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McGoughs, McGeoughs and McGeoghs in County Meath

The McGough, McGeoughs, and McGeoghs in county Meath in the 1800s were found mostly in civil parishes along the south western boundary of county Louth, and the northeastern boundary of county Meath. This page places those McGoughs in a geographical perspective.

For information on a recent adjustment of the boundary between counties Louth and Meath at Drogheda, and other general information applicable to this page, see my page McGoughs, McGeoughs and McGeoghs in County Louth.

 

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Brief History of County Meath

From GENUKI—County Meath:

"Meath, a county of Ireland, province of Leinster, bounded N by Cavan, Monaghan, and Louth; E by the Irish Channel and the port of Dublin; S by Kildare; and W by W. Meath, 36 m. long, and 44 1/2 broad. It consists in general of flat pasture land; the soil a rich fertile loam. It is noted for grazing and tillage. Some marshes on the Moynalty river feed an immense number of horses in the summer season; and the Kilcrew hills in the W adjoining Cavan, are remarkable for fattening sheep. The crops commonly cultivated are wheat, oats, barley, clover, flax and potatoes. Principal rivers, the Boyne, the Black Water, the tributary streams of the Nanny, the Rye Water, the Moynalty. Pop. 174,716. Chief town, Trim." [From The New London Gazetteer (1826)]

The Hill of Tara, long the residence of the High Kings of Ireland, is in county Meath, and gives it its nickname, "the royal county". County Meath (An Mhí, originally Mide, "the middle kingdom"). The Hill of Tara (H920 598) is 19 kilometers southeast of Navan, and 13 kilometers east by northeast of Trim, in the civil parish of Tara.

The passage graves of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth are older than the pyramids of Egypt, and attract visitors from all over the world. County Meath Ireland (goireland.com).

See also: A Short History Of Ashbourne. The Ashbourne area was called Killeglan or Killegland before 1820.

 

Maps

Irish Ancestors publishes a map of the parishes of county Meath with a list of the place names in each parish. See also Parishes of County Meath.

For a travel map showing the relationship of Meath and surrounding counties, go to County Meath—Where to Stay.

For maps and descriptions of the lakes and rivers in county Meath, see Map of County Meath. See also County Meath—Towns and Map (goireland.com).

 

Parishes, Townlands and Towns

The County Meath Ireland Genealogy Project—publishes a map of the parishes of Meath. The IreAtlas Townland Database is a great source of the names of the civil parishes in county Meath, and the names of the townlands in each parish.

Parts of these civil parishes in county Louth are in county Meath: Collon: St. Mary's, Drogheda; and Tullyallen. The townlands of Collon that are in Meath are: Broomfield, Glassallen, and Starinagh, all in the barony of Upper Slane. The only townland of St. Mary's parish in Louth is Ballsgrove in the Municipal Borough of Drogheda, which is also listed in Meath. Townlands of St. Mary's in Meath are: Lagavooren in the Municipal Borough of Drogheda, and Bryanstown, both of which are shown on a modern map as immediately south of the Louth/Meath boundary. Most of Tullyallen is in Louth, with two townlands in Meath: Hurcle and Mellifont, both in the barony of Upper Slane. See also County Meath—Towns.

 

Meath Sources

Meath Heritage Centre provides a professional family history service to people who wish to trace their Meath ancestors.

County Meath Ireland Genealogy Project (Gen Uki)

County Meath Ireland (goireland.com).

Roman Catholic Diocese of Meath, 1846—Parish Priests, Curates, Parishes, and Post Towns.

Meath County—Roman Catholic Parish records—Baptismal and Marriage parish record index.

Meath—National Censuses/Substitutes

Meath Census Returns & Substitutes—Irish Ancestors

Slane Historical Society

 

Civil Parishes of Drumcondra, Inishmot, Loughbracken, and Nobber

The civil parish of Drumcondra lies on the north boundary of county Meath and the south border of county Louth. The parish is also known as Drumconrath. (There is also a townland of Drumcondra in the parish of Clonturk in north Dublin.)

Arthur McGeogh and Mary Meade are listed by the IGI as parents of Catharine McGough born on September 23, 1866, at Drumcondra, in Meath; and Anne McGeogh born on February 14, 1874, in Meath.

[Meade, Mary and Philip McGough are listed by the IGI as parents of Catherine McGough born on May 11, 1866, at Castletown District, Meath, Ireland; and Margaret McGough born on December 23, 1867, in Meath.]

 

Breslanstown

Breslanstown (H874 938) is almost on the boundary, 4 kilometers northwest of the town of Drumcondra (sometimes called Drumconrath), and 11 kilometers south by southeast of Carrickmacross in county Monaghan.

