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Aughnadarragh, County Down


Ir. Achadh na Darach ‘field of the oak tree’


Aughnadarragh is on the mid-western boundary of Killinchy parish.  The name first appears in 1605 as Ballyaghandorogh, and there is also an alternative name which survives as modern Drumahoy.  Aughnadarragh has two name-connections with neighbouring townlands: the townland name seems to be the origin of the village name Darragh Cross in the contiguous townland of Barnamaghery, and Aughnadarragh contains Carson’s Dam Bridge over the Carson’s Dam River.  The Carson names probably have some connection with the neighbouring townland of Carsonstown to the west, although it is unlikely to have originated with the surname. Luke Killen translated the townland name as Áth na Darach ‘ ford of the oak tree’ (OSNB).


KM, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Ath na Darach

1834cLuke Killen (OSNB) 36/56

Achadh na Darach "" field of the oak tree""

1999Cel. Ulst. Tds 14
Ballyaghandoragh1605CPR Jas I 73a
Ballyaghandorogh1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I
Balliachindarragh1612CPR Jas I 236a
Ballyaghandarragh al. Ballydromchey1636Inq. Ult. (Down) $75 Car. I
Aughindarragh1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
Ballyaghendarragh al. Ballydrumcheyd1650cInq. Ult. (Down) $109 Car. I
Aghin Darragh1659cCensus 1659 89
Drumen or the Lower Aghindarragh1659cCensus 1659 89
Aghindarragh, Barnemaghrie al1661BSD 120
Aghnedarra, The 3 qs of1661BSD 63
Aghnadarragh1745Map in poss. S. Crawford (OSNB) 36/56
Aghnadarragh1810Wm. Map (OSNB) 36/56
Aughnadaragh1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) 36/56
Castlereagh Upper
Parish in 1851
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