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Foy Beg, County Armagh

Origin

perhaps Ir. An Fhaíche Bheag ‘the little green’

Background

The names Nauge, Nauore appear on the 1609 Escheated Counties map next to Drumalis, and must be Foy Beg and Foy More. In fact, most of the 17th-century references to the two Foy townlands begin with N- not F-, with the initial N- deriving from the final –n- of the Irish article. 

The townland or ballybo of Foy More then seems to have been divided in the plantation grants: in 1610 ‘Naenore half-bal’ was granted to John Heron in the manor of Aghivillan (again 1629), and in 1628 the ‘half ballybo Neavore’ was leased by William Stanhowe to Patric O'Connelan for 1 year (Inq. Ult.  Arm.  $9 Jac I).  In 1628 William Stanhowe leased Neavage to Cullo McCan for 1 year (Inq. Ult.  Arm. $9 Jac I).  In the Book of Survey and Distribution (BSD, 1661) Nayvege was held with Nayvore halftowne by H Stanhawe, and the other part Nayvore half towne was held by John Waldron Esq. 

The spelling Druminenafoy was taken by the Ordnance Survey Name Book (OSNB) from the 1633 Brownlow patent, but this is more likely to be Drumanphy townland not too far away in the parish of Tartaraghan.  If so, the earliest form with initial F- is Faymore, in the Census of 1659.  The Ordnance Survey Name Book OSNB record Foughmore from the Armstrong Survey. However, in view of the many Derry- townlands to the north of the Foys (pronounced 'Foy), it is also possible that foy could be Fiodh 'a wood' than Faithche 'a green'.

References

Kay Muhr

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Druminenafoy (Brownlow est)1633Pat. Car. I (OSNB) E9
Foy Beg1835Ret. Tds Armstrong's Sur. (OSNB) no.8/no.9
Foy Big1835OSNB no.8/no.9
Foy beg1835OSNB Pron. E9
Foybeg1835Bnd. Sur. (OSNB) E9
~Faithche ""a green"E9J O'D (OSNB)
Barony
Oneilland West
Parish
Drumcree
Parish in 1851
Drumcree
Townland
None
Place name ID
17919
Place name type
T