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Corcreeny, County Down

Origin

Ir. Corr Chríonaigh ‘hill of the dry branches’

Background

All the oldest references, such as Ballikerchryny 1585-1610, spell the first syllable of the present name as ker- rather than cor-, but since it had become Corcreeny by 1659 it is most likely that  the older documents copied each other before the vowel was corrected.  Like another Corcreeny in par. Donaghcloney, further south in NW Down, this name is probably Corr Chríonaigh ‘hill of the dry branches’ (PNI vi 89).  There is a hill of 217 feet in the townland, near Corcreeny House. 

References

KM, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Cor Críne ""round hill of the withered surface""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 7
Ballikerchryny1585Fiants Eliz. $4650
Ballykerehriny1609CPR Jas I 396a
Ballicherchrym1610CPR Jas I 181b
Ballecorcreene1631Inq. Ult. (Down) $25 Car. I
(?)Ballytherchrynyme1635Inq. Ult. (Down) $60 Car. I
Corcreeny1659cCensus 1659 80
Corcreeney1661BSD 81
Ballycorcreenie als Corcreeny1811Marriage Downshire (OSNB) No. 7
Corcreenie1811Marriage Downshire (OSNB) No. 7
Barony
Iveagh Lr., Up. Half
Parish
Hillsborough
Parish in 1851
Hillsborough
Townland
None
Place name ID
11122
Place name type
T