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Ballymacarret (Intake), County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Mhic Gearóid ‘MacGarrett’s or MacCarrett’s townland’ + Eng. intake 'reclaimed land'

Background

Ballymacarret Intake, which consists of land reclaimed from Belfast Lough, takes its name from the neighbouring townland of Ballymacarret (Irish Baile Mhic Gearóid ‘MacGarrett/MacCarrett’s townland’). Ballymacarret Intake is first designated a townland in the 1901 Census.  The Oxford English Dictionary records the use of intake in Northern England to denote 'land reclaimed from moor etc.' and it is used similarly in Ulster place-names, but also for lands reclaimed from the sea or lakes, cf. Sydenham Intake.

References

P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

First designated a townland in 1901 Census

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
reclaimed land adjacent to Ballymacarret1991NIPNP posters Belfast
Barony
Castlereagh Upper
Parish
Knockbreda
Parish in 1851
None
Townland
None
Place name ID
17806
Place name type
T