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Thom’s Irish Almanac & Official Directory 1884


Extracts from Thom's Directory of Ireland 1884 - (Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow)

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MUNICIPAL TOWNS, For Town Commissioners of Parliamentary Boroughs and Towns


An inland town in the county of Carlow, pleasantly situated on the river Barrow, the sessions-house, with its handsome building, occupying an elevated site, is a remarkable object. There is a Protestant church, Methodist chapel, and Roman Catholic Church in the town, and several flour mills and extensive malting concerns in the neighbourhood. Many hands are employed in and around the town in quarrying and dressing granite blocks and sandstone flags, which are readily conveyed to various parts by the Barrow River.

Here is the junction of the Irish South-Eastern, the Carlow branch of the Great Southern, and the Bagenalstown and Wexford lines of Railway, Fairs are held on the Monday before the second Wednesday in each month, and there is a large market weekly, chiefly for wool, corn and butter. Town revenue, 1882, £215; expenditure, £194. Population in was 1871, 2,309; and in 1881 it was 2,141.


Chas .J. Magra Chairman.  
Captain Walter B. Persse. Philip Jocelyn Hewton, D.L., J.P.
Charles Thorp. Patrick J. Kehoe.
William Ward. Joseph O'Neill.
Pierce Magrath. Samuel Crosthwait.
Town Clerk, John B. "Warren.  
Auditor, Courtenay Croker, esq., Local Govt. Board, Dublin.  


District Inspector, George Charles Mulock, esq.


Bank of Ireland, John Waiters, esq.


Registrar, Richard Lewis.


Carlow, an inland county in Leinster province, Boundaries: N., .Kildare and Wicklow; E., Wicklow and Wexford- S Wexford. W, Kilkenny and Queen's. ‘Greatest length, N. and S., 29 miles; greatest breadth, E and W .,20J;' comprising an area of 221,344 acres of which 193,649 are arable, 2,933 in plantation, 4 6S8 under bog’ and marsh, 10,901 under barren mountain land, 8,705 under roads, fences, &c., and 498 under water. The surface is generally level, except the baronies which adjoin the county Wicklow, and which partake of its hilly character.

On the western side of the river Barrow the colliery range extends from N. to S. through the barony of Idrone West, some of the hills rising to the height of 1,000 feet above the level of the sea, which, being in some places wooded and cultivated to the top, form a beautiful landscape. On the eastern, side a succession of fertile table-land extends to Borris, and on the S.E. is Mount Leinster, attaining a height of 2,604feet.

The Slaney flows through the county, as also the Barrow, which skirts it on the w.; the northern part separating it from the Queen's County, the middle part, from its own barony of, Idrone West, and the southern part, from the county of Kilkenny. The sinking of the river Burren, by the Board; of Works, has contributed much to the value of the alluvial soils of the interior of the county. The staple trade is in corn, flour, meal, butter, and provisions, which are exported in large quantities.

The county is divided into 7 baronies, 35-civil parishes, 12 parts of parishes, and 597 townlands, having a population in 1881 of 46,668, or 9,196 families, inhabiting 8,846 houses; also 534 uninhabited, and 6 building.

The county is in Leighlin diocese. The principal town is the county town and Parliamentary borough of Carlow, population in 1881, 7,185, of which 1,287 is in Queen's County; other towns, exceeding 500 in population in 1881:- Bagnalstown 2,141, Tullow 1,977, Leighlinbridge 835, Hacketstown 721, Borris 617.

The county returns 3 members to Parliament — 2 for the county at large, constituency, 1883-84, 2,219, with 9 polling places, and 1 for Carlow borough, constituency, 291. The Assizes are held at Carlow, and Quarter Sessions at Carlow, Bagenalstown, and Tullow. There are 7 Petty Sessions' Court districts, or parts of districts, in the county. There is no Poor Law Union wholly within the county, but Carlow contains portions of the five unions of Carlow, Baltinglass, Enniscorthy, New Boss, and Shillelagh.

The constabulary force of the county consists of 4 officers and 114 men. The county is within the Dublin military district, and forms part of No. 66 Sub-District, in conjunction with the cos. Dublin, Kildare, and Wicklow. The Brigade Depot is at Naas, in the co. Kildare. 'The county contains 1 Barrack Station for Cavalry and Infantry at Carlow.

