GRIFFITHS 1863-64  Co. Down

County Down


Irelands Valuation office conducted it's first survey of property ownership in Ireland from 1848  to 1864. This survey became known as "Griffiths Valuation" after Richard Griffith who was the director of the office at that time. The survey was used to determine the amount of tax each person should pay towards the support of the poor within their poor law union. This involved determining the value of  all privately held lands and buildings in rural as well as urban areas to figure the rate at which each unit of property could be rented year after year. The resulting survey was arranged by barony and civil parish with an index to the townlands appearing in each volume. Griffith's Valuation can be used as an excellent census substitute for the years after the Great Famine as censuses prior to 1901 were destroyed. 

Aghaderg Blaris Drumbo Kilkeel Magherally
Annaclone Bright Drumgath Killaney Moira
Annahilt Castleboy Drumgooland Killinchy Newry
Ardglass Clonallen Dundonald Killyleagh Newtownards
Ardkeen Clonduff Dunsfort Kilmegan Rathmullan
Ardquin Comber Garvaghy Kilmood Saintfield
Balee Donaghadee Greyabbey Kilmore Saul
Ballyculter Donaghcloney Hillsborough Knockbreda Seapatrick
Ballyhalbert Alias St. Andrew Donagmore Holywood Lambeg Shankill
Ballykinler Down Inch Loughinisland Slanes
Ballyphilip Dromara Inishargy Maghera Tullylish
Ballytrustan Dromore Kilbroney Magheradrool Tullynakill
Ballywalter Drumballyroney Kilclief Magherahamlet Tyrella
Bangor Drumbeg Kilcoo Magheralin Warrenpoint