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The Personal Diary of .Marg and Denis Strangman

If you know anything about the ancestors of the Strangman family, Denis Strangman over in warm and sunny Canberra, Australia would be most pleased to hear from you.

Having recently read his most interesting web page which has some very interesting links of general interest to anyone originally from the County Waterford area Kiely thought he might share Dennis's site with you all.



'My Strangman ancestors are buried in Mocollop cemetery. They lived in both Co Cork and Co Waterford, more recently in Araglen, near Kilworth in Co Cork.

There were eight brothers and last century, as was the case with thousands of other people from Ireland several of them, including my g-grandfather, emigrated to Australia and New Zealand in search of gold and a better future.

During Easter 1998 our Australian family travelled to Ireland and re-established contact with Strangman descendants who had last been visited by their Australian 'cousins' 75 years previously in 1923.

This website is a celebration of those areas of significance to my family but also it is hoped that it will be of interest to other families either in Ireland or from around the world who have a connection with the area.'

If anyone has material or links they believe might be useful for these webpages please contact me at:


"Plain of the cattle"

County Waterford - Ireland

Mocollop is located just near the border between Co Cork and Co Waterford, on the Waterford side, and close to the Blackwater River. The area contains some farms, the ruins of a church, an ancient burial ground, and a ruined castle.

Other Mocollop researchers

Other people with internet access who are researching ancestors associated with the general area include: John Bossidy who is researching William BOSIDY (sic) and Mary BOSSIDY; Barbara Stone who is researching Jane and Patrick LOMASNEY, William COPPINGER (including in the Ballylavene area), Mary GRIFFIN and Mary BEGLEY; Deirdre Heller who is researching KENNELLY and WHALEN; Frank who is researching TOBIN; John Paul Bradford who is researching MOHER; David Collins who is researching QUIRK and CONDON ; Deirdra Condon Sullivan who is researching DESMOND and CONDON which feature on her webpage at ; Tony Riordan who is researching the BALDWIN and REILLY families which appear in the Riordan Family Genealogy page at ; John Donovan who is researching DONOVAN (Barnahown, Araglin) and LEDDY (Gortnaskehy, Araglin) - members of both families are buried in Mocollop; Pam who is researching the WOODLEY and BOWLES families; Ray Marshall who is researching SCANLON and FOX; Jack Lamb who is researching CLANCY; Gerry Kennedy who is a descendant of Rev Hans Butler of Mocollop Church (curate during 1832-33) and is researching KENNEDY, BUTLER, SHANAHAN and DREW; Sean Collins who is researching Dennis DALEY and his wife Mary FLYNN from Cappoquin; William M Lane who is researching SCANLON, O'NEILL, FEENEY, FINN, GEARY, CONDON, COTTER and LANE; Gerry (Geraldine) Conway Morenski who is researching her great-grandfather DAVID CONWAY (1817-1894) who is buried at Mocollop and who married HANNAH (JOHANNA) DONOVAN; Patrick Lynch who is researching HEAFY/HEAPHY, LYNCH, LINEHAN and SCANLON in both the Parish of Lismore and Mocollop (Ballyduff) and the Parish of Ballyporeen (Barnahown) in nearby Tipperary; Terence Kennelly who is researching KENEALLY from Ballyduff;

... (please advise me if you wish to be listed)

Miscellaneous names relevant to the general area

Landowners in areas of the Parish of Lismore and Mocollop, adjacent to Mocollop, taken from
Griffiths Valuation of Waterford during 1848-1851. See another similar list below. Here is a link to a useful
explanatory website about Griffiths Valuation.

Heads of households in the Parish of Lismore and Mocollop at the time of the 1901 Census, sorted by surnames and Townlands. Note: this information has been extracted from LDS film Nos 852422 and 852423; they are large files (201Kbs). This is a link to the IreAtlas Townland database for further checking of Townland names. My interpretation of some of the ornate writing might not be accurate.

Other links of interest

Ballyduff Community Web-Site has been developed by local person Maurice Geary. It includes a photo of the Mocollop Church (with the roof still on) and a photo of the Mocollop Forge. The website is still under construction.

