Carrigan is a townland in the Parish of Tomregan, Barony of Loughtee Lower, County Cavan, Ireland. The townland name is an anglicisation of the Gaelic placename “Cairrig-ín” which means ‘A little rock or a rocky surface’. The oldest surviving mention of the name is in a 1790 list of Cavan townlands, where it is spelled ‘Cargin’.
It is bounded on the north by Cavanagh & Cranaghan townlands, on the east by Aghavoher townland, on the south by Mullynagolman townland and on the west by Cloncollow townland. Its chief geographical features are Lough Rud, the Rag River and a drumlin hill reaching to 200 feet (61 m) above sea-level.
Carrigan is traversed by Slievebrickan lane.
The townland covers 104 statute acres, including 4 acres (16,000 m2) of water. It formed part of the termon lands belonging to Tomregan Roman Catholic Church which were granted to the Protestant Bishop of Kilmore in 1610 as part of the Plantation of Ulster. By a lease dated 6 April 1612 the said bishop granted the lands to Sir Oliver Lambart of Kilbeggan, County Westmeath and Sir Garrett Moore of Mellifont, County Louth. On 17 July 1639 the bishop re-granted the lands to Charles Lambart, 1st Earl of Cavan. Griffith's Valuation of 1857 lists the landlord of the townland as Jones & the tenant as Morton. In the 1911 census of Ireland, there are two families listed in the townland.
By Dean Hanley
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