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Levalleglish, County Armagh


Ir. Leathbhaile Eaglaise ‘half-townland of the church’


The anglicised form eglish in Irish place-names indicates the element eagais ‘church’. This townland contains the village of Loughgall, within which there is a multiperiod (possibly early Christian) church and graveyard which remains as a densely used, walled graveyard with a ruined church at its SW corner. The main body of its fabric is C15th with alterations etc. probably of the C17th (NISMR).

The anglicised form levally indicates that this townland is considered a leathbhaile ‘half-townland’ from at least the earliest recorded form (1542c), and so the modern form is derived from Leathbhaile Eaglaise ‘half-townland of the church’.



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Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Leballyeglisse, vicarage of1542cInq. (Mon. Hib.) 48
Levallyeglise1542cStuart's Armagh 628
Leegloyse, parish church of1609Church Lands Arm. 92
Leegloyse, vicar of1609Church Lands Arm. 92
Leuallieglis (+church by lake)1609Esch. Co. Map 5.28 Pt Oneilan
Levallieglisse, 3/5 of the balliboe of -, 60a1611CPR Jas I 167a
Levallyeglish, 2/5 parts of the balliboe of1611CPR Jas I 167a
Leballeeglisse, vicar'' eccl''ie de1625Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $1 Car. I
Levallyglish, 2/5 dimid'' vil'' & ter'' de1639Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $30 Car. I
Levelleglishe al. Loughgall par.1657HMR Murray (1941) 230
Levelleglishe, one half town called1657Inq. Arm. (Paterson) 231
E[n?]glish, 1/2 towne of1657cHib. Reg. Onealand
Lebolyegliss1659cCensus 1659 38
Eglish, The 1/2 Towne of1661BSD 44
Lenaleglish, p''och'' de1661Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $4 Car. II
Leuellegiss1661BSD 56
Levallegelle Parish1661BSD 56
Lowelly Eglish1664HMR Murray (1941) 197
Eglish1672cHib. Del. Ardmagh
(?)Ballymac[?r]aden1760Rocque's Map
(?)Lisleglish1834cOSL 9685
Leveleglish1835Bnd. Sur. (OSNB) A154 14
Livileglish1835Land agent (OSNB) A154 14
~Leath-baile Eaglaise ""half town of the church""1835J O'D (OSNB) A154 14
Oneilland West
Parish in 1851
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