Queen's County , a county
of Ireland, bounded N and W by King's county, E by Kildare and part of
Carlow, S by Kilkenny, and SW by Tipperary, 32 English m. long, and as
many broad. Along the W boundary runs a range of high and steep mountains,
and in the E the Dysart hills form a prominent and picturesque object.
The lands have been thus distributed - Arable land, pasture, and meadow:
210,000 acres; Woods and plantations: 1,300 acres; Bog, mountain, and waste:
21,000 acres; Roads: 2,000 acres; Total area: 235,300 acres. Principle
rivers, the Barrow and Nore. Chief towns, Maryborough, Portarlington, and
Stradbelly. Almost every description of soil is found in this county, from
a very stiff clay, to a light but fertile sandy loam. The principal mineral
productions are coal and limestone. It sends 3 members to the British parliament.
[From The New London Gazetteer (1826)]