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Grangee, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile na Gráinsí ‘townland of the grange’

Background

The historical spellings show that the name of this townland has undergone a number of changes since the 17th century.  The three earliest spellings attest the presence of baile + the genitive singular of the article and indicate an Irish original Baile na Gráinsí ‘townland of the grange’.  However, the spelling Granshagh in c.1659 appears to reflect merely a nominative Gráinseach ‘grange’ and the form Grangee from the early 19th century seem to derive from a dative form Gráinsigh.  The local pronunciation is somewhat surprising but may have undergone a shift in stress and probably prompted O’Donovan’s suggestion that the derivation is Gráinseach Aedha ‘Hugh’s grange’.

References

Hannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 191

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballinegrangee1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I
Ballenegrange1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlii
Ballenegrange1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiv
Ballygrange1636Inq. Ult. (Down) $75 Car. I
(?)Ballygrangeenare1650cInq. Ult. (Down) $109 Car. I
Ballygrange1650cMontgomery MSS 54 n.34
Granshagh1659cCensus 1659 93
Grangee1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 167, E 24
Grangee1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 167, E 24
~Grainseach Aedha ""Hugh''s grange""1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 167, E 24
Barony
Ards Lower
Parish
Donaghadee
Parish in 1851
Donaghadee
Townland
None
Place name ID
11902
Place name type
T