In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described County Tyrone like this:
Tyrone, an inland co. of Ulster province, Ireland; is bounded NE. by co. Londonderry, E. by Lough Neagh, SE. by co. Armagh, S. by co. Monaghan, SW. by co. Fermanagh, and NW. by co. Donegal; greatest length, NW. and SE., 48 miles; greatest breadth, NE. and SW., 38 miles; average breadth, 28 miles; area, 806,658 ac. ...
(31,403 water), or 379 per cent, of the total area of Ireland; pop. 197,719, of whom 5575 per cent, are Roman Catholics, 2274 Episcopalians, 1975 Presbyterians, and 178 Methodists. The surface in general is hilly and irregular; it rises into mountains of about 2000 ft. on the NE. border, and becomes level towards Lough Neagh on the E. The soil in the lower districts is very fertile and highly cultivated. (For agricultural statistics, see Appendix.) Coal is worked near Lough Neagh and in the neighbourhood of Dungannon; marble is quarried near the boundary with Monaghan; old red sandstone occurs in the district around Omagh; mica slate and limestone prevail among the mountains. The chief mfrs. are linens, woollens, and coarse earthenware. The principal rivers are the Foyle, the Blackwater, the Mourne, and the Ballinderry. The co. comprises 8 bars.- Clogher, Dungannon (Lower, Middle, and Upper), Omagh (East and West), Strabane (Lower and Upper); 46 pars.; and the towns of Omagh (the capital), Strabane, Dungannon, Cookstown, and Aughnacloy. For parl. purposes the co. is divided into 4 divisions - viz., North Tyrone, Mid. Tyrone, East Tyrone, and South Tyrone, each returning 1 member. The representation of Tyrone was increased from 2 to 4 members in 1885.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of County Tyrone | Map and description for the county, A Vision of Ireland through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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