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. Tipperary.
ContentBURGESS or BURGESS-BEG, a parish, in the barony of OWNEY and ARRA, county of TIPPERARY, and province of Munster, 5 .50 miles (S.W.) from Nenagh; containing 3570 inhabitants.
It is situated on the mail coach road from Dublin to Limerick, and comprises 4749 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and valued at £4002 per annum. About 97 acres are mountains and bog: the remainder is good arable land.
It is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Killaloe, and forms part of the union of Castletown-Arra: the tithes amount to £276 18s. 5 .50 d.
In the Roman Catholic divisions it is included in the union or district of Youghal-Arra, and contains a modern chapel on the townland of Ballywilliam.
There are three private pay schools, in which about 160 boys and 90 girls are taught.
Some remains of the church yet exist, with a monument on which is inscribed "Donato O'Brien de Gortmore."