Doone Lodge and "Cathair Anne"-Anne's Citidal

By Jim Fahy

Doone Lodge
Martin Family vault, Killannin cemetery
Photo of document in relation to Nicholas Martin in 1825. His actual family connection is unknown, but he was possibly the same person who resided in Doon Lodge the property of Major Richard James Martin brother to Robert Martin of Ross House. The "Amos" referred to appears to be William Amos of Rosscahill.
National Library of Ireland.

Doone Lodge was situated in the village of Doone North, Doon, Killannin. Only the western gable stands presently. It was built  by the Martin Family of Ross, possibly mid 1700s. It is not known for which member of the family it was built.

Captain Dragoon Guards

A record of land lettings for the Ross Estate by Nicholas Martin, who died in 1811, shows, on the cover “Nicholas Martin- Doone Lodge”.A notice in the Tuam Herald, dated 24th March 1841, lists 44 land occupiers, mainly in the parish of Killannin who were required to attend Oughtrerard Sessions on April 16th 1841.

Emperor Napoleon

One was  R.J. Martin, Doone Lodge, Captain Dragoon Guards. Rateable valuation was show as £50.00. In a letter dated December 14th 1915 to the Tuam Herald, Robert J. Martin of Athenry makes reference to Doon. He had an issue with contents in “Old Irish Life” {1912} by his cousin – Mrs. J.M. Caldwell- concerning kinship and a snuffbox allegedly given to Major Poppleton by Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, whom he was guarding in the island of St. Helena. Major Poppleton was married to Margaret Martin of Ross.

Banished to Doone Lodge

In relation to “Cathair Anne”, local folklore: “Anne” who was a member of the Ross family, was difficult to live with and as a result she was bannished to Doone Lodge. Apparently  it was her wish to be buried on a hill top overlooking the Lodge. There is no confirmation of this having been so. The hilltop is marked by a grove of trees and from where Lough Corrib from Portacarron, Portdarragh, as well as Ross Demesne,can be viewed.

Captain R.J. Martin and Major Poppleton are buried in the Martin family vault in Killannin cemetery

This page was added on 08/03/2013.

Comments about this page

  • Hi Nicholas,

    Follow Route 59 from Galway city to Rosscahill. 12 miles approx.

    After passing Kinnevey’s pub which on your right, you will come to a road approx 300 yards further on.
    There is a sign on this junction “Killannin”
    Continue on and after you pass the church on your left you will come to a narrow lane on your right. Continue down this lane and the cemetery is on your right.

    The Martin vault is clearly visible.



    By Jim Fahy (22/12/2016)
  • Good day,

    How could I go about getting an approximate location of the Martin Family vault in the Killannin cemetary?


    Nicholas Martin

    By Nicholas Martin (13/12/2016)

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