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Magherahinch, County Down


Ir. Machaire na hInse ‘plain of the water meadow’


Magherahinch belonged in 1609 to Sir Art Magennis (CPR Jas I 396a).  The name is apparently missing from the list in the 1639 Inquisition on the lands of the Magennis chief (Inq. Ult. (Down) §85 Car I), but it is probably one of the illegible names there, as it is mentioned with Edenmore further on in the same document.  By 1659 it belonged to Symond Bateman (Census 81).  The river Lagan forms the southern border of Magherahinch.  O’Donovan stated that ‘there is a holm, from which inis’ (OSNB).  Inis means both ‘island’ and land liable to flood.  Most of the townland consists of low-lying flat land beside the river.  A bell called the Clog Ruadh ‘red bell’ was held by a family of O’Lavery in Magherahinch, but then passed to the Earl of Moira.  The O’Laverys asked for it back when the new Roman Catholic chapel was dedicated in 1815, but according to local tradition it was never returned (O’Laverty 1905, 121-2). 


Muhr, K. (1996): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 6 p. 291

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Machaire na hinse "plain of the holm or strath"

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E4

Macaire na h-inse "Plain of the island i.e. holm''

1950cMooney 1950c 215

Machaire na hInse

1992PNI 291
Magheryne-Inchye1609CPR Jas I 396a
Magherinehinchy1612CPR Jas I 235a
Maghere-Inchye1629Inq. Ult. (Down) $13 Car. I
Magharnahensie1639Inq. Ult. (Down) $85 Car. I
Magherenihinch1657cHib. Reg. Lr. Iveagh
Magharalinch1659cCensus 1659 81
Magherenehinch1661BSD 74
Maghernehinch1666ASE 61 b 39
Mahernihinch1672cHib. Del. Down
Mahernefinch1692Rent Roll Down 5
Magherahinch1715Reg. Magheralin (OSNB) E4
Mar.Inch1743Harris Hist. map
Maghereinch1744Harris Hist. 104
Magherahinch1810Sur. Bateson Estate (OSNB) E4
Marahinch1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E4
Magherahinch1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E4
Iveagh Lr., Up. Half
Parish in 1851
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