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Ballycloghan, County Down


Ir. Baile Clocháin ‘townland of the ford/row of stepping stones’


The townland of Ballycloghan is inland, east of Sydenham and Ballyhackamore.  John O’Donovan translated this name as Baile Clocháin ‘ townland of the ford/row of stepping stones’ and Raven’s map in 1625 shows Balle Clochan, divided into upper and lower parts.  A stream with stepping stones is now hard to identify, but a tidal stream north-east of the Connswater was clearly a significant boundary before the Connswater marshes were drained (see Ballyhackamore). A small stream still rises in the north of the townland from a small lake in what is now the grounds of Campbell College (see Belmont, DUPN 23).  The earliest spelling, Ballinacloghan in 1605, includes evidence for the article, and this spelling is given as a variant in 1620 (CPR Jas I 73a). However, Baile an Chlocháin would also be most likely anglicised as Ballycloghan.


K. Muhr, 2009

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Historical name form

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Baile Clocháin ""town of the ford/row of stepping stones"

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 29
Ballinacloghan1605CPR Jas I 73a
Ballyclochen1616CPR Jas I 326a
Ballegloghans al Ballicloghan al Ballinacloghan1620Ham. Patent [1620] xx
Ballecloghans1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlii
Balle Clochan The upper1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 35
Balle Cloghan1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 39
Balle Clohan, the lower part1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 35
Ballecloghan1630Ham. Patent [1630] xii
Ballycloghans or Ballecloghan1630Ham. Patent [1630] xiii
Ballecloghan1644Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car 1
Ballecloghans al Ballecloghan1644Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car 1
B: Cloghan1659cCensus 1659 88
Ballecloghan1661BSD 127
Ballycloghan1681Ham. Copy Rental 109
Ballycloghan1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 29
Ballycloghan1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 29
Castlereagh Lower
Parish in 1851
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