Bedlam is a little speck on the map of Tullaghobegly parish, Co Donegal, not far from Gortahork - its indicated only by the words Bedlam and Bedlam Bridge, and won't be found in any list of Irish townlands. This is a common problem in Donegal - an example of townlands found in Templecrone, but not in the townland list for that parish, can be found by following this link
From this tiny area at least three people emigrated to Australia, and most likely, some to America too. Its because of the ones who emigrated to Australia that I have put this page online.
So, where is Bedlam? The earliest reference I have to it is on an 1835 Ordnance Survey Map - it does not appear in the 1831 Tithe Applotment book as a separate entity. Bedlam is at the junction of four townlands - Keeldrum Lower, Ardsmore, Gortahork and Cashel. On the map (below) the word Bedlam lies within the top right of Keeldrum Lower townland, while the words Bedlam Bridge lie within Gortahork. Click on the map to view a larger version -
1835 Ordnance Survey Map
The map has been marked with the names of the heads of the households in 1857, according to the Griffith's Valuation. Although the earlier Tithe Applotment Book does not have a separate entry for Bedlam, the following table map be useful, as it has all the heads of the households in 1831 in the four townlands mentioned above -
1831 Tithe Applotment Book
SURNAME FIRST, TOWNLAND BONER, Charles, Killdrim Lower GALLAGHER John, Ardsmore BOYLE Edward, Killdrim Middle HARKIN, Sheli - Widow Killdrim Middle CANNON Hugh, Killdrim Lower HARKIN, Th***(Illegible) Killdrim Upper CANNON Hugh, Killdrim Rockstown MCCARROL Bryan, Killdrim Upper CANNON James, Junior Killdrim Rockstown MCCUE, Daniel, Killdrim Upper CANNON Manus, Killdrim Rockstown MCCUE John, Killdrim Middle CANNON Michael, Killdrim Rockstown MCCUE John, Killdrim Upper COLL, Daniel, Killdrim Lower MCCUE Unity, Killdrim Upper COLL, Dennis, Ardsmore MCELROY, Hugh, Killdrim Upper CORRAN, Bryan, Killdrim Lower MCFADDIN Manus, Killdrim Lower CORRAN Cahill, Killdrim Middle MCGEADY Dennis, Killdrim Upper CORRAN Edward, Killdrim Upper MCGEADY John, Killdrim Upper CORRAN Nail, Killdrim Middle MCGEE, Bryan, Ardsmore CORRERAN Edward, Killdrim Middle MCGEE, William, Ardsmore COYLE, Brine, Gortahork West MCGEE, William, Ardsmore DOOGAN, Patrick, Gortahork West MCGIEVER John, Killdrim Lower DOUGAN, Bryan, Killdrim Upper MCGINLEY Cornelius, Killdrim Lower DOUGAN Catharine - Widow Killdrim Lower MCGINLEY Cornelius, Killdrim Middle DOUGAN Charles, Killdrim Lower MCGINLEY Daniel, Killdrim Middle DOUGAN Charles, Killdrim Upper MCGINLEY Daniel, Killdrim Middle DOUGAN Collumb, Killdrim Lower MCGINLEY Daniel, Killdrim Rockstown DOUGAN Collumb, Killdrim Rockstown MCGINLEY Dennis, Killdrim Middle DOUGAN Elinor, Killdrim Rockstown MCGINLEY Hugh, Killdrim Rockstown DOUGAN Henry, Killdrim Upper MCGINLEY James, Killdrim Lower DOUGAN Hugh, Killdrim Middle MCGINLEY James, Killdrim Middle DOUGAN Hugh, Killdrim Upper MCGINLEY John, Killdrim Middle DOUGAN John, Killdrim Middle MCGINLEY John, Killdrim Rockstown DOUGAN Manus, Killdrim Rockstown MCGINLEY Michael, Killdrim Middle DOUGAN, Margaret - Widow Killdrim Lower MCGINLEY Phiilip, Killdrim Lower DOUGAN Matthew, Killdrim Upper MCGINLEY Charles, Ardsmore DOUGAN Michael, Killdrim Rockstown MCGINLEY Daniel, Gortahork West DOUGAN Michael, Killdrim Upper MCGINLEY Dennis, Ardsmore DOUGAN Nail, Killdrim Upper MCGINLEY Grace (Widow) Ardsmore DOUGAN Owen, Killdrim Lower MCGINLEY Hugh, Gortahork West DOUGAN