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A Special Census of Northern Ireland. Pynnars Survey

This compilation includes Rare Land Owner Records and Historical Notations Including Counties Armagh, Tyrone, Donegal, Cavan, and Fermanagh, with notes on Londonderry (Derry). It is an underused genealogy resource

Catholic and Protestant
It also includes the names of Catholics and Protestants involved, along with
Irish, Scots Irish, and English settlers from 1609 onwards.

Records of Landowners
Pynnars Survey was created to provide a report on each owner of land and its status in Counties Armagh, Tyrone, Donegal, Cavan, Fermanagh;……
It gives us the real names of landholders, and the location with condition of their property in Ireland. This includes Counties Armagh, Tyrone, Donegal, Cavan, and Fermanagh with notes on Londonderry. It was originally compiled as a result of the 17th century plantation of Ireland (1609…). A landholders census record, it set about to give us the results of the ‘planting’ of families from outside Ireland onto Irish lands. Here, Pynnar gives us the name and condition of Undertakers, servitors, and principal natives on these Ulster lands. The footnotes by Hill are of particular note, at times bringing updates into the 19th century.

A sample from a small entry follows
Sir Alexander Hamilton(55) the first patentee. Jane Hamilton (56), late wife to Claude Hamilton, deceased, hath 2,000 acres, called Carrotobber and Clonkine. Upon this Proportion there is a strong castle, and a Bawne of Lime and Stone thouroughly finished with her family living there (….and in the over 1/2 page of footnotes on this family are given other inhabitants in 1629, namely George Griffin, Francis Cofyn, Stephen Hunt, and Richard Lighterfoot, all of whom had been granted deeds.)

Record of Name Changes
As throughout this whole series, there are many notes on family names, locations and backgrounds. Of the name of John Whisher, Hill gives that it is ‘now’ written as Wishart, and that Carew writes it as Wyhard, and that he had returned to Scotland and returned and suffered many misfortunes. We also find lists of tenants who were not landowners in addition to the ‘census’ type material.

Many Families
This volume is very useful, to historians and family researchers today. There are too many families and specific plots of land to mention, but here are a few of the families with multiple listings in this work: Acheson; Alexander; Bingley; Beresford; ODonnelly; O’Boyle; Browne; Chichester; McCaffery; Butler; McBryan; Cole; Dillon; Hamilton (over 30 index listings); Moore; Maguire; Oneale; OReilly; Stewart; Richardson; Wilson; Wray and hundreds more…..

Where to find it
The Irish Roots Cafe has published Pynnars Survey, as given above, in hardbound book form and it is available in one single volume. It is also found in the 4 book set “Conquest of Ireland”. More details on the content of this work are given on the page from the Irish Genealogical Foundation here.

About the Author
The ‘worlds leading expert’, Mike O’Laughlin is the most published author in his field. Since 1978 he has authored: 60 books; 40 CD’s and Videos; 300 podcasts; and over 1,000 articles. Having written books on every county in Ireland, he also publishes rare works in both Irish and English, including ‘The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters’.

Pynnars Survey/ Census

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