"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)]


Church Records

Civil Parish: Knocktopher. RC Parish: Ballyhale.
Earliest Records: b. Feb 1843; m. May 1843.

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

 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 

Description & Travel

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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 
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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