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diately eastward of Ballyfarnon, has greatly facilitated the reclaiming of the highlands; enables the mountaineers to bring their produce down to the market, and the sandstone to the town, while they carry back shop goods to their families, and lime for the improvement of their farms. The towns-people, and neighbours of Ballyfarnon, are also brought, hereby, in immediate communication with the collieries. Keadue is another post-town within the parish, but the mails of this district are carried off from points of the direct coach-road by post-boysthose here, from Carrick, and those of Ballyfarnon, from Boyle. Keadue contains 37 houses, a plain chapel, capable of accommodating a congregation of about 500, but much too small for the parishioners; a market-house, a dispensary, a small sessions-house, and a police-barrack. The population of this town, though it is of old foundation, is less than that of Ballyfarnon, being, according to the last Census, but 220; its backwardness must be attributed to the prolonged absence of its late proprietor, Mr. Thomas Tenison, but his non-residence was necessitated by a visitation of sickness, that ultimately terminated his existence, at Florence, in the close of the
year 1843. There were patents for holding eight fairs here, but they have not been acted upon of late.
About midway between these two towns, close to the parish church of Kilronan, and extending along the shore of Lough Meelagh, is situated the demesne of Captain Edward King Tenison, the only brother and heir of the above-mentioned Mr. T. Tenison. The name of the mansion-house, formerly Castle Tenison, has been, in deference to the old associations of the place, altered by him to Kilronan Castle. It is beautifully situated on a swelling knoll, overlooking the two lakes, Lough Skean at north, and Lough Meelagh immediately at its foot. It is, as shewn by the annexed engraving, a spacious edifice, in form nearly square, three stories in height, embattled on the summit, and topped at each angle by a round minaret. Subterranean passages, as at Rockingham, remove the menials, and household operations, from undesirable intrusion. The hall and staircase are very handsome, and the rooms spacious. In the parlour is preserved a very beautiful cabinet, embellished with scriptural paintings, and many riosities and ornaments, of continental acquisition, are arranged through the place. Near the church is the grand entrance to the demesne, having a curious gateway, porch, gate-house, and grotto, of the rubblestone before alluded to.
A MEMOIR OF THE FAMILY OF TENISON," OR
TENNYSON.” The family, thus found located in the district of the present inquiry, derives its origin from England, where, at a very remote period, it is traceable in the records and history of the country. So early as in the reign of Edward the First it was represented, in Oxfordshire, in the persons of Henry, John, and William • Tunesende,” mentioned in the Hundred Rolls of that time. Passing thence eastward, the name was subsequently established in