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Rowallane, County Down

Origin

Background

1km S of Saintfield

par: Saintfield bar: Castlereagh Upper

Rowallane Gardens covering 50 acres are attached to ROWALLANE HOUSE and were established over a century ago by the Rev. John Moore. The latter named both house and gardens after the native place of his ancestor, one of the Mures of ROWALLAN in Ayrshire, a colonel in the army of William III who had obtained land in Ulster and settled here. The name Rowallan derives from Sc.G. Rudha Álainn ‘delightful promontory’, referring to the site of the original castle of Rowallan on the bank of the river Carmel near KILMARNOCK. Rowallane Gardens are partly in the townland of CREEVYLOUGHGARE and partly in LEGGYGOWAN.

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 127

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Rubha Alainn ""delightful promontory""1996NIPNP signage PMcK/MrCarr
Rubha A/lainn "" beautiful promontory""1999Cel. Ulst. Tds 11
~Sc.G. Rudha Álainn ""beautiful promontory""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 127
Barony
Castlereagh Upper
Parish
Saintfield
Parish in 1851
Saintfield
Townland
Leggygowan
Place name ID
12358
Place name type
M:S