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Ault alias Gowkstown, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Allt ‘ravine’

Background

Surprisingly, the English name of this townland seems to be older than the Irish. The 1734 estate survey identified the lost name Ballymcveagh (Bellymakveagh), probably originally a larger area,  with Gowkstown, the name used in 1782, 1812, and 1880.  Gowk is the Scots for ‘cuckoo’ but O’Donovan suggested that in this case it was a surname (OSNB).  As a surname, Gowk is distinctive of the Montrose area (Black), while the few Goucks in the 2001 Northern Ireland Telephone Directory lived in Belfast.  The modern alternative townland name Ault (Allt ‘ravine’, presumably the stream that causes a kink in the boundary of the Great Deer Park below) appeared first on Lendrick’s map, 1780.

References

Kay Muhr

Additional Information

alias

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
(?)B:mcVagh1672cHib. Del. Antrim
Ault1780Lendrick Map
Gowk seems a family name1832cJ O'D (OSNB) B7 B34
alt ""a burn or a height""1982Dallat's Tickmacrevan x 37
baile na gcuach ""townland of the cuckoo""1982Dallat's Tickmacrevan x 37
Barony
Glenarm Lower
Parish
Tickmacrevan
Parish in 1851
Tickmacrevan
Townland
None
Place name ID
18773
Place name type
T