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"Knocktopher", a town and parish in the barony of Knocktopher, county of Kilkenny, Ireland, and province of Leinster, 10 miles (S.) from Kilkenny. on the road to Waterford; containing 1518 inhabitants, of which number, 475 are in the town. This place was the principal residence of the Butlers, Earls of Ormonde, of whom James, the second Earl, in 1356, founded a monastery for Carmelite friars, of which the first prior, Henry Brown, received two parts of the temporalities of the see of Ossory, then in the King's hands; and the last prior, William, was made bishop of that diocese by Edward VI. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, united by act of council, in 1676, to the rectories and vicarages of Kilneddy, Aughaviller, Kiltorkin, Der[ry]nahensy, Kilkeril, Kilkeasy and Donemagan, together forming the union of Knocktopher, in the patronage of the Bishop. The glebe-house is situated on a glebe of 16 acres, and there are other glebe lands in the union, comprising 25 acres. In the R. C. divisions the parish is the head of a union or district called Ballyhale, comprising also the parishes of Derrynahinch, Aughaviller, and Kilkeasy, and part of the parishes of Burnchurch, Jerpoint, and Kells; and containing five chapels, of which the chapel of Knocktopher is a neat edifice. About 150 children are taught in two public schools; and there are three private schools, in which are 250 children.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]

Church Records

Civil Parish: Knocktopher. RC Parish: Ballyhale.
Earliest Records: b. Feb 1843; m. May 1843.

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

Civil 		Roman Catholic		Time 		FHLC
parish		parish			period		number
Knocktopher	Aghaviller pt	not available
		Ballyhale pt	not available
		Knocktopher pt	1782-1833	0926203
				1834-1880	0926203

Historical Geography

Townlands (1851)
Parish		Townland		Acres	Diocese
Knocktopher	Ballyboodan		276	Ossory    
Knocktopher	Barrettstown		576	Ossory    
Knocktopher	Baunanattin		22	Ossory    
Knocktopher	Common			4	Ossory    
Knocktopher	Coolmore          	299	Ossory    
Knocktopher	Danesrath		335	Ossory    
Knocktopher	Earlsgrove		108	Ossory    
Knocktopher	Glebe			24	Ossory    
Knocktopher	Knocktopher Commons	187	Ossory    
Knocktopher	Knocktopherabbey	228	Ossory    
Knocktopher	Knocktophermanor	257	Ossory    
Knocktopher	Moanroe Commons		68	Ossory    
Knocktopher	Monyheige Commons	30	Ossory    
Knocktopher	Ricesland		65	Ossory    
Knocktopher	Sheepstown		572	Ossory    
Knocktopher 	Ballygeardra    	793	Ossory    
Knocktopher 	Bowersacre   		1	Ossory    
Knocktopher 	Carrickshock Commons  	47	Ossory    
Knocktopher 	Carrigeen    		46	Ossory    
Knocktopher 	Castlecolumb    	364	Ossory    
Knocktopher 	Kilcurl (Anglesey)   	113	Ossory    
Knocktopher 	Kilcurl (Feronsby)  	141	Ossory    
Knocktopher 	Whitecastle Lower	127	Ossory    
Knocktopher 	Whitecastle Upper	27	Ossory    
Edited by Dennis Walsh, last updated 10 Apr 1999

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