I have a copy of Loughmore Parish Index to Burials in Loughmore and Templeree Graveyards and can do look ups. The original is in the Thurles Library. The National Library in Dublin does not have a copy.
There is also a list of transcribed headstones at Loughmore Cemetery by Sue Grieves 2000-2001. Doesn’t include all the graves as in the Index but has lots of information from the headstones.
The Tithe Applotment Books cover the period 1823-1837 and record the amount of tax payable from the occupier of land to support the Protestant Church of Ireland. A very unpopular tax.
The Tithe Applotment Books are now online at The National Archives Site. There are many transcription errors, so check the original document carefully.
The books are arranged by townland and list the name of each land occupier, the size and quality of their land and the tithe due.
By comparing what your ancestors paid to that of their neighbours in the same townland you can get an idea of how well off or not they were. The tithes were only paid on agricultural land.
In the 1830s many refused to pay these taxes and there are lists of these Tithe Defaulters on Irish Origins, a fee paying site. In this post I have included Fanning and Darmody Tithe Defaulters.
Entries in the Tithe Applotment Books for Fannin in Co Tipperary. You can click on each name and look at the original documents:
Last entry for Fannin in Tithe Applotment Books Co Tipperary
John Fannin of Coolbawn townland in Drangan Parish Co Tipperary South in the Tithe Applotment Book 1828
Not John but Edmond Fanning of Drangan 1829
Tithe Applotment Book entry for Widow Burke nee Fannin in Inch
Tithe Applotment Book entry for William Fannin of Lissaroon, my ancestor.
John Fannin of Lacken in Lattin Parish Co Tipperary in the Tithe Applotment Book
While there is no Laurence Fannin listed when searching on the original documents I think this is a Laurence Fannin of Grague Moycarky:
Hard to decipher the next entry. It has been listed as Mathew Fannin :
Robert Fannin of Ballinver
Templemichael Parish Co Tipperary South in the Tithe Applotment Book 1834
Second Tithe Applotment Entry for Robert Fannin of Ballinver in Templemichael Parish Co Tipperary South 1834
John Fannin of Gurtadangan in Templeree Parish Co Tipperary North in the Tithe Applotment Book 1827
There is another entry for a John Fannin of Gurtadangan but I think it is a duplication.
The following entry was listed incorrectly as Edmond Hannin but I think it is Edmond Fannin of Buckley Islands which is in Inch Civil Parish. Given that he is in Inch Parish he is most likely part of my family.
There are many more entries for Fanning in the Tithe Applotment Books for Co Tipperary:
Joseph Fanning of Parkstown in Ballymureen Parish Co Tipperary North in the Tithe Applotment Book 1827 Sept
I don’t see two other Joseph Fannings in Parkstown so I think this is a duplication. Checking the entries for this Joseph Fanning of Parkstown there appear to be two handwritten copies of the same records which may account for some of the transcription errors.
Tithe Applotment Book entries for Edmond Fanning senior and junior and another Edmond Fanning of Drom in Drom Parish Co Tipperary North 1825
Michael, John and Jeffry Fanning in Kilahagan in Drom Parish Co Tipperary North in the Tithe Applotment Book 1825
Tithe Applotment Book entries for Fanning in Co Tipperary p2
The Tithe Applotment Book Entry for Killvacorus Drom Parish Co Tipperary North 1825
I think that this should be Killvacorus. Also there is an Edmond Fanning senior and an Edmond Fanning junior listed.
Thomas and Joseph Fanning on the Knockanevin Estate in Knockanevin Townland in Glenkeen Parish Co Tipperary North Tithe Applotment Book 1832
Tithe Applotment Book Entry Joshua and Joseph Fanning Coolawn Estate Coolawn
Patrick Fanning of Ballinamona in Kilmurry Parish Co Tipperary South near the border with Co Waterford.The Tithe Applotment Book of 1843
Tithe Applotment Book Entries Fanning p3
Patrick Fanning tenant of Loughkent Knockgraffon Parish in Co Tipperary South Tithe Applotment Book entry 1825
William Fanning of Donegall Townland Knockgraffon Parish Co Tipperary South in the Tithe Applotment Book 1825
Edward Fanning Carrig Loughmoe Loughmoe East Parish Co Tipperary North Tithe Applotment Book 1827
John Fanning Clondoty Loughmoe East Co Tipperary North Tithe Applotment Book 1827
Michael Fanning Killeenleigh Loughmoe East Co Tipperary North Tithe Applotment Book 1827
The second entries for Edward Fanning of CarrigLoughmoe, Michael Fanning of Killeenleigh and John Fanning of Clondoty are duplicates.
Tithe Applotment Book Entry for James Fanning of Moynetemple Moyne Co Tipperary North 1827
James Fanning of Lisdonolly Co Tipperary North Tithe Applotment Book Entry 1827
Patrick Fanning of Ballycleary Roscrea Co Tipperary North Tithe Applotment Entry 1823
Tithe Applotment Book Entry for Patrick Fanning of Streamstown Roscrea Co Tipperary North 1823
Michael Fanning of Killough Templemore Parish Co Tipperary North Tithe Applotment Book no date
Tithe Applotment Book Entry for Richard Fanning of Lisdaleen Templtouhy Parish Co Tipperary North 1815-1821
Tithe Applotment Book entries for Fanning in Co Tipperary p5
Tithe Applotment Book Entry for Patrick Fanning of Commons Townland Thurles Parish Co Tipperary North 1833
Michael Fanning of Castle Avenue Thurles Co Tipperary 1833 Tithe Applotment Book Entry
Patrick Fanning of Bawntameena Thurles, Oliver Fanning of Racecourse Thurles and Callinans of Ardstraw 1833
Judy Fanning of Carrigeen, Seskin Thurles Tithe Applotment Book 1833
James & Edward Fanning Brittas Rd or North West Suburbs Thurles Tithe Applotment Book
In the above entry Edward has been transcribed incorrectly as Low Fanning.
John Fanning of Knockroe Thurles Parish Co Tipperary Tithe Applotment Book 1833
Tithe Applotment Book Entry for Edward and John Fanning of Cassistown 1833
Tithe Applotment Book Fanning p6
Edmond Fanning of Guraune in Twomileborris Parish Co Tipperary
In the two above entries the owner, Lord Castlecoole, was incorrectly entered as the townland.
Catherine was the daughter of William Fannin and Hanera Cormack or Macormack. She would have been born and raised at Lissaroon.
Lissaroon, Fanning ancestral homestead and farm, Co Tipperary Ireland
Her siblings that I know of were: Michael who married Catherine Ryan and took over the farm at Lissaroon, Patrick who married Margaret Cantwell and farmed at Lisdonowley, William “Billy” who lived at Clondoty and was married to Catherine Fogarty and Mary who was married to Thomas Evaston of Clonomocogue.
