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Galwally, County Down

Origin

Ir. An Gallbhaile ‘foreigners’ townland’

Background

In this case, the ‘foreigners’ referred to are likely to have been the Anglo-Normans. Galwally is now a very small townland measuring only 74 acres but in the 1851 Census it is recorded as measuring 224 acres.  Clearly a large area (including Annadale Avenue) has been transferred from Galwally into the neighbouring townland of Ballynafoy.

References

P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

(?) Legolghtorp

1333Inq. Earldom Ulster 139

Caldwally

1777Taylor & Skinner 5b

Galbhaile ""foreigners town""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 124

Gallbhaile ""foreigner''s townland""

1991NIPNP posters Belfast

Gallbhaile, 'foreign settlement', or simply Gallbhuaile, 'stone cattle-enclosure'

2005Muhr, K. 2005 14
Balligallvally1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac I
Balligalvally1605CPR Jas I 73a
Ballenegalwally1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiii
Ballyvullvally1625CPR Chas I 66
Ballegalwally1630Ham. Patent [1630] xiv
Galvally1657Inq. Down (Reeves1) 127
Galivally1659cCensus 1659 88
Balligalvally1663Sub. Roll Down 286
Gallwally1745Map of Down (OSNB) E 124
Galwally1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 124
Barony
Castlereagh Upper
Parish
Knockbreda
Parish in 1851
Knockbreda
Townland
None
Place name ID
17500
Place name type
T