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Drumlee, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. An Droim Liath ‘the grey ridge’

Background

The historical spellings of the name of the townland of Drumlee are quite uniform (e.g. Dromelee 1666, Dromly c.1672) and the most satisfactory interpretation of the place-name is An Droim Liath ‘the grey ridge’, though Droim Lao ‘ridge of the calf’ is also a possibility. The Hearth Money Rolls of 1669 record both Lower Drumlea and Upper Drumlea (HMR Ant. 80), indicating that the townland was formerly divided into Lower and Upper portions. There are a number of low hills in the townland. There are three other townlands named Drumlee, including Drumlee in the parish of Drumgooland in Co. Down (Droim Lao ‘ridge of the calf’, 94) and two townlands named Drumlea.

References

Pat McKay

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Drumly Lower1657cHib. Reg. Kilconway
Upper Drumly1657cHib. Reg. Kilconway
Loer Dernulee1659cCensus 1659 16
Upper Dermulee1659cCensus 1659 16
Dromelee1666ASE 175b
Dromlee1667ASE 118b
Lower Drumlea1669HMR Ant. 80
Upper Drumlea1669HMR Ant. 80
Drumly1672cHib. Del. Antrim
Drumlees1780Lendrick Map
~Druim Laoigh ""the calf''s ridge""1833J O'D (OSNB) B20
~Druim-laoigh ""hill-back or ridge of the calf. A c1913Joyce iii 328
Barony
Kilconway
Parish
Finvoy
Parish in 1851
Finvoy
Townland
None
Place name ID
1620
Place name type
T