Killevy Civil Parish
County Armagh, Northern Ireland

Civil Parish Killevy
Barony Orior Upper
Poor Law Union Newry
Catholic Diocese Armagh
Catholic Parish Killeavy Upper*
Presbyterian Congregation Bessbrook

*Catholic Parish names depends on reference:
John Grenham's, 'Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: 
Killeavy Upper, same size as Civil Parish

*Brian Mitchell's, 'A New Atlas of Ireland:
Breaks Civil Parish into three RC Parishes
Bessbrook, Cloghogue, Dromintee

For the purpose of this website, Killeavy Upper is used.

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KILLEVEY, or KILSLEVE, a parish, partly in the barony of LOWER ORIOR, but chiefly in that of UPPER ORIOR, county of ARMAGH, and province of ULSTER. 4 miles (W.) from Newry; containing, exclusively of Carnlough and Meigh, 4259 inhabitants. Including the parishes of Camlough and Meigh (which are described under their own heads) it comprises, according to the Ordnance survey, 28,174 statute acres, of which 4191 are in Lower, and the remainder in Upper Orior. Of these, about 21,440 are arable and pasture, 190 water, and 6300 mountain and bog. The mountain called Slieve Gullion separates this parish from Forkhill, and rises to the height of 1893 feet above the level of the sea. The system of agriculture has been much improved recently. Whinstone and grey granite are extensively worked for building, and porphyry is also found. There is a communication with Lough Neagh by the Newry canal, and the river Bann.

The principal seats are Drumbanagher Castle, that of Lieutenant-Colonel Maxwell Close, a handsome residence recently erected in the Italian style, from a design by W. H. Playfair, Esq., of Scotch freestone, and situated in an extensive and richly planted demesne; Killevey Castle, built in the Gothic style, the seat of Powell Foxall, Esq.; and Ballintemple glebe, of the Rev. A. Cleland.

The living is a rectory, in the diocese of Armagh, constituting the corps of the precentorship of Armagh cathedral, and is in the patronage of the Lord-Primate; the tithes, including those of the perpetual curacies of Camlough and Meigh, amount to 1417. 12. 10. This parish, prior to 1773, included the district which has since been formed into the parishes of Camlough and Meigh, and had four churches, situated at Cloughinny, Camlough, Meigh, and Drumbanagher. The church at Drumbanagher was used as the parochial church till 1832, when one was built at Cloughinny, by a grant of 2000 from the late Board of First Fruits: it is a spacious cruciform structure, in the later English style. The glebe comprises 1150 statute acres, which is mostly unimprovable mountain land.

In the R. C. divisions it is partly in the union or district of Forkhill, but chiefly in that of Camlough, and has a chapel at Lispomanon. There are five public schools, in which about 340 children are educated, two of which are principally supported by Colonel and Mrs. Close, and two by Mr. and Mrs. Hall; and one private school, in which about 120 children are educated. Near Drumbanagher Castle are the remains of a very extensive camp, which was the principal rendezvous of the Earl of Tyrone's army in the reign of Elizabeth; and near it is Tuscan's Pass, a most important station in early times, connecting the country of the O'Hanlons with that of the Maginnises. On the summit of Slieve Gullion is a very large cairn, which on recent examination was found to be one of the sepulchral monuments of the ancient Irish, and is supposed to have contained the remains of Cualgne, son of Breogan, a Milesian chieftain, who fell in battle on the plain beneath, and from whom the mountain and the surrounding district most probably derived their name. Near the cairn, and also on the summit of Slieve Gullion, is a pool called the Loch, about 60 yards in diameter, which, together with the cairn, forms the subject of a poem ascribed to Ossian, in which "Fionn-Mac-Cumhall," or Fingal, and his heroes make a conspicuous figure; it is called Laoi-na-Sealga, or "the Chace," and is among the translations of Irish poems by Miss Brooke.
Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis, 1837

 

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Townlands

Aghadavoyle Cloghinny Killeen
Aghayalloge Cloghoge Killybodagh
Aghmakane Cloghreagh Kilmonaghan
Annacloghmullin Clonlum Kilrea
Annahaia Clontygora Knockduff
Ballard Corrinshigo Latt
Ballinliss Crankey Lesh
Ballintemple Cross Lislea
Ballymacdermot Derrywilligan Lissaraw
Ballynalack Drumbanagher Lissummon
Bessbrook Town Drumilly Maghernahely
Camlough Town Drumintee Maytown
Carnagat Duburren Meigh
Carrickbrackan Duvernagh Mullaghglass
Carrickbroad Ellisholding Newtown
Carrickcloghan Enagh Seafin
Carrickcroppan Eshwary Serse
Carricknagalliagh Glasdrummond Sturgan
Carrivekeeny Goragh Tamnaghbane
Carrivemaclone Keggall Tullyhappy
Clogharevan    

 

