Ballywillin (County Antrim)
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Ballywillin is a parish in the barony of Lower Dunluce cntaining 2,219 inhabitants.
The soil is generally good and greatly cultivated. There is about 150 statuted acres of bog but much of this has been exhausted and brought under cultivation, now there is barely sufficient for the fuel supply. Basalt, soap-stone and zeolite are found here with veins of red ochre. A cluster of islands known as The Skerries lie about a mile from the shore and behind the largest of them a ship may take shelter in about 1 to 5 fathoms of water and in good holding ground.
The glebe house was erected in 1828 with the aid of a grant of ﾣ450 from the late Board of First Fruits.
The school was erected in 1832 by Dr. Adam Clarke and accommodated 80 male and 60 female students. There is also a pay school which 40 boys and 10 girls attend.
The ruins of the Royal Castle is situated here at a height of 296 feet.
The 1821 ﾖ 1851 census returns were almost all destroyed in a fire, the 1861 ﾖ 1891 census returns were destroyed by the government. The 1901 ﾖ 1911 census returns are available on line free of charge on line on the National Archives of Ireland website.
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