Catherine Morrissey nee Fanning was married to Daniel Morrissey in Drom Parish on 22 Feb 1838. The witnesses at their wedding were Thomas Cormack and Catherine Fanning. Her address was given as Lissaroon.
Tipperary Family History Research found records of eight children all born in the parish of Loughmore or Loughmoe in Co Tipperary.
Bridget Morrissey was baptised on 17 Mar 1841 and her sponsors were Patrick and Sally Fanning.
Judy (Johanna) Morrissey was baptised on 21 May 1843 and sponsored by Michael and Judy Fanning. She married Michael Burke in Loughmore Parish in 1861.
Honora Morrissey was baptised on 26 Dec 1844. Her family address is given as Kill. Her godparents were Edmund Fogarty and Mary Fanning.
Their next child, Mary was baptised on 28 Dec 1846. The address listed is Kill. Sponsors were William and Johanna Fanning.
Catherine Morrissey was baptised on 17 April 1849. Address is Kill and Catherine MacGrath was the only sponsor.
The baptismal date for Margaret Morrissey was 11 June 1851 and the address was Kill. She was sponsored by Tom Fanning and Margaret Eviston.
Daniel Morrissey was baptised on 8 Aug 1853. His sponsors were Patrick Eagan and Judy Ryan. The home address was Kill.
William Morrissey was baptised on 22 March 1856. James Morrissey and Catherine Fanning were sponsors. Catherine died shortly after giving birth to her last child William.
On Dec 9 1845 Daniel Morrissy of Kill was listed on the Rate for the Relief of the Poor of Thurles Union for Loughmore West. Comparing this list with Griffiths Valuation it seems that Kill was an abbreviation used for the townland of Kilkillahara.
In Griffiths Valuation there is a Daniel Morrissey (spelled Morrissy) living in Kilkillahara in West Loughmore who may well be the husband of Catherine Morrissey nee Fanning:
I have been unable to find any marriages or death records for Daniel or any of his children. Just found the marriage of Judy to Michael Burke. None were buried in Loughmore Cemetery. Perhaps their graves are in Drom Cemetery. I also haven’t been able to find them in the 1901 Census.
If anyone knows where they all ended up or has any more info on this Morrissey family please contact me.
Last November 2012 Liz Kennedy posted the following comment about her gggrandmother Ellen Phelan:
“Today, 11th Nov 2012 I visited the graveyard in Moyne, Co. Tipperary where my gg grandmother Ellen Phelan is buried. She was Ellen Fanning or Fannin and came from Lisaroon, Ballycahill, Co. Tipperary. She was married to Patrick Phelan of Bawnmore, Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny Where I was born). He died in 1892. “
I was delighted to hear from her and intrigued as to how Ellen was related to the Lissaroon Fannings, my ancestors. Unfortunately I have not been able to make further contact with Liz.
I did some digging myself and found her marriage record unfortunately there are few details on this to help. No parents’ names which is what I was hoping for.
From the Latin written on their marriage record Ellen and Patrick were blood related, cousins. Possibly third cousins.
Galmoy is a parish in Co Kilkenny.
Given that Ellen’s address is Moycarkey I wonder if she is related to the Lissaroon Fanning family. I was expecting her address to be Lissaroon or Thurles. I would like to know how she is connected.
The following information is in a comment left by the husband of a descendant of Ellen and Patrick and gives details on their children:
“Their son Michael was a publican in Baunmore, who married Bridget Delaney and had 11 children. My wife’s grandfather was living with them in the 1901 census, as was Ellen Fanning, who was by then widowed.
Both Michael and Bridget died young, in 1909 and 1910. Their eldest son took over the pub and was head of the family in the 1911 census, raising his siblings at the age of 18.
Patrick and Ellen’s other son, Jeremiah, also was not a priest, but a farmer in Baunmore with six children.”
I found birth records for these children of Ellen and Patrick Phelan: Jeremiah born in 1849, Margaret in 1853, Michael in 1855 and Thomas in 1857. There may well have been other children.
In Moyne Cemetery Co Tipperary there are two Phelan graves. There are photos of these gravestones on Jane Lyons’ site http://www.from-ireland.net/photographs-of-moyne-gravestones/nggallery/page/10/
The first gravestone has the following inscription:
Erected by Ellen Phelan Bawnmore in memory of her husband Patrick Phelan died March 13 1892 aged 70 years, also his father Jeremiah died May 1884 aged 50 ? yrs and her child Margaret died young. Nora Phelan died 1948, Edward Phelan Crosspatrick died 22 Feb ? 1952 His wife Bridget interred in Crosspatrick.
Above is a related gravestone for Jeremiah Phelan of Bawnmore who died 7-1-1921, his wife Margaret who died 3-7-1906, their three daughters who died young, their son Patrick who died 20-7-1954 and his wife Catherine who is interred at Crosspatrick. This stone was erected by Margaret Phelan and family.
Ellen Phelan died in Lough Co Kilkenny 14th Oct 1902 age given as 90.
I am posting what I know in the hopes someone will contact me and be able to fill in the gaps and establish a connection with the Lissaroon Fanning family or not.
I have been in contact with the husband of a descendant of Ellen Phelan nee Fanning. Quite a few of her descendants have done DNA tests as have I.
So far I have not found any DNA matches with Ellen and my Fanning family. So at this stage it looks very much like Ellen Phelan nee Fanning is not a Lissaroon Fanning, unless she was adopted.
The story begins with Kate Fanning who married Michael Brolan, “Mick the tailor”, in Manhattan New York on 24 Oct 1909. Michael was from the townland of Lissaroon in Co Tipperary Ireland.
Katie arrived on the Coronia from Queenstown on 22 Sept 1909 and was 26 years old. They would have known each other and their families as they lived close to each other in Co Tipperary.
Michael was born on the 5th March 1875. His parents were Patrick Michael Brolan and Mary Banan. He had two uncles already in New York: Patrick Brolan who was in the US in 1850 and James Bannon who emigrated around 1869. His brother Patrick Michael born1880 arrived about 1900 and a sister, Agnes, in 1909.
I have been told by a Brolan descendant that Mick and his brother Patrick left Ireland because of their involvement in anti-British politics and that there was an incident on a bridge that led to them leaving.
The Brolans from Lissaroon are buried in Calvary Cemetery Queens New York across from the Fenian monument.
In Ireland there are quite a few Brolans buried in Inch Old Cemetery Magherareagh, Bouladuff Co Tipperary. The following Brolan headstone is from Historicgraves which gives GPS coordinates for this cemetery..
Erected By PATRICK BROLAN Lisaroon.
