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09-05-2006, 6:34 PM
I have been told that my GG Grandparents were from Achill Island. Ann Lavelle who married Anthony Hainey. They must have moved to Scotland around 1850. I know that the name Lavelle is quite common in Mayo but could anyone tell me if there is a list of names of Achill Island inhabitants before 1850?

22-07-2008, 4:48 PM
Try the library in Co Mayo

23-07-2008, 3:04 AM
The Griffiths Valuation for Achill was done in 1856-7 and it contains a number of Lavelles in Achill see
Griffiths Valuation was the first survey of property ownership in Ireland and is commonly used as a census substitute. 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.
So at least gives a list of Lavelles who owned or leased lands in that period.

As someone who visits Achill for a few days holidays most summers, I can confirm that the name Lavelle is still quite common in Achill.

Jill W