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Blaris Parish (Antrim portion), County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Bláras ‘a field’

Background

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’.  This portion of the parish of Blaris (including the town of Lisburn) lies north-west of the Lagan, in Co. Antrim, while the larger portion in Co. Down lies south-east of the Lagan. 

References

PMcK, 2009

Additional Information

other portions in Co. Down; see the townland of Blaris (Co. Down) for historical forms of this name.

Historical name form

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Barony
Massereene Upper
Parish
Blaris
Parish in 1851
Blaris
Townland
None
Place name ID
18395
Place name type
P