Tuesday, April 26, 2016
THE TOWNLAND OF LETTER IN COUNTY MAYO
The property (location of their farm) where my Great Grandmother Bridget Chambers was born and spent her childhood is located in the townland of Letter in County Mayo. According to Griffith's Valuation, "Lietir means spewy hillside. It is bordered on the north by Derrycruv, on the south by Derrycooraun and Derrygowla and on the west by Kilmaclasser."
Years ago my cousin Betsy got the opportunity to visit the actual property where the Chambers lived and has shared with me photos that she took while she was there. I had hoped that during my trip to Ireland, that we would be able to see at least the townland of Letter.
Townland may be misleading. It is more like a housing development or a few houses with lots of land rather than an actual town. As such it is rather hard to find. It is much easier finding it on an online map at home than it is driving down tiny roads with no signs and hoping you don't get lost. We probably got within 100 yards of it.
So I am keeping it on my "bucket list" with the hope that some day I may actually have the opportunity to see it. Until then I will just appreciate Betsy's photos of the Chambers land.