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Ballyaltikilligan, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Allt Cille Aodháin ‘townland of the glen of Aodan’s church’

Background

The name of the townland of Ballyaltikilligan is recorded as Ballealtichilligon and Balle-Altekillegan in 1623. In 1847 William Reeves (EA 198) remarks that the remains of a church in this townland were removed and the cemetery ploughed up seventy years previously and that the townland was then locally called Killaghan. He also suggests that the church may have been that which is referred to as Capella de Rogerestone in the Taxation of Pope Nicholas in 1306 (see EA 10).  The derivation Baile Allt Uí Ghiollagáin ‘townland of (O’)Gilligan’s glen’ is also worthy of consideration. Ó Giollagáin is defined by Woulfe (1923, 541) as ‘a scattered surname; formerly most common in Westmeath, Thomond, Galway, Roscommon and Sligo’.

References

PMcK, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Baile Ailt Uí Ghiolgáin "town of the glen of O''Gilligan"

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 19

Baile-ailt-Ui-Ghiolgain

1913Joyce iii 69
Balliallitugan otherwise Ballinegatoige1606CPR Jas I 77b
Balle-Altekillegan1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xliv
Ballealtechillegon al Balleganonie1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxii
Ballyaltikilligan1650cInq. Ult. (Down) $109 Car. I
BallyKillighan1659cCensus 1659 87
Ballealtikillighan1661BSD 120
Ballyaltickilligan1679Montgomery MSS 268 n.37
Ballyaltikilligan1745Map of Down (OSNB) E 19
Ballykillyan1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 19
Ballyaltikilligan1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 19
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Comber
Parish in 1851
Comber
Townland
None
Place name ID
12001
Place name type
T