From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837
MAUDLINTOWN, a parish, in the barony of FORTH, county of WEXFORD, and province of LEINSTER, ¾ of a mile (S. by E.) from the court-house of Wexford: the population is returned with the parish of St. Michael's of Feagh. By an inquisition taken in the 8th of James I., it appears that there was an hospital for lepers here, governed by a master, keeper, or prior, who, with the brethren and sisters, had, in the 19th of Richard II., acquired and appropriated to themselves and successors in perpetuity, contrary to the statute of mortmain, 120 acres of land in Maudlintown and Rochestown, with the tithes of the parish of Ballyvalloo, &c. The parish is situated on the western shore of the harbour of Wexford, and its south-eastern part forms a continuation of the suburb called "The Faithe :" it comprises 1320 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, partly under tillage, and partly occupied by the rugged tract of the trap formation, called the White Rocks. The brewery and malting-house of Mr. Philip Whitty are in this suburb; and within the limits of the parish is Rockland Hall, the seat of W. Talbot, Esq. (father of the Countess of Shrewsbury), situated near the shore of the harbour, of which and of the bay it commands an extensive view. For civil purposes this parish has merged into that of St. Peter's, Wexford. It is a rectory, in the diocese of Ferns, forming part of the union of St. Patrick's, Wexford: the tithes amount to £90. 7. 3 ½.
In the R. C. divisions it is part of the union or district of Wexford. The ruins of the old church, dedicated to St. Maud, still exist.
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