In Memory Of His Father MICHAEL
Who Died 14TH Oct 1882 Aged 75
His Mother AGNES Died 3RD March 1891 Aged 84
His Beloved Wife MARY Died 28TH Aug 1924 Aged 85
And His Brother JOHN BROLAN Bouladuff
Died 27TH Jan 1897 Aged 52
His Wife JULIA Died 31ST Dec 1892 Aged 48
Their Daughter MARY Died 16TH June 1897
And Their Baby Who Died Young
PRAY FOR THE SOUL
Of The Above PATERICK BROLAN
Died 10TH March 1929
JAMES BROLAN Died Dec 1963
His Wife BRIDGET Died Feb 1951
His Sister MARY Died Nov 1964
SHEILA GLEESON (nee BROLAN)
Died 22ND June 1980
(Interred In Lisboney Nenagh)
R. I. P.
I have also recently discovered that two of Mick the tailor Brolan’s uncles and one aunt emigrated to my home town of Melbourne. A Michael and an Anne Brolan came out in Nov 1868 on the “Conflict”. Michael and James Brolan were also tailors. His aunt Anne married John Greaney in Melbourne and had a family. James was married but seems had no children. Michael was married twice and quite possibly has descendants still living in Australia. On Victorian death records their father is Michael Brolan and mother Agnes Cormac.
There was also an extensive Brolan family ( Dennis, William, John, Patrick and Bridget Brolan) living in Queensland, descendants of a William Brolan and Bridget McCarthy from Quarry St Thurles Co Tipperary. They came out before 1888. A good chance they are also related.
Back to the story of Kate Brolan nee Fanning.
Kate sailed from Queenstown (Cobh) to New York on the Coronia in 1909.
William Bannon parents were John Bannan and Mary Fanning. Mary came from Lissaroon. It is possible Kate and William were cousins.
I have been told by a Brolan descendant that Kate’s family came from Lissaroon which is where my Fanning ancestors came from.
I have been trying to find out how Kate is related to William Fannin and Sarah Ryan of Lissaroon.
It is possible that the Fannings and Brolans are related by marriage going back. Michael Brolan was married to Agatha Cormac around 1840 and earlier about 1806 William Fannin married Honora McCormack. The Cormack or McCormack family was one of the main families living in the small townland of Lissaroon. I am looking to see if I can find out if Honoria was Agatha’s aunt.
Kate’s parents were James Fanning and Alice Long. They were married in Holycross Parish in Ballycahill Catholic Church on Feb 20th 1873. Martin Eviston and Mary Long were witnesses.
James was a farmer from Kill in Drom Parish and his father was John Fanning, also a farmer. Alice’s father was William Long and a farmer from Barracurra which close to Lissaroon.
The children of James Fanning and Alice Long were all baptised in Holycross Parish. James and Alice lived at Barracurra.
The children of James Fanning and Alice Long were:
Margaret baptised June 18, 1874. Her godparents were John Ryan and Margaret Fanning.
Then came Kate, baptised as Catherine, on 14th Nov 1875. Her sponsors were William Fanning and Alice Long.
After Catherine in 1877 John was born. He was baptised on 10th May 1877 and sponsors for him were Joseph Fanning and Ellen McGrath.
Mary Fanning was born in 1879 and baptised on the 18th of Oct in that year. Bridget Long and Mary Fanning were sponsors.
Then in 1882 Alice Fanning was born. Her sponsors were John and Joanna Banon. She was baptised on Feb 17th 1882.
William Fanning was born 14th July 1884 and baptised on 28th July.
The informant for all their births was Mary Darmody, except in the case of Mary. Honoria Mulcahy, an Ursuline nun, Sister Mary Baptist, was the informant for her birth.
In the 1901 and 1911 Census records James and his family are living at Barracurra where Alice came from. In 1901 his age is given as 58 which would mean he was born about 1843 but in the 1911 Census his age is 72 which would make his birth about 1839.
Alice Fanning died age 67, on 28 April 1912 at Barracurra. Her husband James died three years later on Dec 30, 1915 age 68.
Now comes the hard part, identifying the parents of James Fanning, Kate’s grandparents. On the marriage record for James Fanning and Alice Long his address is given as Kill. This is an abbreviation.
Tipperary Family History Research found only one baptism about 1840 for a James Fanning from Drom with the address as “Kill”. He was born in the Parish of Drom June 3 1838. His parents were John Fanning and Margaret Russell. Their address is was given as Kile. His godparents were Bridget and Pat Mahony.
There were also Fannings living in the townland of Killahagan in Drom Parish but TFHR did not find a baptism there for James Fanning born c 1840. Living there were Thomas, John senior and John jnr Fannon. On the above map you can see that the two townlands, Kilvilcorris and Killahagan are next to each other.
John Fanning and Margaret Russell were married in 1827 in Drom Parish Co Tipperary. I am waiting for TFHR to send me their marriage record which hopefully will have John’s father’s name and maybe an address. Unfortunately their marriage record has no parents or address! They were married in Drom Parish on Jan 30 1827 and William Russell and William Purcell were witnesses.
In 1825 in the townland of Kilvacorus there is a John Fanning with 15 acres and a Edm Fanning senior with 11 acres and a Edm Fanning junior with 11 acres also. These are most likely John’s father and brother.
I have had all this information in a folder and have not added it to any family trees as I am not absolutely sure that the parents of James Fanning are John Fanning and Margaret Russell and how they are related to my Fanning ancestors. I am posting all I have in the hope someone may be able to confirm or otherwise or add to what I have. Nothing much will happen if it all stays in the folder!
I am at the stage in my research of the Fanning family in Co Tipp where I have exhausted all the sources I can online and all the new information and stories and photos come from readers contacting me, which I love.
The children of Margaret Russell and John Fanningof Kilvilcorris, all born in the parish of Drom, were:
Edward Fanning baptised Jan 18 1828 , address Kile. Sponsors were James Fanning and Cath Russell.
William Fanning baptised 29 March 1831. Address given as Kille. Sponsors were Joe Fanning and Mary Donovan. William married Emma Flynn. Laurence and Margaret Fanning are listed as their children in the 1901 Census. I have a marriage record for them from familysearch.org for 16 Oct 1880 Kill Drom. She is listed as Amy Flynn Fanning. On the 1901 Census her name is written as Anny Fanning.
Catherine Fanning baptised 28 July 1833. Address Kille. Sponsors were Thomas Doherty and Mary Fanning.
James Fanning baptised June 3 1838. Address Kile. Sponsors Pat and Bridget Mahony.
Joseph Fanning baptised July 12 1840. Address Kile. Sponsor was Ellen Gleeson.
Margaret Fanning baptised June 28 1842. Address Drom. Sponsors Edm Fanning and Mary Russell.
Johanna Fanning baptised Jan 1 1845. Address Kill. Sponsors were Michael Ryan and Mary Fanning.
This information on the Fannings at Killvilcorris is from Griffiths Valuation about 1850:
John Fanning Poor Law Union of Thurles, Parish of Drom, Townland of Drom. Map reference 8. Street Number 37A. House,Office and garden: 31 perches, net annual value of land: 3 shillings, net annual value of buildings: 6 pounds 15 shillings. Mar 1850.
