Ordnance Survey Field Name Book 1835

Baile Mhaistúin, Mace's or May's town.

Macetown: John O'Donovan.

Macetowne: Down Survey.

Macestowne: Down Survey Map.

Macetowne: Civil Survey 1654 -1656.

This townland is situated on the west side of the parish.

It is bounded on the north by the parish of Ardbraccan and the townland of Philpotstown.

It is bounded on the east by the townlands of Plilpotstown and Williamstown or Bawn.

It is bounded on the south by Bective parish.

It is bounded on the west by the parishes of Ardbraccan and Rataine.

It contains 316 acres 2 roods 22 perches statute measure, all under cultivation. It is the property of Earl Ludlow. Agent, Mr. Maguire of Cavan. It is let at will ( no leases ) at a rent of from 30 shillings to 40 shillings per Irish acre. Size of farms, from 40 to 100 Irish acres. Soil, stiff yellow clay with limestone bottom, producing pretty good crops of wheat, oats and potatoes, but bad crops of flax. The manure used is dung and soil taken out of the ditches. The houses of the tenantry are all of mud and are generally dirty.



The Parliamentary Gazetteer 0f Ireland, 1844-1845, Vol. 2
Macetown, a parish in the barony of Skreen, 5 miles north north east of Dunshaughlin, co. Meath, Leinster. Length, westward, 2 1/2 miles; extreme breadth, 2; area, 1,991 acres, 1 rood, 15 perches. Pop., in 1831, 419; in 1841, 374. Houses 59. The surface consists of middle rate land; and is traversed by the road from Dunshaughlin to Duleek. This parish is a chapelry, and part of the benefice of Kilmessan, in the dio. of Meath, Tithe composition belonging to the incumbent, £10. The rectorial tithes are compounded for £58; and are impropriate in the Marquis of Drogheda. In 1834, the Protestants amounted to 17, and the Roman Catholics to 415; and there was neither church, chapel, nor school.


The Lewis Topographical Directory was first published in 1837 in two volumes, with an accompanying atlas.  The first edition is available online.  A second edition was published in 1842.

Lewis relied on the information provided by local contributors and on the earlier works published such as Coote's Statistical Survey (1801), Taylor and Skinner's Maps of the Road of Ireland (1777), Pigot's Trade Directory (1824) and other sources.  He also used the various parliamentary reports and in particular the census of 1831 and the education returns of the 1820s and early 1830s.  Local contributors were given the proof sheets for final comment and revision.  The names of places are those in use prior to the publication of the Ordnance Survey Atlas in 1838.  Distances are in Irish miles (the statute mile is 0.62 of an Irish mile).

Macetown, a parish, in the barony of Skreen, county of Meath, and province of Leinster, 4 1/2 miles (N. E.) from Dunshaughlin, and near the road from Ratoath to Navan; containing 419 inhabitants.  It comprises 1572 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act; the land is of medium quality.  It is a chapelry, in the diocese of Meath, forming part of the union of Kilmessan: the rectory is impropriate in the Marquess of Drogheda.  The tithes amount to £68, of which £58 is payable to the impropriator, and £10 to the incumbent.  In the R. C. divisions it is part of the union or district of Skryne.  Here are the ruins of an ancient castle.