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Ballylesson, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile na Leasán ‘townland of the (little) forts’

Background

8km S of Belfast

The townland of Ballylesson borders on the river Lagan in the northern portion of the parish of Drumbo. The name of the townland is recorded as Ballenelasson in 1623 and the most satisfactory interpretation of the place-name is Baile na Leasán ‘townland of the (little) forts’. In the south of the townland there is a very prominent fort named Farrell’s Fort.

References

McKay, P. (2007) A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p.14; P. McKay, 2009;

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Baile Leasáin ""town of the small fort""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 126

Baile-liosáin ""town of the little ...fort""

1913Joyce iii 101

Baile na Leasán

1969AGBP 113

Baile na Leasán

1989GÉ 23

Baile na Leasán ""townland of the little forts""

1999Dict. Ulst. PN 14
Ballenelassan1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlii
Ballynelassan1625CPR Chas I 65, 66
Ballenelesson1630Ham. Patent [1630] xiv
Ballynelessan1632Inq. Ult. (Down) $29 Car. I
Ballynelassan1645cInq. Ult. (Down) $105 Car. I
Bellelessan1659cCensus 1659 89
Ballelessane 1/3 pte1661BSD 122
Ballylesson1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 126
Ballylesson1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 126
Barony
Castlereagh Upper
Parish
Drumbo
Parish in 1851
Drumbo
Townland
None
Place name ID
10723
Place name type
T