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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    MARTRY a parish, in the barony of LOWER NAVAN, county of MEATH, and province of LEINSTER, 5 1/4 miles (N.W.) from Navan, on the road to Kells, and on the river Blackwater; containing 1128 inhabitants.

    It comprises 3705 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, the land being of medium quality and nearly equally divided between tillage and pasture; and it includes a portion of a large bog, which extends into three of the adjoining parishes: there are several quarries of stone. Allanstown, the seat of W. H. Waller , Esq., is a handsome mansion, situated in a well-planted demesne of about 700 plantation acres, including a deer-park. In the demesne is Faughan hill, the summit of which being planted, forms a conspicuous object as seen from the south-east through a vista in the wood.

    The parish is in the diocese of Meath : the rectory formerly belonged to the priory of the Knights of St. John at Kilmainham, and in 1615 was granted in fee to Patrick Barnwall ; it is now impropriate in Dominick Reilly, Esq, ; the vicarage forms part of the union of Ardbraccan.

    The tithes amount to £178.6.8 of which £120 is payable to the impropriator, and the remainder to the vicar.

    In the R, C. divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Ardbraccan, or Bohermean. A small school for females is supported by Mrs. Waller.