Strananerriagh

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Strananerriagh
Irish: Srath na n-airiach
Irish grid reference H466315
District Fermanagh District Council
County County Fermanagh
Constituent country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ENNISKILLEN
Postcode district BT92
Dialling code 028 677
Police Northern Ireland
Fire Northern Ireland
Ambulance Northern Ireland
European Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament Fermanagh and South Tyrone
NI Assembly Fermanagh and South Tyrone
List of places: UK • Northern Ireland •


Strananerriagh is a townland in South-East County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Part of this town land was known as Falbreggy.

Area 506:0:16

Etymology

  • 1833 - Srath na n-airiach "holm of the ploughmen"
  • 1913 - Srath-na-naodhaireach "holm of the shepherds"

Strananerriagh is believed to mean "holm of the ploughmen". The reason for this is due to the digging of turf in the bogs.

Griffiths Valuation 1862

Occupier…………………………Lessor Barthw. Sweeny and John Gunn………..Robert Mayne H Os & L Jane McKeever………………………… Robert Mayne H Os & L Susan Johnston………………………… Jane McKeever House James Creighton……………………..... Jane McKeever House James McDermott…………………….... Jane McKeever House Barthw. Sweeny, John Gunn & Jane McKeever………………………… Robert Mayne Land Patrick Maguire…………………………Robert Mayne H Os & L James Maguire……………………….....Robert Mayne H Os & L Joseph Johnston………………………...Robert Mayne Caretaker’s House O & L John McCaffrey……………………….. Joseph Johnston H & O James Goan……………………………. Joseph Johnston House Henry Woods………………………….. Francis Johnston H Os &L Thomas Robinson……………………... Francis Johnston H Os &L Thomas Bradin………………………….Francis Johnston H &L Thomas Kells………………………….. Francis Johnston H Os &L

1901 Census

Head of family…………………..Name of Landholder if different Anne Hicks George Wiggans William Johnston John Maguire John Cassidy……………………………William Johnston John McIvor Unoccupied……………………………. John McIvor James Mulligan


Surnames 2005

 none     

McKeever/McIvor

It is worth noting that the McKeever and McIvor surnames are two spellings of the same surname. There is a family headstone in the Church of Ireland graveyard at Aghadrumsee with both spellings given.

Transport

This giant of a townland would alone have created a lot of traffic for the road, men and women, on foot or bicycle, donkeys with carts or creels all going to or from the bog which was a source of fuel for generations. As the townland does not reach the road, access was by a lane going in across Mount Darby.

The lane branched in two and one branch turned right. On it were the McIvor place which became Murray’s and afterwards owned by Stutt’s. Then Wm Johnston’s where Pat McGeehan lived, and then McCabe’s house which was about 1½ mile from the road. Also on this lane there was a Nicholl farm. The other branch went uphill. First there was the late Francis Johnston’s place and then the remains of another house.

Turf Rights

The right to have a bank of turf and a right of way to get to it were important assets to any farm and were jealously guarded. We have kindly been given a copy of the rules imposed by the landlord owning the bog. In this case it was the Ministry of Finance who had taken over any estate not already sold to the tenants. The set of rules and the accompanying map were very necessary to ensure fair play.

ESTATE OF Mary J.S.Woodright
Record No.N.I.1358
County Fermanagh
holding of Joseph W. Murray

MINISTRY OF FINANCE FOR NORTHERN IRELAND. REGULATIONS AS TO TURBARY.
THE MINISTRY of Finance for Northern Ireland, in exercise of the powers conferred upon it by the Land Purchase Acts, and of all other powers it, thereunto enabling. does hereby make he following REGULATIONS [subject nevertheless to such further or other Regulations whether in substitution for in addition to the Regulations hereby made as the Ministry shall think fit to make :—
(1) In these Regulations the terms “Vendor” and “Purchaser” shall mean the person or persons specified as such in the heading of the Schedule hereto and shall include their and each of their successors in title for the time being and the term "occupier” shall mean the person or persons mentioned in the first column of the said Schedule and shall include the person or persons for the time being in full beneficial occupation of the Land specified in the second column of the said Schedule opposite the name of such occupier.
(2) Each occupier mentioned in the first column of the Schedule is hereby authorised subject to the conditions herein contained to cut make and take turf for the use only of the holding specified in the second column of the Schedule on and from the plot or plots of bog specified in the third column of the Schedule opposite his name and shown on the Map attached hereto. PROVIDED that before such right is exercisable in any year each such occupier shall pay (a) to the Vendor (b) to the Purchaser and (e) to the owner or owners of any lands over which any easement herein mentioned is exercisable such occupier the annual rent or rents (if any) respectively specified in the fourth fifth and sixth columns of the Schedule opposite the name of such occupier.
(3) Each occupier shall have the right of way to and from his Turbary plot or plots specified opposite his name in the sixth column of the Schedule, provided that, reasonable amends and satisfaction is by made by such occupier for any damage done or occasioned by his using the said right of way and such occupier shall close securely all gates and barriers which he may find necessary to open when using the said right of way.
(4) Any occupier entering under these Regulations shall not allow his donkey, horse or other animal to stray on any part of the holding of the Purchaser, and shall keep such animal tethered.
(5) Turf shall not be cut in such a manner as to prevent the future reclamation of the bog, and at least one foot of turf over the subsoil shall be left. The Turbary banks shall be opened and cut in such a manner as to provide reasonable drainage to the natural outlet from the bog, and each occupier shall, for this purpose be entitled to construct in a reasonable manner a drain to the natural outlet for water.
(6) Sufficient turf and pasturage for the use of the Purchaser during a reasonable period has been left on the remainder of the bog, and the Purchaser shall not cut or take turf from any plot allotted to any occupier.
(7) Any person offending against any of the foregoing Regulations shall be liable to a fine not exceeding five pounds recoverable in a summary manner.
Given under the Official Seal of the Ministry of Finance for Northern Ireland, this 30th day of November, 1944.


Map of Strananerriagh Bog

This map shows the various plots in Strananerriagh bog and also the Schedule giving clear instructions as to the route to a particular plot. This also gives the names of other holders of turf banks there.

The occupier shall, for the purpose of cutting, making and taking turf, have full and free rights of access and egress with or without animal and vehicles to and from her Turbary plot over along and across


(1) the road coloured brown on the map attached to these Regulations on the holding of the Purchaser, Folio No. 11715:
(2)the road coloured brown and lettered HGI on the said map on the holding of Arthur Stutt, Folio No. 11717:
(3)the roads coloured brown on the said map on the holding of Wm Johnston, Folio No.11711:
(4)the roads coloured brown on the holding of Elizabeth Sweeney, Folio No.11716;
(5) the road coloured brown on the said map on the holding of Margaret Johnston, Folio No.11719, all in the townland of Strananerriagh:
(6) the road coloured brown on the said map on the holding of Margaret Johnston townland of Mount Darby, Folio No 11726:
(7) the road coloured brown on the said map on the holding of Wm. Johnston, townland of Mount Darby, Folio No. 11725.

The Johnston Clan

There is a story that this townland was the original home of the Johnston clan and that their homestead was just about where the lanes divide but destroyed in a raid by the then landlord of Rathmoran castle resulting in the Johnston clan scattering around the area.