IRELAND: Co Donegal Hearth Money Rolls, 1665

A return of the Hearths fireing places and stoves within the county….for establishing revenue for his Majesty…Note: McGillaspick was the principal spelling of the Gillespie name in this time period.


Moville Parish (108 households 198 hearths, 19 pounds, 16 shillings) 26

  • John Gillespie of Crehenan.

Donagh Parish (75 hearths, 7 pounds 10 s) Later called Donaghmore Parish

  • Byran McGillespick of Carrowmore


Kilmacrenan Parish (83 hearths, 8 pounds 6 shillings

  • Owen McGillaspick of Garcharron

Cornwall Parish (143 hearths, 14 pounds 6 shillings)

  • Bryan McGillispick of Pollan


Killbegs Parish (63 households, 67 hearths, 6 pounds 14 s)

  • Shan M’Gillespick of Kilterny
  • Owen McGillaspick of Glangess

Glencolumbkiile (78) & Kilcar Parish (24) (73 hearths, 7 pounds 6 sh.)

  • Neale McGillespick
  • Mangnis McGillespick
  • Foriagh Mail M’Gillespick

Templecrone Parish (17 hearths, 1 pound 14 s)

Hugh M’Gillespick of Maghrtyermon

Kilbarren Parish (89 hearths, 8 pounds 18 s)

?Neece McGillissy of Forecossy


No Gillespies with hearths to tax in Parishes of: Aghanunshen, Augnis (e.g. Ramelton), Clandahurka, Clonca, Clondevaddoge, Clonleigh, Clonmany, Culdaff, Desertegney, Donoughmore, Drumhome, Enniskeel, Enver, Fawthen, Garan, Killaghty, Killgarvan, Killomard, Leek, Lettermacward, Innishmacsaint, Mevagh, Muff, Raphoe, Raymoghy, Stranorlar, Taghboyned, Templecarine, Templemore, Tullaghfernem. Tullagobegley, & Ray.

The highlighted parishes indicate a Gillespie presence 192 years later, from Griffiths’ Valuation records 1857.

Record Count 11