Aghindisert

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Aghindisert (from Irish: Achadh an Dísirt, meaning "the field of the hermitage") is a townland in the civil parish of Tomregan, in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It is situated within the former barony of Knockninny.

Etymology[edit]

The oldest surviving mention of the name is in a grant dated 14 October 1612 where it is spelled ‘Aghodisart’. Spellings in later grants are 1620 – Aghadisert, 1629 – Aghadisart & Aghadizarte and 1659 – Aghadissartt.[1]

Geography[edit]

It is bounded on the north by Gortaree and Derrintony townlands, on the east by Garvary townland, on the south by Drumderg townland, and on the west by Ummera townland. Its chief geographical feature is a drumlin hill reaching to 70 metres above sea-level. The townland is traversed by the Teemore Road and some minor lanes. Aghindisert covers an area of 168 statute acres.

History[edit]

The townland formed part of the ballybethagh of Calvagh in medieval times.

At the beginning of the 17th century it was owned jointly by Bryan McPhilip O'Reyly and Edward Rutlidge but was confiscated by the Crown in the 1609 Ulster Plantation and it formed part of the half-territory of Aughrin which was granted to Sir Hugh Culme in 1610. Culme later relinquished his claim to the Crown, perhaps because there was confusion at the time as to whether the townland formed part of County Fermanagh or County Cavan. By an order of the Lord Deputy dated 14 October 1612 the townland was granted, inter alia, to Lady Margaret O'Neill, widow of Sir Hugh Maguire. An Inquisition held at Newtownbutler on 20 January 1629 found that Thomas Duffe McCorie was seized of the lands of, interalia, Aghadizarte. In 1641 and also in 1670 it was owned by Sir William Balfour (general).[2]

The Tithe Applotment Books for 1827 list the following tithepayers in the townland- Drum, McAvinue, McGuire.[3]

The population of the townland in the 1841 census was 61.

Griffith's Valuation of 1857 lists sixteen occupiers in the townland.[4]

In the 1901 census of Ireland, there are thirteen families listed in the townland.[5]

In the 1911 census of Ireland, there are thirteen families listed in the townland.[6]

Antiquities[edit]

There are no historic sites in the townland apart from the Early-Christian hermitage whose location is unknown but was probably on the hilltop.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.placenamesni.org/historicforms.php?getPnameId=20287
  2. ^ Settlement on a Plantation Estate, the Balfour Rentals of 1632 and 1636 by John Johnston, in Clogher Record Vol. 12, No. 1 (1985), pp. 92-109
  3. ^ [1]Tithe Applotment Books 1827
  4. ^ AghindisertGriffith’s Valuation 1857
  5. ^ [2]Census of Ireland 1901
  6. ^ [3]Census of Ireland 1911

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