions of Keylagh and Dromheda, each containing 1,000 acres, and the portion called Dronge, containing 400 acres ; the lands to be created into a manor, to be called the manor of Castlecraige, with all manorial rights and privileges ; and to be held pursuant to the conditions of the plantation of Ulster. Dronge contained the several parcels called Aghanerrie, Knocknecolom, Tawneskregrie, Tannegarnuck, Knocknever, and Cortrasse ; Killegarnan contained the separate parcels called Aghowleg, Aghemore, Gillegarnan, Monenemullagh, and Carnillcale ;Camacran contained the several parcels Aghogreagh, Chorowe, Margebochegin, Tawchoboune, Genganby, Gerryhiggin, and Monevalle, Leycreagh, and Knocknecarm ; Clontegrigonie contained the several parcels called Corraghtmaght, Tawnelagh, and Aghbellenagheneddie ;Ardlogher and Killneskillen contained the several parcels called Lismole, Gortinfadlany, Aghemorelismole, Mullaghnelaroen, Derryvelim, [ ], Gatinetubber, Tawnenaltan, Cathrasnen, and Boylenane ; Derranlaster contained the several parcels called Knockeollen, Sheeran, Gerradus, Kerrinkeister, Corlemadrum, Aghanmore, and Derrinkeister ; Drombara contained the several parcels called Mullaghdownleglen, Aghamullen, Drumlaremcen, Drumlarregarrow, and Gurtincorleagh ; and Cornehah contained the several parcels called Knocktullester, Carlea, Corneskear, and Aghacarneagh. (Inquisitions of Ulster, Cavan, (27) Car. I.) The bordering lands of Sir James Craig and Sir Francis Hamilton became, to some extent, debateable ground, on which these knights waged a fierce controversy for a time on the question of mearings. It was found by inquisition, (24) Car. I. — "That the two poles of Qerrywyle or Derryweill doe contayne two poles of lande distinctly called by the several names following [rather containing the following several parcels], viz., Culnahorna, Dronicassidie, Gortny, Culneneni, Cormonagh, Curierin, Curiarte, Curncmullie, Curranna, and Coanespidocke. These have been occu pied as part of the proportion of Cloyn al' Taughleagh, until of late they have been wrongfullie withheld and possessed by Sir James Craige, Knight, and his assigns. The lands of Dromany and Codrum, likewise possessed by the said Sir James Craige as parcell of his proportion of Dromheada, are two other distinct whole poles of land, and have been ever soe called, knowne, and distinguished from the said two poles of Derryweill, and neither of them, in noe part nor any wise, belonginge unto the other." Inquisitions of Ulster, Cavan, (28) Car. I.[4]

(67) . Small Pieces. — An inquisition— (27) Car. I. — states that, in 1629, Sir James Craig had built a castle, on the parcell of his property called Croghan, 35 feet in height, within a circuit or enclosure of 240 feet in cir cumference.[4]

(68) . Are resident. — By the inquisition — (27) Car. I., there is no mention whatever of any British families being settled in 1629 on Sir James Craig's lands ; but there is the following list of the names of such natives as were there and then accommodated with portions of land, viz., Bryan bane McKernan, the pole of Croghan ; Gille oge McKernan, the pole of Dourany ; Eugene boy O'Rely, the pole of Laghin ; Corhonagh McKernan, the polls of Tcighabane, Nullaghdow, Aghadruvie, Mockane, Machernagh, and the 1/4 pole of Dromynan ; [ ] McKernan, the pole of Keylagh ; Brian oge McKernan, the pole of Dromartragh ; Donagh McKernan, }i of the pole of Clovagh ; Eugene McCahill McKernan, the polls of Clonkenie, [ ], and Killengrosse ; Farrell oge McKernan, the polls of Tutreagh, Carontonie, Killnegrahan, and [ ] ; John McEdmond oge McKernan, the two poles of Listernan ; William McKernan, Teig McKernan, and Thomas McShane birn McKernan, Dromfarte 1/2 pole, Quitemore, 1/2 and [ ], 1/2 ; [ ] McKernan and Pat McKernan, Dromlife, 1/2 a pole, and Cadarin, 1/2 pole ; Donald McMaister and Wm. McMaister, Loghnafinny 1/2 pole, and Coromaghin, 1/2 pole ; Cahir McShane, John boy McBryan, and Eugene McThomas, the polls of Dawnonaironagh and Agycorr ; Donald oge and Eugene McCormick oge McKernan, the polls of Annaghcarcran, Derrylane, and Corryn ; Donnell McKernan, and [ ], Dromheadan and Tullagh, one pole ; Eugene McThomas reagh, Caher McShane and [] boy McBryen, and Wm. McFarrell McKernan, the polls of Tullaghnevagh, Portleaghell, and Derrirkell ; Mullagher McMaister, Phelim McMaister, and Chonono- hort McKernan, the polls of Carrawdonagh, Droramany, and Crodram; Eugene McCormick oge McKernan, the 3/4 of the pole of Boheron; Dermod McKelly the pole of Ardra, and Eugene McCormuck boye, and Wm. McCormuck boye the pole of Drumgiloskie[4]. [5]

