County Fermanagh  Ireland

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

Fermanagh, inland co. of Ulster, Ireland; is surrounded by cos. Donegal, Tyrone, Monaghan, Cavan, and Leitrim; greatest length, NW. and SE., 45 miles; greatest breadth, NE. and SW., 27 miles; average breadth, 18 miles; area, 457,369 ac. (46,431 water), or 2.2 per cent. of the total area of Ireland; pop. ...

84,879, of whom 55.8 per cent. are Roman Catholics, 36.4 Episcopalians, 2.0 Presbyterians, and 5.7 Methodists. The surface rises into numerous abrupt eminences of no great elevation; the chief summit is Belmore Mountain, alt. 1312 ft. The great feature of the co. is Lough Erne, which (with the river Erne joining its lower and upper parts) bisects the county throughout its entire length. The loughs are studded with verdant islands, and the whole scenery is picturesque. There is abundance of sandstone and limestone; coal and iron occur. The soil is only of middling quality, and there is much bog. (For agricultural statistics, see Appendix.) The mfr. of coarse linens is carried on. The co. comprises 8 bars.-- Clanawley, Clankelly, Coole, Knockinny, Lurg, Magheraboy, Magherastephana, and Tirkennedy; 23 pars.; and the town of Enniskillen. For parliamentary purposes it is divided into 2 divisions, vix., North Fermanagh and South Fermanagh, 1 member for each division.

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


Date accessed: 16th June 2024

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