Re: It was apparently common for people with the same names to be given
'nicknames' to distinquish them ...eg. Thomas callaghan (hill) probably
lived on the hill and Thomas (red) may have had red hair, Thomas Callaghan
(master) ...was a school master.
I've been away for a few days....Yes I did see your reply and thank you for
the explanation. I am not researching the Callaghans. I am looking at who
was living in various townlands in the time periods that we have some
records for, and Altagoaghan happens to be one of those townlands. I am
primarily interested in Beggan/Beagan/Beggin/Biggin families.