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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    TULLY, or TULLAFERNE, a parish, in the barony of KILMACRENAN, county of DONEGAL, and province of ULSTER; containing, with part of the post-town of Ramelton, 6096 inhabitants.

    It is situated on a branch of Lough Swilly, and comprises, according to the Ordnance survey, 16,612 statute acres, of which 383 are water, and 14,908 are applotted under the tithe act and valued at £4585 per annum. There is a considerable portion of. bog, also part of a lake, upwards of a mile in length, called Lough Ferne : about 100 acres of land have been lately reclaimed from the sea at Mulroy bay ; this bay admits the approach of vessels to within half a mile of the village of Milford. Several of the inhabitants are employed. in linen-weaving at their own houses.

    The gentlemen's seats are Glenalla, the residence of the Rev. G. V. Hart; Clara, of Jas. Watt, Esq. ; and Ballyare, of John Cochrane, Esq.

    The parish is in the diocese of Raphoe, and is a rectory, forming part of the union of Aughnish, or Tullyaughnish ; the tithes amount to £590. 12s. 8d. ; and there is a glebe, comprising 512 Cunningham acres, valued at £256 per annum.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions it is the head of a union or district, comprising also the parish of Killygarvan, by which name the district is also called : each parish contains a chapel.

    There are two meeting houses for Covenanters and one for Presbyterians.

    At Milford is a school on the foundation of Erasmus Smith. in which, and in two other public schools, about 260 children are educated; and about 290 children are taught in six private schools; there are also five Sunday schools.