Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Laois

Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary comprises of several counties, cities, boroughs, parish and villages – with historical and statistical descriptions – of Ireland. Here are From-Ireland.net’s records for Co. Laois.

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    BORDWELL, a parish, in the barony of UPPER OSSORY, QUEEN’S county, and province of LEINSTER, 2¾ miles (N. E.) from Rathdowney; containing 869 inhabitants. It is situated on the road from Abbeyleix to Templemore (Co. Tipperary), and comprises 2549 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. The state of agriculture is improving; there is a small quantity of bog; and limestone is quarried in the parish. The principal seats are Grantstown, the residence of R. Vicars, Esq. ; Coolfin, of T, Roe, Esq, ; and Fernville, of ??? Palmer, Esq. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, and in the patronage of the Bishop: the tithes amount to £137.10s. The church is in ruins, and divine service is performed in the school-house.There is neither glebe-house nor glebe. In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Aghavoe (Aghaboe); the chapel is a large building. The parochial school is supported by subscription, aided by annual donations from Lord Lorton, the rector, Mr. Roe, and others; and at Fox Rock is a National school; in these schools are about 50 boys and 30 girls. At Grantstown and at Kilbredy are the ruins of old castles.