Joseph Fanning Poor Law Union of Thurles, Parish of Drom, Townland of Drom. Street no 50A. House, offices, and land: 26 acres 2 roods 22 perches, net annual value of land: 27 pounds 16 shillings, net annual value of buildings 4 pounds 1 shilling.
No 50B is leased by Joseph Fanning to Judith Harris and consists of a house with a net annual value of 14 shillings. Map reference 45. Mar 1850.
The entries for Fanning in the 1901 and 1911 Census for the townland of Kilvilcorris are below:
In the 1911 Census there is no house No 12 or other Fannings living in Kilvilcorris other than those at No 6.
John and Margaret Fanning nee Russell and other family members are buried in the New Drom Cemetery in Co Tipperary. The gravestone has been transcribed but is very hard to read.
Erected to the memory of John Fanning of Kilvacorus who died Aug 15 1873 aged 31, also in memory of Margaret MaGrath. John Fanning died Aug 20 1876 aged 90 years. Also his wife and Margaret Russell who died June 15 1882 aged 86.
The gravestone inscription record from Irish Family History Foundation has John’s age as 90 and date of death as 20 August 1876.
This side has been transcribed as “And their son William who died March 10 1903? aged 70 ?years also his son John who died April ?? aged? also Laurence Fanning died June 19?? aged 50 years inserted by his mother. It is so hard to read that some of the above may be guesses.
The Civil death records show:
John Fanning of Kill died age 36 on 15 August 1873. The informant being William Fanning of Kill.
John Fanning of Drom died 23 July 1875, aged 23. Informant was Mary Fanning.
John Fanning of Drom in the Parish of Templemore died Dec 7, 1876 aged 84.
John Fanning the son of William died age 18 on 25 Feb 1899.
William who was Katie Fanning’s uncle died March 13 1901 of influenza. He was 70. His wife is listed as Anny Fanning.
This is as far as I can go with my quest to find how Katie is related to William Fannin and Sarah Ryan of Lissaroon.
From the Tithe Applotment Book it looks like an Edmond Fanning was the father of John Fanning who married Margaret Russell. I was told the Fannins came to Lissaroon about 1741. William Fannin was born about 1731, so he was about ten years old. Edward Fannin senior on the Kilvacorrus Tithe Applotment page could be his brother which would mean that Lisaroon was his home.
I have been told by a Brolan descendant that in Ballycahill Cemetery there is a Darmody grave which also has two of Kate Brolan nee Fanning’s siblings buried there as well.
Is Michael Fanning born Co Tipperary Ireland 1810 and died 1900 in Tazewell Illinois the brother of my gggrandfather William Patrick Fanning of Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland and Bulla Victoria Australia?
Given my recent Ancestry DNA match with Timothy Brophy a descendant of Edward Fanning the son of Michael Fanning and Catherine Keyes I have decided that Michael Fanning of Tazewell was definitely the brother of mygrgrgrandfather, William Patrick Fanning. I was 99% sure before but this DNA result has clinched it for me.
A few years ago I was contacted by a fellow family historian about Michael Fanning and possible connections with her Keyes ancestors who lived in Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA but originally came from Co Tipperary and Co Leix in Ireland.
She told me that a Michael Fanning had married Catherine “Kitty” Keyes in Co Tipperary about 1833. They lived in Dromard (Dromard More or Dromard Beg) civil parish of Killavinoge (Templemore), Co Tipperary It is said the Fanning family lived in Dromard around this time. A Michael Fanning was sponsor to Ellen Keyes 6 Mar 1835 at Graffin (Knockgraffin?) and may have been Edward’s father.
They had two children. Edward was baptised at Clonmore in the Catholic parish of Templemore on Dec 28 1833. The baptismal sponsors for Edward were Steven Mackey and Ellen Kavanagh. John the second child was baptised 22 May 1836 (sponsor- Judith Keyes). He is said to have died young in Ireland. His mother Catherine “Kitty” Keyes also died young. On the Baptism record for the second child “Joanna” is clearly written and the priest did not use Latin for his entries.
Edward emigrated to the US sometime before the age of 21. He settled in Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey where many of his mother’s Keyes extended family were. His father Michael was already in the US. Edward later lived in Paterson New Jersey and served in the Civil War in Co. G, 7th Regt. NJ Vols.
Edward Fanning’s second wife was Sarah Tracey. Edward died in Mar 8, 1900 in Paterson New Jersey. Below is an obit for Edward in the local paper:
“FANNING – In this city on Thursday March 8 1900 Edward, beloved husband of Sarah Fanning, aged 66 years. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral on Monday, March 12, 1900 from his late residence, 138 Jersey street, at 9 o’clock a. m. and from St. John’s R. C. church at 9:30 o’clock a. m. Interment at Holy Sepulchre. Paterson Evening News Friday 9 Mar 1900″
Recently I was contacted by members of the Brophy family and they sent me what they know about Edward Fanning. Timothy Brophy, a great grandson of Edward, has researched his family history and published a book,The Brophy Lane Chronicle, which he kindly sent me. Below are three pages from this book which relate to this Edward. I have also included a photo of Edward’s son, also Edward.
Edward Fanning, born 1862 was the grandson of Michael Fanning and Kitty Keyes. He was an excellent carpenter and contractor. He designed and built the very intricate and beautiful altar woodwork in Paterson’s Saint John’s Cathedral.
Corner of Main and Congress Streets Paterson New Jersey
From Brian Brophy a direct descendant of Edward Fanning came information that Michael’s parents in Co Tipperary were an Edward Fanning and that his mother’s surname was Darmody. Walter F Brooks who wrote The History of the Fanning Family sent Fanning a letter and a survey to fill out about his family:
Letter sent to William Fanning by Walter Brooks who was researching Fanning family history for his book.
This letter was sent to William T. Fanning (1875-1925) in 1899, he was Edward’s son and Michael’s grandson. . This was one year prior to the death of William’s father Edward Fanning (1833-1900) so we can assume the father and son talked about completing this document together. It lists Michael Fanning and Catherine Keyes as Edward’s parents and Ed Fanning and ? Darmidy as his grandparents. The place of birth is listed as the Parish of Clonmore, Tipperary, Ire. Dec. 24, 1834. Clonmore is an alternative name for Killovinoge. Templemore is the more well known name for this parish.
In the past I commissioned research with Tipperary Family History Research into Edward Fanning and Johanna (Judy or Judith) Darmody and there were only two Fanning Darmody marriages in Thurles Parish. One was Ed Fanning and Johanna in 1808 and then Patrick Darmody married a Catherine Fanning in 1840.
I think this pretty much proves that the Edward Fanning living in Paterson New Jersey was the son of Michael Fanning my gggrandfather’s nephew. But whether the Michael Fanning from Tazewell is his brother is a little harder to prove at this stage.
