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Timeline for the parishes of Kilrea & Tamlaght O'Crilly, 16th century.

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1479 – 1609 At Kilrea, a parson and a vicar lived on two acres of Glebe land pertaining to the Abbey of SS. Peter and Paul of Armagh. Account by Mr Bernard Fitzpatrick; cited in The Fairy Thorn (1984), pg. 86.
Kernohan (1912), pg. 6.
The parish of Drumagarner "became merged with that of Tamlaght O'Crilly sometime in the 16th century having the parish church at Drumnacannon. The name of the parish is written Tawlaught- drumnagaruan in the Inquisition 1609." The old church stood on Church Hill, nearer Kilrea.
Source: The Fairy Thorn (1984), pg. 80.

See also the entry under 1400s, "The Black Death..."
Great inundation of rain, which produced considerable damage.
Famines of the World, by Walford (1879).
An epidemic, thought to be the plague, was reported in Ireland. The earl of Surrey wrote from Dublin to Wolsey, "There is a marvellous death in all this country, which is so sore that all the people be fled out of their houses into the fields and woods, where they in likewise die wonderfully; so that their bodies be dead like swine unburied."
History of Epidemics in Britain, Vol. I, pg. 371.
A great famine in Ireland.
Famines of the World, by Walford (1879).
"This year was a sickly, unhealthy year, in which numerous diseases, viz. a general plague, and smallpox, and a flux plague, and the bed-distemper prevailed exceedingly."
History of Epidemics in Britain, Vol. I, pg. 372.
An epidemic of "hot ague" (contagious pestilential fever or typhus) was prevalent.
History of Epidemics in Britain, Vol. I, pg. 409.
The monastery at Kilrea "was closed after the Dissolution of the Monasteries Act 'to dissolve the same and to put them in safe custody in the King's use' about 1546 and became derelict.
Research by Mrs Kathleen Gillen; cited in The Fairy Thorn (1984), pg. 81.
Perpetual rain all winter; great floods.
Famines of the World, by Walford (1879).
An epidemic of "hot ague" (contagious pestilential fever or typhus) was prevalent. History of Epidemics in Britain, Vol. I, pg. 409.
In the winter of 1566-7, a remarkable outbreak of plague occurred among the English troops quartered around the old monastery of the Derry, at the head of Loch Foyle. The scarcity was general in Ireland that winter, and attended by great mortality.
History of Epidemics in Britain, Vol. I, pg. 372.
An epidemic of "hot ague" (contagious pestilential fever or typhus) was prevalent. History of Epidemics in Britain, Vol. I, pg. 409.
c.1586 (1) Death of the Irish chieftain, Brian Carragh O'Neill.
(2) O'Neill had control over territory on both sides of the river Bann in the vicinity of Portglenone. "That part of Ulster," says Dr. Reeves, "known in the sixteenth century as Brian Carragh's country, consisted of a tract on either side of the Bann, of which Portglenone may be taken as the centre. The portion on the Antrim side of the river which consisted of the adjacent part of the parish of Ahoghill, was held by inheritance under O'Neill of Clanaboy; whilst the Londonderry portion, which consisted of the south-east part of Tamlaght-Ocrilly, was wrested by force of arms from O'Cahan, and held in adverse possession. ... The place which is traditionally pointed out as the site of Brian's abode is a small island in the middle of a marshy basin at Inishrush, called the Green Lough. This spot was really the Inis ruis, 'Island of the Wood.'"--Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, vol. vii., pp. 211-217.
(1) An Historical Account of the Diocese of Down and Connor, Ancient and Modern, Vol. III, by the Rev. James O'Laverty (Dublin, and London: James Duffy & Sons, 1884), pg. 370.
(2) An Historical Account of the MacDonnells of Antrim: including notices of some other Septs, Irish and Scottish, by the Rev. George Hill (Belfast: Archer & Sons, 1873), pg. 185.

An account of Brian Carrach O'Neill, giving also a description of the Green Lough, was given by the Rev. Dr. Reeves at the Royal Irish Academy in 1859. Link to transcription.
Extreme famine consequent on the wars of Desmond. Human flesh said to have been eaten.
Famines of the World, by Walford (1879).
Great famine period, "when one did eate another for hunger."
Famines of the World, by Walford (1879).

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  • Creighton, Charles. A History of Epidemics in Britain, Vol. 1. Cambridge University Press, 1891.
  • Kilrea Local History Group. The Fairy Thorn: Gleanings and Glimpses of Old Kilrea; published by The Kilrea Local History Group. Coleraine: Impact Printing, 1984.
  • Kernohan, J.W. The Parishes of Kilrea and Tamlaght O'Crilly: A Sketch of Their History, With an Account of Boveedy Congregation. Coleraine: Chronicle Office, 1912. Transcribed by Barbara Braswell and Richard Torrens; posted to Richard Torrens' Bann Valley Genealogy web site, www.torrens.org.uk/Genealogy/Bann Valley/
  • Walford, Cornelius. The Famines of the World: Past and Present. London: Edward Stanford, 1879.
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