Bailieborough, Cavan Genealogy

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Ireland Gotoarrow.png County Armagh Gotoarrow.png Bailieborough Civil Parish

The following information is a starting point for records about the civil parish of Bailieborough. The information is based on locations and records before 1922.

Historical Overview


Also known as Moybologue, the parish is a market and post town mostly within the barony of Clankee and partly within the barony of Castlerahan. The living is a united rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Kilmore, and in the patronage of the Bishop.

The parish of Bailieborough is partly in the Roman Catholic union or district of Bailieboro, Killan or Shercock, and partly in that of Kilmainham and Tivorcher, diocese of Kilmore.

There were two Presbyterian chapels and one Wesleyian Methodist chapel in the parish.


The parish is surrounded by the parishes of Enniskeen, Kilinkere, Knockbride, Moybolgue, and Shercock. Bailieborough is located in the poor law union of Bailieborough.

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The towns and villages of Bailieborough, Drumbannan, Killan, Lisgar, and Urcher have cemeteries, with Bailieborough having a Roman Catholic cemetery.


The purpose of a census was to gather information about people who lived in an area. While the government began census taking in 1821, only fragments exist before 1901. Censuses for 1901 and 1911 are available. Read more about the records in the Ireland Census article.

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Church records

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Civil Registration

Government registration of births and deaths began in 1864. Registration of Protestant marriages began in 1845, with all marriages being registered by 1864. Go to the Ireland Civil Registration article to read more about these records.

Land records

The Registry of Deeds started in 1708. Land transactions were recorded, including immovable property passed on in a will and property given to a daughter at her marriage. Read more about these records in the Ireland Land and Property article.

Probate records

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School records

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Tax records

The valuation of property for tax purposes was started in the 1840s by Richard Griffith. A tax paid to the church, call Tithe Applotments, began in the 1820s. Read about these records in the Ireland Taxation and Ireland Land and Property articles. Add records for this parish that you know about.

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