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NAMES: David Oliver of Ballyrea, Thomas McCLELLAN of Marlecow, Parish of Mullaghbrach, Co. Armagh, Owen McMAHON of Livingstones March, William OLIVER & Joseph OLIVER (twin sons of David), Galbraith LOWRY CORRY, Michael DUFFY, Robert HAMILTON of Dublin, Patrick MULLIGAN. TOWNLANDS: "Marlecow" (probably Marlacoo Beg, Parish of Mullabrack, Co. Armagh), Cornacarrow, Parish of Aughnamullen, Co. Monaghan.
Sharon Oddie Brown. November 10, 2007.

Updated June 18, 2008 Complete deed done.

1766 Jan 20 DEED: 248-75-158608
OLIVER, David - McCLELLAN 1758-1786

DEED: 248-75-158608 helps us to unravel the relationships between the various OLIVERs of Ballyrea & Laragh. Of particular use if the mention of the ages of twins William & Joseph – although curiously in a 1769 April 20th deed (269-335-170945), these twins seem to be named “David & Joseph”. I have a photocopy of the memorial of the latter deed and am still confused after reading it many times over. My best guess is that it was a clerical error and that the name William (twin) was inadvertently dropped leaving his father David to appear to be a twin.



To the Register Appointed by Act of Parliament for Registering Deeds Will Conveyances and so forth


A Memorial of an Indented Deed of Lease bearing date the fourteenth day of January in the year of our Lord One Thousd seven hund and fifty six and made between David OLIVER[1] of Ballyray[2] in the parish & County of Armagh, Farmer of the first part and Thomas McCLELLAN[3] of Marlecow[4] in the parish of Mullaghbrach[5] and said County of Armagh, Blacksmith of the other part. Whereby the sd David OLIVER in Consideration of the rents and the Covts therein mentd did demise Grant set and to farm let unto the sd Thomas McCLELLAN all that part Corncarrow[6] from Owen McMAHON[7] and Livingstones March[8] to Loughegish[9] and the River through the midst of the Red Bog lying between the two hills the mearing of the same to run from head to the foot of the red bog together with an undivided Moyity[10] of the Rocks on Mountain part containing about twenty two acres the sd Moyety to be held equally in partnership between them with the appurts to the same belonging. TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the sd demised premes with appurts from the first day of May last to him the sd Thomas MCCLELLAN his heirs and assigns during the natural lives of him the sd  David OLIVER the Lessor Wm OLIVER[11] and Joseph OLIVER[12] both sons to the said David OLIVER ages about twelve months and twins & the survivors of them or for the term of thirty one years  which shall last longest  to commence from the sd first day of May last be the sd Thos McCLELLAN his heirs and assigns yielding and paying to the sd David OLIVER his hiers and assigns for sd Undivided Moyety the yearly rent of eight shillings the Irish acre and for the Rest Residue & remainder of sd demised premises the yearly rent of Nine shillings ster for every acre the same should Contain Irish measure & so in proportion for any thing less than an acre of red bog Excepted/ In which sd Indented Deed of lease therein a Covt of Renewal that if the said Thos McCLELLAN should erect one or two mills on the sd premes that then he the sd Thos McCLELLAN should have the same benefit of renewal as he the sd David OLIVER his heirs and assigns are Intitled to by virtue of his lease from Galbraith Lowry CORRY[13] Esq. And also many other clauses usual between Landlord and Tenant

Which sd Indented Deed of Lease is Witnessed by Michael DUFFEY[14] & Robert HAMILTON[15] of the City of Dublin, Gent & this Memorial is also witnessed by the sd Patrick MULLIGAN[16] of Marlacow in the County of Armagh, weaver.


NOTE: Unfortunately, most of the signatures were illegible.


[1] David OLIVER (prob 1725-Feb 1806), husband of Susannah WALKER. Curiously in spite of all the leases that mention him in connection with Ballyrea, he does not show up in the PRONI Freeholders Records with that particular holding. In fact the only David OLIVER to show up there is one at Bangor, Co. Down in 1813-1821. He had six children whose names show up in other leases.

