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Ballyrushboy, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Rois Buí ‘yellow townland of the wood’

Background

The Irish element ros can signify either ‘peninsula’ or ‘wood’.  In the case of this inland townland, ‘wood’ is obviously the more appropriate.  The element buí ‘yellow’ appears to refer to the colour of the vegetation at an earlier period.

References

P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Baile Rossa Buidhe ""Yellow Ross''s town""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 124

Baile Ros Buí ""townland of (the) yellow woods""

1991NIPNP posters Belfast
Ballyrossboy1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac I
BalleKoshoy1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xli
Ballerosboie1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiii
Ballerosboy1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xli
Keshboy1659cCensus 1659 88
Ballyrushboy1745Map of Down (OSNB) E 124
Ballyrushboy1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 124
Barony
Castlereagh Upper
Parish
Knockbreda
Parish in 1851
Knockbreda
Townland
None
Place name ID
17434
Place name type
T