Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Meath

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

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    BALLYMAGARVEY, a parish, in the barony of UPPER DULEEK, county of MEATH, and province of LEINSTER, 6 miles (S.) from Slane; containing 401 inhabitants.

    This parish is situated on the Nanny-Water (river); the soil is fertile, the land in a high state of cultivation and there are several flourishing plantations, which add to the pleasing character of the surrounding scenery.

    Ballymagarvey, the seat of Mrs. Osborne; Balrath of Mrs. G. Tandy; Snugborough of Lawrence Cruise Smyth, Esq.; and Mullafin, the property of H. Smith, Esq.; are in the parish. There is a flour and a corn mill.

    It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Meath, and is part of the union of Kentstown; the rectory is impropriate in the heirs of Sir Andrew Alymer. The tithes amount to £140, of which £90 is payable to the impropriators, and £50 to the vicar. The glebe comprises 4 .25 acres of profitable land, valued at £2 10s., per acre.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions, it is the head of a union or district called Blacklion, comprising the parishes of Ballymagarvey, Painstown, Ardmulchan, Brownstown, Kentstown and Tymole, and containing two chapels at Blacklion and Yellow Furze; the former is a plain thatched building. There is a pay school, in which are about 20 children.