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Leitrim, County Down

Origin

Ir. Liatroim ‘grey ridge’

Background

The name Leitrim is a compound of liath ‘grey’ and droim ‘ridge’ in Irish: Liathdroim, modern Liatroim.  The feature from which it derives its name is now known as Leitrim Hill.  Elsewhere in Co. Down there is a Leitrim in the parish of Donaghcloney and a Leitrim in the parish of Kilkeel.  In three early and related documents Collo or Cahell McDermott McCormocke is variously stated to possess Leitrim or BallemcCormock so that they may well refer to the same place.

References

Ó Mainní­n, M. (1993): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 3 p. 90

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballyletyn & Ballyagkan, 2 vill'' de1549Ex. Inq. (Dn) 3 Ed. VI 13
Ballyletyn1585Fiants Eliz. $4788
Ballyletyn1594Fiants Eliz. $5867
Balliletin1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I
(?)BallemcCormock1610CPR Jas I 195b
Ballyleatrome1611CPR Jas I 191a
Ballyleatrone1611CPR Jas I 191a
Ballileatrim1614CPR Jas I 266a
Balleletrim & Balleaghan1633Ex. Inq. (Dn) 8 Car. I (DF)
Balleletrim1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
Balleletrim1657Inq. Down (Reeves1) 95
Letrim1657cHib. Reg. Up. Iveagh
Lettenin1659cCensus 1659 76
Leitrim1661BSD 109
Letrim1661BSD 110
(?)Letrim1663Sub. Roll Down 277
Letrim1672cHib. Del. Down
Leitrim1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E207
Leitrim1821Porter's Map (OSNB) E207
Leitrim1827County Warrant (OSNB) E207
Leitrim1829Reg. Free. (OSNB) E207
Leitrim1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E207
~Liathdruim ""Grey ridge""1834cOSNB: gen. sources E207
~Liath Dhruim ""Grey ridge""1950cMooney 1950c 65
Barony
Iveagh Up., Lr. Half
Parish
Clonduff
Parish in 1851
Clonduff
Townland
None
Place name ID
14782
Place name type
T