I also asked for any marriages of a Michael Fanning that might be relevant. None of the marriages that TFHR came up which seemed likely. However, they also didn’t not come up with the marriage of Michael and Kitty Keyes, which is odd. I have since found their marriage record through Rootsireland.ie.
They were married in the RC parish of Templemore on 14 Feb 1833. Catherine’s address is given as Dromard. Unfortunately there are no fathers’names or an address or occupation for Michael. Very Frustrating. Witnesses were James MacGrath and Thomas Ryan.
They had two children, Edward and John.
Edward ended up in America and lived in Paterson New Jersey.which is about 900 miles east of Delavan Tazewell Illinois.
I checked the microfilm and the entry looks very much like Joanna so maybe the story of their being a younger brother John is inaccurate.
Another source stated that Edward’s father married again to Bridget Phean (Feehan) and lived in Delavan, Tazwell Co Illinois.
Michael Fanning applied to become a US citizen on April 9, 1844 in Tazewell Co Illinois. This document which is very hard to read lists his birthday as November 9, 1806 and that he left Dublin Ireland on March 11, 1836 and landed in New York on or about May 1, 1836.
“Michael Fanning an alien born free white person of the age of thirty two years and upwards and presented to the said court a written declaration of his intention to make application to be admitted as a naturalized citizen of the United States in conformity with the …… acts of Congress hereto passed on that subject, with the desire that the same might be accepted, registered, and certified accordingly which said declaration was —– by the same Michael Fanning sworn to in open Court before the Clerk thereof and is in the words and figures following to wit: …………I, Michael Fanning, an alien born free white person of the age of thirty three years and upwards………that I was born in the County of Tipperary the ninth day of November 1801 (? could be 1811) and that I am near thirty four years of age……… that I migrated from the port of Dublin….on the eleventh day of March 1836 and landed at the city of New York………on the first day of May or thereabouts 1836……………..”
Michael could not write and made his mark on the document.
Michael Fanning (Fannan) and Bridget Feehan (Fahan) were married on 22 Feb 1852 in Tazewell county. They had seven children. He was a farmer with 280 acres in Delavan.
“Michael Fanning, farmer and stock raiser, sec. 16 ; P. O. Boynton. Michael Fanning, as the name implies, is a native Irishman, and ranks among the more generous agriculturalists of this town- ship. He was born in the County of Tipperary, Ireland, about 1815. Growing to manhood in Ireland, he acquired a good com- mon-school education at such odd times as the duties of the farm would permit. While still a young man he crossed the Atlantic for the New World, landing in New York City during the Spring of 1835, and for sometime worked in the Metropolitan City at 50 cents per day. From thence he went to Savannah, Georgia, where he hired as a steamboat hand, thence to New York and Pittsburgh, from whence he took passage on the Wisconsin, the only steamboat then plying the Illinois River, for Pekin, then but a small place, that Mr. Fanning describes in the following manner : Landing from the boat I discovered but few dwellings, mostly log cabins, on what is now the main street. The village probably contained, at this time about 25 inhabitants, mostly Frenchmen and Southerners. Mr. F. afterward made the acquaintance of Mr. Tharp, Wm. Mosley, and others, many of whom have passed the dark river. In 1851 Mr. F. joined an expedition enroute for California. After some months of weary travel he reached the golden coast, where he remained some 13 months and became quite successful as a miner. Return- ing to Tazewell Co., he again worked as a farm hand for a time. In 1852 he was married to Miss Bridget Ann Phean, of Ireland. During this year Mr, F. leased property until enabled to purchase. He is now the owner of 280 acres, and one of the most generous of men. Of this marriage eight children were born, seven of whom are living — James, Thomas, William, Mary, Sarah, Ellen and Louisa.”
The History of Tazewell county vol 2 in genealogy trails has the following entry:
1837 being the year he arrived in Tazewell county.
The History of the Webster Family by Charles William Webster page 3 which relates to Michael Fanning:
Children of Michael Fanning and Bridget Ann Feehan:
James F Fanning born 25 Nov 1851 Delavan, married Mary Mack, died Peoria Illinois 16 Mar 1925.
Mary A. Fanning married Charles Byron Webster 1 Mar 1881 in Boynton Tazwell Ill. She died in Rantoul Illinois 3 Nov 1888.
Elizabeth Fanning died 16 Feb 1932 in Chicago Cook County.
John F Fanning who was born 6 April 1856 died 21 June 1868.
Sarah C Fanning born 10 June 1860 died 13 Mar 1903.
Thomas Fanning born 13 Feb 1859 died 20 Oct 1898.
William born 31 Aug 1854 died 1 Nov 1885.
With the exception of Elizabeth they are all buried in St Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Delavan.
Brian Brophy has kindly sent me a copy of the probate papers for Michael Fanning. So far a death certificate for Michael has not been found.
Brian Brophy believes that the Edward fanning who was sent a notification of the probate is his gggrandfather.
My gggrandfather’s brother was a Michael Fanning born in Thurles Parish to Edward Fanning and Judy Darmody on Sept 23 1810 whereas the above gravestone has 29 Sept. This record was from a typed book transcribed from the original parish registers at some stage. The 23 could easily be a 29. I have asked Tipperary Family History Research to check the microfilm if one exists. TFHR got back to me after checking the microfilm entry and it is clearly 23 of Sept.
I would love to hear from anyone who can add more to this story and verify the connection.
I have just come across a link to the 1641 Depositions held in Trinity College Library in Dublin Ireland. These were statements mostly by Protestants regarding the rebellious activities of Irish Catholics around the time of the Oct 1641 rebellion where the rebels attempted to take over Dublin Castle.
There are a number of Fannings mentioned in them different depositions. The surname is spelled Ffanning, Fanning or FFanninge.
It is possible to look at the original often illegible documents. But there are also transcripts of these papers below which is just as well.
So far I have come across Edmond Ffanning in 1642, Dominick Ffanning 1646 and a John Ffanning 1642. Dominick Fanning, the Mayor of Limerick, who was executed by Cromwell features in many as a rebel.
You can register for free and also save any you are looking at.
While I was looking for some Fanning graves in Killinan Cemetery I came across all these Callanan and Callinan graves. I didn’t find the Fanning grave I was looking for unfortunately.
The grave I was looking for is listed by Jim Ryan as”Erected by John Fanning of Thurles in memory of his wife Margaret Fanning alias Fitzpatrick who died September 25 1864 aged 52 years”. If anyone finds this one in Killinan I’d like a photo.
While there is no direct relationship to Callanans and Fannings they were frequently witnesses and sponsors at Fanning marriages and baptisms and so must have been family friends and perhaps related. Some of these graves are the oldest I saw in cemeteries in Co Tipperary. I would like to hear from any Callinans who know of a connection between the two families.
