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Ballydown, County Antrim


Ir. Baile an Dúin ‘townland of the fort’


The name of the townland of Ballydown clearly contains the element dún ‘fort’, which, although most often anglicized dun, can also be anglicized down, as in the county name of Down. There is another Ballydown in Co. Down with the same origin as this townland. There is also a townland named Ballydownfine (Baile Dhún Fionn 'townland of the white fort') in Co. Antrim. Within the townland of Ballydown there are remains of a multi-period occupation site and burns mounds (Fulachta Fiadh) from the late Mesolithic and late Bronze Ages that were excavated as part of Gas Pipeline Project (OSNI).


Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballindowne1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 43
Ballydun1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 51
Ballydun1608CPR Jas I 122b
Ballydun1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
Ballydun1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) $7 Jac.I
Ballydun1621CPR Jas I 524ab
Belidoun1659cCensus 1659 9
Ballydowne1669HMR Ant. 43
B:down1780Lendrick Map
~Baile an Dún ""town of the fort""1832cJ O'D (OSNB) A17 A198
Baile-an-dúin ""town of the dún or circular fortres1913Joyce iii 82
Baile Duin ""Town of the Fort""1934Magill's Antrim 66
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