Blackwater Valley site

Castles of Ireland site

This is an article by Mocollop researcher David Collins about his family history experiences at Mocollop and elsewhere. The article first appeared in the Tiara newsletter. The postal address for Tiara is: P. O. Box 619, Sudbury, MA 01776 USA. Stories from other Mocollop researchers are welcome.

The head of family in six townlands from the Civil Parish of Lismore and Mocollop located in Co Cork at the time of the 1911 Census and posted by Michael Cronin.

Dungarvan Museum Society "is based in Ireland, in the town of Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. The museum is a voluntary organisation dedicated to preserving the history of Dungarvan and the West Waterford area".

The GENUKI site for Co Waterford with information about the Waterford e-mail discussion List hosted by Rootsweb, history, archives, libraries, media, tourism, business, etc.

Details in the Griffiths Valuation for these townlands: Garrison, Ballyduff, Ballyduff Upper, Ballyduff Lower (to be reloaded).

An article on the IGSI site explaining how Ray Marshall identified Ballyduff as the likely home of his ancestors (to be reloaded).

This page at the Magner Family History site has an interesting description of St Brigid's Holy Well at Castle Magner. Although not in the same area, the description is relevant to the reference later in this site to a Holy Well once associated with Mocollop. This is the URL for the Magner Clan Page

The Murray Family TombstoneRestoration Project has some interesting photographs of old tombstones before and after restoration, in a cemetery similar to Mocollop.

The site for Tallow in West Waterford has photographs and an outline of the local history.

The Waterford Heritage Centre is the place to contact when you want to commission research about your Co Waterford ancestors.

Denis Strangman, Canberra, Australia.

What the area looks like - sheep grazing behind the Mocollop Church and cemetery.


In 1746 Charles Smith in his book "The Ancient and Present State of the County and City of Waterford" included this reference to Mocollop at pps 62-63:

"The next parish to this of Lismore is Mocollop where there is little remarkable, the whole being rough and mountainous. On the verge of this parish lies Araglin, noted for its Iron-works. They are at present erecting forges for the making of Bar-iron, having only hitherto carried on the manufacture of Cast-iron, which will be of great advantage to this part of the country. The glin here is very pleasant and romantic, and near it are the ruins of an ancient castle, that together with the Ironworks, contribute to the composing (of) such a scene." In a footnote Smith also writes: "The parish of Mocollop bounds the County of Cork, on the West the ridges of the mountains divide it from the County of Tipperary, on the North and the East it is bounded by Lismore, and part of the County of Cork on the South."


In 1834 the Dublin Penny Journal (Vol 11 No 95, Conducted by P. Dixon Hardy, M.I.R.A. April 26 1834) published the following article about a visit by a corresponent to Mocollop. The article was accompanied by a line drawing which showed the outline of the ruined castle and other buildings, including the church.

Old Castle and Church Tower.

Church Tower 1998.

The castle is to the left of the drawing and the church tower is the square outline roughly in the middle. Here is the church tower as we photographed it in 1998. This is the text of the 1834 article:

