Ballymacarn South, County Down
Ir. Baile Mhic Cearnaigh Uachtarach ‘McKearney’s townland, upper (=south)’
Ballymacarn, first appearing as Ballymckarney in 1616, clearly contains a surname, and the surname Mac Cearnaigh is attested historically in Co. Meath (Woulfe 460). The surname is recorded in Co. Down as lez McKearnyes in le great Ardes in 1605 (Inq. Ult. Dn. §2 Jac. I). In the same decade Patrick McKearney held lands in the parish of Donaghmore north of Newry (CPR Jas I 197a, 395b).
The division of Ballymacarn into two townlands is recorded in the 17th century, from 1650. The words íochtarach ‘lower’ and uachtarach ‘upper’ were later translated as English north and south, in accordance with the 17th-century custom which saw south as ‘above’ the north.
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|1650c||Inq. Ult. (Down) §108 Car. I|
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