In the Glens, as throughout Ireland, the principal factor in changing the spelling or pronunciation of names has been the loss of the Irish language by the people. This process began with people who spoke English attempting to spell the names of those who spoke Irish and whose names were part of that language. … Read more


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 Social and Political Structure of North Antrim in 1869

The Social StructureNorth 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 of the four baronies of Upper and Lower Dunluce, Carey and Kilconway. The north eastern part of the … 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