Macollop (sic) Castle - Situated on the banks of Blackwater river, on the boundary of the County Waterford, and midway between Fermoy and Lismore, a distance of about ten miles, stands the ancient ruin of Macollop Castle, consisting of a large round tower, with several smaller square ones flanking its immediate base; and with several adjacent improvements, has at present a very picturesque appearance when viewed in almost any direction, but particularly across the river, from the spot where it is said Cromwell, in 1640 (sic, recte 1649), with an ill directed cannon-shot, reduced it to its present dilapidated state. The situation of the house which is plain and rather low, seems as if designed to give the Castle the most advantageous appearance, while the church, which fills up the chasm in the centre, with a well-planted hill screening the more distant mountains of Clogheen and Ariglin, complete one of the prettiest landscapes which imagination can convey to the mind; [the previous text has been taken from a reproduction in a footnote to an article in the Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, referred to in a later webpage. The following text was sent to me by a person who appears to have had access to the illustration and the full article.] ... the lawn and adjacent low grounds are judiciously planted with well grown timber, and the river, which here enters the County of Waterford, and winds almost under the Castle, adds much to the beauty of the scene. A neat timber bridge, subject to a small toll,has,for public convenience, been erected a little to the west of Macollop House, by the spirited resident owner, F.Drew Esq. A little further up the river may be seen, fast falling to decay, the perforated walls, and high pointed gables of an extensive mansion on the Waterpark estate. Following the course of the river, the next place almost adjoining Macollop, is Ballyduff, a village, like almost all those in the south of Ireland, worthy of remark for nothing more than a new chapel, three or four policemen, and three or four times that number of public houses, the remaining population forming a vast contrast to the many princely rural residences at either side of the river. A little further on is Glenbeg, the seat of G.B.Jackson Esq.; a place for which nature has done much and art but little. Overhanging the river is a lovely beech walk, perhaps not to be equaled in the kingdom for situation and growth of timber. A very pretty cavern was a few years past discovered on part of the demense; several curious dilapidated stones and other surprising natural curiosities have been found,but its extent has not been perfectly ascertained; almost opposite Glenbeg is Flower Hill, the prettiest and most enviable situation I know of on the river; the entrance at the avenue is truly neat and terminates with the house, built in the cottage style; the lands,which are neatly planted and most economically arranged, speak much for the taste of the owner, B Drew, Esq. It is celebrated as a great cider country, and, in my opinion, might vie with that of Devon or Cornwall. Adjoining Flower Hill is the natural Waterfall of Glenmore, and on the opposite bank of the river is Glencairn Abbey admirably situated.

E.H. (Tallow. 12th December,1833.)

The 19th Century correspondent was not particularly kind in his description of Ballyduff but, as we shall see later, today's residents of nearby Ballyduff make a significant annual contribution to the memory of the area. The description "one of the prettiest landscapes which imagination can convey to the mind" has prompted at least one Dublin-based resident with roots to the area to declare that even though he cannot be buried in the now-closed cemetery he would like his ashes scattered in the surrounding fields.

The Curate at the Mocollop Church around the time that the above article appeared was the Rev Hans Butler and a descendant has provided background information about his career, which is reproduced below.

Several years after the Dublin Penny Journal treated its readers to a description of Mocollop Samuel Lewis, in his Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (published 1837), included this entry for Mocollop:

"MOCOLLOP, a parish in the barony of Coshmore, county of Waterford, and province of Munster, 6 miles (w) from Lismore, on the road to Fermoy, and on the river Blackwater; containing 3503 inhabitants. James, the 7th Earl of Desmond, died at his castle here in 1462. The castle continued in the possession of the Desmonds until forfeited by the treason of Gerald, the 16th earl, in 1583. It was defended against Cromwell's forces in 1650. The surface of the parish is chiefly rugged, and the land of inferior quality: On its verge, in the picturesque dell of Araglin, were formerly some iron-works.* The seat of Francis Drew, Esq., is sitated in a richly planted demesne, having an unusual extent of orchard, the cider produced from which is very celebrated. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Lismore; the rectory is united to that of Lismore, and appropriate to the dean and chapter; the vicarage is also united to that of Lismore, and appropriate to the vicars choral. The amount of tithes is included in that of Lismore. The church is a neat building. In the R.C. divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Lismore: the chapel is at the village of Ballyduff. In a school, aided by F. Drew, Esq., and the vicars choral, about 120 children are taught; there are also three private schools, in which are about 190 children, and a Sunday school. Ruins of an ancient castle exist."

*An article in Decies suggests there were ironworks at both Mocollop and Araglin. (Thomas Power, "Richard Boyle's Ironworks in Co Waterford", Decies, No 7, January 1978, pps 30-35.)

At least one of the Mocollop schools received assistance from the "Kildare Place Society" during 1827-1840. The Society, founded in 1811 and named after its location in Dublin, was dedicated to promoting the education of the poor in Ireland. Ostensibly undenominational, Catholics were involved in its work before 1820 but afterwards it was essentially Protestant. According to the records of the Society, Mr Thomas Irwin, one of the teachers at Mocollop, had been teaching since 1812. (Thomas Power, "Schools in Connection with the Kildare Place Society in Co Waterford 1817-1840", Decies, Vol 17, May 1981, pps 4-16.)

