Lloyd's Tour of Clare, 1780
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County Clare

THIS County in the Province of Munster, is situate South West, by West of Dublin. Bounded on the North East, by the black heathy Mountains of the County of Galway, on the North-West, by Malbay, on the West, by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the South-East by East, by the great River Shannon, which divides it from the Counties of Kerry, Limerick, and Tipperary; it contains 74 Parishes, 9 Baronies, and one Borough Town; sends four Members to Parliament, it is about 70 Miles long and 30 broad; from its agreeable situation, the Climate is remarkably wholesome, the Air clear and temperate, and the Prospect pure and delightful, the Land for the most Part, is extremely good for Tillage and Pasture; and its horn’d Cattle for Size and Quality, equal to any in the Kingdom, it has some high Mountainous Ground, a good deal of which, is Arable and choice rearing; the Soil produces good Grain as any in the Neighbouring Counties. Nor is this Country for these two Staple Commodities, Beef and Butter, inferior to any other.

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