The Map text and Full tenants list
This commissioned map of 1811 for the Earl of Arran has three town-land surveys compiled meticulously by the surveyor. Mullin-alauphy, Drimmeenen and Ballinswill are the areas named with the Lowerymore River acting, as it were, as a natural boundary to the adjoining town-land of Taunawilly showing in brackets (school lands).
The spellings of all the town lands inserted are as they appear on the map.
In conclusion, the Sudley Mines are inserted unmistakably towards the north-east, close to the river, as previously described. All the pits except one, are within the tenancy boundary of Widow Mary Devlin and son, field numbers 31, 32, 33. I leave it to the mining explorers or the archaeologists to retrace the relevant progressions of any historical information through modern investigative research and practical on site excavation now that the actual mine location is known.
There are 28 tenants’ names inserted in legible writing on the map which also presents data on topography, dwellings, field numbers for easy recognition, a form of crudely drawn hachuring (not contours) to denote height and other information related to the survey.
The completed list is:
|Audley Brown and son|
|Conwel Mc Namee|
|James Mc Ginty|
|Big Mickey Thomas|
|Little Mickey Thomas|
|Widow Mary Devlin and son|
|Kildea and Mullin|
|Neil Mc Ginty|
|Hugh Mc Ginty|
|Margaret Mc Ginty|
|James Mc Ana|
|Patrick Mc Ana|
|Edward Mc Ginty|
The surrounding townlands are:
|Upper and Lower Corveen||Clogher|
|Kedea (Barony of Magheraby)||Carricka-yharran|
The unpublished extracts of the actual Sudley Mines from the manuscript copy of the map dated 1811 shown as evidence of their historical record and location.
James Ryan has recently been written up in the National Dictionary of Biography.
I am most grateful to Professor Hugh Torrens of Keele University who kindly supplied the information on James Ryan and to Alaister Lings of Scotland who supplied the newspaper article from The Derry Journal.