Mount Darby

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Mount Darby is a townland in South-Eastern County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

Area 132:2:8

Etymology

It is worth noting that there is a hill in the area called Mounty Darby, however, we have not found any records of how or why it came to be named.

While researching this townland we found a reference to a townland called Kildermott which would suggest a church in the area. However, no evidence seems to exist.

1823 Church of Ireland Census

The following is an extract from a survey of the North-West Division of Clones Parish.

Name Sons Daughters
Johnston, John & Mary 0 2
Johnston, William & Mary 1 0
Johnston, (Widow) 0 3
Fox, (Widow) 1 1

Griffiths Valuation 1862

Occupier Lessor Tenement
John Graham Robert Mayne House, Offices & Land
Patrick Smith John Graham House
John Venson John Graham House
Francis Johnston Robert Mayne House (In progress) & Land
Unoccupied Francis Johnston House
George Wiggins Francis Johnston House
Unoccupied Francis Johnston House
Margaret Fox Francis Johnston House

1901 Census

Head of Family Landholder (if different)
John Kells William Johnston
Margaret Johnston
John Graham

Surnames in 2005

  • Howe
  • Lovett

Former Residents

  • Downey

Absentee Landlord

The landlord of both Strananerriagh and Mount Darby was Robert Mayne who lived in Dublin. The Mary J.S.Woodwright in the Turbary documents was a daughter. In the following Irish Land Commission document she is joined by two others probably other relatives.

Land Commission

Document from the Land Commission

This document was lent to us by the Howe family. It relates to his farm in Mount Darby which in 1901 Census was occupied by John Graham. Like the vast majority of farmers in Ireland at that time he did not own his farm as nowadays but rented it from a landlord. One of the provisions of the 1881 Land Act was to set up a Land Commission which fixed a fair rent by arbitration. The rent for Mr Grahams’farm of 32a:1r:32p in Mount Darby was £11.0.0 before he successfully appealed.

William Johnston

William Johnston

Wm Johnston whose farm was next along the road and who was a schoolboy when Graham’s were there.