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Armagh, County Armagh

Origin

Ir. Ard Mhacha [ard wagha] ‘height of Macha’.

Background

City is 22.5km NE of Monaghan town

Macha,which signifies ‘pasture’, was formerly the name of the district and and originally the name of a land-goddess who represents sovereignty in the myths of the ancient Ulstermen where she figures prominently. The name of the district of Macha (sometimes known as Maigh Mhacha ‘plain of Macha’)is also found in Eamhain Mhacha or Navan Fort, the name of the ancient capital of Ulster [Ard Macha 444].

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 7

Additional Information

T., 1851 Census

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
du Ardd Machae [+] du Art Machae0670cTírechán (Bieler) 178 $16
in Ardd Machae0670cTírechán (Bieler) 150 $33
ad Ardd Machae.. quam prae omnibus terris dilexit0680cMuirchú (Bieler) 116 $II4
ad Ardd Mache ad Patricium0680cMuirchú (Bieler) 124 $II3
ad aquilonalem plagam Airdd Mache0680cMuirchú (Bieler) 112 $I24
altare.. sinistralis aeclessiae in Ard Machae0680cMuirchú (Bieler) 110 $I24
fertae martyrum iuxta Ardd Mache0680cMuirchú (Bieler) 110 $I24
Ard Macha do orgain ó Ghallaibh Locha Febhail0893AFM i 550
~Aedh H. Forreidh, ardfer leiginn Aird Macha1056AU (Mac Airt) i 492
~Macha, Cúscraid Mend1100cSerg. CC $5 l.41
~Macha, ríg1100cSerg. CC $30 l.393
~i ndomliac Arda Macha1101AU (Mac Airt) i 538
~:i nArdmacha1170cMart. Gorm. Mar. 31 p66n
~Gilla mo-Chaidbeo, abb mainistrech Poil & Pedair:1170cMart. Gorm. Mar. 31 p66n
~inArd Mhacha1260Poems Giolla Brighde 136 v.6
~Ard Macha1270cPoems Giolla Brighde 190 v. 1
~Teampall Aird Mhacha1270cPoems Giolla Brighde 190 v.6
Ard Saileach re ráitear Ard Macha aniu13thcOCU l.340
Ard Soileach da ngoirthear Ard Macha an tan seo13thcTor. GG 54,136
~fri Ard Macha anair1400cFél. Óeng. Oct. 8 p222n
~i n-Ard Macha1400cFél. Óeng. Apr. 23 p118n
~co Machaire Arda-Macha1432AU iii 122
~Mainistir na m-Brathar m-bocht a n-Ard-Macha1433AU iii 126
~co Machaire Arda-Macha1433AU iii 126
~termann Airdmachae1453Fél. Óeng. Oct. 8 p222n
Armagh, the town of1539Inq. (Mon. Hib.) 44
Armachan [< Rot. Pat. 32'' 33'' Hen. 8]1542Stuart's Armagh 75
Armagh1557Inq. (Mon. Hib.) 45
Ardmach1566JRSAI xi (1870) 16 & 17
Armagh1573Maps Arm. towns 187 [Ortelius]
Ardmache (X6)1586Bagenal's Descr. Ulst. 150
Armagh1595Mercator's Ulst.
Ardmagh town1607CPR Jas I 102b
Ardmagh, certain little gardens in1607CPR Jas I 102b
Armagh Co''1607CPR Jas I 102a
Armagh, town of1607CPR Jas I 102b
Archmach, County of1608Sur. Ulst. 214
Ardmagh (barronye)1608Sur. Ulst. 214
Ardmagh, The Lordship of1609Esch. Co. Map 5.30
Ardmagh, certain small gardens in1609CPR Jas I 156a
Ardmagh, near1609CPR Jas I 156a
Armagh & Clanawle, Vicar of1609Church Lands Arm. i 92
Armagh Co''1609CPR Jas I 156a
Armagh, Cathedral Church of1609Church Lands Arm. i 91 et pass.
Armagh, Lord Archbishop of1609Church Lands Arm. i 76 et pass.
Armagh, the Deanery of1609Church Lands Arm. i 91
Armagh, town of1609CPR Jas I 156a
Armagh, town or city of1609Church Lands Arm. i 77
Armagh1610Speed's Ulster
Ardmagh, vil'' de1612Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $3 Jac. I
