Subject index for selected memorials of Irish deeds

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This section of Arborealis presents a subject index for memorials of Irish deeds which have been indexed or transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick and submitted to Nick Reddan’s Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland website. Many of these memorials pertain to the Barony of Dungannon in county Tyrone. However, some memorials have also been transcribed for other counties, such as Armagh and Monaghan.

Choose from one of the following topics:

  • Pre-1700 references — Though the legal requirement for registering memorials (handwritten copies) of deeds commenced in 1708, some of the deeds registered early on contain references to 17th century transactions.
  • Church lands (pending) — These were lands leased by the See or Archbishopric of Armagh (Church of Ireland). The original lease was drawn up in the name of the Archbishop of Armagh, as lessor. As a rule, memorials of the Diocesan leases were not filed with the Registry of Deeds. However, subsequent transactions executed by the lessee—for example, a sub-lease, assignment, transfer, a mortgage citing the leased property as security, and so on—were subject to the legal requirements for filing memorials with the Registry.
  • Last wills and testaments — Such wills might be recited in whole or in part. Only a small proportion of wills were memorialized and filed with the Registry of Deeds.
  • Marriage settlements — Wherever land was involved, a memorial of the affected deed had to be filed with the Registry, and no less so than with the landed class. However, even small leaseholders registered agreements struck before the marriage.
  • Inhabitants and neighbours — While a lessee was often already an occupant when he or she was granted a lease, occasionally such deeds listed several occupants and neighbours. Not only do we get a sense of the immediate members of a small community, but during the early years when the Penal Laws reigned, we can also find some Irish names in such lists.

Additional categories might be added, depending on what is found during this study.

As with the other sub-sections under the heading, Irish Deeds, work on this subject index is an ongoing part of a long-term project.

Source citation for this page: — Kilpatrick, Alison. Subject Index for Selected Memorials of Irish Deeds. Published to Arborealis by Alison Kilpatrick ©2021, online at, accessed [insert date of access].

See also:
Introductory notes about registered deeds and the memorials (copies) thereof
Scope of Irish deeds covered
Notes about the indexes provided on Arborealis
Notes about the transcripts of memorials of Irish deeds posted to Arborealis
List of blog articles pertaining to memorials of Irish deeds
Surname index for memorials of deeds submitted to Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland

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