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"Fiddown", a parish and village, in the barony of Iverk, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, on the high road from Kilkenny to Carrick; containing, with the post-town of Pilltown, 4296 inhabitants, of which number, 193 are in the village. This parish, the name of which is said to be derived from Fiodh. "a wood," and Doon, a "rath" or "fort," is bounded on the west by the river Lingawn, which is crossed by a good stone bridge, and on the south by the river Suir; it comprises 10,485 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. The village of Fiddown consists of 36 houses, and has fairs on April 25th, June 10th, Sept. 29th, and Nov. 30th. It is situated on the bank of the river Suir, which is navigable throughout the extent of the parish for vessels of large burden, and abounds with excellent salmon and trout. Besborough, the fine old mansion of the Earl of Besborough, is situated in a well-wooded park of more than 500 acres. The house, which is built of hewn blue limestone, is 100 feet in front by 80 feet in depth; the great hall is supported by four Ionic columns of Kilkenny marble, each of a single stone 10 1/2 feet high; it was erected in 1744. The principal seats are Belline, Fanningstown, Tyburoughny Castle, Willmount, Cookestown, Garrynarca, and the glebe-house of Rev. W. Gregory. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, united by act of council, in 1689, to the rectories of Owning and Bewley, and Tubrid, and the rectories and vicarages of Castlane and Tipperaghney, and in the patronage of the Bishop. The glebe-house was built in 1817; and the glebe comprises 48 acres. The church is situated in the village, on the site of an abbey, of which St. Maidoc or Momoedoc is said to have been abbot in 590. In the R. C. divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Templeorum; the chapel at Pilltown. In the schools at Pilltown, an infants' school, and a national school at Tubbernabrona, about 300 children are instructed: there are also a private school, in which are about 40 children, and two Sunday schools.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]

Church Records

Civil Parish: Fiddown. RC Parish: Owning and Templeorum.
Earliest Records: b. Oct 1803; m. Aug 1815; d. Sep 1803.

Cross reference to Family History Library microfilm (double-check with the Library)

Civil 		Roman Catholic	Time 		FHLC
parish		parish		period		number
Fiddown		Mooncoin	1856-1880	0979702
Owning		Templeorum 	not available

Historical Geography

Townlands (1851)
Parish		Townland		Acres	Diocese
Fiddown		Ardclone		291	Ossory    
Fiddown		Ashtown			766	Ossory    
Fiddown		Ballyglassoon   	160	Ossory    
Fiddown		Ballygown		405	Ossory    
Fiddown		Ballynametagh		86	Ossory    
Fiddown		Ballypatrick		38	Ossory    
Fiddown		Banagher		221	Ossory    
Fiddown		Belline & Rogerstown	648	Ossory    
Fiddown		Brenar          	311	Ossory    
Fiddown		Cashel or Tobernafauna 	79	Ossory    
Fiddown		Corbally         	824	Ossory    
Fiddown		Corloughan		356	Ossory    
Fiddown		Dowling			440	Ossory    
Fiddown		Fiddown            	466	Ossory    
Fiddown		Fiddown Island    	40	Ossory    
Fiddown		Glenbower		244	Ossory    
Fiddown		Gortrush          	396	Ossory    
Fiddown		Jamestown       	255	Ossory    
Fiddown		Kildalton      		799	Ossory    
Fiddown		Kilmanahin		237	Ossory    
Fiddown		Kilmogue		654	Ossory    
Fiddown		Mullenbeg    		743	Ossory    
Fiddown		Oldcourt     		517	Ossory    
Fiddown		Raheen       		584	Ossory    
Fiddown		Rogerstown & Belline	648	Ossory    
Fiddown		Sandpits		158	Ossory    
Fiddown		Templeorum    		252	Ossory    
Fiddown		Tinnakilly   		262	Ossory    
Fiddown		Tobernabrone  		602	Ossory    
Fiddown		Tobernafauna or Cashel	79	Ossory    
Fiddown		Turkstown    		260	Ossory    
Edited by Dennis Walsh, last updated 27 Apr 1999

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