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From: "R L Bradley" <>
Subject: Re: [Sc-Ir] Property terms and dimensions in Ireland
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 18:21:24 -0500
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5.5 yards = 1 rod

Perch Old unit of length - same as rod and pole. 16.5 feet.

The acre is the only unit of area in common use, other than the square-foot,
and the square mile. The rood is an area of 1 furlong by 1 rod, or 1210 sq.
yds. An acre is four roods. An acre is traditionally thought of as the area
that could be ploughed by a team of oxen in a morning without tiring them.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Nancy Jewel"

> Can someone explain to me the terms Rods,and perches
> as I understand acreage ,but not the rest.
> I have been putting in copious notes on people in my
> database from Ireland and their land dimensions.
> Does anyone know what the true measure of these terms
> are?
> thanks for your help
> Nancy
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