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

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Map (1883) by Letts & Co., of Ireland no. 2, featuring county Londonderry, and highlighting the locations of the towns of Kilrea and Tamlaght, and of Lislea townland.


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


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).