Owen, Killdrim Upper MCGINLEY John, Ardsmore DOUGAN Patrick, Killdrim Middle MCGINLEY Manus, Ardsmore DOUGAN Patrick, Killdrim Rockstown MCGINLEY Miles, Ardsmore DOUGAN, Edward, Ardsmore MCGOWAN Dennis, Killdrim Middle DOUGHAN Daniel, Killdrim Rockstown MCGOWAN Dennis, Killdrim Rockstown DOUGHAN Henry, Ardsmore MCGOWAN Dennis, Killdrim Rockstown DOUGHAN James, Ardsmore MCGOWAN James, Killdrim Lower DOUGHAN John, Ardsmore MCGOWAN Michael, Senior Killdrim Rockstown DOUGHAN Manus, Ardsmore MCILWAIN Patrick, Ardsmore DOUGHERTY Bryan, Killdrim Rockstown MCLEAH, Nail, Killdrim Upper FERRY Collumb, Killdrim Upper MCLEAH Shaun, Killdrim Middle FERRY Cornelius, Killdrim Upper MOONEY Edward, Killdrim Lower FERRY Hugh, Killdrim Upper MULHERAN Elinor, Gortahork West FERRY James, Killdrim Upper MULHERAN Michael, Gortahork West FERRY, Darby, Ardsmore MULHERAN Miles, Gortahork West FERRY, John, Ardsmore MULHERAN Owen, Gortahork West FERRY, Neil, Ardsmore MULHERAN Patrick, Gortahork West GALLAGHER, Bryan, Killdrim Upper O'DONNELL, John, Ardsmore GALLAGHER, Dennis, Killdrim Rockstown O'DONNELL, Shaun, Ardsmore GALLAGHER, Elinor - Spinster Killdrim Middle SWEENEY, Daniel, Killdrim Lower GALLAGHER, Elinor - Widow Killdrim Middle SWEENEY, Daniel, Killdrim Middle GALLAGHER, James, Killdrim Lower SWEENEY, Manus, Killdrim Rockstown GALLAGHER, John, Killdrim Middle SWEENEY, William, Killdrim Rockstown GALLAGHER, John, Killdrim Rockstown SWEENEY, Hanna, Widow Gortahork Sweeney GALLAGHER Edward, Meennagoppock SWEENEY, Shaun, Gortahork Sweeney GALLAGHER Francis, Ardsmore WARD, William, Killdrim Lower GALLAGHER James, Ardsmore WHORISKY Patrick, Killdrim Upper GALLAGHER James, Gortahork Burns
Then there's the Gortahork baptisms and burials to look at - only one noted to be in Bedlam though!
Pre-1864 Baptisms and Burials
Baptisms Gortahork 17 August 1851 Mary Bonar Charles Penelope Dugan Keeldrum Lower John Doohan, Catherine Coyle 15 June 1851 Dennis Canon Hugh Winifred McGinley Keeldrum Lower John Cannon, Sara Coyle 2 December 1855 Bridget Curran Darby/Jeremia Margaret Doogan Middle Keeldrum John Cannon, Bridget Cannon 5 June 1850 John Curran Darby/Jeremia Margaret Dugan Lower Keeldrum James Sweeney, Mary Dugan 10 January 1850 Sara Curran Darby Catharine Ferry Keeldrum Eugene & Margaret Sweeney 7 June 1860 Bernard Doogan Bernard Bridget Doogan Middle Keeldrum James McFadden, Bridget Curran 17 February 1861 Sara Doogan Cornelius Cecelia McGowan Keeldrum Dennis McGowan, Margaret Coyle 11 December 1850 Bridget Doogan Dennis Mary Curran Keeldrum James Collum, Grace McGinley 27 July 1859 Michael Doogan John Hanorah McGowan Lower Keeldrum Michael Doogan, Catherine Magee 6 February 1859 George Doogan John Rosa Gallagher Lower Keeldrum Bernard Mulheron, Mary McGinley 19 May 1852 Mary Dugan John Mary Ward Middle Keeldrum Michael & Sara McGinley 27 February 1857 James Dugan Michael Anna Doohan Keeldrum Michael Dugan, Catherine McG (?) 4 December 1851 John Dugan Michael Anna Doohan Keeldrum Lower Michael Dugan, Catherine McGee 23 January 1850 Daniel Dugan Philip Nabla O’Brien Keeldrum James and Catherine Ward 21 October 1854 Daniel Ferry Cornelius Sara McFadden Ballynacregga John Ferry, Cecilia Coyle 4 December 1850 Manus Ferry Cornelius Sarah McFadden Keeldrum Eugene Ferry, Cecilia Coyle 5 December 1852 Daniel Ferry Daniel Catherine Dugan Upper Keeldrum Nigellus Gallagher, Anna Ferry 25 April 1851 Eugene Ferry Hugh Sara McFadden Upper Keeldrum Patrick & Catherine Ferry 19 October 1851 Anna Foriskey Michael