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Eagralougher, County Armagh


of uncertain origin


The qualifying element in this place-name probably derives from the Irish element luchair. The same anglicised form -lougher can also be seen in the common place-name Ardlougher which is derived from the Irish form Ard Luachra ‘height of the rush-land’ which is the name of eight Irish townlands ( The element luchair ‘rush-land’ is also anglicised in the same way in Ballynalougher (Baile na Luachra ‘townland of the rush-land) in Co. Antrim.

For the initial element, the first NIPNP proposal is the trisyllabic element aichearra ‘short-cut’, although there is no evidence of such a long form in the historical forms. The second NIPNP proposal for this first element eochair ‘edge or border’ might refer to the fact that the boundary of this townland is marked by the Callan River and this same river might have marked the boundary of the rushes.

Following the appearance of baile in the 1639 form Ballyagrelogher 1 balliboe, we might also consider the element acar/acra ‘acre’ in a form such as Baile Acar Luachra ‘townland of the acre of rush-land’, or the similar element achar ‘extent of space’ in a form like as Baile Achar Luachra ‘townland of the space of rush-land’.



Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Agherylogherie1609Esch. Co. Map 5.28
Agherielogh 1 balliboe1611CPR Jas I 167a
Ballyagrelogher 1 balliboe1639Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $30 Car. I
Agrilogher1657Inq. Arm. (Paterson) 230
Agherlogher1659cCensus 1659 38
Agrilougher1661BSD 56
Agherloghery1664HMR Murray (1941) 197
Agrologher1737Reg. Deeds abstracts i $566
Egarloughen1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) A154 78
Egaraloughan1834?OSNB A154 78
Eagar a lochain ""row or rank of the small lough""1835J O'D (OSNB) A154 78
Eganalurghan [Eagralougher?]1835cOSM vol. 1 p. 76?
Kinnego [Kinnegoe td]1835cOSM vol. 1 p. 79, 81
Kinnego1837Lewis' Top. Dict. i 323
Kinnegoe (td)1837OSM vol. 1 pp 105, 109
Eagarlougher1888Bassett's Arm. 187
Eagralougher1888Bassett's Arm. 187
Egerlougher1888Bassett's Arm. 186
Oneilland West
Parish in 1851
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