Cloydagh Civil Parish
|Poor Law Union||Carlow|
|Catholic Diocese||Kildare & Leighlin|
CLOYDAGH, or CLODY, also
called CLOGRENNAN, a parish, partly in the barony of Slieumargy, Queen's
county, and partly in the barony of Carlow, but chiefly in that of
Idrone West, county of Carlow, and province of Leinster, on the river
Barrow, which is navigable to Waterford, 2½ miles (S.W. by S.) from
Carlow on the road to Leighlin-Bridge; containing 1422 inhabitants, and
comprising 4737 statute acres, of which 290 are woodland, and 324 bog;
the remainder is arable and pasture; 3764 acres are applotted under the
tithe act, and valued at £3774 per annum. The state of agriculture
is very good. Limestone abounds, and is applied both as manure and
for building; there are limekilns on a large scale, the produce of which
is chiefly conveyed into the counties of Wicklow and Wexford. Coal
also abounds, and is worked extensively. Sessions are held
quarterly at Milford. Here are extensive corn-mills and
malt-kilns, in which about 100 persons are employed. The principal
seats are Clogrennan Castle, the residence of Col. Rochford; Milford, of
J. Alexander, Esq.; Fonthill, of W. Fishbourne, Esq.; and Lenham Lodge,
of Capt. Butler. Clogrennan was formerly an estate of the Dukes of
Ormonde, and gave the title of baron in the Irish peerage to the Earls
of Arran. The castle was taken by Sir P. Carew, in 1568, from Sir
E. Butler, who was then in rebellion: in 1642 it was besieged by
the Irish, but was relieved by Col. Sir P. Wemys; and here the Marquess
of Ormonde mustered his forces prior to the battle of Rathmines.
The ruins, overgrown with ivy and forming a remarkably picturesque
object, yet exist, together with the remains of an old church, near the
present house, which is approached through one of its gateways.
The grounds, which are very beautiful, are bordered on the west by the
mountains of the Queen's county, the sides of which are clothed with
wood to a considerable height, and on the east by the course of the
Barrow, adorned by several well-wooded islets. On Bawn-Ree, Jas.
II. encamped after his defeat at the battle of the Boyne. Some
curious relics of antiquity, including brazen swords and arrow-heads,
were found in a ford across the Barrow, about 1¼ mile distant, in 1819.
The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Leighlin, and in the
patronage of the Bishop; the rectory is impropriate in Col. Bruen and W.
Fisbourne, Esq. The tithes amount to £276. 18. 5½., of which £92.
6. 1. is payable to the vicar, and the remainder to the lay
impropriators. The glebe-house was built by a gift of £400 and a
loan of £360 from the late Board of First Fruits, in 1813; the glebe
comprises six acres, subject to a rent of £4. 4. per acre. The
church, a plain neat edifice in good repair, was built by aid of a gift
of £500 from the same Board in 1803, and to the repairs of a grant of it
the Ecclesiastical Commissioners have recently made a grant of £167. 5.
11. In the R.C. divisions this parish is in the union or district
of Old Leighlin, and has a chapel. Besides the parochial school,
there is one in the chapel-yard at Ballinabranna; the number of children
in these schools is about 150; and in a hedge school are taught about 90
children. The ruins at the old church are in the demesne of
Clogrennan; the cemetery is still used.
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LDS Film Numbers
|Film Title||Film number(s)|
|Tithe Applotments, 1823-38||#256588|
|Griffith's Valuation, 1850||#101757|
|Parochial registers of RC parish, Leighlinbridge, 1781-1880||# 926118|
|1901 Ireland Census||#850462|
|1911 Ireland Census, Townland: Clogrenan||#2193090|
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Civil Parish Links
|Griffith's Valuation, Cloydagh Civil Parish, ConnorsGenealogy website|
|Griffith's Valuation Index, Cloydagh Civil Parish, John Hayes' website|
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