Armagh Co''1612CPR Jas I 229a
Armagh city1612CPR Jas I 229a
Armagh, The monastery of St Peter & St Paul of1612CPR Jas I 229a
Armagh, in co''1612Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $3 Jac. I
in or near Armagh, containing 6 balliboes1612CPR Jas I 229a
Armagh1613Maps Arm. towns 187 [Mercator]
Ardmagh, abbia apostolor'' Petr'' & Paul'' de1614Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $4 Jac. I
Ardmagh, vil'' de1614Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $4 Jac. I
Ardmagh1615CPR Jas I 273b
Armagh1615Maps Arm. towns 187 [Speede]
Armagh Co''1615CPR Jas I 273a
Armagh, The lordship of the city & manor of1615CPR Jas I 273a
Armagh, maner de1615Rent Roll Arm. (PRONI) 13
Ardmagh, town of1618CPR Jas I 391a
Armagh, town of1618CPR Jas I 391b
Ardmagh1620CPR Jas I 478a
Armagh, lordship of the city & manor of1620CPR Jas I 478a
Armagh, rectory & vicarage of the ch. of the par. 1620CPR Jas I 479a
Armagh, town of1620CPR Jas I 534a
Armagh1629Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $4 Car. I
~(?)puirt Macha, Pátraicc1630cMart. Don. Sep 12 p244
~Ard Macha, Sceallan, lobar ó1630cMart. Don. Sept 1 p232
~Arda Macha, epscop1630cMart. Don. July 1 p184
~Arda Macha, epscop1630cMart. Don. May 27 p138
~Arda Macha, epscop1630cMart. Don. Jan 13 p14
~Arda Macha, epscop acus abb1630cMart. Don. Sep 12 p246
~Arda Macha, priomhaidh1630cMart. Don. Nov 27 p318
~Arda Macha, priomhaidh1630cMart. Don. Nov 9 p300
~Ardamacha, epscop1630cMart. Don. April 7 p96
~Ardamacha, epscop1630cMart. Don. Mar 24 p84
~Ardamacha, epscop1630cMart. Don. June 22 p174
~Ardamacha, priomhaidh1630cMart. Don. April 11 p100
~Ardmacha, priomhaidh1630cMart. Don. April 30 p114
~mainistreach Petair acus Poil i nArd Macha, abb1630cMart. Don. Mar. 31 p90
~ó Termann Arda Macha1630cMart. Don. Oct 8 p268
Ardmagh, citie & towne of1633Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $20 Car. I
Ardmagh, lordship or mannor of1633Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $20 Car. I
Armagh1637Maps Arm. towns 187 [Hole]
Armagh1638Maps Arm. towns 187 [Janson]
Condae Ard Macha1645cCín Lae Ó M. 14 lch14,16,22,28
Armagh1654?Maps Arm. towns 187 [Blaeu]
Ardmagh, church of1657Inq. Arm. (Paterson) 220
Ardmagh, parish of1657Inq. Arm. (Paterson) 217
Ardmagh, town of1657Inq. Arm. (Paterson) 219
Ardmagh towne prot.1657cHib. Reg. Ardmagh
Ardmagh, the Parish of1657cHib. Reg. Ardmagh
Ardmagh Burrough1659cCensus 1659 25
Ardmagh County1659cCensus 1659 25
Ardmagh, The Tenemts & Towne of1661BSD 23
Armagh, Towne of1664HMR Murray (1941) 150
Armag(h)1665Maps Arm. towns 187 [Sanson]
Ardmagh1672cHib. Del. Ulster
Ardmagh1672cHib. Del. Ardmagh
Ardmach (County)1680cMaps Arm. towns 187 [Vischer]
Ardmagh1680cMaps Arm. towns 187 [Vischer]
Armach1680cMaps Arm. towns 187 [van Locham]
Armagh1680cMaps Arm. towns 187 [de Wit]
Armagh1680cMaps Arm. towns 187 [Allard]
Armagh/~Ard Macha1680cMaps Arm. towns 187
Armach1689Maps Arm. towns 187 [Lubin]
Armagh1690Maps Arm. towns 187 [Sanson]
~go hArd Mhach''1691Mac Cuarta (b) 65 l.84
~i leabhar Ard Mhach'' na hEoghanach1691Mac Cuarta (b) 63 l.29
~ó Ard Mhach''1691Mac Cuarta (b) 65 l.72
Armach1693Maps Arm. towns 187 [Jaillot]
