Biographies of Our Forefathers
Hugh Tinneny was in all
likelihood the son of Hugh Tinneny and the brother of Big John Tinneny. He
would have been born on Goladuff in the homeplace. I have not been able to
locate records that conclusively demonstrate the above relationship because
births were not recorded when he was born. There are however, strong
indications that he was a brother of Big John Tinneny.
Phil Tinneny of Goladuff,
who was the grandson of Big John, told me that the three children of this
Hugh (Mary, Frank and Hugh) were his cousins. It was Phil's habit to only
refer to those who were his very close relatives such as first and sometimes
second cousins as cousins. More distant cousins and relatives were referred
to as friends. One use of the word friend in and around Fermanagh is in the
context of family relationships i.e. cousins and relatives other than
supporting the idea that Hugh was a son of Big John's was the proximity of
Hughdie's land and house to the homeplace on Goladuff.
The name Hugh comes down to
the present day in the line of Big John's descendants. The son of
Hubert Tinneny of Quivvy is Hugh. Hubert's father's given name was also
Hugh. Generation after generation the Tinneny's, as was the Irish custom
until recently, named their children after their parents and brother's and
sisters. That name pattern was clearly evident in Big John's descendants
and supports the thesis that "Hugh of the Hollow" was Big John's brother.
Finally, there appears to be more than a casual likeness between at least
one of Hugh of the Hollow's descendants, the Murrays of Derrykenny, and
other present day descendants of Big John's.
name of High's wife is unknown the couple had at least three children Hugh,
Francis and Mary. They all lived in the small little stone house in the
Hollow on Goladuff.
By the time of the 1901
Census of Ireland Hugh was dead and his three children mentioned above were
living in the family home in the hollow.
These stones were all that
remained of Hugh Tinneny’s home in the hollow in 1997.
Photo by R.
Partial 1901 form, Census of Ireland, showing
Hugh's three children living at their family home on Goladuff, Newtownbutler,
Co, Fermanagh, Ireland. Provided by R. J. Tinneny.
Note: Hugh's descendants include:
Murphy, Nolan, Toland,
McCavigan, Reilly, Castellano, Donaghue, Murray, Higgins, Smith,
Murray, Buttery, Walton, Brazell, Stead, Englishby, Hudson,
Turton, Grey, Reed, Sherwood, and Devlin.