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Armoy, County Antrim


Ir. Oirthear Maí [urrher mwee]‘the east of the plain’.


Village is 9km SW of Ballycastle

bar: Cary

The present Church of Ireland church in the townland of GLEBE marks the site of an earlier church traditionally associated with St Olcan. The latter is said to have been baptised by St Patrick who placed him as bishop over the church. A portion of Armoy parish is in the barony of Dunluce Upper [Airther Maigi c.900].


McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 7

Additional Information

T. (1851); Town (1851)

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
>Dáil Riatai0900cTrip. Life (Stokes) 162
Airther Maigi0900cTrip. Life (Stokes) 162
Airther Maigi0900cTrip. Life (Stokes) 162
inAirtiur [Maigi] soirchaithir> Dáil Riatai0900cTrip. Life (Stokes) 162
(?)Airrthir, ríg an1050cLebor na Cert 84 $1244
(?)Airthir, ríg an1050cLebor na Cert 88 $2912
do ríg in Airrthir (Ulaid)1050cLebor na Cert 84 l.1244
Airrther Maighe1177ALC i 157
~Airthear-Maighi, co roloisc Cú-Midhe hUa Flaind1177AU ii 188
~airthear mhaighe1177AFM iii 32
(?)Dercan1182cEA 80
co hAirther-muighi i n-Dail-riatai1247AU ii 308
~go hairthear mhaighe in ndáilriada1247AFM iii 322
Erthermoy1262Inq. Earldom Ulster 38
Erthermoy1262EA 72
Ethirmoy1306cEccles. Tax. (CDI) 209
Athermoy1333Inq. Earldom Ulster 80(?)
Athermoy, the water-mill of1333Eccles. Tax. 80 n.t
Erthermoy1333Inq. Earldom Ulster 325(?)
Erthermoy, lands of1333Eccles. Tax. 80 n.t
Airther Maigi Coba1400cTrip. Life (Stokes) lix
Airther Maigi Cobhai1400cBook of Lismore (Hogan) fo. 5a
Araidhi1400cBook of Lismore (Hogan) fo. 5a
(?)Condon or Canton of Armoy1576CSP Ire. 90
Ardmoye1586Fiants Eliz. $4897
Cone McCoine dean (deacon)s) of1586Fiants Eliz. $4897
Armoy and Raghlines, the Cynamond of1603CPR Jas I 58a
Armoy1604CPR Jas I 58a
Armoy, the cynomond of, and Raghlines1604CPR Jas I 58a
Armoye1609Jas I to Connor Cath. 263
Armoye1609Jas I to Connor Cath. 263
>called the Cinemond of1610LP 8 Jas I (PRONI)
Armoy and Raghlynns, the tough>called the Cinemond of1610LP 8 Jas I (PRONI)
Armoy1615Terrier (Reeves) 105
Armoy, Ecclesia de1615Terrier (Reeves) 259
Armoy, Ecclia de1622Ulster Visit. Reeves 63
Ardmoy, the territory or precinct of1625MacDonnells Antrim 441
Armoy1633Regal Visit. (Reeves) 121
(?)Derkanensis Ecclesiæ1639Brit. Eccles. Ant. 1117
(?)Derkanensis, Ecclesiæ1639Brit. Eccles. Ant. 951
(?)Derkelan, in loco qui dicitur1639Brit. Eccles. Ant. 610
(?)territorio Clonderkan1639Brit. Eccles. Ant. 951
Clon-dercan1640cMon. Hib. 15
Airthermuge, ab1645Acta SS Colgan 377a
Airthermuige1645Acta SS Colgan 378 col.1
Arthir-mughiae seu vt alij1645Acta SS Colgan 375a
Rath-mughia, oppido Dalredinorum1645Acta SS Colgan 375b
Airther Mugiae, oppidum de1647Trias. Thaum. 147b
Arthir-mugia oppido Dalredinorum1647Trias. Thaum. 146b
Arthir-mugiae [ecclesia]1647Trias. Thaum. 146
Ecclesiae Rath-mugiae seu ut alii1647Trias. Thaum. 146b
Rath-mugiae [ecclesia]1647Trias. Thaum. 146
Airther-mugia al. Rathmugia in Dalriedia1650L. Gen. DF 418
Rathmugia in Dalriedia1650L. Gen. DF 418
Armoy, parish of1652Hill's Stewarts 86
Ardmoy, Parish of1657cDS (Par. Map) 62
Parish of Admoy1657cHib. Reg. Cary
Ardmoy1659BSD 177
Armoy1659Census 1659 19
Armoy1661Court of Claims $923
Armoy1661Trien. Visit. (Bramhall) 3
Raghlins1661Court of Claims $923
the Finamont of Armoy and the1661Court of Claims $923
>Raghlins1663Decree of Innocence 431
the sinamount of Armoy and the Raghlins1663Decree of Innocence 431
Armoy1664Trien. Visit. (Margetson) 28
Armoy, Parish of1666HMR Ant. (1666) 96
Ardmoy1668ASE 117a $19
Armoy1668Shaw Mason's Par. Sur. 517
Armoy, parish of1669HMR Ant. 11
Ardmoy1672cHib. Del.
Armoy1679Trien. Visit. (Boyle) 34
Armory, a well called1683Dobbs' Descr. Ant. 384
Armoy1690Dan. Force 147
Ardmoy1690cLamb Maps Co. Antrim
Armoy1699Lhuyd's Tour 222
Ardmoy1711Ire. Map c.1711
Armoy1734Religious Survey
Ardmy, parish of1740cHill's Stewarts 220
Armoy1750Hill's Stewarts 16
Ardmoy1752Merchant's Book 41
Armoy1780Lendrick Map
Airther-muighe1786Mon. Hib. 14
Airthermuighe1786Mon. Hib. 14
Arther-muighe-haonaigh1786Mon. Hib. 23 n.c
Arther-muighe-haonuigh1786Mon. Hib. 23
Arthur-muighe1786Mon. Hib. 23
Rathmuighe1786Mon. Hib. 23
Rathmuighe1786Mon. Hib. 23
Rathmuighe-haonaigh/Arthur-muighe/1786Mon. Hib. 23 n.c
Rathmuighe-haonuigh1786Mon. Hib. 23
Armoy vi1812Dubourdieu Map
Ard-moy, i.e. ""yellow hill""1822Hamilton's Letters 244
Armoy1830Bnd. Sur. (OSNB) B 21
Airthear Maighe ""East of the plain""1832J O'D (OSNB) B 21
Ard-Magh ""high plain""1832OSM xxiv 1
Ardmoy1832OSNB: gen. sources B 21
plain""1832J O'D (OSNB) B 21
Airther-Mugiae1847EA 244
Airthermuighe1847EA 243
Arthir muigh1847EA 237
Dercan1847EA 80
Derkan1847EA 244
Erthermoy1847EA 80
Airther-muighe ""the eastern plain""1873Mon. Hib. 14 n.35
Airtear-Mag ""The Eastern plain""1905Ó Dubhthaigh 131
Oirthear Muighe1905Post-Sheanchas 22
Airthear-Maighe ""eastern plain""1913Joyce iii 49
Airthear Muighe ""East part of the plain""1923Rev. Magill 5
Airthear Muighe ""Eastern Plain""1934Magill's Antrim 64
Airthear Maighe1987Dallat's Armoy 53
Oirthear Maí1988Éire Thuaidh
Oirthear Maí1989GÉ 144
Oirthear Maí ""(the) east of the plain""1996NIPNP signage FMacG/KMcG
~Oirthear Maí ""the east of the plain""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 7
Parish in 1851
Turnarobert/Mill Five Acres
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