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Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘
Yes it was common for farmers to have more than one piece of land. It wasn’t terribly convenient because it meant going from location to location but in a country where land was very scarce you sometimes had no choice. The tithes don't give any indication as to whether someone had more than 1 piece of land. So it could be multiple families or just one. About all you can do is look at Griffiths for each townland and see if they are still there. In Griffiths, where a farmer didn’t live in the townland they often put the townland he did live in, in brackets beside his name. Plus look to see if there was a house. Most farmers only needed 1 house to live in, so with multiple bits of land, you often see either land only or if there is a farmhouse it’s sublet to someone else.
Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