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Ballynahinch, County Down


Ir. Baile na hInse ‘settlement of the island/water-meadow’


15km SE of Lisburn

par: Magheradrool bar: Kinelarty

Pronunciation of the final vowel of the Irish name is clearly suggested by the 1634 and 1650 spellings Ballynehinchy, and is thus likely to be intended by the 1583 spelling Ballynybynsshe (b for h) as well.  Irish usage is different from English in thatinis can mean land partly as well as totally surrounded by water (compare Inishowen in Co. Donegal).  The western boundary of the townland of Ballynahinch is formed by the Ballynahinch River, the lower course of which is known as the Annacloy River and the final portion of which is known as the Quoile. However, Ballynahinch was referred to ‘with its island’ (‘Ballyhinch and the island there’, 1616).


McKay, P. (2007) A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p.16; KM, 2009;

Additional Information

T., 1851 Census

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Baile na hAindeise ""town of the misery/poverty""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 16

Baile na hInnise

1834cOSNB: gen. sources No. 16

Baile na h-Inse

1950cMooney 1950c 165

Baile na hInse

1989GÉ 23

Baile na hInse ""townland of the river meadow""

1999Dict. Ulst. PN 16

Baile na hInse ""townland of the river meadow""

2002Culture NI PNN PMcK/JP
Ballynybynsshe1583cFiants Eliz. $4327
Ballyhinch1616CPR Jas I 355b Kinelarty
Ballynehinchy1634Inq. Ult. (Down) $50 Car. I
Ballynehinchy1650cInq. Ult. (Down) $108 Car. I
Ballinehinsh1657cHib. Reg. Kinelarty
Ballynehinch1659cCensus 1659 86
Ballinehinch1661BSD 59
Ballinehinch1672cHib. Del. Down
Ballynehinch1717Deeds & Wills (Mooney) 165
Ballynehinch1755Map of Down (OSNB) No. 16
Ballynahinch1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 16
Parish in 1851
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