Inch, County Down

Parish and Townland (Inch Civil Parish)

[Map]: Map showing the location of County Down in Ireland
[Map]: Map showing the location of Inch in County Down, Ireland

Description of Inch (Also known as Inniscourcy):

INCH, or INNISCOURCY, a parish, in the barony of LECALE, county of DOWN, and province of ULSTER, 2.5 miles (N.) from Downpatrick, on the road to Killyleagh; containing 2857 inhabitants. The parish, which is bounded on the east by Strangford Lough, comprises, according to the Ordnance survey, 6494.25 statute acres, of which 80.25 are water, and 4731 are applotted the tithe act; of these, 200 acres are wood and plantations, 1800 rocky pasture, and the remainder, with the exception of 20 acres of bog, are under tillage and in a high state of cultivation. Over the river Quoile, which here opens into the western branch of Strangford Lough, is a bridge connecting this place with Downpatrick. Adjoining the parish are the very extensive embankments called the water-works, constructed across the lough by Mr. Southwell, in 1748, at which time a large tract of marshy ground was reclaimed. At Ballanacreg is a lead mine, and near it a slate quarry, both of which have been imperfectly worked.

The church, erected in 1742, and enlarged and repaired by a loan from the late Board of First Fruits, in 1831, is a handsome structure with a tower and spire, added in 1784, and a transverse aisle added in 1826. In the R. C. Divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Kilmore, or Crossgar; the chapel is a small building near the extremity of the parish. There are some remains of the Cistertian abbey, situated in a fertile dell near the southern extremity of the parish, and within a quarter of a mile of the cathedral of Down, from which they are separated by the Quoile river, across which is a ferry; the choir is nearly perfect, having three lofty windows at the east end, and two in the north and south walls, with many other interesting details. To the north of the abbey are the ruins of the ancient parish church, a spacious cruciform structure, erected in 1610, partly with the materials of the old abbey; the spacious cemetery is still used as a burial-ground. These ruins, from their style and situation, are exceedingly picturesque."

Extracts from The Samuel Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland 1837 (transcribed by Mel Lockie).


The 1821 - 1851 census returns for Ireland were almost all destroyed in a fire, whereas the 1861 - 1891 census returns were destroyed by the government. However, full details from the 1901 & 1911 Census returns are available (and fully-searchable free-of-charge) on-line on the National Archives of Ireland website.

Townlands, Villages, & Towns of Inch Parish

This is a list of the settlements listed in the GENUKI Gazetteer as being within Inch Civil Parish, with links to the relevent GENUKI Town/Village page where available. Many places straddle parish boundaries, in which case they may be listed under each parish.

Annacloy Townland
Ballygally Townland
Ballynacraig Townland
Ballyrenan Townland
Dunnanelly Townland
Finnabrogue Townland
INCH Parish and Townland
Magheracranmoney Townland
Shooters Island Townland
Turmennan Townland

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Churches & Cemeteries:

The following places of worship and burial are listed in the GENUKI Church & Cemetery Database.

Inch: Church of Ireland
Inch: Methodist (Primitive)
Inch: Roman Catholic
Magheracranmoney: Roman Catholic

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Surnames interests for Inch

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Strays from Inch in Ships' Passenger Lists

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This place is located near to Lat/Lon 54.3373/-5.7343, which you can view on this selection of on-line maps:

Detailed 19th century Ordnance Survey maps for the whole of County Down (at 6 inches to the mile), are available to view at the British Library in London (Reader Ticket needed) and on-line via the OSI Website.

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