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Extract Muster Roll of Devenish

Extracts referring to the Parish of Devenish, Barony of Magheraboy County Fermanagh

 

1631 Muster Rolls

 

The Muster Roll of the Province of Ulster is a large, leather-bound 
volume in the British Library, where it is shelved as Additional 
Manuscript 4770. The volume consists of 283 folio sheets, each slightly 
larger than a page of A4, on which are recorded the names of 13,147 
adult males from the nine counties of Ulster. Each county forms a 
separate section of the volume and the men who mustered are listed under 
the names of their landlords; beside each man’s name there is a 
description of the weapons he was carrying or a note that he was 
unarmed.

 

These contain lists of the principal landlords in Ulster, and the names of the men aged between 18 and 60 they could assemble in an emergency.

 

Transcribed from the original copy held by the Presbyterian Historical Society Belfast

 

Mrs Hamilton widow of Lord Archbishop of Cashel undertaker of 1500 acres the names of her men and their arms

 

William Crawford sword

William Beaty sword and pike

John Willson sword and pike

David Johnston sword and pike

John McCreeke sword and callener {early gun}

Gowan Elliot sword

Robert Foster sword and pike

James Somerville sword

William Rennick sword

John Graham sword and pike

James Necall {Nichol} sword and pike

William Waterson sword and pike

Mungo Elliot sword and pike

William Simpson sword and pike

Robert Elliot sword and pike

George Armstrong sword and pike

William Ellot sword and pike

John Young sword

Thomas Steele sword

Mark Elliot no arms

James McCalstander no armes

 

This is a very well armed group of men.

 Unusual at a time when most tenants are recorded as being unarmed.

They either had a very industrious local blacksmith or well reasonably well off.

 

 


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