Hi Dave and ViThanks Dave for your advice, I have looked it up in Toolkit
Valuation Books - Going deeper into Griffith's Valuation
It seems there were too many small plots for them to deal with in the years from 1824
before they did Griffiths Valuation proper. Because of this they restricted the initial
valuation books to bigger plots over a certain value. Presumably this was to give them an
idea what would be involved. My family had a small house and only 15 acres, not nearly big
enough to reach the value limit.Vi thank you also for giving us details of the Bog lands,
I'm sure that explains the additional holdings my family had, also it's
fascinating to know that the practice still survives to this day!Val Mc - sunny today
From: "Dave H." <hallmarkone(a)gmail.com>
No problem, it's all explained in the TOOLKIT I recommended recently.
From: Viola Wiggins <vmaw3434(a)gmail.com>
Val and Jim,
Could it have been small plots of bog which each would cut and harvest Turf for fuel?
Every square inch of land was accounted for and I suspect that it may have Bog shared
between the various Occupier's.
That bog would only last for a limited number of years, then what was known as Cutaway
reverted to the landlord and an alternative plot of bog was deeded to Occupier's. In
my father's case when the new bog bank was allocated it was in a different townland.
My nephew, who lives over the road from me, still has his father's bog deeded to him.
That bog became his father's property when his farm was " bought out" and
became Freehold c 1945/50. Depending which Land Purchase Act it was purchased under.
If I needed bog now for winter fuel I would have to apply to The Land Commission who might
allocate a "bog bank" for my use. They would charge me an annual rent on that
small plot of less than 2 Roods = to c half an acre for a set number of years.
So I wonder if the 5 people sharing a small measure of land were allocated new plots under
the same landlord, but in a different Townland.