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Mullanasilla, County Armagh

Origin

Ir. Mullach na Saileach ‘summit of the sallows’

Background

The first element in this place-name mullach ‘summit’ is generally used to denote smaller eminences’, according to Joyce, ‘though we find it occasionally applied to hills of considerable elevation’ (Joyce i 392). The second element is either the genitive singular or genitive plural (being identical) of sail ‘willow(-tree), sallow’ which appear in the form saileach,as identified correctly in the NIPNP form (Ó Máinnín 1997, NIPNP notes). The modern pronunciation -silla features no resemblance to the final ch of saileach, as one might expect in late East Ulster Irish (cf. Irish of the Glens 24). See also Aughnasillagh (Achadh na Saileach field of the willows’) in Co. Antrim.

References

FK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Mollanesillah1609Esch. Co. Map 5.28
Mullanesillagh1610CPR Jas I 166b
Mullanesillagh 1 balliboe1637Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $23 Car. I
Mullansallagh & Rathdromgilly, vil'' & ter'' de1640Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $40 Car. I
Mullanesilly1657Inq. Arm. (Paterson) 231
Molaghnasyby1659cCensus 1659 38
Mullanesillagh 60 acr''1661Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $6 Car. II
Monisully1664HMR Murray (1941) 186
Mullaghnasilly1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) A154 62
Mullach na Saileach ""summit or hill-top of the sal1835J O'D (OSNB) A154 62
Mullinasilla1835Land agent (OSNB) A154 62
Mulnasilly1888Bassett's Arm. 213
Barony
Oneilland West
Parish
Kildarton
Parish in 1851
Loughgall
Townland
None
Place name ID
10400
Place name type
T