MARRIAGES, BIRTHS, and DEATHS REGISTERED - (10 years), 1871-1881. 2,176 Marriages; 12,066 Births;,9,494 Deaths.


Number of persons in the county who could read and write, 26,506; who, could read only, 7,080; the remainder, 13.020, being unable to react or write. Persons who speak Irish only11; Irish and English, 192. Number of Superior Schools, 9, attended by 418 pupils, of whom 300 were Roman Catholics and CO Protestants. Number of Primary Schools, 82, attended by 6,480 pupils, of whom 5,720 were Roman Catholics and 705 Protestants. Population under 7 years of age, 6,861; males, 3,443; females, 3,421.

Members of Parliament for the County

EDMUND DWYER GRAY, Esq. upper, Dublin. (1880), (Lord Mayor of Dublin, 1880), Pembroke House, 34, Mount-street
DONALD HORNS MACFAULANE, esq. (1880), 62, Portland-place, London, W.; Dorset Cottage, Fulham, S.W.; Reform and Devonshire Clubs, London, S.W.

Deputy Lieutenants

(Deputy Lieutenants and Magistrates marked thus * have served the office of High Sheriff in this County)

*Browne, Robert Clayton, M.A, M.R.I.A. (J.P. co. Kildare), Browne's Hill, Carlow; Kildare-street Club, Dublin; Carlton Club, London, S.W.
*Bruen, The Right Hon. Henry, P.C., J.P. for cos. Carlow and Wexford (was M.P. for, Carlo 1857-80), Oak Park, Carlow Coolbawn, Enniscorthy; Carlton Club, London, S.W. Kildare-street and Sackville-street Clubs, Dublin.
*Burton, Sir Charles William Cuffe, Bart. (late Lieut. 1st Dragoon Guards), Pollerton House, Carlow; Carlton and Army and Navy Clubs, S.W. ; Kildare-street, Club, Dublin.
*Butler, Sir Thomas Pierce, Bart., Ballintemple, Tullow; Kildare-st. Club, Dublin; Junior Carlton Club, S.W.
*Newton, Philip Jocelyn, Dunleckney Manor, Bagenalstown; Kildare-street Club, Dublin.
*Rochfort, Horace William Noel, B.A. (Cantab.), (J.P, for the Queen's Co.), Clogrennan, Carlow; Carlton Club, London, S.W.
*Wolseley, Maj. Sir Clement J., Bart. (J.P. cos. Wexford and Wicklow), called to the bar at the Middle Temple, I860, and to the Irish bar, 1863 ; Mount Wolseley, Tullow; Kildare-street Club, Dublin; St. Stephen's Club, London, S.W.

County Court Judge and Chairman of Quarter Sessions.

WILLIAM. F. DARLEY, LL.D., Q.C., Esq. (J.P. co. Dublin), 18, Fitzwilliam-square, Dublin; Fernhill, Kilgobbin, co. Dublin; University Club, Dublin.


