Maps are helpful for understanding where we all come from. Important Fitzpatrick locations on maps of Laois are Mountrath, Castletown, Aghaboe, Borris-in-Ossory, Ballaghmore, Errill, Rathdowney, Clough, and Cullahill. Counties Cavan, Clare, Down, Dublin, and Kilkenny all have historically significant populations of Fitzpatricks as well, and maps can help us pinpoint our ancestry by townland or parish.
This Ordnance Survey of Ireland website allows visitors to access their official maps of Ireland online. A useful feature for genealogists is the facility which allows the OSI’s older maps to be superimposed so that users can study how a selected location has changed over time.
Our view of the map opens to show the Historic 6” map at Rathowney in the heart of Upper Ossory. To the left you can click the compass points to navigate N, S, E, W and the slide bar to increase/decrease the view scale. Use the second slide bar at lower right panel to see the Overlay effects. Or select Historic Layers in the upper right panel to see the embedded options that are available. You can add and remove details like locations of churches, graveyards, schools, or whatever your genealogical interest by simply selecting the appropriate box.
Barry Griffin's detailed maps based on the 1901 and 1911 censuses, showing geographic surname distribution, land ownership, surname rank, various religious affiliation, and spoken language. Many Irish names and variant spellings are included in this site, so feel encouraged to browse any name or related spelling; for example: FitzPatrick, Fitz Patrick, Kilpatrick, or Costigan.
Irish Surname Distributions, mid-1800’s, by S. Wilson
Type the name Fitzpatrick, or any Irish surname into the search box to view historic distribution by county. The darker the color of the county, the higher the density for that surname distribution. Darker blues mean higher numbers of that surname within a County.
Map of major Irish kingdoms, c. 1100 AD; Osraige highlighted.
If you have a relevant map you wish to share with the Clan Society, please share it on the List or our Facebook group.