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Carnaghts, County Antrim


Ir. Carn Eachdach Eochaidh’s cairn’


The name of the townland of Carnaghts is recorded as Carnough in 1669 and the place-name is recorded as Carnaught and Carnaght in the Ordnance Survey Memoir of 1835 (OSM xix 27,28) which suggests that the final –s of the modern spelling is not original to the place-name. The most satisfactory interpretation of the name is Carn Eachdach Eochaidh’s cairn’. The personal name Eochaidh was extremely popular in early Ireland (Ó Corráin & Maguire 1981, 87). Its usual genitive is Eachach but Eachdach is also attested, as in the name of the townland of Duneight in the Co. Down portion of the parish of Blaris (Dún Eachdach Eochaidh’s fort). There is no trace or record of a cairn in the townland. The townland of Carnaghts is one of nine townlands in the parish of Connor which belonged to the nearby abbey of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Kells (O’Laverty iii 287, see Kells).


Pat McKay

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Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballywillie1542Mon. Hib. 13
Ballyvillye1603Mon. Hib. 14
Ballivilly1604CPR Jas I 39a
?Ballyvilly1605CPR Jas I 72b
?Ballyvilly1608CPR Jas I 122a
?Ballyvilly1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
?Ballyvilly1621CPR Jas I 524a
Carnough1669HMR Ant. 121
Carnaghts1780Lendrick Map
Crevilly Vally1780Lendrick Map
Carn Ochta ""carn of the breast of the hill""1832cJ O'D (OSNB) B94 B43
Creig Bile Bhealaigh ""rock of the old tree of the 1832cJ O'D (OSNB) B94 B43
Antrim Lower
Parish in 1851
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