Geography

Castlelambert

 

Name (as per O.S.I. Map):

Castlelambert

Ainm/Ainmneacha as Gaeilge  (John O’Donavan’s Townland Index 1862):

Caisleán Lambert      

Meaning of the Name: 

Ainm as Gaeilge:                                          Meaning in English:

Caisleán Lambert                                           Named after landlord     

Meaning of Townland Name in The Athenry Journal-Vol. 1, No. 3, P. 27/30.1995

Castle Lambert – Caisleán Lambert – Called after landowner – old name

Description (John O’Donavan’s Townland index 1862):

It is the property of Mr. Lambert and is enclosed as the demesne of the proprietor. In the south centre stands the Lambert mansion. The road from Athenry to Claregalway from east to west.

Situation (John O’Donavan’s Townland index 1862):

It is 3 miles north-west of Athenry, bounded on the west by Tubbernaveen, Deerpark, and Poulagool. On the south by Knocknacreeva, on the east by Moanbaun and Poulnagrough.

Castlelambert is situated in the Clare Barony and. is in the electoral division of Aughrim.

Aughrin Castle was the original name for Castle Lambert and was owned by Mr. Blake of Corbally in 1703 until the day arose when he sold this estate to the Lamberts. The Lamberts also bought the Castle Browne estate from the Brownes of Coolarne, and the whole area was then known as Castlelambert.

The Lamberts

The Lambert family came from Creggs and settled in Castlelambert, which gave its name to that townland today. In the 2nd generation of the Lamberts there were four sons who became landlords of four different areas as they never got on together The Lamberts were landlords of 21 townlands, most of which belonged to Walter Peter Lambert (1816). The Lambert estate varied in size from Fahy’s Village, which contained a mere 89 arces and 25 perches to the largest, Moor, which contained 658 acres, 1 rood and 52 perches. Overall the Lamberts had a total acreage of 5884. According to Cistercians sources the monks owned 4578 acres in Athenry of which was part of Aughrim (i.e. Castlelambert). On this total townland of 5884 acres, 3 roods and 25 perches Walter Peter Lambert had 55 tenants excluding his own family in 1855.

He had for e.g. 9 tenants in his lands at Ballinloughan.

However, the number of tenants decreased in 1892 to 29. The annual estimated letting value placed upon these tenants was £5. Captain Walter Peter Lambert, the last landlord of the Castlelambert townlands, never fully recovered from his experience with the Connaught Rangers during the First World War and when he returned had very little interest in the estate and as a result it was sold to the land commission in 1925.

1821 Census Data of the area including

Tithe Applotment Book Data (18   ):

1839 O.S.I. Map

Acreage (Richard Griffiths Valuation 1847-1864):

618 Acres; 1 Roods; 39 Square Perches

Valuation: £ s d

Propietor of the Townland:

1852 Griffiths Valuation Data:

O.S.I. Map (19   ) Showing Archaeological Sites:

1901 Census Data:

1911 Census Data:

1924-Names on Voters Lists for national Elections (Galway Co. Co.)

2005 Google Map

Villages within the Townland

Famous People of the Townland

2011 Census Population Data (D.E.D._______________________ )

Names of Children from National School Register

Archaeology

Castle Lambert has four enclosures (44, 60, 61, 65). There was a graveyard present in Castlelambert in years gone by but is not in use any more. Funerals parties had a right of way through the townland of Moor by foot and with horse and vehicles through the graveyard called Moor Abbey.