"Clare, a county of Ireland, province of Munster, 55 miles long
and 38 broad; bounded on the W by the Atlantic, N by Galway, and E and S
by the Shannon, which separates it from Tipperary, Limerick, and Kerry.
It is divided into 79 parishes, has two market towns, and sends three members
to parliament. It breeds more horses than any other county in Ireland, beside
a great number of cattle and sheep. Pop. 209,595. Capital, Ennis" from The New London Gazetteer 1826