Alcock. Edward Vigors, MA. (T.D.C.), (called to the bar, 1834), Ballynoe, Ardattin, Tullow.
Alexander, George (J.P. Co. Down), Eringale, Carlow
Bagenal Beauchamp Fredrick. , Benekerry House, Carlow
Borrer, Dawson, Altamont, Tullow
Bradley, John Cornwall, Myshall.
Browne, Joseph Swan, Knocklow, Tullow
*Browne, Robert Clayton, M.A. (T.C.D.), D.L. (J.P. co Kildare), Browne’s Hill; Kildare St Club Dublin; (Carlton Club), London, S.W.
Browne, Wm. Clayton, M.R.I.A, Sandbrook, 'Tullow; Kildare-st. Club, Dublin: (Carlton Club), London, S.W.
*Bruen, The Right Hon. Henry, P.C., D.I., J.P. for: co, Wexford (was MP for Co. Carlow, 1857-80); Oak Park, Carlow; Coolbawn, Enniscorthy; Carlton Club, London, S.W.; Kildare-street: and Sackville street Clubs, Dublin
Burtchaell, Richard Rothe, Brandondale, Graigue
Burton, Sir Chas, Wm. Cuffe, Batt., D.L. (late Lieut. 1st Dragoon Guards), Pollerton House, Carlow; Carlton, Army and Navy Clubs, S.W; Kildare-street, Club, Dublin
Butler, James Thomas, Castlecomer, and Newtown, Tullow.
*Butler, James Thomas Pierce, bart., D.L. (late Lieut, 56th and 24th Foot, and Major Carlow Militia) Ballintemple, Tullow; Kildare-street Club, Dublin; Junior Carlton Club, London, S.W.
Cogan, Rt Hon. Win. Henry Ford, M.A. (T.C.D.), p:c. (J.P. cos. Wicklow and Kildare, and D.L. co Kildare; M.P. for Co Kildare, 1852-80; called to the bar, 1845, Tinode, co Wicklow; 93, St Stephen’s green, south Dublin; Reform Club, London, S.W..; Kildare street, United Services and St. Mullin’s House, Graigue, Co Kilkenny.
Conolly, Eugene, St. Mullin’s House, Graigue, co Kilkenny
Dennis, Edward Albert, B.A. (T. C. D.), J.P. co. Wicklow), Eadestown, Baltinglass
Dennis Meade Caulfield, M.A. (T.C.D.), J.P. Co Kerry and Wicklow), Fortgranita, Baltinglass, and Dromin, Ballybunion, -Listowel.
Dennis, Lieut.-Colonel Morley Stratford Tynte, M.A. (T.C.D.), (Retired list), Barraderry House, Kiltegan Duckett, Charles Edward Henry, Rutland, co, Carlow Duckett, Charles Edward Henry, Rutland, co Carlow Duckett, Stewart Jas. Chas., Russellstown-pk. Carlow Duckett, William (J.P. co Kildare), Duckett Grove, Carlow; Kildare-street Club, Dublin; Conservative Club, London, S.W.
Durdin, Alex. L.L, .D. (T.C.D.), (J.P. co. Wexford), Huntingdon Castle, Clonegal; Albany, Monkstown, co Dublin ; Hanover-square Club, London, S.W,
*Eustace, Hardy, Castlemore, Tullow; Carlton Club), S.W.; Sackville-street Club, Dublin
Fishbourne, Gordon Finch, Fonthill, Carlow
Fitzmaurice, Arthur, Kelvin Grove, Carlow
Forbes-Gordon, Captain Arthur Newton, Rathwade, Bagenalstown
Gray, John Francis, Upton, Ferragh
*Henley, Captain Arthur, Eastwood, Bagnalstown
Kavanagh, Walter MacMorrough, Lieut. Royal South Down Militia, Borris House, Borris
Kelly, William P. Lieut. Reserve of Officers, late B.A, (J.P. co. Kilkenny), Mount Brandon, Graigue, co. Kilkenny
*Keogh, Colonel John Henry. Comm, Carlow Rifles (late Capt.,30th Foot), Kilbride, Tullow
*Lecky, John Frederick, Lenham Lodge, Milford, Carlow Kildare-street Club, Dublin
McCllintock, Arthur, Rathwindow, Leighlinbridge
McCllintock-Bunbury, The Hon. John, Moyle, Carlow
*Newton, Philip Charles (late Capt. Carlow Rifles). Mount Leinster, Borris.
*Newton, Philip Jocelyn, D.L, Dunleckney Manor, Bagenalstown; Kildare street Club, Dublin
Newton, Phillips, Ballinglen, Rathdrum, co. Wicklow
O’Meara, Thomas, M.B., Carlow
Persse, Walter Blakeney, Bagenalstown House, Bagenalstown
Pike, Robert Leokey, Kilnook, Tullow
Rathdonnell, Right Hon. Lord (late Lieut Scots Greys) Lisnavagh; Tullow; Drumcar, Dunleer, Carlton and Naval and Military Clubs London, S. W; Kildare-street Club, Dublin.
*Rochfort, Horace William Noel, B.A, (Cantab.) D.L. (J.P. Queens Co.), Clogrennan, Carlow; Carlton London, S.W.
Stopford, Hon. Edward Sydney, Borris; Carlton Club, London, S.W.
Sweetman, Michael Fitzhenry, Cournellan, Borris
Tanner, Major Kearns Deane, 4 Athy-street, Carlow
Vigors, Col. Philip Doyne, Malcolmville, Bagenalstown.
Vigors, Thos. Mercer, Cliffe, Burgage, Leighlinbridge
Wolseley, Major Sir Clement James, bart., D.L. (J.P. cos. Wexford and Wicklow), (called to the bar, at the Middle Temple, 1860. and to the Irish bar, 1863),  Mount Wolseley, Tullow; Kildare-street Club, Dublin, St. Stephen's Club, London, S.W,