Edmond Callinan was godfather to John Fanning born 20 May 1809, Andrew Callinan godfather to Michael Fanning born 23 Sept 1810, and John Callanan was godfather to Mary Fanning born 20 Mar 1821 and Mary Callinan sponsored Patrick Fanning born 4 Dec 1826. These were all children of Edmond Fanning and Judith Darmody. William Callanan and Mary Callinan were godparents to Edmund Fanning born 29 June 1835 and Michael Callinan sponsored Catherine Fanning born 28 May 1837. These were the children of John Fanning and Margaret Fitzpatrick who I believe, but don’t have absolute proof, were thre grandchildren of Edmund and Judy Fanning nee Darmody. This would make John Big Bill’s brother. (Big Bill being my gggrandfather who emigrated to Australia in 1841).
Killinan is a small cemetery. The gravestone inscriptions have been transcribed by Jim Ryan for IGP. Below are his entries for Callanan.
Erected by Andrew Calanan in memory of his father Cornelious Calanan of Aurdbane
who died January the 4th 1797 aged 72 years Also the above Andrew Calanan who
died April the 15th 1832 aged 65 years.
Andrew : See MAHER, Margaret.
In memory of Andrew Callanan of Brittas who departed this life Feb 28th 1864
aged 60 years Also his daughter Margaret Callanan who died Jan 16 1865 aged 27
years Here lyes also the remains of John Callanan who died June 9th 1837 aged
70 years And Bridget Callanan alias Maher wife to the above Andrew Callanan
died 7th February 1884 aged 75 years Ellen Shelly Alis Callanan who died June
20 1885 aged 33 years Edward Callanan who died June 21st 1900 aged 25 years
Ellen Callanan Nee Bourke who died Dec 12th 1901 aged 60 years
Erected by Andrew Callanan of Thurles to the memory of her niece Bridget
O'Connell (Tiny Hackett) died July 7th 1917 aged 30 years R I P
Here lies the body of Cornelious Callanan who died March the 9th 1803 aged 72
May he rest in peace
Cornelius Callanan of Leugh who died 17th May 1821 aged 45 years Also his wife
Mary Callanan who died 21st August 1805 aged 84 years
Erected by Cornelius Callanan of Luigh in memory of his father Cornelius
Callanan who died 8th Dec 1891 aged 75 years Also his mother Honoria who died
Nov 1888 aged 80 years Cornelius Callanan died 3rd June 1926 aged 78 years
Mary Callanan died 5 Nov 1926 aged 72 yrs Patrick Callanan died 1 Feb 1974
aged 87 years Cornelius Callanan died 7 April 1952 aged 68 years Johanna
Callanan (nee Loyde) Leugh Bridge died 24th March 1982 Johanna Cass (nee
Callanan) died 26th Jan 1949 Hanora Cass died 29th May 1959
Cornelius Callanan Leugh died 12th Nov 1936 His wife Mary died 24th June 1945
also their sons William died 21 Feb 1899 Martin died in Australia 1947
Andrew died 30th June 1965 Erected by his wife Mary Callanan
Egan Jn St Cashel
Bridget Callanan died 1 March 1967 Michael Callanan died 9 Oct 1928 Margaret
Callanan died 28th Nov 1980
Here lies the body of James Callanan of Brittas who died July 3rd 1831 aged 58
years May he rest in peace Amen Willie Callanan Cabra age 17 died Sept 3
1939 Catherine Callanan Cabra age 66 died 31 Jan 1953 William Callanan Cabra
age 68 died 22 Sept 1954
Johanna : See BRODERICK Alice.
Here rests the body of John Callanan of Aurdbaun who died June 27th 1791 aged 32
years May he rest in peace Amen (Small Stone in front) To granny
Nellie Callanan Ardbawn died 2nd March 1982 aged 75 years Rest in peace
In loving memory of John Joe Callanan West Gate Thurles who died 19th Dec 1970
And Kathleen Callanan who died 2nd April 1942 Christina (Chris) Callanan died
30th March 1986 aged 77 years Infant Rachal Callanan died 30th July 1985
Mary : See MAHER Denis
Mary : See KELLY, Edwd.
Michael died 2 Nov 1928 aged 82 Mary (nee Maher) died 10 March 1910 Patsy
died 26 Sept 1941 aged 87 Willie died 19 Sept 1942 aged 86 Con died 30 Sept
1940 age 39 Michael died 11 May 1941 age 81/2 Mollie (nee Dougan) died 24th
Dec 1974 age 70
Erected by Michael Callanan of Clougheraley in memory of his son Denis Callanan
who depd this life April 21st 1830 agd 17 years May God have mercy on his
soul Amen Also the above Michael Callanan depd this life April 2nd 1835 aged
Erected by William Callanan in memory of his mother Johanna Callanan alias
Gorman died 19th April 1840 aged 50 years Also her father Denis Callanan died
13th December 1864 aged 84 years The above William Callanan died 20th April
1898 aged 70 May their souls rest in peace Amen
Below are photos of Callinana graves in Killinan Cemetery near Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland.
Another highlight of my stay in Co Tipperary was meeting Fanning relatives and visiting Lissaroon. We were taken there by my fourth cousin Delia, her husband Timmy and son Willie. We were also shown around Ballycahill Cemetery and Church, Loughmore Cemetery and various other related Fanning sites around Thurles as well as calling in on the Lisdonowley Fanning family.
Lissaroon is a townland just north of Thurles in Co Tipperary North. This property is the earliest Fanning site I have been able to find. It was I have been told settled by Fannins in 1741. I don’t as yet know where they moved from. I was told they came from France which may mean Normandy and that they were an Anglo-Norman family.
There are records of William Fannin living there and he is buried in Ballycahill Cemetery. His birth date about 1731. His wife Sarah Ryan is also buried there as are many other member of their family. But William and Sarah are the earliest Fanning ancestors. Lissaroon was their home and property. They rented from the Trant Family of Dovea. Eventually with changes in the Land Acts the Fanning family came to own Lissaroon as freehold land. They were well off and prospered in the region. My cousins told me that all the other Fannings in the area can trace their roots to William and Sarah Fannin.
What struck me was the refinement in design of the fittings in the house dilapidated as it is. I was surprised as I expected a practical farmer’s house. The inside of the house is falling down which is a shame. But there is an elegant corner cupboard and original wooden table and chairs as well as the remains of a beautiful coloured marble fireplace. On the walls there are remanants of flowerey wallpaper. Some of the other walls were brightly painted. A lot of evidence of a feminine influence.
The house itself apparently had a portico with coloured glass like that at Dovea House.
I have seen quite a few photos of Lissaroon but actually being there was very different. It is quite close to the road and used for grazing cattle. No one has lived there since 1926. Unfortunately it is deteriorating.
It was fascinating hearing about the place from Willie who used to visit as a child. He said it was origianlly thatched and surrounded by a beautiful garden of fruit trees and flowers. He can remember picking the flowers. The trees had to be cut down as they had become dangerous.