199 Patrick McGough Breslantown Drumcondra Meath T 1830.

Patrick McGough (shares property with Conlon*) Breslantown Drumcondra Meath T 1830.

*Anne Conlan and Patrick McGough are listed by the IGI as parents of Margaret McGough born on October 30, 1867, in Meath.

The civil parish of Inishmot lies immediately southeast of Drumcondra and is also on the Meath-Louth border.

 

Mandistown

The townland of Mandistown (H920 892) is in the parish of Inishmot, 6 kilometers southeast of Breslantown, and 5 kilometers west by southwest of the town of Ardee. The town of Slane (H960 744) is less than 18 kilometers south by southeast of Mandistown, and may have been used as a place of registration for baptisms.

200 Patrick McGeogh Mandistown Inishmot Meath G 1854 Slane Lower Ardee

Thomas McGough and Catherine Dowdell were the parents of Patrick McGough, born in March of 1872, at Mandistown, Slane, Meath; John McGough born in October of 1873 [another listing, which spells the mother's name Dowdall, says November 28, 1872, in Meath] in Slane, Meath, according to the IGI; of James Robert McGough* born on July 4, 1876, in Mandistown, Slane, Meath; Thomas McGough born in March of 1878 in Slane, Meath; Joseph McGough in 1883 at Slane, Meath; Mary McGough born in February of 1886 at Slane, Meath; and of Andrew McGough born in January 1890, in Meath. Their son James McGough died on July 24, 1937.

According to FamilySearch, Thomas McGough, the father, was born in Ireland in December of 1834, and his wife, Catherine Dowdell, was born in Ireland in May of 1850. Thomas McGough, the son, is shown by Family Search as born to Thomas McGough and Catherine Dowdell in March of 1878.

Griffith's Valuation of Ireland for Inishmot, County Meath, lists in 1854: "Dowdall Catherine Mandistown Inishmot Meath" and "Mc Geogh Patrick Mandistown Inishmot Meath" (Kidalkey Village)

*James Robert McGough was a first class passenger aboard the Titanic when it struck an iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14, 1912, and sank early in the morning of April 15. He survived. See my page: Sinking of the Titanic—James and George McGough Man Lifeboats, where there is much more of the history of this family. See also the article published by the Slane Historical Society on the Internet under the heading Slane & The Titanic.

The civil parish of Loughbracken adjoins the southwest border of Drumcondra.

Philip Aloysius McGough, age 30, born on June 22, 1888, in Mandistown, Ireland, who arrived in the United States in 1896, was naturalized as a U. S. citizen in June, 1918, in the District Court of Richmond, Virginia. His place of residence was Camp Lee, Virginia, 28th Company, 7 Tr. (?) Bt., 155 Depot Brigade. He emigrated to the U. S. from Queenstown, Ireland, on March 28, 1896, and arrived in the Port of New York on April 4, 1896, aboard the Campagnia. Naturalization Petitions of the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Richmond), 1906–1929, Military Petitions #751M–1350M (Series M1547, U. S. Naturalization Records—Original Documents, 1795–1972 on Ancestry.com.)

 

Drumgill

The townland of Drumgill (H863 904) is 2 kilometers west of the town of Drumcondra.

204 Mary McGough Drumgill Loughbracken Meath G 1854 Slane Lower Ardee

 

The civil parish of Nobber lies immediately west of Loughbracken.

 

College (Nobber)

The townland of College (H822 898) is 6 kilometers west of the village of Drumcondra, and 3 kilometers north of the village of Nobber.

205 Hugh McGough College Nobber Meath G 1854 Morgallon Kells

 

Civil Parishes of Killary and Rathkenny

The civil parish of Killary is also on the Meath-Louth border, one parish removed from and southeast of Inishmot.

The 1821 census of Rathkenny lists a Patt McGeough, age 24, a house servant in the residence of John and Christian White.

 

Heronstown

Heronstown (H910 819) is 7+ kilometers south of Mandistown, and 9 kilometers west of the town of Collon in county Louth.

202 James McGough Heronstown Killary Meath G 1854. Barony of Slane. Poor Law Union of Lower Dundalk. Rents a house, office and 77 acres of land from William Henry Ogle at £47.0.0.

Here is part of an email of December 30, 2004, from Kate Burke:

"My grandmother was Kathleen McGough from Heronstown Co. Meath which was very good luck for me! When I started to look through all the information offered on your website I noticed only one McGough in Heronstown in 1854 which I presume from the date to have been her grandfather (James McGough).

