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Ballycastle, County Antrim


Ir. Baile Chaisleáin [bala khashline] ‘townland of the castle’.


22km NE of Ballymoney

par: Ramoan bar: Cary

The former townland of Ballycastle is represented by the modern TOWN PARKS. The townland was named from a medieval castle in the middle of Ballycastle, on the site of which another castle was erected in 1609 by Randal Mac Donnell, 1st Earl of Antrim. No trace of either castle now remains [Baile Caislein 1565].


McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 11

Additional Information

T (1851)Town Parks may rep. now of Ballycas

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Marketown1551MacDonnells Antrim 48
Baile Caislein1565MacDonnells Antrim 135
is named Baile Caishlein1565MacDonnells Antrim 134
the town of Somhairle,1565MacDonnells Antrim 135
the town of Somhairle, which1565MacDonnells Antrim 134
(?)Nyw Castell in the Root,1565cMacDonnells Antrim 137
Sanhirly Boy his towne (sic)1565cMacDonnells Antrim 137
Market Town in the Glynns1567CSP Ire. 355
Market Town1568CSP Ire. 378
Markettowne1570cNowel's Ire. (1)
Markettown1595Mercator's Ire.
called Dunynie and Ballycaslen1611PRONI D2977/3A/2 /1/2
the Market Town or village1611PRONI D2977/3A/2 /1/2
Baleecastle1630CSP Ire. 1647-60 Ad. 163
Ballycastill1635Inq. Ult. (Antrim) $50 Car. I
Ballycastill1635Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $50
Ballycastle1635Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $42,64
Ballycastle1635Inq. Ult. (Antrim) $42 Car. I
Duneneny and Ballycastle,1635Inq. Ult. (Antrim) $64 Car. I
markettownes of1635Inq. Ult. (Antrim) $64 Car. I
Ballicastle, Manor and1637MacDonnells Antrim 437
Bally Castle, lordship of1637Hill's Stewarts 150
Lordship of1637MacDonnells Antrim 437
Leathaid, i1638cSMMD II 43
mbun abhann Chnuic lán-álainn1638cSMMD II 43
Bally Castle1652Hill's Stewarts 86
Ballycastell1652Hill's Stewarts 88-9
Ballycastle1652Hickson's Ire. i 280
Ballycastle1652Hill's Stewarts 89
Ballycastle1655Civ. Surv. x $60
Ballycastle1655cCiv. Surv. x 60b
Ballycastle village1657Inq. Par. Ant. 2
Ballicastle, The Castle parke of1657cDS (Par. Map) 54
Ballycastle1659Census 1659 18
Ballicastle1661Court of Claims $923
Ballycastle1661BSD 170
(?)Margie, the towne called1663Decree of Innocence 431
Ballicastle, Manor1663Decree of Innocence 437
Ballycastle, Tenements of1663Lapsed Money Book 156
and Lordship of1663Decree of Innocence 437
Ballycastle, the lordship of1666CSP Ire. 59, 67
Ballycastle1668ASE 116ab
Ballycastle, ye lordship of1668ASE 116a $19
Market town, the Abbey called the1668CSP Ire. 363
Ballycastle1669HMR Ant. 5
Ballycastle, Lordship of1678PRONI D2977/3A/2 /10/1
Ballycastle1681PRONI D2977/3A/2 /1/4
Bally Castle1683Dobbs' Descr. Ant. 384, 386
Ballycastle and Carntillagh,1693PRONI D2977/3A/2 /1/9A
Mills of1693PRONI D2977/3A/2 /1/9A
Ballycastle, The Manor of1696PRONI D2977/3A/2 /14/1
Ballycastle1699Simms, J.G. 1960 55 $38v
Ballycastle ""Castletown""1814Rev. Connolly 518
Baile an chaislein ""town1830J O'D (OSNB) B 17
of the castle""1830J O'D (OSNB) B 17
Ballycashlain ""Castletown""1837Lewis' Top. Dict. 461
~Baile [an] Chaisleáin1854cMeath (McDonnell) 42
""the name of Ballycastle in Antrim is correct, for1869Joyce i 287
Bhaile an Chaisleáin, de1904Ultach 60:10, 7
Baile Caiseil ""Castle-town""1905Ó Dubhthaigh 131
Baile an Chaisleáin1905Post-Sheanchas 28
Baile an Chaisleáin1908Claidheamh Soluis 29 Lún., L.5
Baile an Chaisleáin, ag1910Claidheamh Soluis 9 Iúl, L.3
mBaile an Chaisleáin, i1910Claidheamh Soluis 5 Fea., L.6
Baile caislein ""town1923Rev. Magill 6
of the castle""1923Rev. Magill 6
Boile Chaisleain1925cAntrim Notebooks i 108
Baile Caislean ""Town of the Castle""1934Magill's Antrim 65
Baile an Chaisil1935Ultach 12:5, 2
Baile''n Chaisleáin1935Ultach 12:5, 13
Baile Chaisleain1940Holmer, N. 1940 100
Baile Chaisteal, in1942Holmer, N. 1942 135
Baile an Chaisteil1942Holmer, N. 1942 162
Baile Chaisleain1955Ultach 32:4, 2
""the town of the castle""1973Dallat's Ramoan 25
Baile an Chaistil1973Ultach 50:8, 7
Baile an Chaistil1989GÉ 9
Baile Chaisleáin ""townland of the castle""1996NIPNP signage FMacG/KMcG
Baile an Chaisteil "" townland of the castle""1999Cel. Ulst. Tds 24
~Baile Chaisleáin ""townland of the castle""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 11
Parish in 1851
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