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ID: 7003493
 

Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Westmeath (county)  Westmeath (county)

Coordinates:
Lat: 53 30 00 N  degrees minutes   Lat: 53.5000  decimal degrees
Long: 007 30 00 W  degrees minutes   Long: -7.5000  decimal degrees

Note: County Westmeath in the province of Leinster, Ireland, consists rolling plains and limestone hills, measuring some 681 square miles in area. Westmeath was in Celtic times a part of the ancient kingdom of Meath, later the Anglo-Norman earldom of Meath. In 1541, Westmeath became a separate division and came under the ownership of English landlords. The town of Athlone had military importance as a crossing point on the River Shannon. The county seat and main industrial town is Mullingar. The main economic activity is agriculture, particularly fattened cattle, oats, potatoes, and wheat. The 2003 estimated population is 73,600.

Names:
Westmeath (preferred,C,V,English,U,N)
IarmhĂ­ (C,V,Irish Gaelic,U,N)
Iarmhidh (C,V,Irish Gaelic,U,N)
County Westmeath (C,V,display,English,U,N)

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of Europe (continent)  ....  Europe (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of Ireland (nation)  ........  Ireland (nation) (P)
Hierarchy of Leinster (province)  ............  Leinster (province) (P)
Hierarchy of Westmeath (county)  ................  Westmeath (county) (P)

Place Types:
county (preferred, C)  ............  separated from Meath county in 1541
first level subdivision (C)
agricultural land (C)
earldom (H)  ............  first earl was Hugh de Lacy from early 12th century until its demise in 1241

Sources and Contributors:
County Westmeath..........  [VP]
.............................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 362
IarmhĂ­..........  [VP]
.................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) XII, 606
Iarmhidh..........  [VP]
.................  Blue Guide: Ireland (1979) 46
Westmeath..........  [GRLPSC, VP Preferred]
....................  Blue Guide: Ireland (1979) 46
....................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) 12:606
....................  Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-190
....................  Times Atlas of the World (1992) 215
....................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
Subject: .....  [GRLPSC, VP]
..................  Blue Guide: Ireland (1979) 46
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) XII, 606; 12:606
..................  Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-190
..................  Times Atlas of the World (1992) 215
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 362
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
..........  Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-) accessed 8 Oct. 2003

 

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