"Callan", an incorporated market and post-town, and a parish (formerly a parliamentary borough), partly in the barony of Shillelogher, but chiefly in that of Kells, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 8 miles (S. by W.) from Kilkenny, and 65 1/2 miles (S. W. by S.) from Dublin; containing 6112 inhabitants. This is a place of considerable antiquity, and was the territory or ancient inheritance of the O'Glohernys and the O'Coillys or O'Callans: the Fforstalls or Forestalls, Butlers, and Comerfords had fortified castles here, the ruins of some of which yet exist. It was a walled town, as appears from the divers grants of murage to the local authorities.
The town is situated on the King's river, and on the mail coach road from Dublin, by way of Clonmel, to Cork; it is chiefly the property of the Viscount Clifden, and consists of four streets meeting in the centre, and in point of size ranks the second in the county. This appears to be a corporation by subscription; and it is recorded that William Mareschal, or Marshall, granted a charter to it in 1217.
The parish comprises 4700 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and valued at £5798 per annum; about 600 acres were enclosed under an act in 1831. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, united by council, in 1763, to the rectories and vicarages of Tullaroan, Tullamain, Coolaghmore, Killaloe, and Ballycallan, together forming the union of Callan, in the alternate patronage of the Crown and the Marquess of Ormonde. There are two churches in the union, one at Callan, and the other at Ballycallan. The parish church, which was very extensive, was formerly occupied by Canons Regular of the order of St. Augustine, under an abbot: the ante-chapel is in ruins, but displays two windows of beautiful design. The church at Ballycallan, distant about 4 miles, is a small edifice, built about 60 years since at the request of several of the inhabitants. There is no glebe-house: the glebe lands of the union are in divers places, and comprise 32 acres. In the R. C. divisions the parish is partly in the union or district of Ballycallan; and the remainder forms the head of a union, comprising also of the parishes of Coolaghmnore, Tullmain, Earlstown, and part of that of Kells, called Mallardstown. The latter union or district contains three parochial chapels, situated respectively at Callan, Newtown, and Coolagh.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]
Civil Parish: Callan. RC Parish: Callan; also part Ballycallan.
Callan - Earliest Records: b. Jan 1821; m. Jan 1821.
Ballycallan - Earliest Records: b. May 1820; m. Jul 1820.
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Civil Roman Catholic Time FHLC parish parish period number Callan Callan 1821-1880 0926189
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
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Townlands (1851)Parish Townland Acres Diocese Callan Ballyclovan 192 Ossory Callan Ballyclovan Meadows 42 Ossory Callan Ballywalter 230 Ossory Callan Baunoge 159 Ossory Callan Baunreagh 6 Ossory Callan Baunta 90 Ossory Callan Baunta Commons 418 Ossory Callan Bennettsmeadow 2 Ossory Callan Bigmeadow 14 Ossory Callan Blackstaff 23 Ossory Callan Bolton 133 Ossory Callan Broadmore 102 Ossory Callan Callan North 21 Ossory Callan Callan South 96 Ossory Callan Cannafahy 31 Ossory Callan Cappahenry 12 Ossory Callan Cappahenry East 49 Ossory Callan Cappass 56 Ossory Callan Castletobin 85 Ossory Callan Castletobin East 11 Ossory Callan Castletobin West 67 Ossory Callan Clashacollare 84 Ossory Callan Commoge 13 Ossory Callan Coolalong 79 Ossory Callan Corbally 61 Ossory Callan Cornyeal 12 Ossory Callan Crossoge 3 Ossory Callan Curkacrone 45 Ossory Callan Dirtystep 31 Ossory Callan Drimeen 59 Ossory Callan Drimeen North 26 Ossory Callan Drimeen South 5 Ossory Callan Earlsland 61 Ossory Callan Foulksrath 162 Ossory Callan Graiguesmeadow 8 Ossory Callan Haggartsgreen 109 Ossory Callan Kilbride 2 Ossory Callan Kilbride Glebe 39 Ossory Callan Kilminnick East 18 Ossory Callan Kilminnick West 68 Ossory Callan Kylevehagh Commons 83 Ossory Callan Lintaun 86 Ossory Callan Loughooly 23 Ossory Callan Maxtown 119 Ossory Callan Minnauns 197 Ossory Callan Moanamought Commons 53 Ossory Callan Moankeal Commons 44 Ossory Callan Moanmore Commons 281 Ossory Callan Molassy 169 Ossory Callan Monarche Commons 389 Ossory Callan Mullaunglass 4 Ossory Callan Pawlerth 53 Ossory Callan Prologue 39 Ossory Callan Riversfield 69 Ossory Callan Sheskin Commons 7 Ossory Callan Skeaghacloran 204 Ossory Callan Slade 157 Ossory Callan Tinnamoona 59 Ossory Callan Westcourt Commons 118 Ossory Callan Westcourt Demesne 140 Ossory Callan Westcourt North 466 Ossory Callan Westcourt South 19 Ossory Callan Whitesland 106 Ossory
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