The Ordnance Survey Memoirs are a uniquely detailed source for the history of the northern half of Ireland immediately before the Great Famine. They were written in the 1830s to accompany the Ordnance Survey maps, but were not published at the time.
In these new editions they act as a 19th century Domesday book and are essential to the understanding of the cultural heritage of their communities. They document the landscape and situation, buildings and antiquities, land-holdings and population, and employment and livelihood of the parishes.
This volume contains the Memoirs for 6 parishes and granges in south-west Antrim, covering an area from Conor to the northern shores of Lough Neagh. The towns of Kells, Connor, Randalstown and Toome are well documented and there is a fine description of Shane's Castle, the ancient seat of the O'Neill's.