Knocks

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KNOCKS ( the hills) Area 134: 3: 12 Spreading over 3 roads this is one of the larger and better known townlands but not to be confused with the even better known Knocks outside Lisnaskea.

Griffiths Valuation 1862

Occupier…………………………..Lessor Henry Wiggins……………………………Earl of Erne H Os & L George Armstrong……………………….. William Howe House Owen Lynch……………………………… William Howe House James Elliott……………………………… Earl of Erne Land Terence McCaffrey……………………… James Elliott House & garden James Moffitt……………………………...Earl of Erne H Os & L Thomas Howe……………………………. James Moffitt House & garden George Wiggins…………………………...Earl of Erne H Os & L

1901 Census

Head of Family……………………Landholder David Hetherington……………………….John Bailey of Knappagh James Howe William Wiggans John O’Hara………………………………James Blakely of Lisegerton Thomas Clarke…………………………... John Morrison of Uttony Union Hall

Surnames 2005

Blakely McCauley McAuley


Education

The 1826 Survey into Irish Education lists a school in the Knocks (spelt Knox) it is described as a thatched, clay building with 34 Protestant 6 RC pupils. The teacher was Walter Rickey who was paid £10 per annum and the funder was the London Hibernian Society. On the 1835 map it does not appear so we can only speculate that this may have been the site of the present Knox Orange Hall.

Home Guard

This group of local men was taken outside the Knox hall at the beginning of World War II. We have been told that it was to do with the formation of the Home Guard.

Formation of Home Guard, Knox Hall

Back Row - Left to Right:- Fred Burke, Magheraveeley; John George Wilson, Carneyhome; William Nicholl, Clonfeile; George Bleakley, Knocks; Jack Whiteman, Knocks; William Howe, Knocks; James McCartney, Clincor; Johnny Bleakley, Knocks. Middle row:- Sam Johnston, Bohasset; Tommie Johnston, Agharoosky; Robert Bleakley, Knocks; Elmore Bleakley, Knocks; Willie Thomas Wilson, Carneyhome;  ??, ??, Robert Tynan, Knocks. Front row:- ??, Willie Doonan, Carneyhome; Bob Breadon, Neville West, Scotsborough; Joe Downey, Gortindarragh; James Robert McVitty, Rossbrick; Walter Creighton, Drumbellamy; Tommie Wilson, Carneyhome; Frank Johnston, Derrymeen.