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Braetown, County Antrim

Origin

Sc. brae ‘hill’ + E. town

Background

The townland of Braetown along with the neighbouring townland of Skerrywhirry originally made up a larger townland the name of which is recorded as Dunduffe in the Hearth Money Rolls of 1669 (HMR Ant. 135). The OS 1:10,000 map (sh. 69) marks ‘Dunduff Rath’ on the north bank of the Glenwhirry River which forms the southern boundary of the townland of Skerrywhirry. The Northern Ireland Sites and Monuments Record describes this feature as ‘a long, narrow pointed oval mound which appears to be natural’ and goes on to remark that ‘the archaeological significance of this mound is uncertain’ (www.ni-environment.gov.uk/nismrsearch). The name Dunduff obviously derives from Irish Dún Dubh ‘black fort’ and this is clearly the feature from which the now-obsolete townland of Dunduff has been named.

References

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
(?)Dunduffe1669HMR Ant. 135
i.e. town of the brae or hill1832cJ O'D (OSNB) B138 B42
Barony
Antrim Lower
Parish
Glenwhirry
Parish in 1851
Glenwhirry
Townland
None
Place name ID
16783
Place name type
T