Enniskeen Parish


Enniskeen, a parish, partly in the baronies of Lower Kells and Lower Slane, county of Meath, and province of Leinster, but chiefly in the barony of Clonkee, county of Cavan, and province of Ulster, on the road from Carricikmacross to Bailieborough; containing, with the post-town of Kingscourt (which is described under its own head). 10,368 inhabitants. This place, anciently the principal seat of the Danes,was called Dunaree, and still retains that name; it is surrounded by Danish forts, and on the summits of the neighbouring hills great quantities of money and of ancient military weapons have been dug up at various times. The parish comprises 23,814 statute acres, of which about 500 are woodland, from 200 to 300 bog, and the remainder under tillage; the system of agriculture is greatly improved, and great quantities of bog and waste land have been reclaimed. Limestone abounds; there are excellent quarries of every kind of building stone, and near the rock at Carrickleck is very superior freestone, which is extensively worked for flagstones and pillars of large dimensions On the estate of Lord Gormanstown, in the Meath district, are coal, lead and iron ore, but none is raised at present; a coal mine and an alabaster quarry were formerly worked, but have been discon-tinued.
[From Lewis' Topographical Dictionary (1837)]


Church Records

  • "1802 Protestants in Enniskeen parish" Irish Ancestor, 1973

Description & Travel


Farmhouse at Cornamagh,
Co. Cavan

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The transcription for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.



  • Who did Mr William RAYBOURNE marry at Enniskeen in 1757? For the answer look here, you won't be disappointed?!

Historical Geography

The townland of Enniskeen and the town of KINGSCOURT are both in the parish of Enniskeen.


Land & Property

  • Pratt: Rentals
    • 1837-63, NLI Ms 3021
    • 1837-55, NLI Ms 3284


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Military Records