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Clonallan Glebe, County Down


Clonallan + Eng. glebe 'land belonging / yielding revenue to a church'; earlier Ir. Baile na gCléireach ‘townland of the clerics’


References to Clonallan in the sources are normally either to the parish or to the church itself. The lands which surrounded that church, the basis of the modern townland Clonallan Glebe, were known in earlier times as Ballynegleragh, Irish Baile na gCléireach ‘townland of the clerics’.  The name of the parish of Clonallan derives from Irish Cluain Dalláin ‘(Saint) Dallán’s meadow’. 

In two of the sources Ballynegleragh is recorded as having an alias Tonnycreman (CPR Jas I 396a) or Tommemicknemarro (CPR Jas I 191b).  These may ultimately be two corrupt forms of the one name, but it is impossible to suggest on such little evidence what the original name may have been.


Ó Mainnín, M. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. I p. 72

Additional Information

See the parish of Clonallan for a discussion and historical forms of that name

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference


1435Reg. Swayne 161

Ballynegleragh al. Tonnycreman

1609CPR Jas I 396a

Ballynecleragh al. Tommemicknemarro, town of

1611CPR Jas I 191b

Clonallan, the Town of, als Ballinegleragh

1657Inq. Down (Reeves1) 89

Conallan [td.]

1659cCensus 1659 74

Glannallan belonging to ye Church of Clannallen

1661BSD 112

Clonallan Glebe

1806Civ. & Ecc. Top. (OSNB) E42 no. 100

Clonallan Glebe

1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E42 no. 100

Clonallen Glebe

1829Newry Tel. (OSNB) E42 no. 100

Clonallan Glebe

1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E42 no. 100

perhaps Tom mic na marbh ""bush of the son of the dead"

2003HMC replies HMCsep03
Clonalle [td.]1657cHib. Reg. Up. Iveagh
Clonalle [td.]1672cHib. Del. Down
Clonallon, Glebe of1800Map Hall Estates fol. 32
Iveagh Up., Up. Half
Parish in 1851
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