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.
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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