Lisnasliggan, County Down
Ir. Lios na Sliogán ‘fort of the shells’
Lisnasliggan was part of the church lands in the east of the parish of Annaclone. No ring-fort (lios) survives within the present boundary, or within the 17th-century boundary (see PNI 6 p. 71 for reconstruction of this boundary). The Irish form suggested in 1834 was the interpretation of Mrs Con Magennis, with the final element explained by Dean Mooney as possibly meaning ‘of the slatey stones’. This is quite likely, as in 1834 Ballynagross was described as containing ‘slaty rock... of a brittle or rotten description’ (OSNB). However, shells were used in early Ireland as manure (DIL sv slice). In the 18th century the fresh-water mussels of the Bann were well-known and were fished for pearls around Banbridge, although ‘As an article of food it gained popularity only among the peasantry, for the reason that it required very high flavouring to make it palatable’ (Bassett’s Down 231-3). Deposits of shells might have been found within the lost monument. In 1834 there were still ‘seven ancient forts’ in Lisnasliggan (OSNB). Of the ‘5 and 20 of the old forts’ recorded in the parish (OSM xii 15a) hardly any remain.
ReferencesMuhr, K. (1996): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 6 p. 71
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
Lios na Sligean "fort of the shells"
|1834c||Mrs Con Magennis (OSNB) E18.172|
Lios-na-sliogán "of the shells/thin slaty stones"
|1913||Joyce iii 482|
sliogán "shell, husk, hull'' - slatey stones?
|1950c||Mooney 1950c 29|
Lios na Sliogán
|Lisnesleggan||1609||CPR Jas I 395a|
|Lisnesleggan (into manor of Dromore)||1611||CPR Jas I 191a|
|half td Lisnesleggan||1611||CPR Jas I 191a|
|Lisnesligan, one half towne of land [glebe]||1657||Inq. Down (Reeves1) 91|
|Lisconsligan with Glebe||1657c||Hib. Reg. Up. Iveagh|
|Lissonsligan||1657c||Hib. Reg. Up. Iveagh|
|a qr of Lisneslickan||1659c||Census 1659 75|
|a qr of Lisneslickan and a qr of Ballynefearn||1659c||Census 1659 75|
|Lisnesligan||1663||Sub. Roll Down 277|
|Lissonsligan||1672c||Hib. Del. Down|
|Lisnasligan||1806||Tombstone (OSNB) E18.13|
|Lisnasligan||1810||Wm. Map (OSNB) E18.13|
|Lisnasligan||1812||Tombstone (OSNB) E18.13|
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