MOFFATTS - An Overview
A family tale that has been passed down through several branches of the family says the first MOFFATT in Co. Longford came with a contingent of Scottish soldiers when Arthur Forbes returned to his estates based at Castle Forbes. If so, this would be in the year 1655. In 1659 in Pender's Census, there is a listing of 30 Scottish soldiers and their wives at Clondra, guarding the Shannon River crossing. This is only 5 km. from the known location of a Moffatt farm in 1696, still occupied by Moffatts of the family of interest after 1800.
The many records of the family have been divided into sets that hopefully will provide useful organization to viewers. But do not hesitate to use the SEARCH at left to find a particular name or place of interest.
The records include
PARISH REGISTERS - These are the Church of Ireland records recording mostly births, marriages and burials. However, for Killashee Parish there is a special description of members of the parish called a SPECULUM GREGIS (literally mirror of who belongs) that provides a description of all members of the congregation in the 1840s. Extracts of the first book have been made for Moffatt.
LAND LEASE RECORDS - For whatever reason, a huge number of leases were registered at the Dublin Land Registry. This provides extracts from those involving Moffatt family members.
FREEHOLDER LISTS & 1790 VOTER LIST - The 1790 list is remarkable in that it provides a large number of individuals with both their place of abode and the location of their long term leases.
TITHE APPLOTMENTS & GRIFFITHS VALUATION - The tithe applotment list, the onerous support of the Church of Ireland was compiled in the 1820s and 1830s, and gives a good assessment of those who leased land. The Griffiths Valuation of 1854 is useful especially as it may allow a family to be tied to maps that have the land parcel numbers attached. Even if a family left earlier, sometimes this is useful.
CHARLETON MARRIAGE GRATUITY TRUST - This Trust gave to poor Protestant families that met certain criteria a small amount of money. Mostly it was centered on Co. Longford, with some families from adjacent counties.
VARIOUS RECORDS - This includes an array of records that include newspaper accounts, lists of those who attended Trinity College, Dublin, etc.
ARDAGH DIOCESE RECORDS - The Church of Ireland's Diocese had jurisdiction over marriage bonds, wills, and testamentary bonds.
Some Family Groups of Moffatt