Griffith’s Primary Valuation Records, Co. Laois

From the 1820s to the 1840s a complex process of reform attempted to standardise the basis of local taxation in Ireland. The first steps were to map and fix administrative boundaries through the Ordnance Survey and the associated Boundary Commission. The next step was to assess the productive capacity of all property in the country in a thoroughly uniform way. Richard Griffith, a geologist based in Dublin, became Boundary Commissioner in 1825 and Commissioner of Valuation in 1827. The results of his great survey, the Primary Valuation of Ireland, were published between 1847 and 1864. The valuation is arranged by county, barony, Poor Law Union, civil parish and townland, and it lists every landholder and every householder in Ireland.

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Occupier_sur_nameImmediate_lessorTownlandCounty
Barron JamesKemmis Fredk. F., Rev.BallyadamsLaois
M'Darby MichaelKemmis Fredk. F., Rev.BallyadamsLaois
M'Daniel JohnKemmis Fredk. F., Rev.BallyadamsLaois
Gibbons HonoriaWhelan FentonBallyadamsLaois
Gray ThomasHurley Arthur W.BallyadamsLaois
Butler Edward, Esq.Hurley WalterBallyadamsLaois
Butler Edward, Esq.Kemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Kelly PatrickKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Byrne ThomasKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Dunne PatrickKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
M'Evoy ThomasKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Harte JohnKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Kelly WilliamKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
M'Glean RobertKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Murray JohnKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Murray JamesKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Murray PatrickKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Quigley JamesKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Fennel JamesKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Nowlan JamesKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Hurley Walter x 2Kemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Kelly JohnKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Cushen MaryKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Maher HughKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Greene JohnKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Dunne CatherineKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Whelan FentonKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Dogue JaneKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Foley See Fennel &Kemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Keefe DanielKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Bergin MarkKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Fennel & Foley James & DanielKemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)BallyadamsLaois
Kelly Thomas B., Esq.In feeKellyvilleLaois
Fox MartinFox MatthewDrumroeLaois
Johnson Benj. B., Esq.In feeKellyvilleLaois
Brearton Ralph W., Esq.In fee FallaghmoreLaois
Trench Fredk. F., Rev. x 3In fee BallintubbertLaois
Trench Fredk. F., Rev. x 2In feeBallintleaLaois
Trench Fredk. F., Rev.In feeSouthfieldLaois
Whelan JohnGrogan Geo. Wm., EsqFallaghmoreLaois
Knowles JohnGrogan Geo. Wm., EsqFallaghmoreLaois
M'Cue EdwardJohnson Benj. B., EsqRathgilbertLaois
M'Cue JohnConnor DanielLoughlassLaois
M'Cue JohnBrearton Ralph W., EsqParkahoughillLaois
Brennan JohnGrogan Geo. W., EsqRathgilbertLaois
Fox MatthewWeldon Anthony, SirDrumroeLaois
Byrne Patrick x 2Grogan Geo. W., EsqFallaghmoreLaois
Kemmis Thos, Esq., (his reps)In fee In feeRatherrigLaois
Kelly Edward x 2Grogan Geo. Wm., EsqFallaghmoreLaois
Taylor GeorgeGrogan Geo. Wm., EsqFallaghmoreLaois

My tables are sorted alphabetically by Occupiers’ name – any Immediate Lessor may be listed numerous times throughout a parish. Immediate Lessor names are not sorted alphebetically

In those instances when a person is listed twice in the same townland and the Immediate lessor was the same for each entry I have the occupiers name once and indicated how many times that name occurs in that townland beside it.

I have excluded the name of Immediate Lessors of Vacant properties when that person was already listed as being an Immediate Lessor in the same townland. The names of Immediate Lessors of vacant properties are included if that person was not listed as an Immediate Occupier previously in that townland.< br />< br />

In those instances when a person is listed twice in the same townland and the Immediate lessor was the same for each entry I have the occupiers name once and indicated how many times that name occurs in that townland beside it. I have excluded the name of Immediate Lessors of Vacant properties when that person was already listed as being an Immediate Lessor in the same townland. The names of Immediate Lessors of vacant properties are included if that person was not listed as an Immediate Occupier previously in that townland.< br />< br />

The Immediate Lessor is the person who owns or leases the property from the Landholder. The Occupier is the person who leases the land from the Immediate Lessor. The Occupier, in turn, may sub-let part of the property that they are listed as being the Occupier of, in which case, their name is then listed in the Immediate Lessor column. You need to see the original pages of the Griffiths Valuation which lists the type of property being leased.

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