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Fair Head or Benmore, County Antrim


Ir. An Bhinn Mhór [an vin wore] ‘the great cliff’.


On N Antrim coast, 6.5km ENE of Ballycastle

par: Culfeightrin bar: Cary

Benmore or Fair Head is a conspicuous promontory in the townland of CROSS. ‘Fair Head’ is not an accurate translation of Ir. An Bhinn Mhór and it is possible that Fair Head and An Bhinn Mhór originally referred to two different parts of the promontory [Fayre forland 1567].


Additional Information

alias of Benmore or Fair Head

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Fayre forland1567Goghe's Map
fayre forland1567Goghe's Map
Faire forlande1570cNowel's Ire. (1)
The North Forland of Eyerlond1570cAntrim Coast Sketch
Fairy Foreland, a cape called1575Cal. Carew MSS 438
Fayre forelande1590Dartmouth Map 6
Faire forland1590cBartlett Map (Greenwich)
Fayre Forelande1590cSea Chart NLI
Fayre Forlande1590cUlster Map 1590c
The faire forland1590cJobson's Ulster (TCD)
faire forland1590cDartmouth Map 5
Faire Forland1591Hondius Map
Fayre forland1595Mercator's Ire.
Faire Forlande1599Boazio's Map (BM)
Fayre forlande1599cTreatise on Ire. (NLI) 11
Fair foreland1603Bartlett Maps (Esch. Co. Maps) 1
Faire forelande1610Mercator's/Hole's Ire.
Fayre Forland Promontory1610Speed's Ulster
Fayre forland1610Speed's Ireland
the Fair Foreland1615Terrier (Reeves) 75
the Fair foreland1615Terrier (Reeves) 75
Fair Head1657cHib. Reg. Cary
Point Ffairehead1657cDS (Par. Map) 59
Faire head Point1672cHib. Del.
Pulchrum Promontorium seu Faire-foreland1685O'Flaherty's Ogygia 17
Faire head1690cLamb Maps Co. Antrim
Fairehead1777Taylor & Skinner 270
Fairhead1784Hamilton's Letters 8
Fair Head1806Wright's Diary 31
Beann Mór ""great ben or peak""1831J O'D (OSNB) B 24 B 37
Beeing vore1889Mulcahy's Rathlin 44
beinn mhór1889Mulcahy's Rathlin 44
Beann Mhór ""great peak""1923Rev. Magill 8
Rubha an Fhir Liaith ""the1927Dinneen
promontory of the grey man""1927Dinneen
Beann Mor ""Great Peak""1934Magill's Antrim 70
Cionn Fionn1940Holmer, N. 1940 114
Bheinn Mhór, an1942Holmer, N. 1942 63
An Bhinn Mhór1989GÉ 36
~An Bhinn Mhór ""the great cliff""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 24
Parish in 1851
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