KILBRIDE, a parish, partly in the barony of ROSCOMMON, but chiefly in that of BALLINTOBBER (now of Ballintober South) county of ROSCOMMON, and the province of CONNAUGHT, 5 miles (N.) from Roscommon, on the road to Strokestown; containing 7673 inhabitants.
It comprises 11,812 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act; there is a large proportion of bog. The land is principally under tillage, but the system of agriculture is unimproved. Limestone abounds.
The principal seats are
- Roxborough, the residence of A. Brown, Esq. ;
- Durham, of H. Corr, Esq. ;
- Holywell, of C. W. Blakeney, Esq. ;
- Drumdaf, of T. G. Digby, Esq. ; and
- Cappa Lodge, of Capt. W. Tattle.
Petty sessions are held every alternate week at a place called the Four-mile-House.
It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Elphin, and forms part of the union of Roscommon; the rectory is impropriate in the Sandys family. The tithes Amount to £300. 18s., one-half payable to the impropriator and the other to the vicar.
In the Roman Catholic divisions it forms part of the union or district of Kilgeffin, also called Kilbride; a chapel is in progress of erection.
About 20 children are educated in a public school, and there are seven private schools, in which are about 450 children.
Some remains yet exist of the Abbey of Derrane; and there are several raths, one of which, on the lands of Holywell, has a treble fosse.