KILLEDAN, or KILLEDIN, a parish, in the barony of GALLEN, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 5 miles (W. by S.) from Swinford, on the road from that place to Ballagh; containing 5741 inhabitants.
Some of the land is very good and well cultivated, but there are large tracts of bog.
A market on Thursday has been lately established at the village of Cultymough, or Newtown-Brown.
The principal seats are:
- Ballinamore, the residence of T. Ormsby, Esq. ;
- Killedan, of F. Taaffe, Esq. ;
- Anna Hill, of Mrs. Scully, and
- Oxford, the property of – Twyhee, Esq.
It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Achonry, forming part of the union of Templemore; the rectory is impropriate in the representatives of R. Palmer, Esq.
- The tithes amount to £411.11.4., which is equally divided between the impropriators and the vicar.
- The church is a neat building, erected at Ballinamore by the Ormsby family.
About 120 children are educated in a public school, to which T. Ormsby, Esq., contributes £14 annually, and about 540 in four private schools.
Here was a friary of conventual Franciscans, which existed till the Reformation. There are some remains of the old church.
SOURCE: A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis (pub 1837)
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