"Knocktopher", a town and parish in the barony of Knocktopher, county of Kilkenny, Ireland, and province of Leinster, 10 miles (S.) from Kilkenny. on the road to Waterford; containing 1518 inhabitants, of which number, 475 are in the town. This place was the principal residence of the Butlers, Earls of Ormonde, of whom James, the second Earl, in 1356, founded a monastery for Carmelite friars, of which the first prior, Henry Brown, received two parts of the temporalities of the see of Ossory, then in the King's hands; and the last prior, William, was made bishop of that diocese by Edward VI. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, united by act of council, in 1676, to the rectories and vicarages of Kilneddy, Aughaviller, Kiltorkin, Der[ry]nahensy, Kilkeril, Kilkeasy and Donemagan, together forming the union of Knocktopher, in the patronage of the Bishop. The glebe-house is situated on a glebe of 16 acres, and there are other glebe lands in the union, comprising 25 acres. In the R. C. divisions the parish is the head of a union or district called Ballyhale, comprising also the parishes of Derrynahinch, Aughaviller, and Kilkeasy, and part of the parishes of Burnchurch, Jerpoint, and Kells; and containing five chapels, of which the chapel of Knocktopher is a neat edifice. About 150 children are taught in two public schools; and there are three private schools, in which are 250 children.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]
Civil Parish: Knocktopher. RC Parish: Ballyhale.
Earliest Records: b. Feb 1843; m. May 1843.
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Civil Roman Catholic Time FHLC parish parish period number Knocktopher Aghaviller pt not available Ballyhale pt not available Knocktopher pt 1782-1833 0926203 1834-1880 0926203
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 Knocktopher Ballyboodan 276 Ossory Knocktopher Barrettstown 576 Ossory Knocktopher Baunanattin 22 Ossory Knocktopher Common 4 Ossory Knocktopher Coolmore 299 Ossory Knocktopher Danesrath 335 Ossory Knocktopher Earlsgrove 108 Ossory Knocktopher Glebe 24 Ossory Knocktopher Knocktopher Commons 187 Ossory Knocktopher Knocktopherabbey 228 Ossory Knocktopher Knocktophermanor 257 Ossory Knocktopher Moanroe Commons 68 Ossory Knocktopher Monyheige Commons 30 Ossory Knocktopher Ricesland 65 Ossory Knocktopher Sheepstown 572 Ossory Knocktopher Ballygeardra 793 Ossory Knocktopher Bowersacre 1 Ossory Knocktopher Carrickshock Commons 47 Ossory Knocktopher Carrigeen 46 Ossory Knocktopher Castlecolumb 364 Ossory Knocktopher Kilcurl (Anglesey) 113 Ossory Knocktopher Kilcurl (Feronsby) 141 Ossory Knocktopher Whitecastle Lower 127 Ossory Knocktopher Whitecastle Upper 27 Ossory
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