The parish is situated on the north-eastern part of Cork harbour, and comprises 3434 statute acres, of which about 100 are woodland, 2500 arable, 700 pasture, and the remainder marshy and waste land: the substratum is limestone, which is here solely used for agricultural purposes; the system of husbandry is improving.
At Ballyannan, in this parish, was the country residence of Lord Chancellor Midleton, several times one of the Lords Justices, but the mansion is in ruins.
The principal seats are Ballintobber, the residence of - Heard, Esq; Rossmore, of T. Coppinger, Esq.; Ballyannan, of J. Adams, Esq.; and Ballyhoody, of - Wigmore, Esq. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Cloyne, and in the patronage of the Bishop; the tithes amount to £809.3. 10. Divine service is performed in a private house, which is licensed by the bishop, until the re-erection of the church. In the R. C. divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Carrigtohill. The male and female parochial schools are aided by a donation of £8 per annum from the rector; they afford instruction to about 30 children; and in two private schools are about 90 children.
from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837.
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
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