Resident Magistrate

Appointed under 6 Wm. IV ,cap. 13 Hutchinson, Major A. R. Carlow.

County Officers.

Clerk of the Crown and Peace, William Johnston, esq. (187C), Carlow.
Registrar to the County Court Judge, Gr. A. Leech, esq., 17 Upper Temple street, Dublin
Crown Solicitor, Thomas Gerrard, esq. (1868), 25, Westmoreland-street, Dublin.
Sessional Crown Solicitor, Charles Thorp, esq. (1876), Bagenalstown; 60, Lower Dominick-street, Dublin.
D Treasurer, Robert Gray Watson (1863) j Ballydarton, Bagnalstown.
Secretary to the Grand Jury, James Butlev, esq. (1854), Ballybar House, Carlow.
County Surveyor, Edward T. Quilton, esq., M.A., Straw Hall.—office, Court House, Carlow
County Surveyor's Assistants, John Keppel, Carlow;
William Young, Bagenalstown.
Sub-Sheriff, Edward Leonard Jameson, esq., Carlow.
Sheriff Returning Officer, William Alexander, Esq, 182 Great Brunswick-street, Dublin
Coroner, Patrick B. Kehoe, esq., Leighlinbridge.


Carlow, Eames Rogers, Carlow.
Forth, John Kepple, Roslee, Fennagh.
Idrone, east, William Agar, Janeville, Fennagh.
Idrone, west, Mark Scaulan, Leighlinbridge.
Rathvilly, James Mallon, Harroldstown, Tullow.
St. Mullins, John Doyle, Ballyling, Borris,

Stamp Distributers.

Head Distributer, The Collector of Inland Revenue, Kilkenny.
Bagnalstown, Charles McGrath.
Harris, Edward Phelan.
Carlow, Post Office.

Royal Irish Constabulary.

County Inspector, Robert G. Annesley, Esq., Carlow

District Inspectors,

Carlow, Henry Wilton, esq.
Bagnalstown, George C. Mulock, esq.
Tullow, Joshua Gardiner, Esq.

Petty Sessions Courts and Polling' Places.

Courts,  Area In Acres,  Population,   Name Clerk
Bagnalstown,   41,265 9,579 John B. Warren,
flows,  44,448 8,427 James Dovine.
Carlow, 37,419 10,894 William Johnson.
Clonegal,    (Polling Place only)  
Hacketstown,  43,869 5,737 Peter Douglas.
Myshall,  20,900 3,006 Samuel Corrigan.
Rathvilly,    (Polling Place only)  
Mow,  49,181 9,389 John Carroll.

Her Majesty's Prison, Carlow.


(Meet first Monday each Quarter.)
Sir Thomas P. Butler, Bart.  
Robert 0. Browne, esq., D.L.
Sir Chas. W.C. Burton, bt, JP.
Chief Warder, William Colhoun.
•Assistant do. Henry Denison.
Matron, Isabella Colhoun.

County Infirmary, Carlow.

Treasurer, Very Rev. W. S. King, Dean of Leighlin.
Surgeon, Edward A. Rawson.
Secretary, Eames Rogers.

