Ballysallagh Major, County Down
Ir. An Baile Salach ‘dirty townland’ + Eng. major 'larger'
The historical evidence indicates that Ballysallagh had been subdivided into major and minor portions as early as the beginning of the second half of the 17th century. However, as it is attested without the suffix in earlier sources, we cannot be sure that the subdivision (i.e. *Baile Salach Mór and *Baile Salach Beag) also existed in Irish (although this remains a possibility). The name Baile Salach is not confined to County Down; there are two examples of it in Co. Waterford and two in Co. Limerick (L. Log. P. Láirge 11; L. Log. Luimní 16).
ReferencesHannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 160; revised MOM
See also Ballysallagh Minor
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
|1659c||Census 1659 94|
|1681||Ham. Copy Rental 110|
Ballysallogh (?) Major
|1810||Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 54|
|1830c||Bnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 54|
- Castlereagh Lower
- Parish in 1851
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