On a rainy day, I made my way to Gortlug, which is part of Ballyfoyle (but not mapped properly under that name, I have to admit). I was told the lady I would meet would be very kind. Turned out that was true. All masked up, we started putting the field names on the map. The apple tart was waiting in the Aga.

Fieldnames in Gortlug

There were only a few field names to be recorded, but small farms matter, too, of course. There is a mound just across the road from the farm and even though that is not technically a field, I asked for the name. She gave “Purcell’s Kill” as what they used to call it, but followed that statement quickly with saying that it was a kiln that gave it that name, even though she doesn’t remember any kiln ever being there. It does look like a small motte, but she said that it has probably been there since the ice age. She did not mention a church ever being there, which would be another interpretation for the name, not likely in combination with “Purcell”, though. The Purcell family were big landowners in the area at some point, she told me. The field name Purcell’s Haggard still attests to that.

Another family who must have been owning land there at some point were the Delaney’s, because there are two fields bearing their name still.

That lady also knew that a Jim Menton lived up on the Brown Mountain in years gone by. As is evidenced by the three fields of the Mentons surveyed earlier, he must have owned land in the glen. The Brown Mountain is not yet mapped, but I have asked a local to do that.

Another neighbour dropped in and Covid19 dominated the conversation then.

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