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Drumbare, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Droim Bairr ‘ridge of the top/top ridge’

Background

The townland of Drumbare is situated on the northern border of the parish of Grange of Dundermot and adjoins the village of Clogh Mills on the south. The name of the townland is recorded as Drumbar c.1657 and the most satisfactory interpretation of the place-name is Droim Bairr ‘ridge of the top/top ridge’. There is a conspicuous hill of 120 metres in the middle of the townland and this is likely the location of ‘a great cairn, which stood in the townland of Drumbaire’and ‘was destroyed in 1820’ (O’Laverty iv 46, 1887). Drumbare is a unique townland name. However, there are six townlands named Drumbar, five of which are in Co. Cavan/

References

PMcK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Drumbar1657cHib. Reg. Kilconway
Drumbare1659cCensus 1659 16
Drumbare1669HMR Ant. 86
Drumbore1672cHib. Del. Antrim
Drumbare1780Lendrick Map
Barony
Kilconway
Parish
Grange of Dundermot
Parish in 1851
Grange of Dundermot
Townland
None
Place name ID
1313
Place name type
T