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Turcarra, County Armagh

Origin

Ir. Tír Charrach ‘rocky or barren land’

Background

In the form identified to John O’Donovan, the initial element in Turcarra is túr ‘tower’, which, while structurally representative of the modern form, is not corroborated by the early historical forms Tírecharry (1609, 1610), and Tíreharry (1661),  which strongly suggests that the initial element is in fact tír ‘land/country’. This is supported by the reference to 60 acres in the 1661 form, which is much more appropriate in reference to a portion of land, rather than to a tower. The qualifying element is carrach ‘stony, rocky, barren’ (Dinneen) which also appears in the townland name of Moneycarragh (An Muine Carrach ‘the rugged or rocky thicket’) in Co. Down.


References

FK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Tirecharry1609Esch. Co. Map 5.28
Tirecharry1610CPR Jas I 166b
Turkharry1657Inq. Arm. (Paterson) 230
Turkhary1659cCensus 1659 38
Tireharry 60 acr''1661Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $6 Car. II
Turkary1664HMR Murray (1941) 185
Turkarry1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) A154 64
Turcarra1835Land agent (OSNB) A154 64
~Tor carrach ""rough tower or hill""1835J O'D (OSNB) A154 64
Barony
Oneilland West
Parish
Loughgall
Parish in 1851
Loughgall
Townland
None
Place name ID
18037
Place name type
T