District lunatic Asylum (1882), Carlow. For the Counties of Carlow and Kildare


(Meet second Friday in each. Month)

Horace  W. N. Rochfort, Esq., D.L., J.P.
Robert. Clayton Browne, Esq. .D.L.
William F. Burton, esq., J.P.
Henry Bruen, Esq., D.L.
Right Rev. Bishop Walsh, D.D.
Philip J. Newton, Esq., D.L.
Thomas Fitzgerald, Esq., J.P.
Sir Thomas P. Butler, Bart., J.P.
Arthur M. Kavanagh, LL.D.
Walter R. Bulwer, J.P.
Sir Charles Burton, Bart., 3.v.
John Alexander, Esq.
Very Rev. Jas. Kavanagh, P.O.
RHt. Hon. W. H. F. Cogan, P.c.
Captain P. Butler, J.P.
James Cassidy, esq., J.P.
Patrick Nolan, esq.
J. Modlicott, esq., J.P.
Patrick Sweetman, Esq., J.P.
F. M. Carroll, Esq., J.P.
Michael Walsh, esq.
Baron de Robeck, J.P.
Hardy Eustace, Esq., J.P.
Stuart Duckett, Esq., J.P.
Marquess of Kildare.
Major Borrowes.
Resident Medical Superintendent, Thomas P, 0'Meara, M.B., M.R.C.S.E.
Visiting & Consulting Physician, Chas. W. McDowoll, M.D., F.R.C.S.I.
Apothecary, Robert E. McDowell.
Church of Ireland Chaplain, Rev. W. Smyth King.
R.C. Chaplain, Rev. James Byrne.
Matron, Mrs. Mary Ellison.
Clerk, John Abraham.
•Storekeeper, Michael Mealy.

Poor law Union. Carlow Union - (partly in Co. Carlow and Queen's Co.), population 1881, 41, 120;  45 Electoral Divisions.

Valuation, £150,199 The Board of Guardians meets on Thursdays.
Chairman, Sir Thomas P. Butler, Bart., D I, J.F. Ballintemple, Tullow.
Vice- Chairman, Right Hon. Henry Bruen, D.H., J.P., Oak Park, Carlow.
Deputy Vice- Chairman, John Frederick Lecky, Esq., J.P. Lenham Lodge, Carlow.

 Treasurer, Bank of Ireland, Carlow.

Clerk and Returning Officer, Edward L. Jameson.
Master and Matron, James Kerr and Elizabeth Kerr.
Church of Ireland, Very Rev William Smyth King, Dean of Leighlin,
J Roman Catholic, Rev. Patrick Cosgrave.
Medical Officer, Edward A. Rawson, L.R.C.S.I, L.M.  L.S.
Medical Officer of the Bagnalstown Fever Hospital, Fras. P. Colgan, L.K.Q.C.P.I., L.R.C.S.I
Medical Officer of the Tullow Fever Hospital, Joseph J. Nolan, L.K.Q.C.P.I., L.R.C.S.I
Relieving Officers, James Codd, Tullow; Richard Lewis, Bagnalstown;
Thomas Collins, Carlow.

 Superintendent Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.

Edward L. Jameson, esq., Clerk of the Union.
Dispensary Districts, Population in 1851, Medical Officer, Registrars of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.
Bagnalstown, 4,385, Robert T. A. O'Callaghan, M.D.
Richard Lewis, Reg. B.D. & M.
Ballickmoyler  and Newtown, 5,09l, Richard E. H. Bolton.
Borris, 4,899, Richard B. Carey, L.K.Q.C.P.I., L.R.C.S.I
Carlow , 11,171, Charles W. McDowell, M.D., F.R.C.S.I
Fenagh and Myshall, 4,966, Wm. F. Fryer, M.D.
Leighlinbridge, 4,022, Richard R. Phillips L.R.C.S.I
Tullow, 6,586 Henry Kidd, L.K.Q.C.P.I., L.R.C.S.I
James Codd, Keg, M.

Officers under the PUBLIC HEALTH  Act, 1878

Consulting Sanitary Officer, Edward A. Rawson, Esq., Medical

Officer of Carlow Fever Hospital and Workhouse.

Executive Sanitary Officer, Clerk of the Union.
Med. Officers of Health, Dispensary Medical Officers.
Sanitary Sub-Officers,, Thomas Collins, Carlow; James
Codd, Tullow; and Henry Shewbridge, Bagnalstown.

local Government Board Officers.

Inspector, Frederick MacCabe, Esq.
Auditor, Courtenay Croker, Esq.

Source: Terry Curran c.2009

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