"We have always pronounced the name Magyo (emphasis on the yo) but do not know a lot otherwise. She had a brother called James McGough who married a lady called Aggie McGlue."

203 Margaret McGough Heronstown Killary Meath G 1854 Slane, Lower Dundalk. Rents a house from William Henry Ogle at £0.6.0.

P. McGough of Heronstown contributed £1 to the Monasterboice Roman Catholic New Church Building Fund in 1894. Phillip McGough, a farmer, is listed in 1890 in Heronstown, Meath, in Irish Records Index, 1500–1920 on Ancestry.com, citing: Film # 496371; T, Box and Order #T14763; Item Order 152 of 261.

 

Lobinstown

Lobinstown is in the civil parish of Killary and the Catholic parish of Lobinstown. Here are baptisms listed in Lobinstown in All Ireland Selections of Catholic Baptisms, 1742–1881, on Ancestry.com, from Parish Registers. Dublin, Ireland: National Library of Ireland (NLI):

Name: John McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 8 May 1825
Father's Name: Patt McGough
Mother's Name: Brady McCullough
Sponsor Witness 1: John Rofferty
Sponsor Witness 2: Anne McGough

 

Name: Arthur McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 7 Sep 1837
Father's Name: Patt McGough
Mother's Name: Cathrine Carrey
Sponsor Witness 1: Anne Carrey

 

Name: Catherine McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 28 Jul 1840
Father's Name: Patt McGough
Mother's Name: Anne Kennedy
Sponsor Witness 1: Richard Lynch
Sponsor Witness 2: Rose Naulty

 

Name: Jas McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 16 Jun 1842
Father's Name: James McGough
Mother's Name: Betty McGivney
Sponsor Witness 1: Thos McCaughran
Sponsor Witness 2: Catherine Meade

 

Name: Anne McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 9 Dec 1848
Father's Name: Patk McGough
Mother's Name: Anne Kennedy
Sponsor Witness 1: Jas Savage
Sponsor Witness 2: Margt Heery

 

Name: Peter  McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 7 July 1863
Father's Name: Michael McGough
Mother's Name: Catharine McGough
Sponsor Witness 1: Mat Gibney
Sponsor Witness 2: Margaret Gibney

 

Name: Phil McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 22 Oct 1864
Father's Name: Phil McGough
Mother's Name: Mary Macdonnell
Sponsor Witness 1: Thos Donegan
Sponsor Witness 2: Rose Macdonnell

 

Name: Catharine McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 16 Sep 1866
Father's Name: Arthur McGough
Mother's Name: Mary Meade
Sponsor Witness 1: Thomas Gaynor
Sponsor Witness 2: Catharine Jennett

 

Name: Mgt McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 31 March 1868
Father's Name: Arthur McGough
Mother's Name: Mary Meade
Sponsor Witness 1: Peter Meade
Sponsor Witness 2: Christina Meade

 

Name: Patrick McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 2 Apr 1870
Father's Name: Arthur McGough
Mother's Name: Mary Meade
Sponsor Witness 1: Thomas Asden
Sponsor Witness 2: Annie McGough

 

Name: Catharine McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 16 Sep 1866
Father's Name: Arthur McGough
Mother's Name: Mary Meade
Sponsor Witness 1: Thomas Gaynor
Sponsor Witness 2: Catharine Jennett

 

Name: Maria Elizabeth McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 4 Jan 1872
Father's Name: Patritius McGough
Mother's Name: M A Flanagan
Sponsor Witness 1: Ricardus Frith
Sponsor Witness 2: Maria Panzing

 

Name: Thos McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 28 Jan 1872
Father's Name: Arthur McGough
Mother's Name: Mary Meade
Sponsor Witness 1: Thomas Mead
Sponsor Witness 2: Anne Halpenny

 

Name: Thos McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 4 May 1874
Father's Name: Patk McGough
Mother's Name: Mary Sullivan
Sponsor Witness 1: Thos Mooney
Sponsor Witness 2: Kate Markey

 

Name: James McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 5 May 1875
Father's Name: McGough
Mother's Name: Mary Sullivan
Sponsor Witness 1: Patt Greene
Sponsor Witness 2: Margaret Sheils

 

Name: James McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 27 Jun 1875
Father's Name: Thos McGough
Mother's Name: Kate Dowdall
Sponsor Witness 1: John Clarke
Sponsor Witness 2: Christina Gibney

 