Margaret Curran Keeldrum Nigel & Bridget Curran 12 July 1857 James Forisky James Winifred McFadden Keeldrum Neil & Elenora Gallagher 28 January 1854 Cornelius Forisky Michael Margaret Curran 4 July 1853 Bridget Gallagher Charles Cecilia Doohan Keeldrum Upper Francis Cannon, Margaret McAnulty 30 August 1859 Manus Gallagher Dennis Rosa McFadden Keeldrum Dennis Brogan, Susanna McFadden 21 January 1861 John Kelly Patrick Honora Kelly Keeldrum Patrick Crowley, Mary Byrnes 8 October 1856 John McCauley Charles Mabia Cannon Keeldrum Bernard McGeady, Elenora McGeady 6 June 1856 James McCue John Elenora Dugan Keeldrum Jon McElroy, Mabia Gallagher 27 February 1859 Thomas McFadden Charles Grace McCue Upper Keeldrum John & Sarah Gallagher 25 March 1859 Anna McFadden Hugh Sara McFadden Upper Keeldrum James Gallagher, Cecilia Ferry 10 March 1860 Michael McFadden James Bridget Curran Lower Keeldrum Bernard & Bridget Doogan 9 July 1857 Daniel McFadden James Mary Ferry Keeldrum Michael & Sara Gallagher 5 October 1850 James McFadden James Mary Ferry Middle Keeldrum James & Sarah Gallagher 3 August 1851 Grace McFadden Michael Penelope Heratty Keeldrum Lower John Coyle, Anna Ward 16 June 1860 John McGeady John Anna Cunaghan Keeldrum John McGeady, Cecilia Ferry 2 October 1858 Honora McGeady John Annie Connaghan Upper Keeldrum Hugh Ferry, Cecilia Coyle 13 June 1855 Michael McGeady John Annie Connaghan Upper Keeldrum John Ferry, Cecilia Coyle 13 November 1850 Hanorah McGeady Michael Catharine McAnulty Upper Keeldrum James & Bridget McAnulty 5 December 1852 Sophia McGeady Michael Catherine McAnulty Upper Keeldrum James & Bridget McAnulty 17 February 1861 Sara McGeady Michael Catherine McNulty Keeldrum Bernard & Catherine Gallagher 8 February 1852 Michael McGee Thomas Margaret Ferry Keeldrum John Ferry, Anne McGinley 27 May 1854 Anna McGinley Eugene Mabia Doogan Lower Keeldrum Eugene Gallagher, Bridget McGinley 21 April 1852 Cecilia McGinley James Mary McGinley Keeldrum George Sheridan, Winifred Gallagher 27 May 1854 Helen McGinley James Mary McGinley Middle Keeldrum George Sheridan, Finola Gallagher 22 November 1857 Hanorah McGinley John Catherine Dugan Keeldrum Michael McClean, Mary Curran 1 July 1860 Patrick McGinley John Mabia Doogan Lower Keeldrum John & Bridget McGinley 15 June 1851 Cecilia McGinley John Mabia Dugan Keeldrum Lower Henry O’Brien, Mary Ward 20 February 1859 Dennis McGowan Michael Catherine Dugan Keeldrum Daniel & Elenora Ferry 4 May 1851 Maeve McHugh Edward Grace Gallagher Upper Keeldrum Patrick Gallagher, Mary Gallagher 18 May (June?) 1851 James Mooney Bartholomew Catharine Duhan Lower Keeldrum (out of order) Charles Gallagher, Cecilia Duhan 21 May 1857 Eugene Mooney Bartholomew Catherine Doohan Lower Keeldrum John McGinley, Penelope Coyle 24 June 1860 Mary Mooney Bartholomew Catherine Doohan Lower Keeldrum Charles Gallagher, Cecilia Doogan 10 February 1851 John O’Donnell Daniel Winifred Dugan Bedlam Dan McGinley & Stephan Boyle & Mary McGinley & Catherine Boyle 21 September 1854 Mary Sweeney Daniel Catherine Coll Lower Keeldrum John McGeady, Mary McGeady 19 October 1851 John Sweeney Hugh Bridget Curran Keeldrum Bernard Coyle, Mary Curran 16 November 1852 Patrick Sweeney Hugh Bridget Curran Lower Keeldrum Andreas Brogan, Margaret Curran Burials 15 Feb 1857 Hanah Gallagher Bedlam 10 May 1860 James Gallagher Bedlam January 20, 1862 Anne McFadden Lower Kelldrum 24 May 1863 Hugh Sweeney Bedlam
After these, there are the civil birth registrations, where Bedlam is noted alot more often.
