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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    LURGAN, a parish, in the barony of CASTLERAHAN, county of CAVAN, and province of ULSTER, on the road from Kells to Cavan town ; containing, with the post-town of Virginia, 6387 inhabitants.

    It comprises, according to the Ordnance survey, 11,327.50 statute acres, including 922.75 acres of water, of which the greater portion is in Lough Ramor ; 8423 acres are applotted under the tithe act, and there is a large portion of bog and moor. In 1831, two town-lands were separated from this parish to form part of the district parish, or perpetual cure, of Ballyjamesduff.

    The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Kilmore, united by act of council to the rectory and vicarage of Munterconnaught, together constituting the union of Lurgan, in the patronage of the Bishop. The tithes amount to £233. 9s., and the gross tithes of the benefice to £381. 9s. : the glebe of the union, which comprises 999.25 acres, is valued at £694. 2s. 6d. per annum. The glebe-house, situated about two miles from the church, was erected about 1814, at an expense of £3276. 18s. 5.50d., of which £1384. 12s. 3.75d., was granted as a loan, and £92. 6s. 11d., as a gift from the late Board of First Fruits. The church, in the town of Virginia, was erected in 1821, at a cost of £2492. 6s. 1.75d., of which £1846. 3s. 1d., was a loan from the same Board, and the remainder was contributed by the parishioners ; having been accidentally burnt in the winter of 1830, it was repaired by subscriptions amounting to £900, contributed chiefly by the bishop and the parishioners. (some townlands from this parish were used in the creation of Ballyjamesduff in 1831).

    In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish forms the head of a union or district, comprising also part of the parish of Loghan in the diocese and county of Meath, and containing the chapels of Lurgan and Maghera.

    In the national schools at Whitegate, Caponagh and Lattoon, and the school aided by subscriptions, about 360 children are educated ; and there are four private schools, containing about 290 children.