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Ballydown, County Down


Ir. Baile an Dúin ‘townland of the hill-fort’


The name of the townland of Ballydown clearly contains the element dún ‘hill-fort’, which, although most often anglicized dun, can also be anglicized down, as in the county name of Down.  There are two forts remaining on the borders of the townland (not mentioned in ASCD).  The one south of the Bann is on a hill of 110 metres, actually just inside the boundary with Lisnaree, due south of a farm called The Hill. 


Muhr, K. (1996): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 6 p. 305

Additional Information

Historical name form

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1727Sur. Whyte Estate (OSNB) E11, E135

"Town of the dun or fort"

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E135

Baile an dúin

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E135


1834cOSNB Pron. E11, E135

Baile an dúin "town of the dún or circular fortress"

1913Joyce iii 82

Baile an dóin "townland of the fort''

1950cMooney 1950c 295

Baile an Dúin

1992PNI 305
Ballyndowne (10 towns of Loughbrickland)1609CPR Jas I 394b
Ballyndowne (10 towns of Loughbrickland)1611CPR Jas I 190a
(?)B.downey-Dremyne or B.downedremny1612Patent (Mooney) 295 [22 Oct.]
Ballendowne1618Inq. Ult. (Down) xlii
Ballendowne1618CPR Jas I 409b
Ballidowne1623CPR Jas I 304b
Ballindowne1623Inq. Ult. (Down) xliv
Ballydowne1623CPR Jas I 305b
Fowlemany bog, hill Nyany1623CPR Jas I 305b
Knocknecree hill, Lisnesillagh, Knocknecarr hill1623CPR Jas I 305b
Lisnesillagh1623Inq. Ult. (Down) xliv
Lissvane hill, hill Dronaghy1623CPR Jas I 305b
Lisvane & hill Dronaghy1623Inq. Ult. (Down) xliv
bogge Fowleinany hill Nyany1623Inq. Ult. (Down) xliv
hill Knocknecarr1623Inq. Ult. (Down) xliv
hill Knocknecree1623Inq. Ult. (Down) xliv
thro'' Tullynegarlisse to Munarley1623CPR Jas I 305b
thro'' Tullynegarlisse to Munarley1623Inq. Ult. (Down) xliv
Ballindowne1633Inq. Ult. (Down) $39 Car. I
Ballindowne1635Inq. Ult. (Down) $62 Car. I
Ballydoon1655cCiv. Surv. x $72
Ballydowne1659cCensus 1659 74
Belidonn1712Ir. Wills Index 1
Balleendown al. Ballindown1719Deeds & Wills (Mooney) 295
Ballydown1758Reg. Deeds abstracts ii $243
Ballydown1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E11, E135
Iveagh Up., Up. Half
Parish in 1851
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