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Lisnagree, County Armagh


Ir. Lios na Graí ‘fort of the horses’


The first element in this place-name lios ‘fort’ is transparent. A circular fort is marked on the 1835 6” map (OSNI) and some definable features of the early Christian fort remain in the townland today (NISMR).

The origin of the second element is less clear. However there are a number of other townlands named Lisnagree in Cos Galway, Westmeath, Kerry and Waterford ( According to An Brainse Logainmneacha¸ the second element of Lisnagree is graí, which is a collective name for ‘horse’. The proposed original form for Lisnagree elsewhere, Lios na Graí is the most likely original form for the townland of Lisnagree in Co. Armagh.


Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Lisnegree1609Esch. Co. Map
Lisnegree1612CPR Jas I 196b
Ballinegree otherwise Lisnagree1616CPR Jas I 299b
Lisnegree1623Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $8 Jas.I
Lisnegry1638Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $28 Car.I
Lissnegriee1638Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $17 Car.I
Lisnegree1641Wars Co. Down xi 61
Lysnegree1657Inq. Arm. (Paterson) 229
Lisnagree1657cHib. Reg.
Lissnagree 1 Tow1661BSD 4
Lisnagree1667ASE 112a 34
Lisnagree1685Hib. Del. 28
Lisnagree1830cPrentis' MS (OSNB) no.115
Lisnagree1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) no.115
Lis-nag-gre1834cOSNB Pron. no.115
Lisnagree1834cLand agent (OSNB) no.115
Lisnagree1834cSamuel Bryson (OSNB) no.115
Lisnagree1834cEvans's Return (OSNB) no.115
~Lios na gcroidhe ""fort of the cattle""1834cJ O'D (OSNB) no.115
~Lios na groi ""fort of the brood""1955O'Kane's Killevy app.a(iii)
Orior Lower
Parish in 1851
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