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Letts’s map (1883) of Kilrea, Lislea, & Tamlaght, county Derry

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Map (extract) of county Londonderry & surrounding areas, highlighting the mid-eastern section of the county.

Extract from Letts’s Statistical Map of Ireland, No. 2; depicting from south to north, the towns of Tamlaght, Lislea, Kilrea, and Aghadowey.


Letts’s map (1883) (partial) of county Londonderry with neighbouring counties of Antrim (part), Donegal (part), and Tyrone (part); highlighting the locations of the towns of Kilrea and Tamlaght (O’Crilly), and of Lislea townland, situated at the mid-point of the River Bann (Upper). Citing Rumsey’s note: “Relief shown by hachures and spot heights. Shows classified cities, old provinces, counties, railroads, cathedral towns, lifeboat stations, lights and lighthouses, round towers, etc.”

Towns and parishes:

The area defined by the red circle, in the map above, shows the general area in which our Kilpatrick / Kirkpatrick, McKay, Gordon, and Campbell families lived. This area contains the following towns and parishes in mid-eastern portion of the county of Londonderry, moving from north to south:

  • Garvagh, parish of Errigal
  • Aghadowey, parish of Aghadowey
  • Donald’s Hill (part), parish of Balteagh (part)
  • Moneydig, Desertoghill, and Tamnyrankin, parish of Desertoghill
  • Kilrea town and Lislea townland, parish of Kilrea
  • Tamlaght village, parish of Tamlaght O’Crilly
  • Swatragh, parish of Maghera (part)
  • Carntogher mountain and Killelagh village, parish of Killelagh

Eastwards, across the river Bann, lie the following towns and parishes in the county of Antrim (again, within the red circle):

  • Rasharkin village, parish of Rasharkin
  • Craigs, in the parish of Finvoy
  • Vow, unmarked, but also in the parish of Finvoy, lying on the eastern bank of the river Bann about 2.5 miles north of the town of Kilrea


Driving distance from Kilrea to: Garvagh, 5.9 miles; Maghera, 9.1 miles; Coleraine, 15.3 miles.


Letts & Co. Ltd. Extract from “Statistical Map of Ireland. No. 2.” In, Letts’s Popular Atlas, being a series of maps delineating the whole surface of the globe, with many special and original features; and a copious index of 23,000 names. Complete edition. London: Letts Son & Co. Limited, 33, King William Street, London Bridge, E.C. Factory and works at New Cross, S.E. 1883. From David Rumsey’s Map Collection. Adapted by Alison Kilpatrick (2021).

Source citation for this page: — Kilpatrick, Alison. “Lett’s map (1883) of Kilrea, Lislea, and Tamlaght, County Derry.” Online at Arborealis,, accessed [insert date of access].

Updated 15th Oct. 2023.