Rataine Cottage

Rataine Cottage is located on the road between Robinstown and Dunderry. In 1835 Rataine cottage was described as a very neat cottage on the south side of the townland of Rataine. It had about 30 acres of land attached to it and was the residence of Captain Preston in 1835. The townland was held by Rev. Joseph Preston of Bellinter.

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Retaine, or Rathayne, a parish in the barony of Lower Navan, 3 1/2 miles north north east of Trim, co. Meath, Leinster.  Length, eastward, 2 3/4 miles; extreme breadth, 1 1/4; area, 1,631 acres, 3 roods, l l perches. Pop., in 1831, 370; in 1841, 403. Houses 71. The surface consists wholly of profitable land; and is traversed across its east end by the road from Trim to Navan. The seats are Philpotstown house and Rataine cottage, the former the residence of John T. Young, Esq.  This parish is a rectory, and part of the benefice ofArdbraccan, in the dio. of Meath.  The tithe composition is returned in cumulo with that of the other rectories of the benefice.  In 1834, the Protestants amounted to 9, and the Roman Catholics to 373; and there was neither church, chapel, nor school.

Source: Irish Parliamentary Gazzateer, 1845


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).

RATAINE, or RATHYNE, a parish, in the barony of Lower Navan, county of Meath, and province of Leinster, 3 miles (N. E.) from Trim, on the road from Bective Bridge to Athboy ; containing 370 inhabitants, and comprising 1576 statute acres of profitable land.  It is a rectory, in the diocese of Meath, forming part of the union of  and subject to a crown rent of £6 per ann.: the tithes amount to £121. 13.  In the R. C. divisions it is part of the union or district of Dunderry.