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The Tithe Applotment Books


Tithe was a tax levied on all agricultural land (originally a tenth of produce) excepting only church lands and glebes and urban areas and it was paid by leaseholders and occupiers of all religious denominations to the clergy of the Established Church of Ireland. There was growing resentment against this tax particularly in the period of distress which followed the Napoleonic wars and the government was forced to give way and introduce a Tithe Composition Act 1823, which replaced payment in kind by payment in cash by landlords. In order to effect this change all the agricultural land in the county which was liable to pay tithe had to be surveyed and apploted or valued. These surveys were carried out by local surveyors and the material arranged by civil parish and townland in volumes known as the Tithe Applotment Books. These books compiled between 1823 and 1837 are now deposited in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and National Archives of Ireland.

Tithe Applotment books give the name of leaseholders and occupiers, the areas of farms subject to tithe, sometimes the qualities of land and the overall valuation. It is important to appreciate that these volumes do not include the large numbers of cottiers or landless labourers, or urban dwellers, excepting those with holdings on the outskirts of the towns. In some cases, the civil parish was extra parochial, in other words outside parochial jurisdiction. This applied to land that formerly belonged to a monastery and these were often known as ‘Granges’, e.g. Grange of Doagh. They were not liable to the payment of title or tithes were payable to a lay impropriator. All the personal names in the Tithe Applotment Books and Griffith’s Valuation for all Ireland were indexed by the National Library of Ireland, which produced the county-by-county series known as the ‘Index of Surnames’ or Householder’s Index’. In the list below, variant ‘M’ surnames have been extracted based on the references found in the Householder’s Index at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and begins with County Antrim.


The parishes of Ballymartin and Ballylinney are included in the parish of Carnmoney. Although the Householder’s Index notes a Milligan surname under the parish of Ballyclug and Milliken under Craigs (this is probably included in Ahoghill), on examination of the originals, I found no entry. I have not examined the tithe book for the parish of Loughguile, which records the surname Milligan. I also examined the parishes of Donegore, Kilbride, Ballynure and Carrickfergus, and found no variant ‘M’ surnames.

Parish of Ballymoney – 1825

Mullaghan, Henry; farm holding 12a 3r 7p.

Parish of Loughguile – 1834

Ballycregagh (sic Ballyrougogh)
Milligan, Robert; farm holding 7 acres.

Parish of Ahoghill - 1825

Milliken, William; farm holding 12a .0r .3p.

Milliken, John; farm holding 20a. 0r. 0p.

Parish of Drummaul - 1834

Millikin, James; farm holding 13a. 1r. 14p.

Millikin, Samuel (jun.); farm holding 5a. 1r. 13p.

Millikin, James; farm holding 9a. 3r. 32p.

Millikin, James; farm holding 6a. 1r. 20p.

Parish of Antrim - 1833

Milliken, Henry; holding on Main Street 0a. 0r. 21p.

Milliken, James; farm holding 18a. 2r. 18p.

Parish of Killead - 1827

Millikin, Robert; farm holding 25a. 3r. 34p.

Millikin, Thomas; farm holding 129a. 2r. 14p.

Millikin, Alexander; farm holding 16a. 0r. 31p.

Millikin, Alexander; farm holding 19a. 0r. 10p.

Millikin, Thomas & Alexander; farm holding 21a. 0r. 9p.

Parish of Ballycor - 1833

Milliken, Samuel; rent £6, acreage not given.

Parish of Carnmoney - 1826

Millikin, Samuel; farm holding 9a .2r .25p.

Millikin, William; farm holding 29a. 3r. 34p.

Note: the townlands of Bruslee and Lisnalinchy are located in the parish of Ballylinney.

Parish of Islandmage - 1834

Mulligan, Thomas; farm holding 37a. 10r. 1p.

Mulligan, Thomas; farm holding 17a. 3r. 11p.

Mulligan, Thomas; farm holding 6a. 3r. 21p.

Mulligan, James; farm holding 14a. 2r. 29p.

Mulligan, James; farm holding 6a. 1r. 37p.

Mulligan, James; farm holding 0a. 2r. 17p.

Milliken, Samuel; farm holding 0a. 1r. 37p.

Milliken, Samuel; farm holding 4a. 0r. 7p.

Milliken, Eliza; farm holding 2a. 1r. 27p.

Milliken, Eliza; farm holding 2a. 1r. 27p.

Milliken, James; farm holding 3a. 3r. 24p.

Milliken, James; farm holding 3a. 3r. 22p.

Mulligan, James; farm holding 19a. 1r. 30p.

Parish of Shankill - 1827

Milliken, Edward; acreage not given.

Ballydownfine is located in the Falls area of Belfast.


Parish of Knockbreda - 1833

Milligan, James; farm holding (1) 22a. 2r. 28p.; (2) 8a. 3r. 25p.

Millikin, Samuel; farm holding (1) 9a. 2r. 35p.; (2) 10a. 1r. 3p.

Breda Village
Millikin, Robert; holding 0a. 2r. 23p.

Milligan, John; holding 0a. 0r. 18p.

Parish of Drumbo - 1829

Millikin, James; farm holding 11a. 3r. 24p.

Millikin, Edward; farm holding 11a. 1r. 6p.

Millikin, Thomas; farm holding 8a. 0r. 6p.

Mulligan, Widow; farm holding 9a. 3r. 8p.

Parish of Newtownards - 1833

Ballyskeagh High
Milliken, James; farm holding (1) 20a. 3r. 9p; (2) 11s 0r. 11p.; (3) 15a. 0r. 5p.

