Belmont the story of a west offaly townland
This is the story of Belmont, a small but significant townland in West Offaly. In medieval times and earlier it was known by its Gaelic name of An Lios Dearg. With the arrival of the Hollow Sword Blades Company and of Baldwin Crow the name was changed to Bellmount and then to Belmont or the anglicised Lisderg. The conquest of Garrycastle barony by the MacCoghlans of the Fair Castles was superseded by the plantations of Cromwell, King James and the Williamite settlements. Some settlers, the Holmes and the L’Estranges, founded the Belmont Mill which helped local employment and was continued with great success by the Perry family. This is an effort to broadbrush the history of the townland from medieval times to the present.