Creggan Civil Parish
County Armagh, Northern Ireland

Barony Fews Upper Fews Upper
Poor Law Union Dundalk Castleblayney
Catholic Diocese Armagh Armagh
Catholic Parish Creggan Lower Creggan Lower & Upper
Presbyterian Cong. Creggan Creggan

CREGGAN, a parish, partly in the barony of Upper Dundalk, county of Louth, and province of Leinster, but chiefly in the barony of Upper Fews, county of Armagh, and province of Uster, 8 miles (W.N.W.) from Dundalk, on the road to Newtown-Hamilton; containing 14,261 inhabitants, of which number, 1674 are in that part of the parish which is in the county of Louth.  This parish comprises, according to the Ordnance survey, 24,815 statute acres, of which 21,823 including 419 of water, are in Armagh, and 2991 in Louth.  Of these, 21,640 acres are applotted under the tithe act, and valued at 19,708 per ann.; and 1088 are mountain, bog, and lakes.  The surface is irregularly broken and the general aspect bold:  the soil is generally good, and the system of cultivation improving.  Linen cloth and yarn are manufactured to a small extent by the farmers, whose principal dependence has been the breeding of cattle, but now most of the grazing land has been converted into arable, and even much of the mountainous district has been brought into cultivation.  The river Creggan, which divides this parish into two nearly equal parts, turns several hundred acres of bog or moorland used for fuel; and her is a coarse kind of granite and also a coarse slate, which is very hard and durable:  the quarries, however, are not much worked, except by the neighbouring farmers, who use the stone for building.  The village is pleasantly situated, and the surrounding scenery is picturesque.  A market is held on Friday at Crossmaglen for provisions, and fairs on the first Friday in every month for farming stock.  Cullyhanna, also a village in this parish, is an improving place.  Fairs are held in it on the second Tuesday in January, April, July, and October, and there are two at Ball's-Mills.  There is a penny post to Dundalk; and petty sessions for the Crossmaglen district are held in the schooroom at Creggan, on alternate Saturdays, or weekly if requisite.  The principal seats in the parish are Urker Lodge, the property of T.P. Ball, Esq., to who the parish principally belongs; Crossmaglen , of Capt. Ball; and Clohog Lodge, of R.G. Wallace, Esq.

The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Armagh, and forms the corps of the treasurership in the cathedral of St. Patrick, Armagh, in the patronage of the Lord-Primate.  The tithes amount to 1050: the glebe-house, which is near the church, is romantically situated on the river Creggan, which flows through a deep glen abounding with picturesque scenery, and ornamented with evergreens, rustic seats, and walks cut out of the solid rock:  the surrounding grounds have been greatly improved by the Rev. Dr. Atkinson, the rector.  The glebe, comprising 300 Irish acres, consists of the whole townland of Cregganban except 40 acres appropriated as a glebe for Newtown-Hamilton, when that parish was severed from Creggan.  The church is a spacious and handsome edifice in the centre of the parish, built in 1758, and to which a lofty square tower was added in 1799.  In the R.C. divisions the parish is the head of two unions or districts, called Upper and Lower Creggan; the former contains four chapels, situated at Crossmaglen, Glasdrummond, Mowbane, and Shela, of which that at Crossmaglen was built in 1834, on a site given by T.P. Ball, Esq., at an expense of 750; and the one at Glasdrummond is a large and handsome building.  The part called Lower Creggan is united with the parish of Newton-Hamilton, and contains a chapel at Cullyhanna and one in Newtown-Hamilton, both in that parish.  At Free-duff is a meetinghouse for Presbyterians in connection with the Synod of Ulster of the second class; and there is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists at Ball's-Mills.  The parochial schools, in which are about 50 boys and 40 girls, are supported by the rector, who gives the house, which was built in 1822, and a garden and two acres of land rent-free for the master, besides books for the children.  There is a female working school in the church-yard, and an infants' school superintended by Mrs. Atkinson; also schools at Tullynavale and Anavachavarkey, built by the rector, aided by some subscriptions, and chiefly supported by him; in the former, which is a large and handsome edifice, divine service is performed by the rector, or his curate, on Sunday evenings.  At Darsey is national school; and there are thirteen private schools in the parish, in which about 460 children are educated.  A dispensary was established at Crossmaglen in 1830.  In the northern part of the parish are vestiges of an ancient intrenchment, which extended more than a mile in length and about one third of a mile in breadth; it is now intersected by roads.
Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis, 1837


