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Ballysallagh Major, County Down

Origin

Ir. An Baile Salach ‘dirty townland’ + Eng. major 'larger'

Background

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).

References

Hannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 160; revised MOM

Additional Information

See also Ballysallagh Minor

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Ballysallagh Major

1659cCensus 1659 94

Ballesellagh Major

1661BSD 127

Ballysallogh (major)

1681Ham. Copy Rental 110

Ballysallogh (?) Major

1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 54

Ballysallagh Major

1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 54
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Bangor
Parish in 1851
Bangor
Townland
None
Place name ID
17651
Place name type
T