Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Tyrone

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. Tyrone.

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    CLOGHERNY, or CLOUGHENRY, a parish, in the barony of OMAGH, county of TYRONE, and province of ULSTER, 6 miles (S. E.) from Omagh ; containing 6785 inhabitants.

    This parish, anciently Donaghaneigh, is situated on the road from Dungannon to Omagh, and contains, according to the Ordnance survey, 17,191.50 statute acres (including a detached portion of 2368.50 acres), about 8000 of which are arable, mostly under a good system of cultivation. There is a market at Beregh on Wednesday, and a fair on the first Monday in every month ; and fairs are also held at Seskinore, on the second Monday in every month, for live stock.

    The principal seats are Gortmore, the residence of J. Galbraith, Esq. ; Mullaghmore, of R. Burges, Esq. ; Seskinore, of Mrs. Perry ; and Somerset, of the Rev. J. Lowry.

    The living is a rectory, in the diocese of Armagh, and in the patronage of the Provost and Fellows of Trinity College, Dublin, who purchased the advowson in 1830 : the tithes amount to £692. The church is a large and handsome edifice, built about 1746, and enlarged and much improved in 1773. The glebe-house was built in 1774, about which time the parish was disunited from Termon : it is large and handsome, and is on a glebe of 154 acres ; there is also a glebe at Upper Clogherny, comprising 422 acres, and another called Mullaghollin, in the parish of Termon, comprising 508 acres, making a total of 1084 acres of arable land, besides about 850 acres of mountain and bog.

    The Roman Catholic parish is co-extensive with that of the Established Church, and is called Beregh ; there are chapels at Beregh, Liskmore, and Brackey.

    At Dervethroy is a meeting-house for Presbyterians in connection with the Synod of Ulster, of the third class ; and at Seskinore is one in connection with the Associate Synod. The parochial school, situated near the church, is a large and handsome edifice, built by the inhabitants, at a cost of £800, and is supported by the rector ; and there are 11 other schools in the parish, also four Sunday schools.

    About a mile from the church are the ruins of the old church of Donaghaneigh, in a large townland, which is extra-parochial, and belongs to the Bishop of Clogher.