1st January 1837
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A snapshot of pre-famine local history, as described in the "Topographical Dictionary of Ireland" by Samuel Lewis, 1837.

ANNAGH, or BELTURBET, a parish, partly in the barony of LOWER LOUGHTEE, but chiefly in that of TULLAGHGARVEY, county of CAVAN, and province of ULSTER, on the road from Ballyconnell to Cavan town ; containing, with the greater part of the market and post-town of Belturbet, 12,269 inhabitants.

It comprises, according to the Ordnance survey, 19,145 .25 statute acres, of which 12,340 are in Tullaghgarvey; about 16,000 are arable and pasture, 2000 are bog and waste, 300 are woodland, and 200 are common: of its entire area, 14,936 acres are applotted under the tithe act.

The principal seats are

  • Castle Saunderson, the residence of A. Saunderson, Esq.;
  • Erne Hill, of G. M. Knipe, Esq.;
  • Clover Hill, of J. Saunderson, Esq.; and
  • Red Hill, of ? White, Esq.

The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Kilmore, and in the patronage of Lord Farnham:

  • the tithes amount to £384. 4s. 7.50d.
  • The church is a handsome edifice, for the repairs and enlargement of which the late Board of First Fruits granted £2600, in 1812 and 1814; and the Ecclesiastical Commissioners have recently granted :£112 for its further repair.
  • The glebe-house was purchased by aid of a loan of £844, in 1810, from the same Board; the glebe comprises 400 acres.
  • In 1818, forty-seven townlands of the parish were disunited, to form the perpetual cure of Killoughter.

This parish is divided into the two R. C. districts of Annagh West and Annagh East; or Killoughter, the former containing a chapel at Drumalee, and the latter at Red Hill.

There are two places of worship for Wesleyan Methodists, one of which belongs to the Primitive class.

A school is supported by the Trustees of Erasmus Smith's charity; and there are schools at Drumlaney, Killoughter, and Drumloor; also an infants' and two other schools, besides six private pay schools.

The ruins of the old church yet exist.

SOURCE: A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis (pub 1837)

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