House of Lynn


Seventeenth Century Places of the  Lynns
of Londonderry, Donegal, and Tyrone

© 2013
Loretta Lynn Layman, Author of "Barony of Lynn", The Scottish Genealogist,
Vol. LVII No. 1, The Scottish Genealogy Society, Edinburgh (March 2010)
Lynneage @ comcast.net

The following chart is a key to the map below it.  The overlapping enlarged portion of the map is marked to show that the properties owned or occupied by the first Scottish Lynn in Londonderry, Donegal, and Tyrone - William Lynne, gentleman of Londonderry - all are contained within a triangular area beginning at a point on the east coast of County Donegal (Barony of Inishowen), where he is found in 1609; running southwesterly through County Londonderry past the city of the same name, where he is found in 1605-25; continuing into County Tyrone, where he is found in two adjacent properties in 1605-22; and turning north-northwest to north-central Donegal, where he is found in two more adjacent properties in 1618.  In fact, four of these properties lie in a very slightly irregular line through all three of the counties, and William had homes on at least two and probably three of the properties.  Those properties lying farther west are properties which he owned but likely from which he merely collected rents.

On the chart, William is designated "William Lynn ..." or "William Lynne (I)".  His heir, a nephew also named William, is identified by the addition of "(II)" rather than "(I)".  Another William, who could be either the nephew or a different William Lynn entirely, is identified by the addition of "(II or ?)".  It is vitally important to keep in mind that a man could own property in more than one county and this family did so, as evidenced by the fact that two generations left prerogative wills.

A bit of advice is warranted for those who search for some of the more obscure and/or defunct place names included here.  Some will not turn up at all on mapping websites, either by searching for the name or by zooming in on other names and scanning nearby places.  On the other hand, some place names may turn up more than once, sometimes even in the same county.  In those cases, the correct place can be determined by the barony, parish, and/or townland name associated with the record cited here.  The locations of all place names, including but not limited to those which do not turn up by any method at mapping websites, were determined by researching the relevant documents cited, historical maps, and two Ireland place name websites: (1) http://www.logainm.ie/en/ and (2) http://www.thecore.com/seanruad/.

While the City of Londonderry was originally named simply Derry, there never was a County Derry.  The County was named Londonderry when first created from the former county of Coleraine and part of County Donegal.





Cloghogle [a/k/a Cloghagall or Cloghole],
Donagheady Parish, Strabane Barony,
County Tyrone




William Lynne (I) of Londonderry was conveyed the property of Cloghogle, Donagheady Parish, Tyrone, by the Earl of Abercorn.
William Lynne (I) of Londonderry held a lease for Cloghogle.
David Lynne, yeoman in Cloghogole, was in the Donagheady poll book.
William Lynn (II) of Cloghogle was on the Donagheady hearth money roll.
William Linn (II) in Cloghole was on the Donagheady hearth money roll.
William Lynne (II), gentleman in Cloghogall, died leaving a prerogative will.





Carrowkeel, Moville Upper Parish [a/k/a Carrigcooley, Movilly Parish], Inishowen Barony, County Donegal


William Lynn (I) was leased land in Carrigcooley, Movilly Parish, County Donegal, from the Bishop of Derry.






City of Londonderry, Templemore Parish, County Londonderry



William Lynne (I) owned a house in Londonderry.
William Lynne (I) was appointed sheriff of Londonderry.
William Lynne (I), was a Scots settler in Londonderry granted denizenship.
William Lynne (I), gentleman of Londonderry, died leaving a prerogative will, a will in which the decedent owned property in more than one county.
Margaret Lynne,
widow of William Lynne (I) of Londonderry, died leaving a prerogative will.





Dunnalong Manor, Donagheady Parish, Strabane Barony, CountyTyrone



John Lynn and David Lynn, Scots settlers in Dunnalong, were granted denizenship.
William Lynne, gentleman (I), was a freeholder with a stone house in the manor of Dunnalong, as well as agent for the Earl of Abercorn with respect to Dunnalong.
John Lynne was a leaseholder in Dunnalong.





Carrowreagh [a/k/a Caroreagh],
Clondavaddog Parish, Kilmacrenan Barony, County Donegal



William Lynn (I) was granted 108 acres of Caroreagh, Kilmacrenan, County Donegal [also Lurganbrack].
William Lyne (II) and David Lyne were Scots Protestant proprietors of Carrowreagh, Donegal [also of Lurganbrack and Bunnaton].





Lurganbrack [a/k/a Largybrack, Laurgaurack, Largavracke & Largebreake], Clondavaddog Parish, Kilmacrenan Barony, County Donegal





William Lynn (I) was granted 240 acres of Laugaurack, Kilmacrenan, County Donegal [also Carrowreagh].
William Lynn (II) was nephew and heir of the late William Lynne of Londonderry to 240 acres of Largavracke.
William Lyne (II) and David Lyne were Scots Protestant proprietors of Largebreake [Lurganbrack], Donegal [also of Carrowreagh and Bunnaton].
David Lynn of “Largybrack” was on the hearth money roll.
Lurganbrack is shown on the Down Survey to be Protestant lands.






Strabane Barony, County Tyrone


James Lynne was on the muster roll for Strabane Barony and carried a sword only.^






City of Londonderry, County Londonderry


John Lyne was on the muster roll for the City of Londonderry carrying a sword only.






Raphoe Barony, County Donegal


William Lyne (II or ?) was on the muster roll for Raphoe Barony and carried a sword only.






Clontieron, Clondermot Parish, County Londonderry : Probably the 96-acre townland of Clampernow in Clondermot Parish, a few miles north of Dunnalong, County Tyrone


John Lynn leased a townland of 57 Irish acres [= 92.4 English acres] in Clondermot Parish "... commonly called or known by the name of Clontieron, or by whatsoever other name or names the same be called or known ..."  See the Clondermot Parish list of townlands at http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/irl/LDY/Clondermot/index.html






Templemore Parish, Tirkeeran Barony, County Londonderry [encompasses Londonderry City]


Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew Lynn, was baptized in Templemore Parish, County Londonderry.





Bunnaton [a/k/a Bunintyne], Clondavaddog Parish, Kilmacrenan Barony, County Donegal


William Lyne (II) and David Lyne were Scots Protestant proprietors of Bunintyne in the County Donegal civil survey [also of Carrowreagh and Lurganbrack].






Raphoe Parish, Raphoe Barony, County Donegal


William Lyn or Lyne (II?) in Raphoe, County Donegal was heir to his mother for a property on High Street in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland.



* Not shown here but described as above in The Great Parchment Book of the Honourable Irish Society, Commission Under the Great Seal,
   Londonderry (1639) at http://www.greatparchmentbook.org/explore-the-book/

^ Commonly called the 1630 Muster Roll, this muster in fact was conducted over a period of several years beginning in 1629 and ending in
   1633. Counties Tyrone, Londonderry, and Donegal were mustered, respectively, in the years 1630, 1631, and 1632.

Map Lynns Londonderry Donegal Tyrone
© Loretta Lynn Layman ~ 2013


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