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St. Johns

"St. John's", a parish, in the county of the city of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster; comprising 5318 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. Fairs, for which patents have been obtained, are held here on Feb. 15th, May 6th, Sep. 23rd, and Nov. 10th. It is in the diocese of Ossory; the living is a vicarage, united by act of council, in the reign of Henry VIII., to the vicarage of Clara, and in the patronage of the Bishop; the rectory is impropriate in the corporation of Kilkenny. The church is part of the ancient monastery of St. John the Evangelist, restored agreeably to the character of the ancient building, which was of elegant design and elaborate execution; it contains the mutilated relics of ancient sepulchral monuments to the Butler, Grace, and Purcel families. The priory, or hospital of St. John the Evangelist, founded by William Le Mareschal in 1220, notwithstanding its long alienation from ecclesiastical uses, was, in 1641, taken possesion of by a fraternity of Jesuits, who commenced its restoration; a great part of it was afterwards demolished, and the east window of its church, enriched with delicate tracery, and part of the south side of the chior formed a picturesque ruin till the year 1817m when it was restored, and became the parish church of St. John. The annals of this house, called Codex Kilkenniensis, were in high reputation, and formed part of the Chandos collection. There is no glebe-house; the glebe is situated in the parish of Clara, and comprises 15 acres. In the R. C. divisions the parish of St. John is the head of a union, comprising also Rathcoole, Kilderry, and Kilmadrum. St. Mary's R.C. parish also contains a small portion of St. John's parish.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]

Church Records

Civil Parish: St. John. RC Parish: St. John's.
Earliest Records: b. Jan 1789; m. Jun 1789.

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

 Civil           Roman Catholic  Time            FHLC 
parish           parish           period           number 
St John’s       St John’s       1817-1880       0979701 

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Historical Geography

Townlands (1851)
 Parish         Townland                Acres   Diocese 
St. John's      Archersrath             107     Ossory     
St. John's      Baun                    157     Ossory     
St. John's      Blanchfieldsland        116     Ossory     
St. John's      Bleachgreen             12      Ossory     
St. John's      Bonnetsrath             269     Ossory     
St. John's      Brownstown              537     Ossory     
St. John's      Cellarstown East        167     Ossory     
St. John's      Cellarstown Lower       100     Ossory     
St. John's      Cellarstown Upper       87      Ossory     
St. John's      Cellarstown West        299     Ossory     
St. John's      Charterschoolland       34      Ossory     
St. John's      Collegepark             9       Ossory     
St. John's      Dukesmeadows            69      Ossory     
St. John's      Dunmore                 105     Ossory     
St. John's      Dunmorepark             111     Ossory     
St. John's      Friarsinch              43      Ossory     
St. John's      Gardens                 55      Ossory     
St. John's      Garrincreen             116     Ossory     
St. John's      Glendine                123     Ossory     
St. John's      Greenridge              163     Ossory     
St. John's      Highhays                10      Ossory     
St. John's      Kingsland               104     Ossory     
St. John's      Kyleroe                 170     Ossory     
St. John's      Lacken                  24      Ossory     
St. John's      Leggetsrath East        215     Ossory     
St. John's      Leggetsrath West        245     Ossory     
St. John's      Loughmerans             369     Ossory     
St. John's      Lyrath                  74      Ossory     
St. John's      Maudlinsland            53      Ossory     
St. John's      Middleknock             55      Ossory     
St. John's      Neworchard              208     Ossory     
St. John's      Newtown                 134     Ossory     
St. John's      Pennefatherslot         87      Ossory     
St. John's      Purcellsinch            177     Ossory     
St. John's      Quarryland              19      Ossory     
St. John's      Radestown North         584     Ossory     
St. John's      Radestown South         168     Ossory     
St. John's      Roachpond               31      Ossory     
St. John's      Seixeslough             49      Ossory     
St. John's      Sionhermitage           30      Ossory     
St. John's      Templemartin            28      Ossory     

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