Forkill Civil Parish
County Armagh, Northern Ireland

Barony Orior Upper
Poor Law Union Newry, Castleblayney
Catholic Diocese Armagh
Catholic Parish Mullaghbawn, (Forkill)


FORKHILL, a post-town and parish, partly in the barony of LOWER ORIOR, but chiefly in that of UPPER ORIOR, county of ARMAGH, and province of ULSTER, 4 1/2 miles (N. N. W.) from Dundalk, and 44 1/2 (N. by W.) from Dublin, on the road from Dundalk to Armagh; containing 7063 inhabitants, of which number, 152 are in the town. This was constituted a parish by act of council in 1771. by separating 12 townlands from the parish of Loughgilly, and 11 from Killevy. It comprises, according to the Ordnance survey, 12,590 statute acres, of which 11,910 are applotted under the tithe act, and valued at 5184 per annum; 8380 acres are arable, and 3519 bog and mountain; the state of agriculture has much improved. Among the many mountains is Slieve Gullion, on the eastern boundary, rising 1895 feet above the level of the sea; they all afford pasture, and some have been lately planted. There are quarries of excellent stone, used for building. The town consists of 36 houses and is a constabulary police station. Fairs are held on May 1st, Aug. 1st, Sept. 29th, and Dec. 8th. The linen and cotton manufacture are carried on to a limited extent, and within the parish are four corn-mills, from which a considerable quantity of meal is exported through the port of Dundalk to Liverpool. The principal seats are Forkhill House, the residence of J. Foxall, Esq.; Forkhill Lodge, of Mrs. Dawson; Longfield, of Major Bernard; Bellmont, of the Rev. Mr. Smith, and of S. E. Walker, Esq.; and the Glebe-house, of the Rev. J. Campbell, L.L.D. The living is a rectory, in the diocese of Armagh, and in the patronage of the Lord-Primate: the tithes amount to 650; the glebe comprises 164 statute acres. The church is a plain structure, erected in 1767. In the R. C. divisions the parish is the head of a union or district, comprising also a portion of that of Killevy, or Meigh, in which union are two chapels; the chapel at Mullaban, in this parish, is a plain commodious building. There is a Wesleyan Methodist meeting-house in the town. Seven schools were founded and are supported by the trustees of the late Richard Jackson, Esq., of Forkhill Lodge; another is aided by an annual donation from the same source, and one by the rector. In these schools about 600 children are instructed; and there are two private schools, in which are about 90 boys and 60 girls. A dispensary in the parish is also maintained by the trustees of Mr. Jackson, who by will dated July 20th, 1776, left a great portion of his extensive property to pious and charitable uses: in consequence of some litigation as to its division, it was determined by act of parliament that a portion of the rents of the estate of Forkhill, immediately from the decease of the testator, should be applied to the use of the poor children of his tenants, as directed in the will; the lands then assigned for this purpose yielding 375 per annum. After deducting 200 per annum for agency, &c., one-half of the residue of the net revenue was appropriated to the propagation of the Christian religion in the east, and the other half to his sister and her heirs: he made also many minor charitable bequests. Mrs. Barton, by deed in 1803, gave 40 per annum, to be equally divided among 20 poor women of this parish; and Mrs. Jackson bequeathed 10 per ann., payable out of the Killesandra estate, in Cavan, to the rector, for the benefit of the poor. On the top of the mountain of Slieve Gullion there is a large heap of stones near a cave, supposed to have been the burial-place of some Druid, or ancient chieftain; near which is a deep lake. Near this was formerly Rosskugh, or the fort of Carrick-Brand, a considerable military station, with extensive outworks.
Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis, 1837


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  Aughadanove Forkhill Town
  Aughanduff Glebe
  Ballykeel Latbirget
  Carnacally Levallymore
  Carrickaldreen Lisnalee
  Carrickastickan Longfield
  Carricknagavna Maphoner
  Carrigans Mullaghbane
  Carrive Shanroe
  Cashel Shean
  Clarkill Slieve Gullion
  Cloghinny Tievecrom
  Doctor's Quarter Tullymacreeve


LDS Film Numbers

Film Title Film number(s)
Parochial registers of Forkhill RC parish; baptisms, 1845-1879; marriages, 1844-1879 #926041
Tithe Applotments, 1828 #258458
GV Field Books #2357281
Griffith's Valuation, 1864 #258751
1901 Ireland Census, D.E.D. 41/13-14 #812091
1901 Ireland Census, D.E.D. 58/1-9, 10c 1901 D.E.D. 59/1-13 #812102
1901 Ireland Census, D.E.D. 67/3 #812106
1911 Ireland Census, Dorsy D.E.D. 43/13 Townland: Aughanduff #1999995
1911 Ireland Census, Dorsy D.E.D. 43/14 Townland: Cashel #1999996
1911 Ireland Census, Forkhill D.E.D. 60/1 Townland: Carrickastickan #1999591
1911 Ireland Census, Forkhill D.E.D. 60/2-8 Townlands: Carrigans, Carrive, Cloghinny, Glebe, Mullaghbane, Shanroe, Shean #1999605
1911 Ireland Census, Forkhill D.E.D. 60/9-10 Townlands: Tievecrom, Forkhill Town Latbirget D.E.D. 61/1-9 Townlands: Aughadanove, Ballykeel, Carnacally, Carrickaldreen, Carricknagavna, Clarkill, Doctor's Quarter, Lathbirget, Levallymore #1999606
1911 Ireland Census, Latbirget D.E.D. 61/10-13 Townlands: Longfield, Maphoner, Slieve Gullion, Tullymacreeve #1999607
1911 Ireland Census, Tullyhappy D.E.D. 69/3 Townland: Lisnalee #1999628

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