The word "oge" in Irish means young or little. Thus, Eugene McCormick oge McKernan may mean Eugene McCormick son of McKernan. One of the jurors who provided testimony for the inquisition for the 1609 survey of Cavan, was Cormoc McKernan[4] (p 185). This could mean that Eugene McCormick was the son of Cormoc McKernan, the juror.

Sir James Craig of Craig Castle and Craigston of Aberdeen became one of the Scottish undertakers of the Ulster Plantation. Sir James went to England in 1603, had grants of revision of the clerkship of the Wardrobe and of the Office of Assistant Clerk in the King's Great Wardrobe. In 1610 he was granted 1000 acres in County Armagh, which he later sold to buy land in County Cavan (baraony of Tullyhunco) and settled many of his kinsman there. In 1611, he was granted the Ulster manor[6].

On 29 July 1611 Arthur Chichester, 1st Baron Chichester and others reported that John Auchmothy and Alexander Auchmothye have not appeared at the lands awarded to them. James Craige is their deputy for five years, who has brought 4 artificers of divers sorts with their wives and families and 2 other servants. Stone raised for building a mill and trees felled, a walled house with a smith's forge built, 4 horses and mares upon the grounds with competent arms.

In 1622, some of the English settlers were complaining that they were being put off their estates and the land was being let to native Irish. "It was an easier arrangement for undertakers to let land to the Irish from year to year than to provide proper leases at an attractive rent for British tenants . . . Finally in 1628 the Crown and the undertakers reached a compromise. The Irish were to be sent to contiguous townlands within the estates. These towns or balliboes were not to exceed one fourth of the whole proportion. In this way an attempt was made to ethnically segregate the occupants of the townlands. In the Dromhaeda estate, Derrylane, Drumgilrooske, Ardra, Dromlisse, Quiviebegg and Downanarrow were chosen for this project. The last three townlands have not been identified but Downanarrow could be Corradarren[7].

Sir James Craig died in the siege of Croaghan Castle on 8 April 1642. His land was inherited by his brother John Craig of Craig Castle, County Cavan and of Craigston, County Leitrim, who was chief doctor to both King James I and Charles I.

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Further Research

  • McKiernan, Francis J. (ed.): The Hearth Money Rolls for the Baronies of Tullyhunco and Tullyhaw, County Cavan, Breifne Vol 1, No 3 (1960), 247-262.
  • Parker, Ciarán: Two minor septs of medieval Breifne , Breifne Vol 8, No 31 (1995), 566-586.
  • Nallen, Maura: A study of eight townlands in the parish of Killeshandra, Breifne Vol 8, No 35 (1999), 5.
  • Magee, Jack: Joseph G. Biggar: Home Rule M.P. for Cavan 1874-90, Breifne Vol 9, No 39 (2003), 45
  • Sheridan, Don: The Sheridan family, Breifne, Vol 10, No 43 (2007), 473.
  • Hood, Susan:'‘Further records from the Church of Ireland diocese of Kilmore",'Breifne, Vol 12, No 46 (2011), pp 377-393.
  • McShane, Michael: ‘Land “parcells” of Tullyhunco from the Ulster inquisitions of 1629, Breifne, Vol 3 No 51 (2016) pp 756-780.
  • Schlegel, Donald M: ‘The Sheridans untangled’, Breifne, Vol 3 No 51 (2016), pp 816-833.


  1. Griffiths Valuation
  2. 2.0 2.1 Michael McShane, "Bodley’s Map of Tullyhunco 1609 ", (2015)
  3. Hill, George. Names in the Land Grants in Northern Ireland: From the Plantation of Ulster. United States: Irish Genealogical Foundation, 2004.p 307
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Hill, G. (1877). An historical account of the plantation in Ulster at the commencement of the seventeenth century, 1608-1620. Belfast: M'Caw, Stevenson & Orr
  5. "Census Substitutes: Cavan, Cavan in the Ulster Plantation 1608-1620". Extracted by Loretta (Lynn) Layman <>
  7. "Nallen: A Study of Eight Townlands in the Parish of Killeshandra 1608-1841", pp 27-8

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