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Legamaddy, County Down

Origin

Ir. Lag an Mhadaidh ‘hollow of the dog’

Background

(sometimes Leggamaddy)

4.5km S of Downpatrick

par: Bright bar: Lecale Upper

The name of the townland of Legamaddy does not appear to be recorded prior to 1710 (Leggamaddy). However, its derivation is clearly Lag an Mhadaidh ‘hollow of the dog’ as in Gasaitéar na hÉireann (120). There is a small lake at the south-west corner of the townland and this may be the ‘hollow’ referred to in the place-name.

References

PMcK, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Lag an mhadaidh ""the dog''s hollow""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) 170

Lag an Mhadaidh

1989GÉ 120

Lag an Mhadaidh ""hollow of the (wild) dog""

1999Dict. Ulst. PN 94

Lag na Madadh "" hollow of the dogs/foxes""

1999Cel. Ulst. Tds 17
Leggamaddy1710Map Ld de Clifford (OSNB) E 120
Liggamaddy1755Map of Down (OSNB) E 120
Liggamaddy1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 120
Ligamaddy1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 120
Barony
Lecale Upper
Parish
Bright
Parish in 1851
Bright
Townland
None
Place name ID
12812
Place name type
T