Milliken, David; farm holding (1) 9a. 1r. 25p.; (2) 6a. 2r. 28p.; (3) 15a. 1r. 12p.

Milliken, Hugh*; farm holding 10a. 0r. 19p.

Note * The writer’s great great great grandfather.

Parish of Comber – 1834

Mulligan, Robert; farm holding 15a. 0r. 0p.

Mulligan, Thomas; holding 3a. 0r. 0p.

Parish of Kilmore - 1834

Mulligan, James; farm holding 16a. 3r. 5p.

Parish of Killinchy - 1833

Miliken, James; farm holding (1) 2a. 0r. 0p.; (2) 2a. 2r. 22p.

Miliken, James; farm holding 3a. 3r. 12p.

Miliken, Robert; farm holding 3a. 2r. 12p.

Parish of Moria – 1823 (Rent Roll)

Mulligan, Rev John; farm holding 17a. 2r. 28p.

Parish of Magherahamlet - 1827

Milligan, Hugh; farm holding 9a. 2r. 0p.

Millikin, Hugh; farm holding 8a. 0r. 0p.

Parish of Dromara - 1826

Milliken, John; farm holding 3a. 0r. 0p.

Parish of Dromore - 1834

Mulligan, Widow; farm holding 0a 2r. 9p.

Mulligan, Patt; farm holding 7a. 3r. 23p.

[Remainder of County still to be completed]


Parish of Drumachose - 1826

Milliken, Wm. Brice (lats'); farmholding 6.1.21

Parish of Bovevagh - 1827

Milliken, James; farmholding 10.2.34
Milliken, John; farmholding 10.2.21

Milliken, Widow?; farmholding 16.0.0

Milliken, David; farmholdin 6.3.2

Milliken, Alexander; farmholdin 21.3.26

Parish of Aghadowey - 1833

Milliken, William, farm holding 24a. 0r. 0p.

Milliken, William, farm holding 32a. 0r. 0p.

Parish of Magherafelt - 1829

Milligan, James; farm holding (1) 5a. 2r. 20p.; (2) 3a. 3r. 20p.

Milligan, Alexander; farm holding 1a. 1r. 5p.

Milliken, Thos & Jas; farm holding 5a. 2r. 20p.

Milliken, Thos, Jas & John; farm holding 10a. 2r. 35p.

Milliken, John; farm holding 9a. 1r. 32p.

Milliken, Thos; farm holding 5a. 3r. 35p.

[Remainder of County still to be completed]


Barony of West Inishowen

Parish of Fahan Lower, 1829

Widow Mulligan

Barony of Raphoe North

Parish of Raymoghy, 1833

Mulligan, Daniel, Ruskey

Barony of Kilmacrenan

Parish of Clondahorky, 1833

Mulligan, Edward, Drumnaraw
Mulligan, John, Fawnmore

Parish of Tullaghobegly, 1830

Mulligan, Patrick, Torrks Or Torrhs - Maherachloghers Half
Mulligan, Cormick, Torrks Or Torrhs - Maherachloghers Half
Mulligan, Edward, Torrks Or Torrhs - Maherachloghers Half
Mulligan, Hugh, Torrks Or Torrhs - Maherachloghers Half
Mulligan, John, Torrks Or Torrhs - Maherachloghers Half
Mulligan, Patrick, Torrks Or Torrhs - Maherachloghers Half

Beltany Lower
Millikin, Robert; farm holding (1) 2a. 1r. 38p.; (2) 1a. 3r. 12p.
Millikin, James; farm holding (1) 2a. 1r. 38p.; (2) 1a. 3r. 12p.
Mulligan, Shaun, Baltoney Lower

Mulligan, Daniel, Ardnagappery
Mulligan, Daniel, Bunawack
Mulligan, Edward, Maheraclogher
Mulligan, Hugh, Maheraclogher
Mulligan, John, Maheraclogher
Mulligan, Patrick, Maheraclogher
Mulligan, Cormick, Maheraclogher
Mulligan, Patrick, Maheraclogher

Mulligan, Edward, Meenacung

Mulligan, Nancy, Widow Cashelnagor Poundtown
Mulligan, William, Cashelnagor Poundtown

Mulligan, Owen, Meenagall

Mulligan, Patrick, Inishmane

Mulligan, John, Stramarlin
Mulligan, Patrick, Stramarlin
Mulligan, Sheli, Stramarlin
Mulligan Thomas, Stramarlin

Parish of Raymunterdoney

Miliken, John; farm holding 19a. 2r. 11p.

Barony of Tirhugh

Parish of Templecarn 1825

Mulligan, H., Sassakeelagh (sic. Sessiaghkeelta) Lower
Mulligan, James, Boes Hill
Mulligan, William, Boes Hill

Barony of Banagh

Parish of Inver, 1825

Miligan, James, Craig Kilmacreddon


Parish of Killanummery – 1834

Milican, Richard; farm holding 15a. 2r. 0p.

Parish of Inishmagrath

Milliken, Widow; farm holding 13a. 1r. 10p.


Parish of Dromard

Millikin, John; holding 0a. 0r. 12p.


Parish of Cruagh

Milliken, John; farm holding 17a. 0r. 6p.

Milliken, Matthew; holding 0a. 0r. 30p.

Parish of Whitechurch – 1832

Milikin, J.; farm holding 40a. 0r. 0p.


Parish of Newtownlennan – 1835

Upper Newton
Millikin, Martin; farm holding 30a. 0r. 34p.

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