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Ballylough, County Antrim


Ir. Baile an Locha ‘townland of the lake’


The townland of Ballylough is bordered on the east by the townland of Knockaholet in the parish of Loughguile. Its name is recorded as 2 Qrs Ballylogh in 1669, as Ballilogh c.1672 and as B:logh in 1780 and derivation of the place-name is obviously Baile an Locha ‘townland of the lake’. There is now no lake in the townland but in 1831 the Ordnance Survey Memoir informs us that a small lake named Ballylough lake was the principal lake in the parish of Kilraghts and that the eastern boundary of the parish passed through its centre ‘leaving 3 acres 1 perch in this parish and 1 acre 3 roods and 11 perches in the parish of Loughguile. It is said to be unfathomable in the centre’ (OSM xvi 125). There are five other townlands named Ballylough, including Ballylough in the nearby parish of Billy and townlands named Ballylough in the Co. Down parishes of Donaghmore and Tullylish, both of which derive their names from Baile an Locha ‘townland of the lake’ (PNI i 93; PNI vi 308-9).



Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballilogh1657cHib. Reg. Dunluce
2 Qrs Ballylogh1669HMR Ant. 69
Ballilogh1672cHib. Del. Antrim
B:logh1780Lendrick Map
~Baile Locha ""town of the lough or lake""1832cJ O'D (OSNB) B16 B106
Ballylough (ancient quern)1837OSM xvi 135
Ballylough (cove roofstone)1837OSM xvi 134
Ballylough (earth and stone fort)1837OSM xvi 133
Ballylough (former ancient graveyard)1837OSM xvi 130
Ballylough (situation of lake)1837OSM xvi 125
~""the town of the lake""1869Joyce i 448
Baile Locha ""Town of the Lake""1934Magill's Antrim 67
Dunluce Upper
Parish in 1851
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