Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Ireland

Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary Ireland comprises of several counties, cities, boroughs, parish and villages – with historical and statistical descriptions – of Ireland.

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    CROSSMAGLEN, a village, in that part of the parish of CREGGAN which is in the barony of UPPER FEWS, county of ARMAGH, and province of ULSTER, 8 miles (N.W) from Dundalk, on the road to Newtown-Hamilton; containing 545 inhabitants. It comprises about l00 houses, of which several are large and well built, and has a penny post to Dundalk. The surrounding scenery is strikingly diversified In the vicinity is a small lake, called Laugh Maglen, or Magherlin; and there are numerous others in the surrounding district.

    The slate quarries here were formerly worked to some extent, but they are now in a declining state. A market for provisions is held on Friday ; and there are fairs on the last Friday in every month for black cattle, horses, sheep, and pigs. A constabulary police station has been established in the village; and a spacious and handsome R. C. chapel has been recently erected, which is the parochial chapel of a very extensive district called Lower Creggan. A dispensary was built by subscription in 1830.