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McCleans of Tullyboy, County Cavan


The McClean family has been in Tullyboy since at least 6 August 1787 wherein a lease was made between Henry, Bishop of Meath, and Charles McClean, Tullyboy, farmer, in respect of part of the lands of Tullyboy containing 14 acres, 1 rood and 35 perches plantation measure. Lease to run for three named lives at annual rent of £10.1.3 sterling.
Farnham Collection, C. Fortland Estate, P1/0283, Cavan County Council Archives.

Leases (1 April 1812, 1 October 1812) made between Reverend Henry Maxwell, Fortland, county Cavan, and Charles McClean, Tullyboy, and Joseph McClean, Lisduff, farmers, in respect of part of the lands of Lisduff containing 6 acres, 2 roods and 10 perches plantation measure. Lease to run for 20 years at annual rent of £10.18.11½ sterling;
Farnham Collection, C. Fortland Estate, P1/0291, Cavan County Council Archives.

1821 Census

  • Kilbride, #12 Tully (Tullyboy)
    • Anne M'Clain, Widow, 80, Farms, 5 acres
    • Arthur M'Clain, Son, 27, Stone Mason
    • Anne M'Clain, GDau, 15
  • Kilbride, #13 Tully (Tullyboy)
    • Charles M'Lean, 30, Farmer
    • Elenor M'Lean, Wife, 22
    • Anne M'Lean, Dau, 2
    • Jane M'Lean, Dau, _
  • Kilbride, #14 Tully (Tullyboy)
    • Alexander M'Clain, 32, Labourer
    • Mary M'Clain, Wife, 30
    • Bell M'Lain, Dau, 4
    • Elizabeth M'Kain, Dau, _
  • Kilbride, #15 Tully (Tullyboy)
    • James M'Clain, 34, Farmer, 4 acres
    • Mary M'Clain, Wife, 34
    • Alexander M'Clain, Son, 7
    • Arthur M'Clain, Son, 5
    • Jane M'Clain, Dau, 1
    • Anne Fitsimmons, 18, Servant
  • Kilbride, #16 Tully (Tullyboy)
    • Charles, McClean, 30, Farmer
    • Elenor, Wife, 22
    • Anne, Daughter, 2
    • June, Daughter, 8 day

The oldest M'Clain in the 1821 census is the widow Ann at Tully. She has a son Arthur born about 1794.

Registry of Freeholders, Barony of Clonhmahon
No. Name of Freeholder Place of Abode Situation of Freehold Name of Landlord
 £   |    s
Names of Lives or other Thenure Place and date of Registry
12 M'Clean, Arthur Tullyboy Tullyboy Lord Farnham   40 John and Joseph M'Clean Cavan, 15th February, 1825
13 M'Clean, Charles ditto ditto ditto   40 ditto ditto
14 M'Clean, James ditto ditto ditto   40 ditto ditto

In the Tithe Applotment books of 1825 there are two McClean listed; Alexander and the Widow McClean. Reference to the 1821 census reveals the widow's name is Anne. In the records of Griffiths valuation for Tullyboy 25 Jun 1857 there are five leases in the McClean name:

Occupier Lessor
James M'Clean, Jun. Hon. Somerset Maxwell
James M'Clean, Sen. Hon. Somerset Maxwell
Arthur M'Clean Hon. Somerset Maxwell
John Glover Arthur M'Clean
Jane M'Clean Hon. Somerset Maxwell
Elizabeth Masterson Jane M'Clean
Charles M'Clean Hon. Somerset Maxwell

In 14 Apr 1864 Robert FERGUSON married Mary Anne MC CLEAN, 22, daughter of Arthur MC CLEAN, Farmer, Tullyboy, Kilbride. Surely Mary Anne's father is the Arthur senior refered to above. The wedding took place at the nearby Church of Mount Nugent. No record of Mary Anne's birth or baptism has been found and this is attributed to the destruction of the Kilbride parish records in the 1922 Four Courts fire in Belfast.

The progenitor of the family as outlined is James M'Clain born between 1785 and 1787. His burial is listed in the records of the nearby parish of Ballymachugh; Dec 1 1864, age 79.

In the 1911 census there are still two McClean households in Tullyboy. Other records show the family members there as late as 1937.

Arthur and Isabella of the #8 household were married at the Cavan Methodist Church in 1898. The marriage record states that Arthur is of Tullyboy and the son of Arthur McClean, a farmer.

The Freeholder records for County Down list an Arthur McClean at Tullaree.

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