It is possible he is a landowner but most of the land in Ireland belonged to the aristocracy, then sub-let to people such as your Captn. in large parcels, these were then sub-let again to the actual person who farmed the lands.
Gentlemen, Esquires and the like would then make a living from the rents.
I notice an Earl of Granard owning a lot of land in the area. You can look up Estates www.landedestates.ie
Griffith Valuation 1854:
William Hill, Parish of Mullingar, Townland of Mullingar, Town of Mullingar Poor Law Union Mullingar tenant of
#22 Blackhall Lane (off Goal St.) a house - no land
John Sullivan, Parish of Piercetown, Townland Rathcogue,Poor Law Union Ballymahon tenant of James Higgins
4a house and garden 1 acre 0 roods 10 perches
Churchtown is both a Parish and a Townland in the Union of Mullingar, also a townland in the Parish of Kilmacnevan.
Griffith Valuation was a tax on property. Carried out by
Richard Griffith who was the director of the project.
You can see how much land by the A.R.P. at the top of a column.
A = acreage; R = Roods; P = perch
An old english form of land measurement, I do know a perch is 18' x 18'
Also outbuildings or offices are listed, if has other assets such as a forge it is listed.
The maps from the GV are quite detailed.www.failteromhat.com
has a list of landowners 1876 and there are no HILL's listed in Westmeath. If a person is a landowner in the Griffith Valuation it would show where
the landlord would normally be listed as IN FEE.