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Tullynacross, County Down


Ir. Tulaigh na Croise ‘hillock of the cross’


Tullynacross probably took its name from the crossroads at Moorefield, where the old road between Magheralin village and Donaghcloney, known locally as the Stonybatter, crosses that between Lurgan and Dromore.  However Tullynacross was a church townland, and there may have been an ecclesiastical termon cross or crosses now lost.  Although not named on maps, there was a hill nearby called Moore’s Hill.  This may have been the tulach ‘hillock’ of the first element, although the highest ground in the townland (70 metres) is near the eastern border, by the farm called Watties Hill.  The Lagan forms the north-west boundary, over which the road to Lurgan crosses by Geehan’s Bridge.  The earlier forms have a different first element, Ballynacross, but can be distinguished by their church associations from forms of modern Ballynacross, the chief townland of the secular district of Glasquirin in Magherally.


Muhr, K. (1996): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 6 p. 251

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Tullinecrosse half-td (Magherilin 6 tds)

1622Buckworth (EA) 310

Tullynecross, Magin of

1641Wars Co. Down x 81

Tulaigh na croise "Hill of the cross"

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E8.59

Tulaigh na Croise

1992PNI 251
Ballynacrosse1609CPR Jas I 395b
Ballynecrosse1611CPR Jas I 190b
Tollenecros1657cHib. Reg. Lr. Iveagh
Tullenggrosse1659cCensus 1659 80
Tollenecross1661BSD 72
Tullenecros1672cHib. Del. Down
Tullynacross1715Vestry Reg. (OSNB) E8.59
Tullynecross1715Par. Reg. (OSNB) E8.59
Tullynecross1755Map of Down (OSNB) E8.59
Tullynacross1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E8.59
Iveagh Lr., Up. Half
Parish in 1851
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