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Blackskull, County Down

Origin

Background

6km N of Banbridge

par: Donaghcloney bar: Iveagh Lower, Upper Half

Blackskull in the townland of BALLYGUNAGHANwas named from an inn with a negro-head sign which from the end of the last century until recently was a post office. A macabre local story tells how a black man was beheaded and his skull mounted above the door of the inn [Blackskull 1898].

References

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Blackskull1898Atkinson's Donaghcloney 84
the Fortescue1898Atkinson's Donaghcloney 84
~Baile Mhic Dhonnag√°in1989GÉ 21
Barony
Iveagh Lr., Up. Half
Parish
Donaghcloney
Parish in 1851
Donaghcloney
Townland
Ballygunahan
Place name ID
11451
Place name type
M:S