The Parliamentary Gazetteer 0f Ireland 1844-1845 Vol.2.
Drakestown, a parish on the west border of the barony of Morgallion, 4 1/2 miles north east by north of Kells, co. Meath, Leinster. It is traversed by the road from Kells to Ardee. Length, south eastwards, 3 1/4 miles; breadth, from 1/2 to 1 3/4; area, 2692 acre, 3 roods, 9 perches. Pop., in 1831, ---; in 1841, 889. Houses 151. The seats are Leegagh and Raffin. The road from Navan to Kingscourtcourt traverses the interior This parish is a rectory in the dio. of Meath; and that rectory, together with the vicarages of Knock and Castletown Kilpatrick, constitutes the benefice of Drakestown. The three parishes are mutually contiguous. Both the church and the Roman Catholic chapel are in Castletown. In 1834, the Protestants of the parish amounted to 7, and the Roman Catholics to 1,007; the Protestants of the union to 67, and the Roman Catholics to 2,712; a pay daily school in Drakestown had on its books 41 boys and 3 girls; and there was a school also in Castletown.