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Shercock, or Killan, a parish in the barony of Clonkee, county of Cavan, and province of Ulster, 5 miles (N. W.) from Carrickmacross, on the road from Kingscourt to Cootehill containing 4845 inhabitants. It comprises, according to the Ordnance survey, 8221 statute acres : the land, in general good, is chiefly under tillage, producing crops of oats, potatoes and flax. On the townland of Glasleck, about two miles south of the village and contiguous to the Bailieborough road, appears a thick stratum of coal of a very sulphureous quality, also iron ore, but neither is worked: here are several quarries of good building stone. The village, which comprises 82 houses, has a penny post to Carrickmacross, and is a constabulary police station; a manorial court is occasionally held here, for the recovery of debts under 40s., and petty sessions on alternate Thursdays. There is a market for flax, poultry, and pigs every Wednesday, and a corn market every Saturday: and fairs, where horses, cows, sheep, asses, and goats are exposed for sale, take place on the second Wednesday of every month. The weaving of coarse linen was for-merly carried on here to a great extent, but of late years it has considerably diminished.
[From Lewis' Topographical Dictionary (1837)]
[Last updated: 04 October 2004 - Colin Ferguson ]
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