Ballymore Civil Parish
County Armagh, Northern Ireland

Barony Orior Lower Orior Lower
Poor Law Union Newry Banbridge
Catholic Diocese Armagh Diocese Armagh Diocese
Catholic Parish Ballymore & Mullaghbhrac (Tandragee) Ballymore & Mullaghbhrac (Tandragee)

BALLYMORE, or TANDERAGEE, a parish in the barony of Lower Orior, county of Armagh, and province of Ulster; containing, with the town of Tarderagee, the village of Clare, and the greater part of the village of Poynty-Pass (all which are separately described) 7963 inhabitants.  This parish is situated on the road from Newry to Portadown, and comprises, according to the Ordnance Survey, 14,158 statute acres, of which 13,958 are applotted under the tithe act and valued at 10,052 per annum; about 100 acres are under plantation, 300 are bog, and 60 waste and water; the remainder is all arable land, remarkably good and in a high state of cultivation, producing abundant crops.  There are veins of potters' clay and fullers' earth, both of excellent quality and lying near the surface close to the town; but neither have been worked.  Several quarries in the parish yield excellent building stone; that at Tullyhue is now being worked for building the splendid castle of Tanderagee, and produces stone of very superior quality.  This castle, which is now being rebuilt by its proprietor Viscount Mandeville, is situated near the town, and forms a conspicuous and highly interesting feature in the view.  The other seats are Dromenargoole House, that of Davis Lucas, Esq.; Action House, of Conway R. Dobbs, Esq.; Harrybrook, of R. Harden, Esq.; Cooley Hill, of R. Hardy, Esq.; Orange Hill, of J. Creery, Esq.; and Derryallen, of J. Behan, Esq.  Fairs are held in the town on July 5th and Nov. 5th, and on the first Wednesday in every month; and at Clare on May 12th, for horses, cattle, and sheep.  Courts leet. and baron are also held, the former twice in the year, and the latter on the third Thursday in every month, for the recovery of debts under 40s.  Petty sessions are held in the town every Tuesday.  The living is a rectory, in the diocese of Armagh, and the corps of the prebend of Ballymore in the cathedral church of St. Patrick, Armagh, in the patronage of the Lord Primate; the tithes amount to 1000.  The church is a spacious and handsome structure, in the early English style, with an embattled tower crowned with pinnacles, and was erected in 1812, at an expense of  2200, of which 1500 was a loan from the late Board of First Fruits, and 700 a gift from Lady Mandeville; the Ecclesiastical Commissioners have lately granted 144 for its repair.  The glebe-house is a handsome residence, and the glebe comprises 520 acres.  In the R.C. divisions the parish is the head of the union or district, called Tanderagee, which comprises also the parishes of Acton and Mullaghbrack, and contains three chapels, one in each parish; that of Ballymore is situated at Poyntz Pass.  There are meeting-houses at Tenderagee and Clare for Presbyterians in connection with the Synod of Ulster, the former of the third and the latter of the first class; another at Clare in connection with the Seceding Synod, and of the first class; and places of worship for Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists.  The parochial school is supported by the rector, the Dean of Tuam; five schools are supported by Lord Mandeville, two are aided by annual donations from Lord Gosford and the Rev. Mr. Bell, and there are three others, altogether affording instruction to about 580 boys and 440 girls; there are also three pay schools, in which are about 80 boys and 180 girls, and four Sunday schools.  The interest of a bequest of 100 by some member of the Montagu family is divided in equal shares among the poor of the parishes of Ballymore and Seagoe.  There are some very slight remains of the ancient church, where are two extensive cemeteries nearly adjoining each other, one exclusively for Protestants, and the other for Roman Catholics; in the latter is interred the noted Redmond O'Hanlon, the Irish rapparee.  Near Ballynaback are two chalybeate springs, which have been found efficacious in scorbutic diseaseas.
Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis, 1837


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Acton Town Carrickbrack Druminure Mullanary
Aghantaraghan Clare Drumnaglontagh Mullantur
Aughlish Cloghoge Drumnaleg Pointz Pass Town
Ballyargan Coolyhid Federnagh Shaneglish
Ballymore Corcrum Glasdrumman Skegatillida
Ballynagreagh Corernagh Lisbane Tanderagee Town
Ballynaleck Corlust Lisnagree Tannyoky
Ballyreagh Crew Beg Lisnakea Terryhoogan
Ballysheil Beg Crew More Lisraw Tullyhugh
Ballysheil More Cullentragh Mavemacullen Tullylinn
Brannock Demoan Monclone Tullynacross
Cargans Derryallen Moodoge Tyllymacann
  Druminargal Mullaghglass  


Available Presbyterian Records

Congregation Births Marriages Proni Call Number
Tandragee 1830-1913 1935-1916 MIC 1P/258
Clare 1824-1945 1825-1936 MIC 1P/50

LDS Film Numbers

Film Title Film number(s)
Tithe Applotments, 1830 Pos #258446
Griffith's Valuation, 1864 Pos #258750, 258751

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