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.

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.

The R. C. parish is co-extensive with that of the Established Church and has a chapel at Cultymough (Kiltamagh).

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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