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Annaghmare Creggan Duff Lissaraw
Annaghgad Crossmaglen Loughross
Ballynacarry Cullaville Lurgancullenboy
Ballynaclosha Cullyhanna Big Monaguillagh
Cappagh Cullyhanna Little Monog
Carnally Cullyhanna Town Mounthill
Carran Dorsy Moybane
Carrickamone Drumbally Rathkeelan
Claranagh Drumboy Sheetrim
Clarbane Drumgose Sheiland
Cloghoge Drumlougher Teer
Clonalig Drummuck Teer Island
Coolderry Drummuckavall Tullyard
Corliss Freeduff Tullydonnell (Gage)
Cornahove Glasdrumman Tullydonnell (O'Callaghan)
Cornoonagh Glasdrummanaghy Tullynavall
Creenkill Legmoylin Ummeracam (Ball) North
Creevekeeran Lisamry Ummeracam (Ball) South
Creggan Bane Glebe Liscalgat Ummeracam (Johnston)

LDS Film Numbers

Film Title Film number(s)
Tithe Applotments, 1828 #258452
Griffith's Valuation Field Books, Fews Upper Barony, Cregan CP #2357280
Griffith's Valuation, 1864, Castleblaney PLU #258751
Griffith's Valuation, 1864, Dundalk PLU #844991
Religious Census 1766 #1279330
Ireland 1901 Census D.E.D. 35/1-5; 36/1-10 #812089
Ireland 1901 Census D.E.D. 37/1-19, 20C (file 1-10) 1901 D.E.D. 38/1-7; 39/1-11 #812090
Ireland 1901 Census D.E.D. 38/1-7; 39/1-11 #812090
Ireland 1901 Census D.E.D. 41/1-5 1901 D.E.D. 42-1 #812091
Ireland 1911 Census Cloghogh D.E.D. 37/1-5 Townlands: Carran, Cloghoge, Creggan Duff, Freeduff, Tullynavall #1999954
Ireland 1911 Census Creggan Lower D.E.D. 38/1-3 Townlands: Ballynaclosha, Carnally, Coolderry #1999954
Ireland 1911 Census Creggan Lower D.E.D. 38/4-10 Townlands: Cornoonagh, Glasdrumman, Legmoylin, Lurgancullenboy, Mounthill, Tullydonnell (Gage), Tullydonnell ( Callaghan) #1999955
Ireland 1911 Census Crossmaglen D.E.D. 39/1-17 Townlands: Ballynacarry, Carrickamone, Clarbane, Cornahove, Creenkill, Creevekeeran, Creggan Bane Glebe, Crossmaglen, Cullaville, Drumbally, Drumgose, Glasdrummanaghy, Lisamry, Loughross, Monaguillagh, Monog, Rathkeelan #1999956
Ireland 1911 Census Crossmaglen D.E.D. 39/18-19 Townlands: Tullyard, Urcher #1999957
Ireland 1911 Census Cullyhanna D.E.D. 40/1-7 Townlands: Annaghmare, Corliss, Cullyhanna Big, Cullyhanna Little, Sheetrim, Teer, Teer Island #1999957
Ireland 1911 Census Moybane D.E.D. 41/1-3 Townlands: Annaghgad, Cappagh, Claranagh #1999957
Ireland 1911 Census Moybane E.D. 41/4-11 Townlands: Clonalig, Drumboy, Drummuck, Drummackavall, Liscalgat, Lissaraw, Moybane, Sheiland #1999994
Ireland 1911 Census Dorsy D.E.D. 43/1-5 Townlands: Dorsy, Finiskin, Ummeracam North (Ball), Ummeracam South (Ball), Ummeracam (Johnston) #1999995
Ireland 1911 Census Lisleitrim E.D. 44/1 Townlands: Drumlougher #1999956
Creggan Lower RC Parish registers, Baptisms, 1854-1880; and marriages, 1845-1881 # 926034
Creggan Lower RC Parish registers, Baptisms, 1845-1880; and marriages, 1845-1881; another copy. #979710

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Civil Parish Links

Genuki Creggan Civil Parish resource page
Tithe Applotments Index, Creggan Civil Parish, ConnorGenealogy website
Tithe Applotments, Creggan Civil Parish, Archives of Ireland website
Griffith's Valuation Index, Creggan Civil Parish, John Hayes' website
Townlands of Creggan, Patrick Devlin's website
1901 Ireland Census, Cloghoge DED, Archives of Ireland website
1911 Ireland Census, Cloghoge DED, Archives of Ireland website
1901 Ireland Census, Creggan Lower DED, Archives of Ireland website
1911 Ireland Census, Creggan Lower DED, Archives of Ireland website
1901 Ireland Census, Crossmaglen DED, Archives of Ireland website
1911 Ireland Census, Crossmaglen DED, Archives of Ireland website
1901 Ireland Census, Cullyhanna DED, Archives of Ireland website
1911 Ireland Census, Cullyhanna DED, Archives of Ireland website
1901 Ireland Census, Dorsey DED, Archives of Ireland website
1911 Ireland Census,  Dorsy DED, Archives of Ireland website
1901 Ireland Census, Lisleitrim DED, Archives of Ireland website
1911 Ireland Census, Listeitrim DED, Archives of Ireland website
1901 Ireland Census, Moybane DED, Archives of Ireland website
1911 Ireland Census, Moybane DED, Archives of Ireland website
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