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

Armagh.-- an inland co., prov. Ulster, bounded N. by co. Tyrone and Lough Neagh, E. by co. Down, S. by Louth, and W. by cos. Monaghan and Tyrone. Greatest length N. and S., 32 miles; greatest breadth E. and W., 20 miles. Area, 328,086 ac. (311,048 ac. land and 17,038 water). Pop. 163,177, of whom 75,709 were Roman Catholics, 53,390 Protestant Episcopalians, 26,077 Presbyterians, and 4884 Methodists. ...


The surface rises with gentle undulations from the shores of Lough Neagh to the hilly dists. of the S. and SE.; chief summit Slieve Gullion, 1893 ft. The rivers are the Bann, Blackwater, Callan, and Newry. The soil is generally fertile, and there is much bog. (For agricultural statistics, see Appendix.) Linen is the staple mfr.; there is also cotton. The co. comprises 8 bars., 28 pars. and parts of pars., part of the parl. bor. of Newry, the city of Armagh, and the towns of Lurgan, Portadown, and Tanderagee. For parliamentary purposes it is divided into 3 divisions, viz., North, Mid, and South, 1 member for each division.

Vision of Ireland presents long-run change by redistricting historical statistics to modern units. However, none of our modern units covers an area close to that of County Armagh. If you want trends covering a particular location within the county, find it on our historical maps and then select "Tell me more".

How to reference this page:

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

URL: https://www.visionofireland.org/place/20021

Date accessed: 23rd May 2024


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