In the early days, the townland of Drumnasole belonged to the Donaldsons. They were one of the wealthier and more influential families in the Glenarm district during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Being Kinsmen of the Macdonnells of Antrim they were treated liberally with grants of land. The earliest such lease, dated 16th October 1626, … Read more

The Granges of County Antrim

The civil distribution of Ireland, in descending scale, is into its provinces, counties, baronies, parishes (including granges) and townlands. But this highly convenient distribution of the surface of the country in neither characterised neither by unity of design nor chronological order in its development. The four provinces represent a very ancient native partition which by … Read more

Some Memories of Life on Rathlin Sixty Years Ago

Some Memories of Life on Rathlin Sixty Years Ago The Rev. Leslie Creery Stevenson (1878–1961) was appointed as Curate-in-Charge of Rathlin in 1902. He and his family lived on the island from May in that year until July 1921 when they moved to Ballycastle, Mr Stevenson having been appointed to the Town Church. They spent … Read more

The Social and Political Structure of North Antrim in 1869 by J. R. B. McMinn

( This article originally appeared in Vol 10 of The Glynns and is reproduced here in full) The Social Structure North Antrim was essentially rural in character, bounded by the sea on two sides and by the river Bann to the west. The only relatively large urban centre was Ballymoney which was the natural capital … Read more

The Hearth Money Rolls for the Parishes of Ramoan and Culfeightrin

THE HEARTH MONEY TAX IN IRELAND (1662-1793) The records of the Hearth Money Tax (known as the Hearth Money Rolls) are amongst the most valuable genealogical records of the 17th century, giving us some insight into the inhabitants of the district, their location and distribution, and even a little of their social status. Indeed they … Read more