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Mountnorris, County Armagh

Origin

Background

5.5km SSE of Markethill

par: Loughgilly bar: Orior Lower

Mountnorris is named after Sir John Norris (1547–97) from England who at the end of the 16th century built a fort here, on lands belonging to the O’Hanlons, to guard the pass between Armagh and Newry, in the course of his war with Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone. The original Ir. name of the townland was Achadh na Cranncha [aghoo na kranagha] ‘field of the wooded place’ and this is now used as the Ir. name of the village [(fort of) Mountnorris orw. Aghnecranchie 1606].

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 111

Additional Information

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Barony
Orior Lower
Parish
Loughgilly
Parish in 1851
Loughgilly
Townland
None
Place name ID
14004
Place name type
T