Post 1864 Birth Registrations
Date Surname Child Father Mother Townland 15/01/1864 Gallagher Margaret Phillip Sarah Gallagher Bedlam 16/12/1865 Gallagher Charles Philip Sarah Gallagher Bedlam 19/10/1867 Gallagher Edward Philip Sarah Gallagher Keeldrum Lower 15/02/1870 Gallagher Phillip James Phillip Sarah Gallagher Bedlam 24/12/1864 McFadden Edward James Ann O'Donnell Bedlam 20/08/1866 McFadden John James Ann O'Donnell Bedlam 9/11/1879 McFadden male James Ann O'Donnell Ards More 13/12/1866 O'Donnell James Patrick Mary McIlwaine Ards More 10/08/1869 O'Donnell Dolty Patrick Mary McIlwaine Bedlam 13/10/1870 O'Donnell Unity Patrick Mary McIlwaine Bedlam
Locations and the Families
Those in the births and baptisms:
Daniel O'Donnell and Winifred Dugan, birth of John in Bedlam in 1851 - their townland appears to be Ardsmore
Philip Gallagher and Sarah Gallagher - Sarah appears in the 1901 census Keeldrum Lower
James McFadden and Anne O'Donnell - Anne appears in the 1901 census Ardsmore
Patrick O'Donnell and Mary McIlwaine - Mary appears in the 1901 census Ardsmore
Those who emigrated:
Kate McFadden, who emigrated on the Nile in 1861
Her parents were Michael McFadden and Penelope (Fanny) Heraghty and her place of birth (in Australian records) is given as Bedlam. The passenger list has Keeldrum as her place of origin.
In 1857 there were 3 Michael McFaddens in the Griffith's Valuation - one each in the townlands of Fawnaboy, Keeldrum Lower, and Magheraroarty. The Michael McFadden household in Keeldrum Lower appears to be this family
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Charles O'Brien, who emigrated on the Sapphire in 1859
His parents were James (decd in 1859) and Peggy Green and his place of origin (on the passenger list) is given as Cloughaneely.
Charles emigrated with his brother Edward and both were to join their sister Bridget (who arrived on the Chrowinghee in 1855) somewhere near Sydney. Two months after their arrival, their sister Mary joined them, having emigrated on the Lady Elma Bruce.
In 1857 there were 2 James O'Brien households in the Griffith's Valuation - one each in Killult and Meenacladdy - the O'Brien family in the latter townland appears to be accounted for in the 1901 census, which leaves a possibility of Killult, a townland on the east side of Gortahork. Though, there was a James O'Brien, with wife Mary Harkin, having a child there in 1859! See Townland Notes for Killult
Charles married -
Anne Duggan, who emigrated on the Sapphire in 1859 also.
Her parents were Hugh (decd 1859) and Fanny and her place of origin (on the passenger list) is given as Cloughaneely. She arrived with her mother and her brother, Bartley.
In 1857 there were 2 Hugh Duggan households in the Griffith's Valuation in Cloughaneely - one each in Ardsbeg, on the north of Ardsmore and one in Ballynacraig, on the west of Keeldrum Lower.
Both Charles and Anne were from Bedlam.
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