Family History Library Film Numbers

Film Title Film number(s)
Tithe Applotments, 1835 #258461
Griffith's Valuation, 1864 #258751
Rental books of Lord Charlemont's Newry Estate (Armagh), 1839-1866, Rental books of the Newry estate, 1839-1850 #258638
Rental books of the Newry estates (cont.), 1850- 1866 #258639
Parochial registers of Upper Killevy and Lower Killevy (Armagh), 1832-1881; Baptisms, 1832-1880; marriages, 1832-1868, 1861-1881; deaths, 1858-1862, from upper Killevy; baptisms, and marriages, 1835-1860; baptisms, 1860-1880; deaths, 1858-1860; marriages, 1860-1862, 1868-1869, 1875; and deaths, 1860-1862, from Lower Killevy #926042
1901 Ireland Census, D.E.D. 57/1-4 #812101
1901 Ireland Census, D.E.D. 59/14-15 #812102
1901 Ireland Census, D.E.D. 60/4-7, 61/1-13 #812103
1901 Ireland Census, D.E.D. 63/1 #812104
1901 Ireland Census, D.E.D. 65/1-14, D.E.D. 65/15-16, 18C, 17C #812105
1901 Ireland Census, D.E.D. 66/1-11, 12C (file 1-2), 13C; 67/4-7, D.E.D. 68/19-22 #812106
1911 Ireland Census, Ballybot D.E.D. 59/1-4 Townlands: Carnagat, Carrivekeeny, Cloghoge, Corrinshigo #1999590
1911 Ireland Census, Latbirget D.E.D. 61/14-15 Townlands: Annacloghmullin, Carricknagalliagh #1999607
1911 Ireland Census, Jonesborough D.E.D. 62/4-6 Townlands: Aghadavoyle, Annahaia, Carrickbroad #1999608
1911 Ireland Census, Jonesborough D.E.D. 62/7 Townland: Drumintee #1999609
1911 Ireland Census, Killevy D.E.D. 63/1-5 Townlands: Aghayalloge, Ballinliss, Ballintemple, Ballymacdermot, Carrivemaclone #1999609
1911 Ireland Census, Killevy D.E.D. 63/6-11 Townlands: Clonlum, Clontygora, Ellisholding, Killeen, Meigh, Newtown #1999610
1911 Ireland Census, Killevy D.E.D. 63/12-13 Townlands: Seafin, Tamnaghbane #1999611
1911 Ireland Census, Belleek D.E.D. 65/1 Townland: Drumilly #1999612
1911 Ireland Census, Camlough D.E.D. 67/1-10 Townlands: Aghmakane, Ballard, Ballynalack, Carrickbrackan, Carrickcloghan, Carrickcroppan, Clogharevan, Cross, Duburren, Duvernagh #1999614
1911 Ireland Census, Camlough D.E.D. 67/11-17  Townlands: Eshwary, Keggall, Lislea, Lissaraw, Maghernahely, Sturgan; Carrickbracken, Bessbrook Town (Charlemont Square East through College Square West), Clogharevan #1999615
1911 Ireland Census, Camlough 67/17, Bessbrook Town, cont. (Fountain Street throught Quarry Row) #1999626
1911 Ireland Census, Camlough D.E.D. 67/18 Camlough Town #1999627
1911 Ireland Census, Mullaghglass D.E.D. 68/1-6, 8-11 Townlands: Kilmonaghan, Knockduff, Serse, Cloghinny, Cloghreagh, Derrywilligan,  Goragh, Latt, Maytown, Mullaghglass #1999627
1911 Ireland Census, Mullaghglass E.D. 68/12-13; 7 Townlands: Bessbrook Town (part), Craigamore Town (includes Glasdrummond) #1999628
1911 Ireland Census, Tullyhappy D.E.D. 69/4-7 Townlands: Crankey, Enagh, Lesh, Tullyhappy #1999628
1911 Ireland Census, Poyntz Pass D.E.D. 70/19-22 Townlands: Drumbanagher, Killybodagh, Kilrea, Lissummon #1999630

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Civil Parish Links

Killeavy Upper RC Parish RC Records, Library of Ireland website
Tithe Applotments, Killevy Civil Parish, ConnorsGenealogy website
Griffith Valuation Index, Killevy Civil Parish, John Hayes' website
1901 Ireland Census, Ballybot District, Archives of Ireland website
1911 Ireland Census, Ballybot District, Archives of Ireland website
1901 Ireland Census, Jonesborough District, Archives of Ireland website
1911 Ireland Census, Jonesborough District, Archives of Ireland website
1901 Ireland Census, Killevy District, Archives of Ireland website
1911 Ireland Census, Killevy District, Archives of Ireland website
1901 Ireland Census, Belleek District, Archives of Ireland website
1911 Ireland Census, Belleek District, Archives of Ireland website
1901 Ireland Census, Camlough District, Archives of Ireland website
1911 Ireland Census, Camlough District, Archives of Ireland website
1901 Ireland Census, Mullaglass District, Archives of Ireland website
1911 Ireland Census, Mullaglass District, Archives of Ireland website
1901 Ireland Census, Tullyhappy District, Archives of Ireland website
1911 Ireland Census, Tullyhappy District, Archives of Ireland website
1901 Ireland Census, Poyntz Pass District, Archives of Ireland website
1911 Ireland Census, Poyntz Pass District, Archives of Ireland website
1901 Ireland Census, Latberget District, Archives of Ireland website
1911 Ireland Census, Latbirget District, Archives of Ireland website
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