The Ordnance Survey Memoirs are a uniquely detailed source for the history of the northern half of Ireland immediately before the Great Famine. They were written in the 1830s to accompany the 6" Ordnance Survey maps, but with one exception were not published at the time. In this new edition they act as a nineteenth-century Domesday book and are essential to the understanding of the cultural heritage of our communities. The Memoirs document the landscape and situation, buildings and antiquities, land-holdings and population, employment and livelihood of the parishes.
This volume contains the Memoirs for the town and extensive parish of Dungiven in the Upper Roe Valley. The reports provide a wealth of information on the history and traditions of the regions, as well as documenting employment, commerce and agriculture. Social life is equally well covered through habits of the people, health, education and emigration. The material provides a unique insight into life in this area over one hundred and fifty years ago.