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Lurgan

market town, Craigavon district (established 1973), formerly in County Armagh, central Northern Ireland. In 1610 James I granted land to John Brownlow, who formed an English colony there. By the end of the 17th century, linen manufacture, which is still the chief industry, was established. James Logan emigrated from Lurgan in 1699 to become one of the founders of Pennsylvania. Lurgan Castle (now Brownlow House) was built in 1836. Pop. (2001) 24,788.

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