Co. Antrim from Pigot's Directory, 1824

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Co. Antrim from Pigot's Directory, 1824

Post by irishgen » 15 Jul 2004, 21:28

(extracted from Pigot's Directory 1824)
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HISTORICAL DESCRIPTION OF Co. Antrim

The COUNTY of ANTRIM is bounded on the north by the Atlantic,
on the east by the Irish Channel, on the south by the county
of Down, and on the west by Lough Neagh and Londonderry. Its
greatest extent from north to south is about 42 Irish miles;
and from east to west about twenty-four. Its superficial contents comprise 420,999. acres Irish plantation measure, including bogs, mountain and waste. It contains eight baronies, exclusive of the county of the town of Carrickfergus:- Upper and Lower Massarene, Upper and Lower Antrim, Upper and Lower Toome, Kilconway, Upper and Lower Dunluce, Carey, Upper and Lower Glenarm, Upper and Lower Belfast, and these are subdivided into seventy-seven parishes. The surface of Antrim is level along the river Bann, and the general soil of the plains and valleys
is a strong loam; in some places gravely and sandy soils prevail. Besides the Bann, the country is watered by several small rivers-the Bush, which falling first westerly from the north eastern upland, turns to the north, and seven miles afterwards joins the sea at Bush Mills;- the Maine, proceeding from a small lake north of Clogh, runs in a broad channel with finely wooded banks by Randalstown, parallel, but in an opposite course, to the Bann, until it merges in Lough Neagh;- the Six Mile, Water, which, from
towards Larne flows by Antrim to Lough Neagh at its north eastern
angle. The shores of the Bann, and those of the Maine, are alike
productive; and with the exclusion of the north-eastern mountains,
the generality of the land is fertile; much of it under excellent culture. Coal is worked at Ballycastle, where occur iron ore and steatites, and, in its neighbourhood basalt; crystals are found near the source of the Maine, and curious pebbles on its banks; ochres near Connor; and granite five miles north of Belfast.

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