Handwriting needs deciphering!

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  1. Daft Bat

    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    If anyone is able to identify the places in Ireland on this snip from an 1861 census - and let me know where they are - I would be grateful:

    1861 census.JPG

    For reference:
    RG09, piece 4269, folio 47, page 5

    The family that I am looking at are named GOLLACHAN and there's not even a county to help! :mad:

    Thank you. :)
     
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    Well, to me it looks like Swaineworth and Wagworth, but as you'll have discovered already, Google returned a blank for both of those.

    Will keep trying.
     
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    Thanks, BH. That's what they read to me, but as you say, finding them is a different matter entirely! :headbang:
     
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    On the basis that they didn’t complete their own forms and their accent might have been hard to understand, how about Swainstown and Waynestown, both townlands in Co. Meath, and not too far from each other?
     
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    Thank you, Arthur - certainly a very strong possibility. :D
     
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    Have you found the Gollachans anywhere else other than 1861, Jan? There's a handful of local burials that I can see, otherwise...:headbang:
     
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    In the 1871 census (RG10 Piece 5640 Fol. 59 Page 3) there are
    a John and Mary Gallagher with their daughter Mary and their son William. All of them live in Primrose Hill (qv 1861 census).

    If this is them then John and Mary come from County Mayo....your call!!:).
     
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    Couldn't see them in either 1851 or 1871. However, I was really looking for Gallagher and the chap that I am searching is nowhere to be seen in 1861. Just this lot popped up instead. Even then, his birth is way out....
     
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    Swineford (also spelt Swinford)? This is a parish, and one of its 28 townlands is also called Swineford.
     
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    There are also two townlands in Co. Londonderry called Walworth...

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    That's what it says at one of the main townlands reference sites:
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    http://www.thecore.com/seanruad/
    Another site only mentions one:
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    https://www.townlands.ie/
     
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    Thank you both.

    I shall be rummaging to see if I can find out more. :D
     
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    Ah yes, there they are - found 'em. There are other Gallaghers up that end of town, which was mainly court housing, also 'born Ireland'.
     
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    Solved that little mystery - there's only one and it spans a parish boundary so the first site I mentioned listed it twice. See this map:
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    http://maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,661454,922251,9,7
    Hope that works. If it doesn't, it's just west of Limavady.
     
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    There's nothing like a good old rummage on a Thursday. :D
     
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