Clare, a central county of the southern peninsula of Michigan, drained by Maskegon and Assemoqua rivers and their branches; area, about 650 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 366. The surface is mostly covered with forests, and diversified with small lakes. The western division of the Flint and Pere Marquette railroad is to touch the S. part. The estimated value of farm productions in 1870 was $8,808; of live stock, $3,035. Capital, Farwell.
Clare, a county in the west of Ireland, province of Munster, bordering on the Atlantic and the counties Galway, Tipperary, Limerick, and Kerry; area, 1,294 sq. m.; pop. in 1871, 147,994, of whom 144,589 were Catholics. It has an extensive coast line, and is rich in natural resources. Its mineral deposits are numerous - ironstone, coal, iron ore, lead, copper pyrites, manganese, black marble, slate and Hag quarries, lime, and sand. Although deficient in water, and with a rugged surface, there is abundance of pasturage among the hills; while on the banks of the Shannon, which forms its southern boundary, and other spots, in which surface waters occasionally collect, there is much fine soil. Corn and provisions are the staple products, and coarse linens and woollens are made for home use. Among the numerous ancient remains of the county are round towers, the abbey built by Turlogh O'Brien in 1306 at Ennis, and the abbey of Quin, built of black marble, in the 13th century. Capital, Ennis.