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Breagh, County Armagh


Ir. Brí ‘raised ground’, or Ir. Baile Breagh ‘townland of raised ground’


Breagh in the south of Seagoe parish appears as B:breagh on the 1609 map, though the form Breagh without baile was used generally from 1621 on.  It borders the river Bann, just south-east of Portadown, and some meadow land was subject to floods in winter in 1835.  Other townlands of the same anglicised name are found nearby in Tartaraghan and Drumcree parishes.  Mooney (1954, 20) suggested the recurring compound name Brech-mhagh ‘wolf-plain’, where the two syllables may be elided to one if the middle consonant becomes silent. However, unlike with the Drumcree townland, there is no evidence of a compound here, and it seems likely, since the land rises slightly in the east, that the meaning here is ‘a low hill, raised ground’ Brí. (Ó Dónaill gives the word as Brí, variant gen. Breagh ‘brae, hill’)In 1664 men surnamed Vaughan, Lester & Gibbson paid hearth money.  In 1661 the townland changed hands between Messrs Cope and Blacker, the family of the 1835 proprietor. 


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Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
B:breagh1609Esch. Co. Map 5.29
Ballybreagh (Ballyworran)1610CPR Jas I 165a
Breagh 1 b''bo Onelande1621Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $7 Jas. I
Breagh1657Inq. Arm. (Paterson) 234
Ballybreagh al. Ballyvreagh1661Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $12 Car. II
Breagh1661BSD 53
Breagh1664HMR Arm. (PRONI) 35
Breagh1760Rocque's Map
Breagh1835Ret. Tds Armstrong's Sur. (OSNB) AE4
Breagh1835OSNB: gen. sources AE4
~Bríghach ""hilly, braey""1835J O'D (OSNB) AE4
Oneilland East
Parish in 1851
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