A family called Meehan rented Lissaroon for a number of years. They wanted to get public housing and could only be eligible if their present dwelling was condemned. So they, much to the horror of the Fannings, had Lissaroon condemned. It took a lot of calling in of favours to have it reinstated and not pulled down.
Above are views from Fanning Castle tower house in Farenrory Ballingarry Co Tipperary.
On my recent trip to Ireland and Co Tipperary I thought I would have a look around Ballingarry as there are Fannings documented living there in medieval times.
There were different Fanning families at Ballingarry, Mohober, Farrenrory, Garynegre, Gortfree and Glengall. In 1305 William Fanning was leased the Manor, Castle and lands of Mohober.
The earliest mention of Farranrory I have come across so far is the following:
“25th April 1555 Inquisition taken at Clonmel
The jurors say that Nicholas Richard and John Fanyng Fitz Geoffery of Ballyngarry, Teige Beare O’Howlaghan and Dermot O’Treassy alias O’Twee of the same, kearns, advised procured and abetted by Geoffrey Fanyng gent, willfully burned a house at Ferenrory conmtaining 40 cows with 60l of William Fanyng gent and also a girl called Sawe Iny Canlyen who was in the house.” From the Calendar of Ormond Deeds.
Dec 20 1579 Edmund Fanning of Farrinrory, gentleman, son of William fanning late of the same grants to Thomas….
Dec 13, 1592 Edmund Fanning of Faren Rory is mentioned in a commission.
In 1641 in the Down Survey William Fanning of Upper and Lower Ffarrenrowry owns lands.
1654-56 In the Civil Survey the castle at Farrinrory is inhabited by William Faninge, gent and papist.
1654 William Ffanninge of Farrenroe has been issued a certificate of transplanation.
Even though death was the punishment for not leaving I have read that the transplantation scheme was a bureaurocratic nightmare and not everyone left for Connaught, some stayed on without their estates.
In the Hearth Money Rolls 1665-67 a David Fanning de Fearanrory has one hearth and 2s.
1670 the lands of the Fannings at Farranrory are owned by Sir George Ingoldsby, Earl of Anglesey, Protestant.He most likely got it from Ltn Jessy. While the soldiers of Cromwell were rewarded with land many sold their estates on.
When I got back to Dublin I looked up the pedigree of a William Fanning of Farrenrory in the National Library and found this document:
John D’Alton in his Illustrations Historical and Genealogical of King James’s Irish Army List of 1689 outlines some of the family lineage of the Fannings of the Ballingarry area and of Kilkenny:
Farrenrory Castle is described in the Ordinance Survey Letters by John O’Donovan. These letters are now online at Ask About Ireland.
In Oct 1840 it was described in the Ordinance Survey Letters as ” a round castle measuring 17′ 6″ in diameter on the inside and its walls well grouted 9ft in thickness and about 40 ft in height. It is three stories high; the third floor rested on a stone arch still remaining the others were of wood and have long since disappeared, as usual. The doorway which is on the N.W. side is pointed and constructed of cut lime stone. The windows are all constructed of cut lime stone and are some quadrangular, some roundheaded and some pointed. ( See Dic Noyer’s Sketch)
(Vol 1 Tipperary page 559. So far I haven’t been able to find the sketches.)
In William Healy’s “History and Antiquities of Kilkenny” published in 1893 there are these pages relating to the Fannings of Farrenrory and Ballingarry:
William Fannynge of Farranrory and Kilkenny died in 1590. (From History and Antiquities of Kilkenny William Healy). In John D’Alton’s book “Illustrations, Historical and Genealogical of King James’ Irish Army List” 1861, William Fannyng who died in 1590 is described as “the settler”.
It seems that these Fannings who lived at Farranrory originally came across from Kilkenny. I have read that they came to Kilkenny from Waterford, not sure if there is any way of knowing if this is true.
I have also seen a family tree which has Edmund, the brother of William Fanning of Farranrory who died in 1590, being the the Edmund Fanning who settled in Connecticut. Again, who knows?
I asked around in Ballingarry and was directed to the house of Martin Maher who I was informed by a local man in the street “is into all that crarp”. Martin was very helpful and assured me that there is nothing left in terms of buildings associated with the Fannings in Ballingarry or Mohober but that at Farrenrory there is a round towerhouse in Pollard’s Field.
After getting lost the usual number of times we found it. The castle was up a drive and just visible from the road. It was unfortunately surrounded by layers of mud and cow poo which we sank into. Afterwards we went to visit a fourth cousin and had to turn up in our socks. Although, they being farmers didn’t seem to mind. “Where there’s muck there’s money ” they told us.
The townland of Farranrory was owned by William Fanninge of Farrenrory, son of James Fanning according to the pedigree above, in 1641 recorded in the Civil Survey. It was described as a good little castle with a good thatched house and some cabins. In the Down Survey 1655-6 it is depicted along with five houses surrounding it. Farranrory became the property of Lieutenant William Jessy of the Cromwellian army, who is recorded with two hearths in the Hearth Returns for 1666/7. He was most likely an absentee landlord.
The following description of the tower house/castle comes from the Slieveardagh site which sourced their information from Richard Clutterbuck’s thesis. I wish we had had this with us when we were looking over the Tower House:
“Location: Farranrory is situated in the east of Slieveardagh on the hills overlooking the Munster River Valley. The land is used predominantly for pasture today and was estimated to be mostly pasture in 1654 (Civil Survey I, 115). The site is approximately 4.2km northeast of Ballingarry parish centre.
Farrenrory castle is sited at an altitude of 210 metres on ground sloping gently to the southeast. The site has a south-easterly aspect and is sheltered by the hills. A small stream tributary of the Munster River runs approximately 40 metres to the east of the tower house cutting a small valley in the shale bed rock. The tower house is 190 metres north-west of a road which runs east-west into Co. Kilkenny.
A lane connects the site to the road and probably served the original settlement and the modern farm yards and houses as well as continuing up the hill as a lane to the fields.
Description Farrenrory Castle is a free standing tower house with a circular plan. The castle is constructed of coursed limestone surviving to the level of the second floor above which it is derelict. The interior has mural chambers (vaulted chambers in the thickness of a wall), stairs and an internal vault. The exterior ground level of the structure has a very slight base batter (thicker at the base).
The gable of a derelict farm house is attached to the west side of the tower house, partially obscuring the original entrance (Fig. 45, Plate 19). The tower house has a maximum external diameter of 10.4 metres and an internal diameter of 5.2 metres for the main ground floor chamber.Farrenrory survives to an approximate height of 8 metres.
None of the original woodwork or door survives in the interior of the tower house and was probably salvaged for a later building. This robbing resulted in the breach in the ground floor embrasure (an embrasure is an opening in the defences of a castle used for shooting at attackers) and also the destruction of the tower above the second floor. Farrenrory tower house has a major structural crack in its facade and may be in danger of collapse.
