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Legacurry, County Down


Ir. Lag an Choire ‘hollow of the cauldron’


A number of 17th-century spellings (e.g. Carowlagycorrie, 1644) display the prefix Carrow-. However, Carrow- in these English sources is probably to be understood as an indication that the land unit in question was smaller than a full townland rather than as evidence that the Irish element ceathrú ‘quarter(land)’ formed part of the original Irish form of the place-name. The name of the townland may refer to a cauldron-like pool in the Ravernet River which forms the southern boundary of the townland. There is also a hill named Pot Hill which is close to the river, in the neighbouring townland of Cargacroy. A number of other Irish place-names share this derivation, including Legaghory and Rich Hill in Co. Armagh (130) and two townlands named Legacurry in Co. Monaghan (L. Log. Mhuineacháin 41).


P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

N.B. reassigned from Drumbo to Drumbeg between 1851 and 1961

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Lag a'Churraigh ""hollow of the cauldron""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 126
Carow-Lagecory1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiv
Carow-Lagecurry1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xliii
Carrow-Laghchory1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xl
Carewlegacorry1625CPR Chas I 66
Carrowellegecorry1632Inq. Ult. (Down) $29 Car. I
Carrownelagecorry1632Inq. Ult. (Down) $29 Car. I
Legacorry1632Inq. Ult. (Down) $29 Car. I
Carrowlagycory1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
Ligecory1659cCensus 1659 89
Leggacorry1661BSD 123
Legacorry1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 126
Legacurry al Carrowlegacurry1811OSNB: gen. sources E 126
Legacorry1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 126
Castlereagh Upper
Parish in 1851
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