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Glenravel Water, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Gleann Fhreabhail [glan rauil] ‘glen of the (river) Ravel’.

Background

The glen is the valley of the Glenravel Water, 12km NNE of Ballymena

par: Skerry/Dunaghy bar: Antrim Lower/Kilconway

The name of the river Ravel (commonly known as the GLENRAVEL WATER) is derived from Ir. Freabhal [fraual] (earlier Fregabal ‘towards the fork’) referring, perhaps, to the point where it unites with the SKERRY WATER at Martinstown to form the Clogh River. At an earlier period the GLENRAVEL WATER formed a boundary between the kingdoms of Dál Riada and Dál Araidhe [(occ) Fregabail 912].

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 76

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
~(?)Críonna Fregabhail, cath0248AFM i 114
~occ Freghabhail0912AFM ii 584
~oc Fregabul0914AU (Mac Airt) 360
Owen Glan Rawre1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 45
Owen Rawre1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 43,45
Owen Rawre1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 43,45,46
Owen Glanrawree1607CPR Jas I 114a
Owen Glanrawree1607CPR Jas I 114a
Glenravell1654cCiv. Surv. x $64a
Gleneravell1655cCiv. Surv. x $65a
Gleneravell1655cCiv. Surv. x $65a
Glenravell1655cCiv. Surv. x $64a
Glenravell Water1655cCiv. Surv. x $66a
Glenravell Water1655cCiv. Surv. x $66a
the water of Glenravell1655cCiv. Surv. x $61a
the water of Glenravell1655cCiv. Surv. x $61a
Ravel Water1657cHib. Reg.
Glanravall1669HMR Ant. 126
The Ravill Water1672cHib. Del. Antrim
Ravel Water1780Lendrick Map
~Gleann Fhreabhail1989GÉ 226
~Gleann Fhreabhail1989GÉ 226
~Gleann Fhreabhail ""glen of the (river) Ravel""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 76
~Gleann Fhreabhail ""glen of the (river) Ravel""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 76
An Freabhal2000NIPNP replies PMcK/DMacGE
~Fregabail, tomaidhm...3510AAFM i 32 AW
Barony
Kilconway
Parish
Dunaghy
Parish in 1851
Dunaghy
Townland
Carrowcowan
Place name ID
16386
Place name type
M:W