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Magheramorne, County Antrim


Ir. Machaire Morna [maghera moarna] ‘plain of Morna’.


5.5km SE of Larne

par: Glynn bar: Belfast Lower

Morna may possibly represent a tribal name but its meaning is obscure. Magheramorne was formerly the name of a tuath or petty Ir. kingdom and also of a rural deanery. It contained an early church which is said to have been founded by St Patrick but the site of which has not been located. The village of Magheramorne is in the townland of NEWLANDS [(Domnach mor) Maigi Damóerna c.900].


McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 103

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Domnach Mór Maigi Damóerna [chs DálAraide]0900cTrip. Life (Stokes) 164
~Maigi Damóerna, Domnach Mór0900cTrip. Life (Stokes) 162
~Domhnaigh Moir Damhairne, epscop1170cMart. Gorm. Sep 17n p178
Ui Chrimthaind Chuile 7 Muigi Damaerna1200cDescendants Ir xiv 72
Decanatus Morini1546cReg. Dowdall $129 269
Magherimorne1605CPR Jas I 78a
Magherimorne1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 49
Maghermorne1605CPR Jas I 76a,77a
Tuogh Magherymorne1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 51
Tuogh-Magherimorne1605CPR Jas I 78a
Tuoghmagherymorne1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 43,50
Magherimore1606CPR Jas I 89a
Magherimorne1608CPR Jas I 121ab,122b,125b
Magherymorne1608CPR Jas I 125b
Tuogh-Magherimorne1608CPR Jas I 122a
Tuoghmagherimorne1608CPR Jas I 121b, 125b
Magherimorne1611CPR Jas I 216b
Magherimorne1615CPR Jas I 278a
Mauchrimorne, Deanery of1615Terrier (Reeves) 75
Magherymorne1620CPR Jas I 483b
Magheiremorne1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
Magheremorne1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
Magherimorne1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
Magherymorne1621CPR Jas I 523b, 524b
Tuoghmagherymorne1621CPR Jas I 524ab
tuogh-Magherimorne1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
Domhnaigh móir Maighi Damhairne, Earc, epscop1630cMart. Don. Sep 17 p250
Magheremourne1632Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $15
Maghermorne1634Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $24
Machaire-Morna, decanatus de1647Trias. Thaum. 177 col.1
Mag-damorna1647Trias. Thaum. 146
Mogheremorne1659cCensus 1659 8
~Machaire Morna1989GÉ 250
~Machaire Morna1989GÉ 250
~Machaire Morna ""plain of Morna""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 104
Belfast Lower
Parish in 1851
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