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Ballynagowan, County Armagh


Ir. Seanbhaile na nGabhann ‘old settlement/holding of the smiths’


Ballynagowan appearsas Shanavilligorune in the correct place on the 1609 map, on the west bankof the Bann, to the north of Garvaghy and south of Derryhanvil and Corbracky (Escheated Co. map 29).  The prefix sean- ‘old’ was used again when Shanvallinegon was granted to William Powell in 1610 (CPR Jas I 165a), and later belonged to Anthony Cope (Inq. Ult.  Arm. $12 Car. II, 1661).  In this inquisition document Derrycory, now a separate townland to the north of Derryhanvil beside the river, was said to be part of both Shanevallynegowne and Carrowracoge, Corbracky.  

From 1614 to 1661 the name Ballynagowan clearly referred to a largish area with different divisions, as in 1614 Ballygoenewtra (uachtarach ‘upper’) belonged to the Archbishop of Armagh (CPR Jas I), and in1633 (Inq. Ult. Arm.) his possessions are detailed as: ‘Creenespinee al Magherintemple& Ballyneegowne-outragh 2 b'bos near the church of Drumcree conteyning these prcells: Derrylaghan, Aghacattie, Carrickenebolghie, Cloneneesawle, Clone-Iteean, Tawnaghmackillin & Leggaganiffe’.  Cen 1659 lists both Ballynagone and Ballynagone otra.  According to BSD (1661) Ballygowenotera belonged to the archbishop and Ballygowen Itra was held by Alse Pybus (Ffarrell, McDeele and McCann paid hearth money here in 1664): maybe the 'old' part of the townland was to the north of these.  However, a will of  1718 refers simply to Bellanagown, though the Ordnance Survey Name Book OSNB mentions that part was still primate land.


Kay Muhr

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Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Shanavilliegorune1609Esch. Co. Map 5.29
Shanevallinegon (Ballyworran)1610CPR Jas I 165a
Ballygoenewtra1614CPR Jas I 274b
& Ballyneegowne-outragh 2 b''bos nr ch Drumcree1633Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $20 Car. I
[?]Creenespinee al Magherintemple &1633Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $20 Car. I
Ballynagoneutragh, Ballynagone Itragh1657Inq. Arm. (Paterson) 234
Ballynagone1659Census 1659 37
Ballynagoneotragh1659Census 1659 37
Ballygowen Itra1661BSD 50
Ballygowenotera1661BSD 43
Shanevallynegowne al. Shanevallygowne1661Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $12 Car. II
Shanvallinegowne1661Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $12 Car. II
pt Derrycore = pcell Shanvallinegowne1661Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $12 Car. II
BallenegonItragh1664HMR Murray (1941) 190
Balligoruena-etra1672Hib. Del.
Bellanagown1718Reg. Deeds abstracts I.170
Ballymagone1760Rocque's Map
Ballynagoane1835Ret. Tds Armstrong's Sur. (OSNB) E8
Ballynagone1835Cess Book (OSNB) E8
~Baile na ngabhann ""tn of the smiths""1835J O'D (OSNB) E8
Oneilland West
Parish in 1851
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