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STANTON Aughogower Derrygorman

Aughagower, or Aghagower which translates from Irish (Achadh Ghobhair) as ‘the plain of the springs’ is a small, historic village approx 5 miles from the town of Westport in County Mayo. It is situated mid-way along the Tochar Phadraig ancient pilgrimage route from Ballintubber Abbey to Croagh Patrick.

One of the monuments still in existence is the ‘Leaba Phadraig’ (St Patrick’s Bed) where the saint is reputed to have slept.  Pilgrims performed stations between the bed and the holy well, Tobair na nDeachan (the well of the deacons) which has now dried up.

St Senach, who was created Bishop of Aughagower by St Patrick, was the founder of the first monastery here.

Within this Parish is a townland of Derrygorman.

Derrygorman, Wesport

Derrygorman lies just outside Westport, County Mayo.

We have now in 2014 discovered that this is where our branch of the Stanton family originated in 1800. derrygorman. (doire mhic gormáin , mac gorman’s oak wood is a townland in the civil parish of aughagower and baronyof murrisk .
– it is bordered to the west by the townland of derrygorman in the parish of westport . to the north it is bordered by thetownland of sheean
– it is also bordered by two townlands in the parish of westport: derrygorman to the north, and tonranny to the west.references
– to the north is the townland of derrygorman. references: category:townlands of county mayo. . ordnance survey map of mayo 1838 http://www.
– townland list ! : derrygorman. 395 corkaguiny , ballinvoher , dingle , derrygreenia. 472 glanarought , tuosist , kenmare ,derrylahan
– townland list ! : derrygorman. 824 murrisk , aghagower , westport , derrygowla. 81 burrishoole , islandeady , westport ,derrygullinaun

Derrygorman, Westport, County Mayo


Derrygorman today has lovely wee houses. But it would have been different in 1880 for the Crofters



Stantons - Walter, second from the bottom is our direct line.   This is taken from Griffiths Valuation of Ireland

AUGHAGOWER,a parish, partly in the barony of MURRISK, but chiefly in that of BURRISHOOLE, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 4 miles (S. E. by S.) from Westport; containing 12,045 inhabitants. It is situated on the confines of the county of Galway, and on the road from Westport to Ballinrobe: the greater portion is mountain, about one-tenth only being under tillage; about 100 acres are woodland, and there are large tracts of bog. The system of agriculture is in a very rude and unimproved state, spade husbandry being still prevalent to a considerable extent. Lead mines have been opened in the mountains, which are the property of the Marquess of Sligo, but they are not worked at present; and there is a large quarry of slate of a very heavy quality, which is not now in operation. Mount Browne House, now the seat of J. Browne, Esq., was, during the disturbances of 1798, the seat of the Right Hon. Denis Browne, brother of the Marquess of Sligo, and was for some time in the possession of the insurgents.

Patrick Grady was the father of Peggy Grady and our direct line. But which one could he be

Croach Patrick from Derrygorman, Westport, County Mayo

Peggy Grady's mum was Annie McGuire



There are six schools, situated respectively at Ayle, Ardygommon, Cushinkeel, Aughagower, Triangle, and Lanmore, in which about 700 children are taught; and there is also a hedge school at Carranmore of 50 boys and 40 girls. The only antiquities are a round tower in the village, and the remains of an old castle at Doone. St. Patrick founded here the monastery of Achadfobhair, and placed St. Senach over it: it afterwards became the parish church.

The lovely historic village of Aughagower is dominated by the striking tenth century round tower and a medieval church, both partly restored.

The round tower was built between 973 and 1013 and, legend has it, the top section, having been struck by lightening, landed on the hill of Tavenish, half a mile distant. An enterprising local woman picked up the cap stone and whisked it off in her apron to the church where it is still to be seen today!

Open to the sky, having no roof the tower is preserved up to the fourth floor (approx 16m). The original east-facing doorway is round-headed and 2.2m above the present ground level. It is about 1.5m high and 65cm wide. A later doorway at ground level – 1.6m high x 75cm wide – faces north-west.

1871 census information

A monastic settlement still existed here in the 13th century but little is known about it.

Transcriptions from Aughogower Cemetery Archives include a Walter Stanton who died in the year 1937.  We must assume that Walter is a direct ancestor of our Walter born circa 1800 in the same Parish.

