County Sligo  Ireland

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In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described County Sligo like this:

Sligo.-- a maritime co. of Connaught province, bounded N. by the Atlantic Ocean, E. by co. Leitrim, SE. by co. Roscommon, S. by cos. Roscommon and Mayo, and W. by co. Mayo and Killala Bay; greatest length, N. and S., 40 miles; greatest breadth, E. and W., 37 miles; average breadth 18 miles; coast-line about 60 miles; area, 461,796 ac. ...

(12,740 water), or 272 per cent, of the total area of Ireland; pop. 111,578, of whom 9079 per cent, are Roman Catholics, 774 Protestant Episcopalians, 078 Presbyterians, and 076 Methodists. The coast, along which are Donegal, Sligo, and Killala bays, is low and sandy. The surface of the main body of the co. gradually rises from the coast to the ridges of the Ox Mountains, whence it descends into the valleys of the Moy and other streams. The narrow district to the N. of the town of Sligo is chiefly occupied with mountains, the surface shelving down to a low sandy waste by the coast. The largest loughs are Gill, Arrow, Gara, Easky, and Talt. Limestone and mica slate are the prevailing rocks; old red sandstone occurs in the extreme N. Much of the soil is fertile, especially in the vicinity of Sligo. (For agricultural statistics, see Appendix.) Coarse woollens and friezes are manufactured for home use. The coast fisheries are extensive, and the streams afford good angling. The co. comprises 6 bars.- Carbury, Coolavin, Corran, Leyny, Tireragh, and Tirerrill, 37 pars, and 4 parts of pars., and the town of Sligo and part of Baliina. For parliamentary purposes the county is divided into 2 divisions - viz., North Sligo and South Sligo, 1 member for each division.

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How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of County Sligo | Map and description for the county, A Vision of Ireland through Time.


Date accessed: 20th June 2024

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