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Dougher, County Armagh


probably An Dubhcharn, Dúcharn ‘the black cairn’


The name of Dougher townland north of Lurgan was used to name the proportion of 24 townlands allocated in 1610 to John Brownlow (Doucharron shown with a grouping symbol on the 1609 map, but written Ballydouchor, CPR Jas I 190b).  The longer form with final –n was last used in 1661: Dunchorron al. Doughcoran al. Dogher (Inq. Ult. Arm. $ 7 Car. II).  Dougher lies to the north of the Demesne and contains Woodville House, which has given name to a ward.  It was inhabited by the magistrate George Greer in 1888 (Bassett 385).  The townland was referred to locally as ‘The Dougher’, a style attested in the Ordnance Survey Name Book as the site of ‘an old catholic chapel and burying ground’, and in 1888, when Bassett recorded that in 1800 Brownlow had given an old mill there to be re-modelled as a chapel (Bassett p. 353 ).  This suggests that the name consisted of article plus noun in Irish.  In fact the name is probably the adjective-plus-noun compound Dubhcharn, Dúcharn ‘black cairn’, but there is no trace of the monument.  The surnames Puffett and Stowell were listed as liable to pay hearth money in 1664.


McKay, P and Muhr, K. 'Lough Neagh Places: Their names and origins' (2007:59)

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Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballydouchor1609CPR Jas I 190b
Doucharron +''fort''1609Esch. Co. Map 5.29
Doughcoron (Doughcoron)1610CPR Jas I 165a
Doughcorran 1500a (Oneylan)1610Ulst. Plant. Paps. 21.223
the middle proportion of Doughcoron1610CPR Jas I 165a
Ballydonehor1617CPR Jas I 395a
[?]Donehor1617Mooney 1950c 311
Dowcoran proportion 1500a1618cPynnar's Sur. Ulster 212 $161
Dewcorran proporcon 1500a1622Sur. Arm. & Tyr. $1
Doucharron or Doughcoran or Dougher (Brownlow est)1629Pat. Car. I (OSNB) A17
prporcon of Duncarron1631Inq. Ult. (Armagh) 19 Car I
td Dougher1657Inq. Arm. (Paterson) 236
Donchorron al. Doughcoran al. Dogher 1 b''bo1661Inq. Ult. (Armagh) 7 Car II
Dougher1661BSD 52
Docher1664HMR Arm. (PRONI) 35
Dogher1667Brownlow LB 96,120-1,133
Dougher1667Brownlow LB 9,
Daugher1760Rocque's Map
Daugher1760Mooney 1950c 311
Dougher1835Ret. Tds Armstrong's Sur. (OSNB) A17
the Dougher1835Popular (OSNB) A17
~Dubh-charn ""Black carn""1835J O'D (OSNB) A17
the Dougher1888Bassett's Arm. 353
~Du/n Corraidh/ Corra/in / C''s fort1950cMooney 1950c 313
DĂșchorr ""black round hill""2002Culture NI PNN PMcK/JP
Oneilland East
Parish in 1851
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