Old photographs Old photos of Moville and the surrounding areas.

Maps Old maps of the two parishes in Moville.

Books Read a history of Moville, and see other references to the area.

Lewis' Topographical Dictionary Extracts from the Topographical Dictionary published in 1837

FHC Records Family History Centre (LDS) film references for Moville records


Quay Street Moville
Quay Street, Moville, about 1900

Tithe.Applotment List

Tithe Applotment Lists for Moville Lower (1825) and Moville Upper (1828).

The Tithe Applotment lists set out the tenants (or owners) of land in each townland. It does not necessarily follow that the named person actually lived in that townland, merely that they rented land in it. The 1825 records for Moville Lower divide up the land into different categories ("good arable" or "middling pasture" for example), but the 1828 lists for Moville Upper do not provide this level of detail.

Tithe was a tax on all agricultural land except church land, woodland and urban areas. The tax originally required the occupier to pay one tenth of the produce of the land to the clergy of the Church of Ireland, no matter what their religion. Over a period of time, this money devolved to the Crown. In turn, the Crown sold or granted the rights to the tithes to laymen or Bishops. The tithes became identified with property rights, and were deeply unpopular. Eventually, they became uncollectable, especially as most Irish people followed the Catholic faith.

Until 1823, the tithe was paid in kind by the occupier of the land. A series of Tithe Composition Acts (between 1823 and 1838) replaced payment in kind with payment in cash. Local surveyors and assessors had to value all the land. The results, arranged by civil parish and townland, were collected in volumes known as Tithe Applotment Books.

The Tithe Applotment Book for Moville Lower - signed on 17 September 1825

" .... We Roger Murray and John Anderson Commissioners duly appointed and sworn under and by virtue of an Act made in the fourth year of the Reign of George the fourth intitled "An act to provide for the Establishment of Compositions for Tythes in Ireland for a limited time" to ascertain and find a true and just Composition for all Tythes arising, growing, yielded or payable within the parish of Lower Moville in the County of Donegall do hereby Certify that the true and just Amount of Composition for all Tythes whatever within the said Parish is six hundred pounds by Agreement by the year to continue for the Term of Twenty one years from the first of November inst. which sum is due and payable annually to the Reverend Samuel Law Montgomery and his Successor Rectors of said Parish for the Space of Twenty one years, the said Samuel Law Montgomery being the only Claimant of Tythes in said Parish.

Given under our hands this seventeenth day of September 1825 ......."

Moville Lower

By surname By townland
Adams to Duffy Balleeghan to Carnagarve
Elkin to Lynch Carrowbeg to Eleven Ballyboes
McCaiver to McGruddy Glennagiveny to Stroove
McHenry to Morrison  
Neill to Wilson  

Moville Upper

By surname By townland
Achison to Curry Ballyargus to Carrowkeel
Dever to Hunter Carrownaff to Drung
Jemison to McGrorty Glencrow to Tullyally
McKenny to Young  

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