Belcoo, vil. with ry. sta., 9 miles SW. of Enniskillen,
W. co. Fermanagh.
Beld Craig, romantic dell, in par. and 3£ miles SE.
of Moffat, Dumfriesshire.
Belderg, small bay, co. Mayo, 5 m. W. of Ballycastle.
Belfast, pari, and mun. bor., manufacturing and
seaport town, and the principal town of Ulster,
chiefly in Shankill par., co. Antrim, but partly
also in Holy wood and Knockbreda pars., co. Down,
at the influx of the Lagan to Belfast Lough, 113
miles N. of Dublin by rail, 129 from Glasgow, and
160 from Liverpool — mun. bor., 5991 ac., pop.
208,122 ; pari, bor., pop. 221,600 ; 6 Banks, 11
newspapers. Market-days, Tuesday and Friday. On
the land side the city is bounded and sheltered by a
lofty and picturesque ridge of hills, which ends abruptly
in the basaltic eminence of Cave Hill (1185 ft.). It
presents a clean, prosperous, and business-like appear¬
ance, and possesses wide and regular streets, elegant
and substantial buildings, and beautiful environs. An
insignificant vil. in 1612, when Scotch and English
colonists first settled there, Belfast is now the chief seat
of the trade and mfrs. of Ireland, and the second port
next to Dublin. Of its numerous educational institu¬
tions, the most important is Queens College, opened
in 1849; it has professorships in arts, law, medicine,
and science, including engineering and agriculture.
The staple mfrs. are linen and cotton; and bleaching,
dyeing, and calico-printing are extensively carried on.
Some of the flax-mills are very large. There are flour
and oil mills; chemical works ; iron foundries; brew¬
eries, distilleries; alabaster and barilla mills; ship¬
building (on Queens island), rope, and sailcloth yards.
Pork curing is an important branch of trade. The
docks and wharfage have become very extensive.
Steamers sail daily to and from Liverpool, Glasgow,
Fleetwood, Barrow, and Ardrossan ; and once or twice
a week to Dublin, Cork, Bristol, London, Havre, &e.
(For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) The borough
returns 4 members to Parliament—4 divisions, viz.,
East, South, West, and North, 1 member for each
Belfast Castle, a seat of the Marquis of Donegal, 3
m. from Belfast, co. Antrim, on SE. side of Cave Hill.
Belfast, Lower and Upper, 2 bars., SE. co. Antrim,
56,159 ac., pop. 23,467; and 32,942 ac., pop. 16,436.
Belfast Lough, or Carrickfergus Bay, between the
cos. of Antrim and Down, is about 12 miles long, with
an average breadth of 3 miles; it forms an exceedingly
safe and commodious haven.
Belford, par. and market townwith ry. sta., N.
Northumberland, 15 miles SE. of Berwick, near the
sea and opposite the Farne islands—par., 9945 ac.,
pop. 1532; township, 2863 ac., pop. 924; P.O., T.O., 1
Bank. Market-day, Thursday; contains Belford Hall.
Belgard Castle, seat, in co. and 5 miles SW. of
Belgooly, vil., 4 miles E. of Kinsale, S. co. Cork,
pop. 120; P.O., t.o.
Bclgrave, par. and township, in N. of co. and 1
mile NE. of Leicester, on river Soar—par., 3450 ac.,
pop. 8892; township, pop. 7260; P.O., t.o.
Belgravia, southern part of the W. End of London,
including Belgrave and Eaton Squares.
Belhavel, seat and lough, 6 miles S. of Manor Hamil¬
ton, mid. co. Leitrim.
Belhavcn, q.s. par. and coast vil., 1 mile W. of Dun¬
bar, NE. Haddingtonshire, pop. 1351; vil., pop. 427.
Belhelvie, coast par. and hamlet, 8 miles N. of
Aberdeen, E. Aberdeenshire, 12,184 ac., pop. 1850; P.O.
Belidden, a recess in the cliffs forming a natural
amphitheatre, on S. coast of Cornwall, 1 mile NE. of
Belivat, hamlet and small lake, 7 miles SE. of Nairn,
Bella—-. See also Balla and Bally .
Bella, rivulet, E. Ayrshire, flowing 8 miles W. to
Glenmore water, with which it forms the river Lugar.
Bellabeg, seat, 6½ m. NE. of Ballater, Aberdeensh.
Bellacorrick Bridge, hamlet, 17 miles W. of
Ballina, NW. co. Mayo ; P.O.
Belladrum, seat, Kiltarlity par., Inverness-shire,
4 miles S. of Beauly.
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