County Laoighis  Ireland

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In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described County Laoighis like this:

Queen's County, inland co. of Leinster province, Ireland, bounded NW. and N. by King's cp., E. by co. Kildare, SE. by co. Carlow, S. by co. Kilkenny, and SW. by co. Tipperary; greatest length, E. and W., 34 miles; greatest breadth, N. and S., 30 miles; area, 424,854 ac. (396 water), or 2.0 per cent, of the total area of Ireland; pop. ...

73,124, of whom 88.0 per cent, are Roman Catholics, 10.8 Episcopalians, 0.4 Presbyterians, and 0.5 Methodists. Between the Slieve Bloom mountains on the NW. border and the Dysart and Slieve Lough hills in the SE. district, there extends a flat open tract of country, much of which is boggy and waste. There are many parts, however, particularly in the SE., which are fertile. Agriculture is the chief employment; great numbers of fat and store cattle are reared. (For agricultural statistics, see Appendix.) Mountain limestone is the chief substratum; the old red sandstone occurs in the Slieve Bloom range. Anthracite coal is worked in the S.; copper, manganese, fullers' earth, and marble are found. The principal rivers are the Nore and the Barrow. There are two branches of the Grand Canal in the NE., and the Great Southern and Western Ry. traverses the whole extent of the co. NE. and SW. Queen's County comprises 11 bars.- Ballyadams, Clandonagh, Clarmallagh, Cullenagh, Maryborough (East and"West), Portnahinch, Slievemargy, Stradbally, Innahinch, and Upperwoods; and the towns of Maryborough, Mountmellick, and Portarlington (part of); and 53 pars. For parliamentary purposes the county is divided into 2 divisions - viz., Ossory and Leiz, each returning 1 member.

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How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of County Laoighis | Map and description for the county, A Vision of Ireland through Time.


Date accessed: 24th April 2024

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