1834 Tithe Applotment Book - Conwal Parish, Co Donegal
The information on these pages was compiled by Lindel & Len, and forms part of the Donegal Genealogy Resources website
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Tithes were an income tax on farming - usually about one tenth of the annual income. These were used for the upkeep of the Church of Ireland and were paid from the time of the Reformation. Before the Composition Act of 1823 it was possible to pay them in kind in stead of money. From the time of the Composition Act they were supposed to be paid in cash and Tithe surveys were carried out in each Parish to assess what the income for that parish would be. Two people were appointed by each parish to carry out this assessment.
Both Catholics and Protestants resented this tax - tax was not payable on all land, and there was even variation on the types of land from place to place. From 1736 grazing land had an exemption - this was usually land held by landlords.
Certain crops were taxable, others weren't. Potatoes could be taxable in one parish and not in the one next door.
Tithe books are not comprehensive, people who did not hold land are not listed and some types of land were passed over absolutely. Towns and cities were usually not assessed.
They are arranged by Townland and usually give the acreage held by each farmer. However, note here that the measurement used was the plantation or Irish acre which differs in size from the imperial or English acre used in the Griffith's Valuation.
The information you get from the Tithe Books is simple, townland name; landholders name; area of land and tithes paid. Some will list the landlords name as well. The original tithe books for the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland are held in the National Archives in Dublin.
This project consists of two parts - please select the links below to go to each
The Tithe information on this page was collected in 1998 , when I was quite new to Donegal research
Because of that, I did not think to scan the whole page and did not note which were townland or town tithes
Basically though, the first 9 pages are alphabetical from A to S and the last three are for the town.
I also compiled an index to the Tithe book many years ago and although they are not linked to which page they belong to (above), you can at least see who appeared in the tithes.
Boyd, Jo, Esq
Boyd, Wm, Rev
Chambers, Jo, Esq
Crawford, Charles, Esq
McGettigen, Rev Doctor
Murray, Edward, Esq
Patterson, James, Esq
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