Ballynafoy, County Down
Ir. Baile na Faiche ‘townland of the lawn or green’
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.
ReferencesP. McKay, 2009
alias Ballynafeigh (though this is usually applied to a specific part of the townland)
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
Baile na Faithche ""town of the green""
|1834c||J O'D (OSNB) E 124|
Baile na Faiche ""the townland of the green""
|1991||NIPNP posters Belfast|
Baile na Faiche ""townland of the green""
|1999||Dict. Ulst. PN 16|
|Ballinefeigh||1605||CPR Jas I 73a|
|Ballinefeigh||1605||Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac I|
|Ballenefeagh al Ballenefeigh||1623||Ham. Copy Inq.  xliii|
|Ballenefeigh||1623||Ham. Copy Inq.  xxxiii|
|Ballynefoy||1632||Inq. Ult. (Down) $29 Car. I|
|Ballenefay||1659c||Census 1659 88|
|Ballynafoy||1745||Map of Down (OSNB) E 124|
|Ballynafoy||1810||Wm. Map (OSNB) E 124,|
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- Parish in 1851
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