Name: Philip McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 17 Jun 1877
Father's Name: Patk McGough
Mother's Name: Mary Sullivan
Sponsor Witness 1: Denis Sheils
Sponsor Witness 2: Mary Anne Craig

 

Name: Thos McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 23 Mar 1877
Father's Name: Thos McGough
Mother's Name: Kate Dowdall
Sponsor Witness 1: James Maguire
Sponsor Witness 2: Alice Dowdall

 

Name: Mary McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 2 Oct 1878
Father's Name: Patt McGough
Mother's Name: Mary Sullivan
Sponsor Witness 1: Pat Sheils
Sponsor Witness 2: Kate McGough

 

Name: Patk McGough
Parish: Lobinstown
Diocese: Meath
County: Meath
Baptism Date: 16 March 1880
Father's Name: Patt McGough
Mother's Name: Mary Sullivan
Sponsor Witness 1: Michael Prendergast
Sponsor Witness 2: Mary Carry

 

The civil parish of Rathkenny is immediately south of the civil parish of Killary.

 

Mullagha

The townland of Mullagha (H894 762) is 8 kilometers north by northeast of the town of Navan, and 7 kilometers west by northwest of the town of Slane.

206 Patrick McGough Mullagha Rathkenny Meath G 1854 Slane Upper Navan

 

Civil Parishes of Athboy and Kidalkey

The civil parish of Athboy is on the west central boundary of county Meath. Immediately to the east is the county of Westmeath. Athboy is 11 1/2 kilometers northwest of Trim and 15+ kilometers west by southwest of Navan. Athboy was referred to in the Annals of the Fourt Masters as Ath-buidhe Tlachtgha, or the Yellow Ford of Tlachtgha. Tlachtga was the ancient name of the Hill of Ward, adjoining the town. in the year 1167, a great meeting was convened at Athboy by Ruaidhri Ua Conchobhair and the chiefs of Leath-Chuinn (northern half of Ireland), both lay and ecclesiastic, and the chiefs of the foreigners at Ath-buidhe-Tlachtgha. To it came among many others, the successor of Patrick; and Donnchadh Ua Cearbhaill, lord of Oirghialla and Mac Duinnsleibhe Ua hEochadha, King of Ulidia, accompanied by two thousand horsemen. See M1167.5 on my page Excerpts from Irish Annals—Ulidia, Ui Eathach Cobha, and Dal Araide.

 

Town of Athboy

Here is an entry on the town of Athboy, county Meath, from A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis:

"Athboy, a market and post-town, and a parish, in the barony of Lune, county of Meath and province of Leinster, 5 miles from Trim, and 28 from Dublin; containing 5317 inhabitants, of which number, 1959 are in the town.

"This place derives its name, signifying in the Irish language 'the yellow ford,' from its situation on a stream which falls into the river Boyne near Trim. The town, in 1831, contained 346 houses, and is at present a place of very little trade: the road from Oldcastle to Dublin runs through it; there is a very large flour-mill."

198 John McGough Athboy Town Parks (H710 640) (Town of) Athboy Meath G 1854. Barony of Lune. Poor Law Union of Trim.

 

The civil parish of Kidalkey is immediately south of Athboy and is also on the Meath-Westmeath border.

 

Village of Kidalkey

The village of Kidalkey (H725 585) is 6 kilometers south of the town of Athboy, and 7+ kilometers west of the village of Trim.

201 Laurence McGough Kildalkey Village of Kildalkey Meath G 1854. Barony of Lune. Poor Law Union of Trim.

 

IGI Entries—Only a General Reference to County Meath

Patrick McGough and Anne Conlan are listed by the IGI as parents of Margaret McGough born on October 30, 1867, in Meath, Ireland.

Patrick McGeogh and Mary Anne Flanagan are listed by the IGI as parents of Helena Mary McGeogh born on August 31, 1866, at Drogheda Saint Peter's, Louth. Marianne Flanigan and Patrick McGough are listed by the IGI as the parents of Margaret McGough born on March 6, 1869, in Meath; and Mary Eliza McGough born in Meath on January 2, 1872. Marianne Flanagan and Patrick McGough are listed by the IGI as parents of Thomas Joseph McGough born on April 27, 1874. Civil Birth Records, Misc, Ireland. Patrick McGough and Mary Sullivan are listed by the IGI as parents of Thomas Joseph McGough born on April 27, 1874, in Meath, Ireland; and Thomas McGough born on May 3, 1874. Civil Birth Records,Misc., Ireland. Mary Anne Flanagan, Marianne Flanigan, Marianne Flanagan, and Mary Sullivan are probably the same person.