Walter died in 1937

Walter Staunton was perhaps a direct descendant of our Walter

Michael was born in 1865.   Our Edward was born in 1923.   Michael may have been a nephew 

Delia Staunton


There is a lovely article found here on the internet about Alan Richardson and he tells about his grandfather’s education in the district of Derrygorman School

My granddad went to a country school in Derrygorman. The school opened in 1862 and closed in 1976. There was two teachers Mr. Padraig Mc Laughlin and Miss Sweeney. There was just one room in the school. There was about twenty-five pupils in the school. One teacher taught in one half of the room and the other teacher taught in the other half. All the children in the school were in the same room. He learned English, Irish, math’s, history and geography. They didn’t use biro’s they used a pen with a nib on it and dipped it into an ink well. There was no TVs. Computers, mobile phones, school uniforms and there was no central heating. All the children used to take it on turns to bring turf to school for the fire.  In the summer time they used to walk to school in their feet. Grandad lived near the school and they all walked to school every day. There was no school transport or cars. The ruins of the school is still there. This is a picture of the ruins of the school my Grandad went to.

He lived in Derrygorman. He lived with his mum, dad, sister and four brothers. They had a small 3 bed roomed house.

He ate rabbit stew, bacon, cabbage, potatoes, vegetables brown bread, eggs and porridge  . They grew their own potatoes and vegetables. They had hens and they got their eggs and they milked the cow for milk. Grandad mum used to bake the breadGrandad worked on the farm when he came home from school. When he was fourteen he finished school and he went to work in Myles Staunton’s shop and store on James Street in Westport. Grandad worked in the shop first and then when he was seventeen he drove their delivery van to the country shops delivering wholesale.

the little school in Derrygorman

Map of Mayo




7 Responses to “STANTON Aughogower Derrygorman”

  1. Jim Fritsch says:

    Thanks for posting on Derrygorman. My ancestors, the Coynes, are also from Derrygorman. One of them married a Stanton and moved to Philadelphia. Exchange information?

  2. Helen says:

    Would love to hear more about your line Jim. Please e.mail direct on

  3. Michael Smith says:

    Hi – stumbled across your website as I was getting ready for a visit to Aughagower for the first anniversary of my Mum’s death. She is nee Gibbons and her Grandmother was a Stanton (Staunton).

    From what I gather on the Staunton/Stanton side there were one couple that married that were both Stanton’s and not cousins/close relations.

    There are quite a few Gibbon’s in the graveyard in Aughagower.

  4. Helen says:

    How lovely to hear from you Michael. Of course there are many with the surname in the area and all with the same family forenames. Can be quite a challenge when trying to research. Sorry to hear about your mum. It is a haunting cemetery with many old stones now unreadable. Thank you so much. You can send me more on your mum’s side for me to include if you wish

  5. Adam Gibbons says:

    I have been doing a lot of research of the Gibbons from Derrygorman but I have not been able to connect those born in the early 1800s. Too many Thomas, Patrick, and Myles. I believe my direct ancestor was Thomas Gibbons who married Honoria Coyne. Mary Stanton married Owen Coyne, who was their son’s (Patrick Gibbons) cousin.

    I am trying to connect Thomas and Honoria to the Myles Gibbons who married Mary Moran, to the Myles Gibbons who married Bridget Flynn, and to the Peter Gibbons who was born in 1815. I suspect that they were cousins or brothers but cannot find anything going back that far.

  6. Chuck says:

    Hello Adam,

    I am descended from Myles Gibbons and Mary Moran. Myles raised a family and lived in Cushinsheeaun, Mayo until his death in 1905. He supposedly took care of the horses and dogs at Westport Manor. The 1901 census had him listed as a farmer. His wife was likely from the Kilmeena area (possibly Collanmore Island).

    I’ve also noticed a DNA link to Myles Gibbons and Bridget Flynn. The father of Myles Gibbons, husband to Bridget Flynn, was Patrick Gibbons from Derrygorman. I found his father’s name on wedding certificate from 1871.

    Who is Peter Gibbons (b. 1815)?

    Hope this helps.

  7. Stuart Sutton says:

    Thank you for posting this about the Stantons. I have been trying to connect my 4th GG Richard Stanton to my 3rd GG Murtagh/Martin Stanton.and thus confirm exactly where my Stanton/Stauntons originated. I have seen various documents mentioning this area but cannot pinpoint their origin especially as there are so many Stanton/Malley and Gibbons living locally!
    I currently have Richard or maybe Ed as the Tuam records are not decisive, marrying Bridget Mally/O Malley in Oct 1821 and having a son in 1822. Murtag then emigrates to england and marries Seragh Gibbons. Any assistance would be appreciated..

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