In 1980 a writer in the historical journal Decies provided some further information about the Church at Mocollop:

"The identity of the separate parish of Mocollop has for centuries been submerged in the combined parish of Lismore and Mocollop. Hence the modern Protestant Church here seems to have been rated as a chapel-at-ease to Lismore. The Church is a First-Fruits type, erected in 1820 in the ancient cemetery beside the pre-reformation church foundations. Up to very recently both Catholics and Protestants continued to be buried here as there was no alternative catholic site. Church and cemetery are now semi-derelict. The roof timbers still remains but the slates are mostly gone." (John Mulholland, "A Checklist of Church of Ireland places of Worship in County Waterford", Decies, No 14, May 1980, pps 43-48.) Does anyone know what is meant by a "First-Fruits type"?

HANS BUTLER 1808 - 1891. Curate at Mocollop Church 1832-33.

Father of Jeannette Butler, first wife of Frederick H Kennedy

REV. HANS BUTLER was son of Francis Butler, of Rathmoyle House, QueensCounty, a gentleman. Educated by a Mr Martin, he entered TCD on Oct 18,
1824, aged 16, BA in 1831, ordained deacon in 1831, a priest in 1832. He was
curate in Mocollop in the Lismore diocese 1832-33, and he was married (in St
George’s, Dublin Sept.12, 1837) to Mary Baker, daughter of Abraham Baker of
Balhealy House, Co Dublin.

Abraham Baker was married to Sophia, daughter of Sir John Blunden andLucinda Cuffe, the daughter of John Cuffe, first Lord Desart , b.1683.

Hans Butler was Chaplain of Villierstown 1847-1886. He died on 7th January,

1891, (his wife having died on Feb 2nd 1860). At the time of his death his address was 12 Ranelagh Road, Co.Dublin, and his executor was his son Francis Theobald Butler MD, then of 8 Parchmore Road, Thornton Heath,Surrey. (Francis T Butler had married in 1874 Ellen, daughter of W.R.Jenney of Malta).

Hans Butler’s will amounted to 1,804.

Another son of Hans Butler was Henry Stuart Butler, who died before him on29th June 1887 at 4 Garden Street, Chatham, Co.Kent.

At that date Hans Butler had an address at 47 Lower Mount Street, Dublin. Henry Stuart Butler was a solicitor, with offices at 4 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin.

This address was later to be that of Frederick H Kennedy’s legal practice.

Hans Butler's wife's family were descended from General Gorge, and feature in one of Ireland's weirdest 'ghost stories', refer to a book by Sheila St Clair.

Hans Butler was (Reg.of Deeds reference) Trustee of the affairs of one Hannah Butler, widow, of Castlestown, in Queens County.

This is likely to have been his sister-in-law. In any event Hannah Butlerwas mother of Charlotte Butler, who married Garrett Moore, and their children were Hans Garrett Moore and Frances Garvey Moore.

A second Trustee of above affairs was one James Bird MD, of Banagher, Co.Offaly.

He was married to another Hannah, who was likely a daughter of Hannah Butler.

As noted elsewhere in these Records, Hans Butler was married to a MaryBaker.

She was of Balhealy House. Registry of Deeds references (1861.34.14.& 1861.35.282) concern the affairs of these Bakers.

Arthur Baker, formerly of Balhealy House, then of Frankfort Castle Dublin, likely Mary Baker’s brother, was father of Henry Baker and of Jane Baker, she married Barry Drew.

Henry Baker with a Robert Butler bought property from Arthur Baker.

Barry Drew was son (?) of Edward Paoli Drew of Cappoquin, Co Waterford. This Drew family are documented in Burkes ILG (1912 edition).

Extract from 'Records of 'The Kennedy Family' by Conan Kennedy

Click here to view some thumbnail scenes of the Mocollop area which, when clicked on, will open a larger version of the thumbnail view.

More about the church and cemetery.

Enquiries about this site: Denis Strangman

Website - Denis Strangman; 1998 photos - GWS Photography