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Blaris Parish (Castlereagh Upper portion), County Down


Ir. Bláras ‘a field’


The townland of Blaris, which contains the site of the medieval parish church of that name, lies on the south-east side of the river Lagan, adjacent to the town of Lisburn. In the Papal Taxation of 1306 the name of the church is recorded as Ecclesia de Blaris. Writing in the middle of the 19th century William Reeves remarked that while the graveyard survived very little of the church was still intact at that date (EA 46-7). In 1605 the name of the townland of Blaris is recorded as Ballytempleblarisse, i.e. Baile Teampall Blárais ‘the townland of the church of Blaris’.  A portion of the parish of Blaris (including the town of Lisburn) lies north-west of the Lagan, in Co. Antrim.  The Co. Down portion of the parish is partly in the barony of Castlereagh Upper and partly in Iveagh Lower, Upper Half.


PMcK, 2009

Additional Information

other portions in Iveagh Lr., Up. Half and in Co. Antrim; see the townland of Blaris (Co. Down) for historical forms of this name.

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Blaris1306Eccles. Tax. 207
Blaris1609Jas I to Connor Cath. 262
Blaris1619CPR Jas I 455b
Blarus1657Inq. Down (Reeves1) 141
Lisnegarvie1659cCensus 1659 5
Blaris1661Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.II $2
Lisbourne Parish & Towne1669HMR Ant. 89
~Blár means a field, sometimes a battlefield1833J O'D (OSNB) 44 B4 (Down)
~Bláras ""a field""1913Joyce iii 141
Castlereagh Upper
Parish in 1851
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