Ballinacarrig or Staplestown Parish
found in 'A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)' by Samuel Lewis
BALLINACARRIG, otherwise known as STAPLESTOWN, a parish, partly in the
barony of RATHVILLY, but chiefly in that of CARLOW, County of CARLOW, and
in the Province of LEINSTER, 1 mile from Carlow (town); containing 615
This parish which is situated on the road from Carlow to Tullow,
comprises 2576 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and valued
at £2200 per annum. Two-thirds of the land are arable, and nearly one
third pasture or wet grazing land; there is little waste or unprofitable
bog; the state of agriculture is improving. There are some quarries of
excellent granite for building; and mills at which about 10,000 barrels of
flour are annually made.
The principal gentlemenís seats are Kilmany, the residence of S.
Elliott, Esq.; Staplestown Lodge, of H. Waters, Esq., and Staplestown
Mills of ???? Mason, Esq.
The living is an impropriate curacy in the diocese of Leighlin, united
by act of council in 1804 to the rectories of Tullomagrinagh and
Ballycrogue, constituting the union of Staplestown, in the gift of the
bishop; the rectory is appropriate to the Dean and Chapter of Leighlin.
The tithes amount to £170, of which £100 is payable to the dean and
chapter and £70 to the impropriate curate; the entire tithes of the
benefice payable to the incumbent amount to £411 17s. 6d. The church,
situated in Staplestown, is a small neat edifice, erected in 1821: it
contains a tablet to the memory of Walter Bagenal, the last male
representative of that ancient family. There is a glebe house but no
In the R.C. divisions the parish is in the union or district of
Tullowmagrinagh, also called Tinryland.
There are two schools, in which are about 40 children.
Some remains of the old church yet exist. Sir. Wm. Temple resided at
Staplestown, from which many of his letters are dated: there are still
some remains of the house in which he lived.
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