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Drumbeg Parish, County Down


Ir. An Droim Beag ‘the little ridge’


The townland of Drumbeg contains the site of the medieval parish church of Drumbeg which is marked by the modern Church of Ireland parish church of Saint Patrick. The latter is situated on a low hill named the Drum on the south bank of the river Lagan which forms the north-eastern boundary of the townland. The name of the church is recorded as Ecclesia de Drum in the Papal Taxation of c.1306 (EA 46). In 1615 it is recorded as Ecclesia de Drum of Movilla, referring to the fact that at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries in 1541 the rectory of the parish of Drumbeg was appropriate to the abbey of Movilla at Newtownards. The earliest historical spelling of Drumbeg which shows evidence of the modern final element (i.e. beag ‘little’) is Ballygromebegg in 1605. While the townland of Drumbeg lies south of the Lagan, a large portion of the parish of Drumbeg lies north of the river, in Co. Antrim.


P. McKay, 2009

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Down portion; a larger portion of parish is in Co. Antrim. See also the townland of Drumbeg for historical forms of this name.

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