the northern half of Ireland immediately before the Great Famine. They
were written in the 1830s to accompany the 6'' ordnance survey maps, but
with one exception were not published at the time. In this new edition
they act as a nineteenth century Domesday book and are essential to the
understanding of the cultural heritage of our communities. The Memoirs
document the landscape and situation, buildings and antiquities,
land-holdings and population, employment and liveihood of the parishes.
This volume contains the Memoirs for 13 parishes in Lower Lough Erne and
describes the towns of Ballinamallard, Belleek, Derrygonnelly, Ederny,
Garrison, Irvinestown, Kesh and Lisbellaw, with their surrounding areas and
islands, many with antiquities and ancient ecclesiastical foundations. The
material paints a fascinating picture of the rural economy on land and
lough, documenting the farming and fishing communities, and the different
cultural traditions prevailing. We are provided with a unique insight into
life in this area over one hundred and fifty years ago.
Illustration: Round tower and church at Devenish, Co.Fermanagh, by J.
Franklin, from Ireland, its scenery and character (London, 1846 edition) by
Mr and Mrs S.C. Hall.