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Creevyloughgare, County Down


Ir. Craobhaigh Loch Gearr ‘bushy place of Loch Gearr


What is now called Creevy Lough on the boundary between Creevyloughgar and Tonaghmore further west was formerly significant in the names of both of them.  This suggests that the lake may have contained a crannog dwelling, although this is not in evidence today.  The lake may have been named in early Irish Loch gCearr ‘crooked lake’, since its modern shape is still irregular, or may have been simply Loch Gearr ‘short lough’ as suggested by Luke Killen.  The commissioners of the 1623 inquisition recorded that, ‘Wee find that B.Taunaghmore and Loghgar are one and not divers, and Crevy-Loghgar to be halfe a towne belonging to Loghgar’ (Ham. Copy Inq. lv).  The inquisition confirms that Creevyloughgare was originally a half townland (Ir. leath-bhaile) by twice naming it Levalle Crevie-Loghgar, but it is a full townland in the modern system.  The references to Ballycreweh, -crevie in 1605, 1623, and to Creevy on the 1755 and 1810 counrty maps could be to Creevy Beg in Killinchy parish a few townlands to the east.


KM, 2009

Additional Information

cf. Creevy Lough on the boundary of this townland

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Craobh loch ghiorr ""Bush of the short lough""

1834cLuke Killen (OSNB) E15
Ballycreweh1605CPR Jas I 73a
Ballyloghgar1605CPR Jas I 73a
B.Taunaghmore and Loghgar1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] lv
Balle-Loghar al. Taunaghmore1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xliii
Ballecrevie1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xl
Ballelogher al. Taunaghmore1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlii
Balleloghgar al. Levalecrevieloghgar1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiii
Ballenecrevie1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiv
Levalle, Crevie-Loghgar1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xl
Levalle-Crevie-Loghgar1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlii
Loghgan al. Balle-Taunaghwin1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xl
Balleloghgar al. Balletanaghmore1630Ham. Patent [1630] xiv
Levalle, Crevilloughgar1630Ham. Patent [1630] xiv
Ballyloghgare1632Inq. Ult. (Down) $29 Car. I
Balleloghgare al. Balletawnaghmore1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
Creeveloughgur1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
Creevieloughgar(e)1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
Crevyloghgarre1645cInq. Ult. (Down) $105 Car. I
Crevyloghgarr1659cCensus 1659 90
Creuyloghgare1661BSD 127
Crevieloughgare1681Ham. Jointure 125
Creevy1755Map of Down (OSNB) E15
Creevy1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E15
Creevy-lough-gare1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E15
Creevyloughgare1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E15
Castlereagh Upper
Parish in 1851
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