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Magherahamlet Parish, County Down


Ir. Machaire Thamhlachta ‘plain of the set-apart grave’


"A fifteenth century church at Templemoyle in the townland of Dunmore, of which no traces remain, appears to have been a chapel-of-ease to the parish of Dromara" (Clergy of Down and Dromore, 213).  In 1616 a townland called Ballymckerrhollett was listed in Kinelarty (CPR Jas I 355b). This appears to be for Irish Baile Machaire Thamhlachta ‘townland of Magherahamlet’, the parish name meaning ‘the plain of the set-apart grave’. The townland was presumably the area round the church, forming a part of the present townland of Dunmore. 

The civil parish of Magherahamlet consists of eleven townlands.  It was treated as part of the parish of Dromara in the 1851 Census, but was subsequently made into a civil parish and is listed separately in the Topographical Index to the 1961 Census.


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Old FormRef. DateReference
BallymcKerrhollett (all Kinalierty > Francis Edgew1615CPR Jas I 355b
Magherehoulet1657cHib. Reg. Kinelarty
Magherehowlert parish1661BSD 60
Magherehowlett par. Kinealerty bar.1661BSD 61
Magherhowlett par. Kinealerty bar.1661BSD 62
Magherehowlett1672cHib. Del. Down
Magherehowleitt1685Mooney 1950c Mil Surv
Magherahamlet has been formed into a perpetual cur1847EA 105n
Templemoyle.. the ancient churchyard in the td Dun1847EA 105n
~Machaire Thamhlachta ""field of the burial place""1847EA 315 n.s
Machaire Thámhlachta ""plain of the plague-grave""1950cMooney 1950c 179
Magherehowlett parish1950cMooney 1950c DS
Parish in 1851
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