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"Cavan, an incorporated market and post-town, (formerly a parliamentary borough) in the parish of Urney, barony of Upper Loughtee, county of Cavan (of which it is the chief town), and province of Ulster, 25½ miles (S. E. by S.) from Enniskillen, and 55 (N. W. by W.) from Dublin ; containing 2931 inhabitants. This town was, from a period of remote antiquity, the scat of the O'Reillys, tanists of the district now forming the county to which it gives name, and who had a castle here, of which there are no other remains than some vaults and part of the foundation."
[From Lewis' Topographical Dictionary (1837)]

Cavan Town

Main Street circa 1915
From a postcard published by Lawrence, Dublin


  • "Cemetery Inscriptions in Cavan Parish"Brefine, v. 6, No. 24, 1986, p. 408-417
    • Cathedral (St. Patrick and Felim) Cemetery
    • Cavan Cemetery
      • see also MacKiernan, Francis J., "The Franciscan friary in Cavan", Breifne v. 9, No. 35, 1999, p. 85-102
    • St. Mary's Abbey


  • Masterson, J. Ireland: 1841/1851 Census Abstracts (Republic of Ireland), Genealogical Publishing Co., MD, 1999, p.4
    • 1841 Census, Main Street
    • William Brice, head, 41, apothecary
    • Ann Brice, wife, 34
    • Eliza Brice, dau, 12
    • Fred. A. Brice, son, 11
    • Wm Henry Brice, son, 9
    • 1851 Census, Main Street
    • William Brice, head, 51, apothecary (mar: 1829/39)
    • Ann Brice, wife, 46
    • Elizabeth Brice, dau, 21 (marr: Malcomson)
    • Frederick. A. Brice, son, 20
    • Wm Henry Brice, son, 19. absent

Court Records

  • Minutes of meetings of the Town Court of the borough of Cavan, together with lists of conformist freemen, 1697-1824; 1838-1840, NLI Mss. 5832-5833

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Cavan (Urney) to another place.


  • An Introduction to Cavan Town
  • Cunningham, T.P. "Cavan Town and Townsmen before the Boyne", Breifne, V. 6, No. 23, 1985, pp 301-305.
  • Cunningham, T.P. "Cavan Town in 1838", Breifne
    • V. 3, No. 12, 1969, pp. 528-551
    • V. 4, No. 13, 1970, pp. 96-130
    • V. 4, No. 14, 1971, pp. 289-317
  • Day, A. and McWilliams, P. (Editors) Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland, v40, Counties of South Ulster, 1834-38, The Institute of Irish Studies, The Queens University of Belfast, 1998.
  • Farrell, N. Cavan Town, 1992, available from Irish Roots Books
  • Garner, W. Historic Buildings, Groups of Buildings, Areas of Architectural Iimportance in the Town of Cavan, Belfast: Ulster Architectural Heritage Society and An Taisce, 1978
  • Halpin, N.J. (ed)., Authentic report of the speeches and proceedings of the meeting held at Cavan on the 26th January, 1827, for the purpose of forming a Society for Promoting the Reformation, R.M. Tims, Dublin, 1827.
  • Smyth, T. S. The Civic History of the Town of Cavan. Dublin, Browne and Nolan, 1938.
  • Take me through the streets of Cavan

Land and Property

  • Auction Poster. Highly important sale of valuable leasehold premises. I have been favoured with instructions to sell by public auction at the Court-House, Cavan, on Wednesday, 27th November, 1901, at the hour of 2 o'clock p.m., that substantial, modern, and recently-built block of premises, with the yards and gardens attached, situate in Church Street, Cavan, held from Lord Annesley, under lease for a term of 200 years ..
    National Library of Ireland
  • Farnham Estate

Military Records

  • 1630 Muster Roll
  • London-Derry Journal
    • 1796 Nov 8, Cavan Infantry - J.H. Cottingham, Efq; to be captain, Irvine Johnftone, Efq; to be firfh liuetenant, William Erfkine, Efq; to be fecond lieutenant.
  • Snodaigh, P.O. Irish Volunteers 1715-1793, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1995
    • Cavan Cavalry - 1780
    • Cavan Grenadiers - 1783, 1784
    • Cavan Infantry - 1783, 1784
      • Cavan
    • Cavan Independent Volunteers - 1779, 1780, 1782
      • Cavan Company, Cavan Independent Company, Cavan Independent Volunteers
  • The Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers)


  • Faulkner's Dublin Journal, Sat., 16 Nov 1765 - Tues., 19 Nov 1765, Marriages. At Cavan, Mr. Josias PARR, Merchant to the agreeable Widow WEAVER, with a large Fortune.
  • Connaught Journal, May 22, 1823, Marriages At Rathmullen church, in the county of Down, by the Rev. Charles ARCHBOLD, Osburn KIDD, Esq. of Armangh to Frances, fourth daughter of the Rev. Frederick Augustus ARBUTHNOT, late of Cavan.


  • Sir John Maxwell of Calderwood (d 1490) - progenitor of John Maxwell, 1st Lord of Farnham [General and heraldic dictionary of the peerage and baronetage of the British empire (Google eBook)]
  • Piano Music

Orphans and Orphanages

  • Arnold, M. & Laskey, H., Children of the Poor Clares: The Story of an Irish Orphanage, Appletree, Belfast, 1985.
  • Scannal! The Cavan Fire


  • Clarke, D. K., List of subscribers to Kilmore Academy Co. Cavan 1839, published by the author 1999. NLI Ir 260 L 6
  • Dunne, P.J. and Reilly, E. (eds.), Farnham School and its community, the editors: Butlersbridge, 1996
  • Royal School Cavan

Voting Registers

  • Smyth, T.S., The Civic History of the Town of Cavan, Browne and Nolan, Ltd., Dublin, 1938
    • Burgesses 1699-1838, pp. 159-164
    • Freemen 1697-1838, pp. 174-175