"Fiddown", a parish and village, in the barony of Iverk, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, on the high road from Kilkenny to Carrick; containing, with the post-town of Pilltown, 4296 inhabitants, of which number, 193 are in the village. This parish, the name of which is said to be derived from Fiodh. "a wood," and Doon, a "rath" or "fort," is bounded on the west by the river Lingawn, which is crossed by a good stone bridge, and on the south by the river Suir; it comprises 10,485 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. The village of Fiddown consists of 36 houses, and has fairs on April 25th, June 10th, Sept. 29th, and Nov. 30th. It is situated on the bank of the river Suir, which is navigable throughout the extent of the parish for vessels of large burden, and abounds with excellent salmon and trout. Besborough, the fine old mansion of the Earl of Besborough, is situated in a well-wooded park of more than 500 acres. The house, which is built of hewn blue limestone, is 100 feet in front by 80 feet in depth; the great hall is supported by four Ionic columns of Kilkenny marble, each of a single stone 10 1/2 feet high; it was erected in 1744. The principal seats are Belline, Fanningstown, Tyburoughny Castle, Willmount, Cookestown, Garrynarca, and the glebe-house of Rev. W. Gregory. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, united by act of council, in 1689, to the rectories of Owning and Bewley, and Tubrid, and the rectories and vicarages of Castlane and Tipperaghney, and in the patronage of the Bishop. The glebe-house was built in 1817; and the glebe comprises 48 acres. The church is situated in the village, on the site of an abbey, of which St. Maidoc or Momoedoc is said to have been abbot in 590. In the R. C. divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Templeorum; the chapel at Pilltown. In the schools at Pilltown, an infants' school, and a national school at Tubbernabrona, about 300 children are instructed: there are also a private school, in which are about 40 children, and two Sunday schools.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]


Church Records

Civil Parish: Fiddown. RC Parish: Owning and Templeorum.
Earliest Records: b. Oct 1803; m. Aug 1815; d. Sep 1803.

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

 Civil           Roman Catholic  Time            FHLC 
parish           parish           period           number 
Fiddown         Mooncoin        1856-1880       0979702
Owning          Templeorum      not available 

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


Historical Geography

Townlands (1851)
 Parish         Townland                Acres   Diocese 
Fiddown         Ardclone                291     Ossory     
Fiddown         Ashtown                 766     Ossory     
Fiddown         Ballyglassoon           160     Ossory     
Fiddown         Ballygown               405     Ossory     
Fiddown         Ballynametagh           86      Ossory     
Fiddown         Ballypatrick            38      Ossory     
Fiddown         Banagher                221     Ossory     
Fiddown         Belline & Rogerstown    648     Ossory     
Fiddown         Brenar                  311     Ossory     
Fiddown         Cashel or Tobernafauna  79      Ossory     
Fiddown         Corbally                824     Ossory     
Fiddown         Corloughan              356     Ossory     
Fiddown         Dowling                 440     Ossory     
Fiddown         Fiddown                 466     Ossory     
Fiddown         Fiddown Island          40      Ossory     
Fiddown         Glenbower               244     Ossory     
Fiddown         Gortrush                396     Ossory     
Fiddown         Jamestown               255     Ossory     
Fiddown         Kildalton               799     Ossory     
Fiddown         Kilmanahin              237     Ossory     
Fiddown         Kilmogue                654     Ossory     
Fiddown         Mullenbeg               743     Ossory     
Fiddown         Oldcourt                517     Ossory     
Fiddown         Raheen                  584     Ossory     
Fiddown         Rogerstown & Belline    648     Ossory     
Fiddown         Sandpits                158     Ossory     
Fiddown         Templeorum              252     Ossory     
Fiddown         Tinnakilly              262     Ossory     
Fiddown         Tobernabrone            602     Ossory     
Fiddown         Tobernafauna or Cashel  79      Ossory     
Fiddown         Turkstown               260     Ossory     


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