Armagh Ardmacha1696Maps Arm. towns 187 [Coronelli]
Ardmagh1712Maps Arm. towns 187[Senex & Maxwell]
Ardmagh1722Maps Arm. towns 187 [Morden]
Ardmagh1726Maps Arm. towns 187 [Moll]
~in Ardmhacha1735cÓ Doirnín (de Rís) 39 l.55
Ardmagh1738cMaps Arm. towns 187 [de Vaugondy]
Ardmagh1744Maps Arm. towns 187 [Seale]
Ardmagh1744cMaps Arm. towns 187 [Bowen]
Ardmagh1745Maps Arm. towns 187 [le Rouge]
Ardmagh1750Maps Arm. towns 187 [Sr. Robert]
(?)Gallows Hill1760Rocque's Map
(?)Rich Hill1760Rocque's Map
(?)Windmill Hill1760Rocque's Map
Abbey Lane1760Rocque's Map
Abbey Street1760Rocque's Map
Armagh1760Rocque's Map
Barrack Street1760Rocque's Map
Belnavaleg1760Rocque's Map
Bridewel1760Rocque's Map
Callen Street1760Rocque's Map
Castle Street1760Rocque's Map
Chapple Lane1760Rocque's Map
Church Lane1760Rocque's Map
Earl of Angleseys Liberty (x2)1760Rocque's Map
English Street1760Rocque's Map
Irish Street1760Rocque's Map
Kennedys [?Ln]1760Rocque's Map
Knockadrain Hill1760Rocque's Map
Lord Viscount Charlemonts Liberty1760Rocque's Map
Market Street1760Rocque's Map
New Street1760Rocque's Map
Pound Hill1760Rocque's Map
Primates Hill1760Rocque's Map
Road from Rich Hill1760Rocque's Map
Scotch Street1760Rocque's Map
Scotch Street River1760Rocque's Map
St Patricks Cathedral1760Rocque's Map
The Barracks1760Rocque's Map
The Charter School1760Rocque's Map
The Common1760Rocque's Map
The County Goal1760Rocque's Map
The Danes Bridge1760Rocque's Map
The Horse Course1760Rocque's Map
The Market Cross1760Rocque's Map
The Market House1760Rocque's Map
The New Meeting House1760Rocque's Map
The Old Abbey1760Rocque's Map
The Old Common1760Rocque's Map
The Old Meeting House1760Rocque's Map
The Parish Church1760Rocque's Map
The Roman Chapple1760Rocque's Map
The Vicars Hall1760Rocque's Map
Thomas Street1760Rocque's Map
Whalleys Lane1760Rocque's Map
Where St Brides Church Stood1760Rocque's Map
Where St Bridgets Church Stood1760Rocque's Map
Where St Columb''s Church Stood1760Rocque's Map
Where St Peter and Paul Church Stood1760Rocque's Map
Where the Temple Lafarta or ye Church of Wonders S1760Rocque's Map
Ardmagh1760cMaps Arm. towns 187 [Lotter]
Armagh1766Maps Arm. towns 187 [Brion]
~Contae Ardmhach''1769Mac Cumhaigh (b) 121 l.111
~Saltair Ardmhach''1769Mac Cumhaigh (b) 124 l.179
~go hArdmhach'' na cléire1769Mac Cumhaigh (b) 121 l.85
Ardmagh1771Maps Arm. towns 187 [Bonne]
Armagh1776Maps Arm. towns 187 [Scale]
Armagh1777Taylor & Skinner 26
Ardmagh1778Maps Arm. towns 188 [Zatta]
Armagh1786Maps Arm. towns 188 [Dunn]
Ardmagh1794Maps Arm. towns 188 [Rocque]
Armagh1804Stat. Sur. Arm. (Coote) 125
Armagh District1835OSNB: gen. sources A51 (142) 48
~Ardmhach1840cMac Bionaid 30:111
~Ardmhach1840cMac Bionaid 56 l.14
~Ardmhach1840cMac Bionaid 40 l.50
~go hArdmhach1840cMac Bionaid 62 l.12
~príomháidh Ardmhach1840cMac Bionaid 69 l.12
~príosún Ardmhach1840cMac Bionaid 49 l.60
~teampall Ardmhach1840cMac Bionaid 77 l.36
~Árd Mhacha1901Omeath Infs (GJ) 157
~Rátha Saoilinn1933Comp. CC 97 $29 (MS K)
~ríghech Éirionn, .i. an Liath Macha1933Comp. CC 73 $2 (OCC)
~ós cind Rátha Soilech risa n-abar Ard Macha aniu1933Comp. CC 97 $29
~Macha, Cúscraid Mend1935SMMD I $14 ll.1-2
~Ard Mhacha1969AGBP 101
