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Portadown, County Armagh

Origin

Ir. Port an Dúnáin [port a doonine] ‘landing-place of the little fort’.

Background

15km NE of Armagh city

par: Drumcree/Seagoe bar: Oneilland East/West

The ‘landing-place’ may have been for the ferry which crossed the Upper Bann here, before the construction of a bridge in the early 18th century. The location of the ‘little fort’ is uncertain. There was formerly a fort at DUNEGLISH a short distance to the north-east [Port a’ Dúnáin 1646].

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 120

Additional Information

T., Drumcree portion, Td Index 1851

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Portadowne1610Speed's Ulster
vil de Portedowne1639Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $35 Car. I
Port of Down1642Manor Court Rolls Arm. 319
ferry at a place called Portadowne1655cCiv. Surv. x $76
Portadowne1657Mooney 1950c 289
Portadowne1662Atkinson's Donaghcloney 137
Portadown < ~Purt and Dunam1682Descr. O'Neiland 240
Portadown1760Rocque's Map
~Purt a'' D¿nn-n1854cMeath (McDonnell) 38
~Port a''Dúnáin1901Omeath Infs (GJ) 157
~Port an Dúnáin1989GÉ 146
Port an Dúnáin ""landing place of the little fort""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 120
Port an Dúnáin ""landing place of the little fort""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 120
Port an Dúnáin ""landing place of the little fort""2002Culture NI PNN PMcK/JP
Port an Dúnáin ""landing place of the little fort""2002Culture NI PNN PMcK/JP
Barony
Oneilland West
Parish
Drumcree
Parish in 1851
Drumcree
Townland
None
Place name ID
11393
Place name type
M:V