Hugh McGeough and Eliza Flynn are listed by the IGI as parents of Mary Ann McGeough born on September 23, 1873, in Louth; Hugh McGough and Eliza Flinn are listed as the parents of and Peter McGough born on March 2, 1879, in Meath.

Ellen McGeough, age 35, was convicted of larceny in county Meath on June 24, 1836, sentenced to seven years transportation, and detained on board the hulk "Essex" on August 10, 1836, according to the Ireland-Australia Transportation Records Database in the National Archives of Ireland.

Daly, Bridget, and Patt McGough are listed by the IGI as parents of Margaret McGough born on June 21, 1871, in Meath, Ireland.

 

O'h-Eochadha, Hoey, Hoy

Here is an e-mail of July 8, 2006 from John D. McLaughlin of St. Louis, editor of the outstanding McLaughlin of Donegal website:

"While transcribing the Topographical poems of O Dugan I happened across the following reference in East Meath.

O'hEochadha of great showers,
Over high Cinel Aenghusa;33
Over Dealhbna Beg,34 brave his children,
Is O'Maelcallann, the fair and hardy.

"33. Cinel-Aenghusa. The exact situation of this tribe is unknown. The name O'h-Eochadha is now anglicized Hoey and Hoy. In this form it is very common in East Meath.

"So says O'Donovan. But MacLysaght anglicizes the same surname as MacGeough, which he says belongs to Oriel country. Maybe, maybe not. I see no listings in the Topo Poems for a surname MacGeough.

"O'Donovan didn't know who this tribe was (Cinel Aenghusa) but apparently they were part of the Ui Neill and most likely southern Ui Neill.

"Since your DNA results match the Ui Neill modal I wonder if there could be a connection here? A lot of the families of East Meath were scattered to the four winds by the Norman invasion."

Irish Ancestors shows the number of Hoey households in each county in the Primary Valuation property survey of 1848-64 (Griffith's Valuation). The counties with more than 30 Hoey family listed are: Louth, 139; Meath, 38; Antrim, 34; and Monaghan, 33. Hoy is a less common variation of Ó h-Eochaidh. The only counties with more than 5 Hoy households are: Longford, 15; Belfast City, 12; Louth, 7; and Meath, 6. Ó h-Eochaidh (or Ó h-Eachaidh) has also become Haughey, with a distribution mostly in Ulster: Tyrone, 28; Armagh, 20; Down, 15; Antrim, 13; and Donegal, 10.

Here are entries from the Annals of Tigernach and the Annals of the Four Masters from my page Hugh McGoughs in History:

"T1121.3 Aed mac Duinn Sleibe h-Úi Eochada, rí Ulad, do marbadh d'U Mathgamna i cath. [Ó h- Eochadha is usually said to have become Haughey. See Irish Ancestors. The name may also have become McGeough or McGough.]

"M1158.12 Aedh Ua Duinnsleibhe Ui Eochadha, King of Ulidia, slain. M1158.12 ro marbhadh Aodh ua Duinn Slébhe Uí Eochadha, ri Uladh, leó."

See also the entry for Eochaidh Mac Duinnsleibhe [Ua Eochadha], O'Byrne's king #66, on my page: Kings of Ulidia. "T1165.4 Eochaidh mac Duind Sleibe Ua Eochadha made king of Ulidia. U1165.5, Eochaidh Mac Duinnsleibhe [Ua Eochadha] was expelled from Ulidia. U1165.9 Eochaidh [Mac Duinnsleibhe Ua Eochadha] again attempts to obtain the kingship of Ulidia; but the Ulidians expelled him through fear of Ua Lochlainn."

Some authorities associate O'h-Eochadha with the northern O'Neill. See Ancient Uladh—Kingdom of Ulster, where it is said:

"The Uí Eochadha, later anglicized as Haughey, O'Hoey and Hoy, were noted chiefs of Uladh (Ulster) in the 10th century. The ancestors of the Uí Eochadha were lords in the county Down and south Antrim area for many centuries. It is interesting to review the extensive list of the kings and lords of Uladh (Ulidia) over many centuries as noted in the early Irish Annals and Genealogies below.

"By the time of the Norman Invasion in the late 12th century the Mac Duinnshléibhe (MacDonlevy) sept, named for their late 11th century ancestor Donn Slébhe Ua h-Eochadha, were chiefs of Uladh. The end of many centuries of Ulidian power, although dramatically reduced in the 4th and 5th centuries, came with the defeat of the MacDonlevys by John de Courcy in 1177."

See also my page: Ui Eathach Cobha in County Down, especially the section entitled Territory of Ui Eathach Cobha.


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