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Ballyloughan, County Down


Ir. Baile an Locháin ‘townland of the little lake’


The name of the townland of Ballyloughan is recorded as Balliloghan in 1605 and as Ballyloughan in 1745. Even though none of the historical spellings shows any evidence of the definite article (an), in the form Baile an Locháin the –n of the article could have been lost by assimilation to the initial l- of lochán while the a- would be merged with the final -e of baile which would explain the absence of any trace of the article from the historical forms. There is now no trace of a lake in the townland which suggests that the lake after which the townland is named has been drained.  There are nine Irish townlands named Ballyloughan, including Ballyloughan in the parish of Ahoghill in Co. Antrim (PNI iv 166) and Ballyloughan in the parish of Magheracloone in Co. Monaghan (L. Log. Mhuineacháin 5).


P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Baile an Locháin ""town of the small lough""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 19
Ballilogh1605CPR Jas I 73a
Balliloghan1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac 1
Ballyloghan1659cCensus 1659 87
Ballyloughan1745Map of Down (OSNB) E 19
Balyloughan1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 19
Ballyloughan1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 19
Castlereagh Lower
Parish in 1851
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