The tower house was entered through pointed-arch cut limestone door located in the western quadrant of the tower. The door frame has two orders one of which accommodated a yett (a gate or grille of latticed wrought iron) held in place by chains through holes in the left jamb and the apex of the door frame. The gable of the later farm house obscures the right hand side of the jamb.
A dedication plaque is set in the wall above the door; unfortunately this plaque is illegible. Presumably is a dedication to the builder and owner of the tower house, probably a member of the Fanning family.
The main entrance leads to a small lobby area. Two inward opening pointed-arch doors led from the lobby to a mural chamber and a secondary lobby. There is a cruciform musket loop with downward splayed expanded terminals directly in front of the main entrance. This is set in a single flag of limestone and is reached by a recess in the main ground floor chamber.
There is also a murder hole in the lobby ceiling which drops from a mural chamber in the first floor.
The small ground floor mural chamber probably acted as a guard chamber or storage space. This chamber has a vaulted roof and has two recesses in the walls for cupboard space.
The secondary entrance lobby gives access the main ground floor chamber and the vice (spiral staircase) through inward opening door set in pointed-arch limestone frames. The jambs still retain some pivot holes and hanging-eyes for the heavy wooden doors as well as the holes in the jambs for the cross bolts. The chain for the yett can also be drawn through an aperture from this lobby.
The ground floor main chamber is circular in shape with coursed shale walls and three deep set embrasures for windows. The embrasure in the south-west quadrant has been broken out. The floor of the chamber is obscured by rubbish and debris from the walls and corbel roof (corbels are stone brackets). The chamber originally had a wooden ceiling.
The embrasures are vaulted, still with the impression of the wicker-work centring. Narrow slit windows are round-headed and constructed of dressed limestone with splayed ingoings. The exterior of the southern light has carved spandrels with a triple-leaf motif. On either side of the lights are musket loops. These are deep apertures splayed at an angle to the windows, although their exits on the outside of the tower house have been removed and blocked. Portions of the vaulting of the southern embrasure have collapsed where it corresponds with the first floor embrasure overhead.
The vice is accessed through an inward opening segmented pointed-arch door from the secondary lobby and was lit by a single narrow window. The first floor was reached through a pointed-arch door directly off the vice. A mural passage (a passage in the thickness of a wall) from the vice leads to the chamber with the murder hole. The passage is lit by slit windows and has a small gun loop next to the murder hole over the ground floor main entrance.
The wooden floor of the second storey was supported on corbels. The floor has three deep embrasures each with narrow ogee-headed windows of dressed limestone.
On each side of the lights are apertures for gun loops. These pierce the wall as small circular holes created by two shaped pieces of limestone. The first floor has a vaulted ceiling which is now in a dangerous state of repair.
The second floor can still be reached by the remains of the vice though some of the steps have been removed. This floor as too dangerous to inspect but appears to have been larger then the lower floors. The original walls partially survive and contain the remains of a number of windows around its circumference and a slop stone on the north-east side of this floor.
The remains of the second floor are obscured by the growth of grass, ivy and a tree. The tree is probably destroying the internal vault with its roots.
There is no apparent garderobe or a fire place in the tower house, although these may have been contained on the second or upper floors. (there is a garderobe or medieval toilet) There is no evidence for a bawn or wall around the tower. However, the area around the castle has been used as a farm yard with stone out-houses and these may have robbed and obscured any original bawn walls.”
Richard Clutterbuck’s article on Farranrory tower house from Trowel printed with his kind permission.
There is also a description and evaluation of Farranrory in the Archaeological Survey of Ireland from a 2003 visit:
Martin Maher edits the Ballingarry Journal and is involved with Ballingarry.net a fantastic site for the Ballingarry area and people with excellent articles on the history of the area. He gave me a copy of the 2004 edition which has a photo of Farrenrory Castle with this information :
” Farranrory Castle (also known as Prout’s Castle) is situated about three miles from Ballingarry village and about half a mile to the west of the Munster River. It was a round castle, three stories high, the third floor rested on a stone arch still remaining; the others were of wood and have long since disappeared. The doorway on the northeast side was pointed and constructed of cut limestone, as were all the windows. The Fannings, who were the greatest landowners and most numerous Norman family in the area occupied the castle for many years. The ruins of the castle which are situated on Pollard’s land can still be viewed.”
Dr Thomas McGrath writing in Landlordism in Ballingarry Parish in 1650 and 1850 describes the various Fanning holdings differently:
“In comparision to the Butlers, the Fanning Family, who were also of Anglo-Norman origin, were of minor importance though they were well established in Ballingarry holding 4,454 acres. Nicholas Fanning held 1600 acres at Ballingarry. Jeffry of Glengall held 474 acres consisting of Glengall(1184) Grawn(100), Ballaghboy(150) and Gortnassy(40). William Fanning of Farrinrory held 1,980 acres: Farranrory(1,000), Cappagh(680), and Kilmackenoge(300). Edmond Fanning of Gortfree held 400 acres therein.”
I don’t know if there is any connection between my Fanning ancestors and those at Farrenrory as there are no records after about 1680 to make any connections. There don’t appear to be any Fannings living in the Ballingarry area today or during the 1850’s (Griffith’s Valuations) and they may have moved to the Thurles area. There is mention made on the Ballingarry.net site of a Mr Fanning setting aside land for the new Ballingarry Church before he sold his land to Mr Jacobs. The new church was built in 1731 so there was a Fanning around at or just before this time.
The Fannings who lived at Lissaroon are said to arrived there in 1741 but from where we don’t as yet know. Perhaps some one reading this may know what happened to the Ballingarry Fannings. Certainly in our family the names William and Edward appear frequently.
It was a highlight of my time in Co Tipperary climbing around this castle. The first time we were there it was raining and I discovered that all the photos I took had a big raindrop in the middle, so we had to go back the next day. This time armed with gumboots (in Ireland they call them wellingtons) kindly lent us by Eileen Creed our Cashel B&B (Ard Ri House- highly recommend) host and her husband.
It was also a lovely sunny day so much more enjoyable. I loved the land around the castle, very pretty and protected, my kind of place. We climbed up on top and sat up there and surveyed the surrounding countryside and imagined what it must have been like living there.
While exploring the castle ruins it was great not to have to worry about snakes !! Thank you St Patrick. At home it would be highly prized snake habitat. To be honest we didn’t see a lot of wildlife in Ireland and Spain compared to back home which is a bit sad. I guess centuries of occupation have taken there toll. The downside of all that history. At least while driving around Ireland I got a break from seeing roadkill which is so prevalent on my drive to work on the Pacific Highway in NSW.
Richard Clutterbuck mentions that ” the multiple gun or musket loops place this tower house in the sixteenth century when hand held guns became numerous in Ireland.”