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Glastry, County Down


Ir. An Ghlasrach ‘the green grassy area’


On Ards Peninsula, 1.5km SW of Ballyhalbert

par: Inishargy bar: Ards Upper

The historical spellings of this name clearly point to an Irish form An Ghlasrach  although it is difficult to propose an exact meaning for the term glasrach.  The word is not listed in the main Irish dictionaries but for Scottish Gaelic Dwelly has a noun glasrach ‘Uncultivated land.  2 Green plot’.  He also has an adjective glasrach ‘Abounding in lea, or unploughed land.  2 Green. 3 Having green groves or meadows. 4 Abounding in pot herbs’.


Hughes A. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 89; McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 73

Additional Information

N.B. reassigned from Inishargy to St. Andrews alias Ballyhalbert

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Balliglassarie1604CPR Jas I 39a
Balliglassery1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I
Ballineglasserie1605CPR Jas I 73a
Ballynaglassery1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I
Balleglasserogh1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlvi
Balleglasserogh1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxii;xxxiv
Balleneglasserogh1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlii
Balleglasserogh1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
Balleneglasseragh1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
Glassery1659cCensus 1659 92
Glasserragh1661BSD 89
Balleglastragh1662Inq. Ult. (Down) $23 Car. II
Glaswry1663Sub. Roll Down 283
Glasseragh1681Ham. Copy Rental 108
Glastry1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 44
Glastry1830cHigh Const. Applot. (OSNB) No. 44
Glastry1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 44
Glastry1830cTythes Applot. (OSNB) No. 44

~Baile na nGlasraidh `villa herbarum, town of the

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E174
~An Ghlasrach ""the green grassy area""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 73
Ards Upper
St. Andrews alias Ballyhalbert
Parish in 1851
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