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Blaris, County Down


Ir. Bláras ‘a field’


The townland of Blaris, which contains the site of the medieval parish church of that name, lies on the south side of the river Lagan, adjacent to the town of Lisburn. In the Papal Taxation of 1306 the name of the church is recorded as Ecclesia de Blaris. Writing in the middle of the 19th century William Reeves remarked that while the graveyard survived very little of the church was still intact at that date (EA 46-7). In 1605 the name of the townland of Blaris is recorded as Ballytempleblarisse, i.e. Baile Teampall Blárais ‘the townland of the church of Blaris’.  A portion of the parish of Blaris (including the town of Lisburn) lies west of the Lagan, in Co. Antrim.


PMcK, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Blaris, Ecclesia de

1306cEccles. Tax. 46

Blar a field, battlefield

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 44

Bláras ""a field""

1913Joyce iii 141
Blarus1450cRot. Ant. Ecc. Dun. 172
Blaris1583cFiants Eliz. $4327
Ballitempleblarisse1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I
Ballytempleblarisse1605CPR Jas I 73a
Blare1610Speed's Ulster
Blaris1610cNorden's Map
Ball-Clarish al Templeblaris1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xliii
Balleblarish al Temple-Blarish1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlii
Ballyblarish al Ballytemple1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiv
Blaries1625CPR Chas I 65
Blaryes1625CPR Chas I 66
Balleblansh or Templeblansh1630Ham. Patent [1630] xiv
Blaris1630Ham. Patent [1630] xiii
Ballyblarish1635Inq. Ult. (Down) $53 Car. I
Blaryes1645cInq. Ult. (Down) $105 Car. I
Blaris1659cCensus 1659 88
Blairis1661BSD 124
Ballyblaris1662Inq. Ult. (Down) $9 Car.II
Blaris1663Sub. Roll Down 273
Blares1672cHib. Del. Down
Castlereagh Upper
Parish in 1851
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