Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Westmeath

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. Westmeath.


  • Place
    Killua
  • County
    Westmeath
  • Parish
    Killua
  • Content
    KILLUA or KILLOAH, a parish in the barony of DELVIN, county of WESTMEATH, and province of LEINSTER, 5 miles (W. N. W.) from Athboy, on the road from that place to Oldcastle ; containing, with the town of CLonmellon, 2198 inhabitants.

    It comprises 5360 statute acres, about half of which is in tillage, and contains limestone, but neither waste land nor bog.

    Killua Castle is the handsome castellated residence of Sir T. Chapman, Bart., and contains a fine collection of paintings by the old masters ; the demesne comprises more than 500 acres, and contains a sheer of water, an obelisk to Sir Walter Raleigh, and the ruins of a preceptors of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. Ballinlough Castle, the seat of Sir J. Nugent, Bart., is in a demesne of above 300 acres ; and here lis also Heathstown, the residence of W. Dyer, Esq.

    It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Meath, forming part of the union of Killallon : the rectory is impropriety N. Ogle, Esq. ; the tithes amount to £125, of which £80 is payable to the impropriator, and the remainder to the vicar. The church, which is at Clonmellon, and is a neat structure, with a handsome spire, was built about 50 years ;since, partly at the expense of the late Sir B. Chapman, Bart., and has recently been repaired by a grant of £251 from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions it is the head of a union or district called Clonmellon, including also the parishes of Killallon and Clonarney, and containing chapels at Clonmellon and Killallon : the former is a neat building, with a detached belfry.

    About 250 children are educated in the parochial school, for which Sir T. Chapman gave the house and ground, and Lady Chapman subscribes £10 annually ; and about 160 in five private schools. Here is an almshouse for four poor women, who have a weekly allowance from the Chapman family; and in Clonmellon are ten almshouses for aged and infirm labourers, who have each more than an acre of land, and £2 per annum, and £5 is appropriated for keeping the houses in repair : they were established under the Will of the late Sir B. Chapman, Bart. There are: some remains of the old church, with a. burial- ground attached, which is the place of interment of the Chapman family.