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Ballynafoy, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile na Faiche ‘townland of the lawn or green’

Background

Ballynafoy is a large townland comprising 904 acres.  Its western boundary is formed by the river Lagan and it extends southwards to include the Rosetta area of Belfast. The name Ballynafeigh is now used for a portion of the townland which lies immediately south of Ormeau Bridge. However, it is obviously merely a variant form of the townland name.  The element faiche often refers to a lawn or green in front of a fort, but there is no record of any fort in the townland.

References

P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

alias Ballynafeigh (though this is usually applied to a specific part of the townland)

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Ballynafoy Turnpike

1791Williamson's Belfast

Baile na Faithche ""town of the green""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 124

Baile na Faiche ""the townland of the green""

1991NIPNP posters Belfast

Baile na Faiche ""townland of the green""

1999Dict. Ulst. PN 16
Ballinefeigh1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac I
Ballinefeigh1605CPR Jas I 73a
Ballenefeagh al Ballenefeigh1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xliii
Ballenefeigh1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiii
Ballynefoy1632Inq. Ult. (Down) $29 Car. I
Ballenefay1659cCensus 1659 88
Ballynafoy1745Map of Down (OSNB) E 124
Ballynafoy1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 124,
Barony
Castlereagh Upper
Parish
Knockbreda
Parish in 1851
Knockbreda
Townland
None
Place name ID
17422
Place name type
T