[2] Ballyray AKA Ballyrea, Parish of Armagh.

[3] Thomas McCLELLAN He shows up in the 1824 Tithe Appointment books at Marlacoo (SEE: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~lboyd/BoydDataBase10262000.htm )

[4] Marlacoo Beg and Marlacoo More are the two townlands that seem likely candidates for “Marlecow”.  It is of interest that almost a 100 years later, a William McCLELAND is at Marlacoo Beg. and others are in adjacent townlands. There is a small lake, Marlacoo Lake, which has a tributary that flows into the Ballybay River. Also of interest, in 1824 a James Browne BOYDE held a  lease for Marlacoo Beg for 3 lives including Sarah JACKSON. He had married Dorcas JACKSON in 1825. He was a magistrate & linen merchant.  (SOURCE: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~lboyd/BoydDataBase10262000.htm  NEED to consult earlier maps to see if there is any description of mills.

[5] A parish just slightly east of the middle of Co. Armagh. The mid 1700s shows other McClelland names there – but not at Marlecoo.

[6] Cornacarrow is a townland on the northern border of the townland of Laragh, Co. Monaghan at the point where the Owenagh River flows from the south into Lough Eglish. It may have come to Galbraith Lowry CORRY through his mother Sarah LESLIE since the LESLIEs had title to much of this region. SEE: Map of Laragh.

[7] Owen McMAHON.  Of interest in the Freeholders records is that Owen & Patrick McMAHON are lessees of Kiltybane in 1824 (a townland that involves BROWN, JACKSON & DONALDSONs.)

[8] Livingstones March – this is likely a hedge or other such demarcation.

[9] Lough Eglish is less than 1 km to the north.

[10] “Moyity” likely “ moiety”, meaning  '(half) portion' borrowed from French moitié.

[11] William OLIVER (1764-1844), son of David OLIVER of Ballyrea, Co. Armagh. William married the widow Mary Anne HYDE about 1809 and had two sons: William & Joseph.

[12] Joseph OLIVER (1764-1837) of Tullymore, Parish of Armagh, Co. Armagh who married firstly Jane HAMILTON (d 1826) and then a Catherine whose last name we have yet to learn (likely OSBOURNE). There is a record of a Catherine OLIVER who was interred 1866 at age 75 (ergo born 1791 and therefore aged 40 at birth of son - which might make sense given the possibility of her being the second marriage of Joseph) in the records at St Marks where the burial of John Elliot OLIVER is also recorded. They are both recorded as being of Armagh. This raises the possibility of a maiden name of Catherine ELLIOT.

[13] Galbraith Lowry CORRY, b. 11 July 1706, d. 1769. Son of Robert LOWRY & Anna SINCLAIR. He married Sarah CORRY, daughter of Colonel John CORRY & Sarah LESLIE. Galbraith Lowry-Corry was baptised with the name of Galbraith Lowry. He held the office of High Sheriff of County Tyrone in 1733. He held the office of High Sheriff of County Monaghan in 1743. He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for County Tyrone between 1748 and 1768. On 1764 his name was legally changed to Galbraith Lowry-Corry. He lived at Aheniss, Co. Fermanagh  Their son Amar LOWRY-CORRY became the First Earl of Belmount. SOURCE: http://www.thepeerage.com/p12957.htm#i129569 ..

[14] Michael DUFFY?

[15] Robert HAMILTON? This may not be the same man, but there was a Robert HAMILTON (1749-1830) who was born in Coleraine, County Londonderry, and was educated in Edinburgh where he became a doctor. After he had joined the army he wrote Duties of a Regimental Surgeon and also a paper on Influenza. He practised in Ipswich for ten years and died there. NOTE: A Robert HAMILTON is mentioned in the 1804 marriage settlement of Jane HAMILTON & Joseph OLIVER. He is quite possibly a brother.

SOURCE: http://www.ulsterbiography.co.uk/biogsH.htm

[16] Patrick MULLIGAN? In the poll books of 1826, there is a Patrick MULLIGAN of Magherdoherty – a townland just south of Marlacoo More.



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