Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Longford

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    KILCOMMICK, a parish, partly in the barony of ABBEYSHRUEL, partly in that of MOYDOW, but chiefly in that of RATHCLINE, county of LONGFORD, and province of LEINSTER, 3.25 miles (N. W. by N.) from Ballymahon, on the road from that place to Longford town; containing 3806 inhabitants.

    It comprises 7171 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and valued at £5775 per annum. There is much bog, also limestone containing shells and susceptible of a high polish. The Royal Canal runs through the southern part of the parish near Mosstown is a flour-mill.

    The principal seats are Mosstown, that of A. J. Kingston, Esq. ; Lisglassick, of J. R. Robinson, Esq. ; Ledwithstown, of W. Ledwith, Esq. ; Lislea, of J. C. Bickerstaff, Esq. ; and Glanmore, of Newcomen Armstrong, Esq.

    Mosstown was defended by the Newcomens in 1641, but was obliged to capitulate ; it was also garrisoned for King William by the same family, and was unsuccessfully besieged by James's forces.

    The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ardagh, and patronage of the Archbishop of Tuam : the tithes amount to £277. The church is in Kenagh. There is a glebe-house, with a glebe of 173 acres.

    The Roman Catholic parish is co-extensive with that of the established Church, and is called Clough, where there is a chapel. Divine service is also performed in a private house.

    At Kenagh is a Primitive Methodist meeting-house.

    About 180 children are educated in two public schools, to one of which the Countess of Rosse gives £15 per ann., besides a house and three acres of land, and to the other £14 per ann.; and about 250 children are taught in the private schools.

    Several raths and the ruins of the old church remain, and at Ballynock and Mosstown are two dilapidated castles.