Griffith's Valuation

 From the Griffiths Valuation

Griffith’s Valuation conducted its first survey of property ownership in Ireland from 1848 to 1864. This survey became known as "Griffith’s Valuation" after Richard Griffith the director of the office at that time. The survey was used to determine the amount of tax each person should pay towards the support of the poor within their poor law union. This involved determining the value of all privately held lands and buildings in rural as well as urban areas to figure the rate at which each unit of property could be rented year after year. The resulting survey was arranged by barony and civil parish with an index to the town lands appearing in each volume. Griffith's Valuation can be used as an excellent census substitute for the years after the Great Famine as censuses prior to 1901 were destroyed.  It is one of the most important surviving 19th century genealogical sources.

 Immediately following is all the information that is collected in Griffiths Valuation. We believe the information below is James (1797) and his son Hugh (1840). James McTeague (1797) is shown living in the townland of Disert as a tenant to landlord Robert Ogilby. This record is more proof that James lived in Disert for at least the period of 1831-1859 per the Irish census and Griffiths Valuation.


Shown here is a picture of the actual Valuation map. James’s lot is number 19 near Mill Pond. Google maps will help you find this location on a current map, go to 

These are the rest of the people living in Disert during 1858-1859:

Daniel Crilly is of interest because Paul Crilly was the first person to assist us in our genealogy.In his letter Paul states that he is a second cousin of the McTeagues.  Also found in Griffiths Valuation is Hugh McTeague (1840). He is living as a tenant to landlord Henry Melon.  It is probable that this is a relative of Hugh's wife Mary Melon.  If you look in later portions of this chapter you will see the Barony of Loughinsholin described with families noted as:  “To the south, around Slieve Gallion, the O'Mellans once held territory referred to as "Mellanaght" (Mellan's Country).   

 Below is a picture of the actual Valuation map. Hugh’s lot is number 13b near present day Bancran Rd. Google maps will help you find more current information on a current map, go to

See Section 8 of the Ireland Chapter below  to see more people living in Cloughfin at the same time:

Read more about our Griffith's Valuation findings.