~Macha, ríg1976TBC (Rec. I) l.3905 et pas.
~Ard Mhacha1988Éire Thuaidh
~Ard Mhacha1989GÉ 7
Ard Mhacha "" height of Macha/open country""1999Cel. Ulst. Tds 22
~Ard Mhacha ""height of Macha""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 7
Ard Mhacha2000Gateway to Ulster Map
Ard Mhacha2000Gateway to Ulster Map
Ard Mhacha ""the height of Macha""2001Arm. Terr, People + Place-names 319
Ard Mhacha ""height of Macha""2002Culture NI PNN PMcK/JP
Ard Mhacha ""height of the goddess Macha / open cou2002NIPNP replies KMtoArmTur
~do Ardmachae4002Trip. Life (Stokes) i 240 l. 21
~ind Ardmachai4002Trip. Life (Stokes) i 238 l.1
~Ard Macha fundata est444AU (Mac Airt) i 42
~Airdd Machae, ad aquilonalem plagam700cMuirchú ii 292 l.14
~Airddmachae, oblatione700cMuirchú ii 271 l.6
~Ardd Machae700cMuirchú ii 292 ll.1-2, 8
~Fertae Martre ""sepulcrum reliquiarum700cTrip. Life (Stokes) ii 290n
~Fertae Martyrum iuxta Ardd-machae700cMuirchú ii 290 ll.11-2
~Machae, in aeclessia700cTírechán ii 303
~Machi, de genere700cTírechán ii 313 et pas.
~Machia700cTírechán ii 330
~ad Arddmache700cTírechán ii 301 l. 14
~ad/ iMachi700cMuirchú ii 295
~ad/in Arddmachae700cMuirchú ii 295 l.20
~iMachi700cMuirchú ii 293 l. 7
~in Ardd-Machae700cTírechán ii 313 l.27 et pas
~in Arddmachae700cMuirchú ii 296 l. 6
~Alti Machae, aeclessia800cAdditamenta ii 335 l.11 et pas.
~Ardd macha800cAdditamenta ii 336
~INArd Macha800cFiacc's Hymn 408 l.16
~doMache800cFiacc's Hymn 408 l.18, 410 l.1
~duArdd Machae800cAdditamenta ii 346
~Condmach, abbas Airdd Machae804AU (Mac Airt) i 258
~i nArdd Machae830AU (Mac Airt) i 286
~Ard mór Machae830cFél. Óeng. prol. p24
~Pátric Machae830cFél. Óeng. Nov. 27 p237
~Pátric Mache830cFél. Óeng. May 28 p126
~Airdd Machae, Cernach... sacerdos831AU (Mac Airt) i 286
~Ard Mach(a)e / Altitudo Machae850cOnom. Goed. 43 [Book of Armagh?]
~Aird Macha, princeps879AU (Mac Airt) i 334
~i nArd Mhacha879AU (Mac Airt) i 336
~Ardd Macha882AU (Mac Airt) i 336
~Airdd Machae, fothugud900cTrip. Life (Stokes) i 68 l.2
~Ard Macha900cTrip. Life (Stokes) i 230 l.19, 232 l.9
~Ard Machai900cTrip. Life (Stokes) i 228 l.10
~Ardmacha900cTrip. Life (Stokes) i 252 l.13
~Ráith Dare900cTrip. Life (Stokes) i 228 l.4
~asin Ferta900cTrip. Life (Stokes) 228 l. 20
~doArd Mache900cTrip. Life (Stokes) i 104 l.10
~donMachai900cTrip. Life (Stokes) i 228 l.4
~iMachai900cTrip. Life (Stokes) i 226 l.24
~inArd-machai900cTrip. Life (Stokes) i 238 l.20
~inArdmacha900cTrip. Life (Stokes) i 96 l.10
~inMachai900cTrip. Life (Stokes) i 236 l.13
~inMachai900cTrip. Life (Stokes) i 174 l.21, 226 l.5
~ind Ferta900cTrip. Life (Stokes) i 228 l.12
~ría fothugud Airdd Machae900cTrip. Life (Mulchrone) l. 712 p. 44 et pass
~Moenach ... fer leighinn Aird Macha956AU (Mac Airt) i 400
~Aird(d) Machae, rectoriC8thLiber Angeli ii 353 l.29 et pas.
~Alti-Machae, urbeC8thLiber Angeli ii 352 et pas.
~Alti-Mache, Patricius deC8thLiber Angeli ii 352
~Alto Machae, inC8thLiber Angeli ii 352 et pas.
~Ardd MachaeC8thLiber Angeli ii 352 l.36
for Ard Sailech .i. Ard Macha indiuO.Ir.Imm. Dá T. page? $5
Barony
Armagh
Parish
Armagh
Parish in 1851
Armagh
Townland
Legarhill/ Corporation
Place name ID
10396
Place name type
M:V:Y