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Ballymagart, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Mhig Airt ‘Magart’s townland’

Background

It is difficult to see how Ballymagart could derive from anything other than Baile Mhig Airt in Irish despite the fact that the surname Mac/Mag Airt is extremely rare (Woulfe 1923, 306) and that we have no evidence for it in Mourne.  However, it is worth noting that a branch of the Magennises in the Aghaderg area are often called the MacArts in 17th-century documents and it is possible that a similar patronymic may have been used as a surname in this part of the county. 

References

info. from Ó Mainnín, M. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 3 p. 25

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
BallemcArte1613CPR Jas I 247a
Ballymacart1625cInq. Ult. (Down) $15 Jac. I
Ballymagart 1/21659cCensus 1659 83
Ballymcc Gart1661BSD 132
Ballemagarth1688Rent Roll Morne 2
BallymcGort1789Ir. Wills Index iv 178
Ballymegart1799Ir. Wills Index iv 178
Ballymagart1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E206
Ballymagart1822Ir. Wills Index iv 176
Ballymagert1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E206; E175
~Baile meg Airt ""Magart''s town""1834cOSNB: gen. sources E175
Barony
Mourne
Parish
Kilkeel
Parish in 1851
Kilkeel
Townland
None
Place name ID
15214
Place name type
T