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Magheraskeagh, County Derry

Origin

Ir. Machaire Sceiche ‘plain of the hawthorn’

Background

The first element in this name, machaire has several meanings including ‘plain, flat or lowlying country, field’ (Dinneen). Sceach is the Irish word for ‘hawthorn’ and it appears frequently in Irish place-names, most usually anglicised -skeagh as is seen here.

References

FK (2019)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Maghermaskeagh1613Charter of Londonderry 388
Mayhere ne Skeagh1613Lond. Comp. Valuation 303
Mahereskeah1622Phillips MSS (Maps) 154
Machuscrogh1654Civ. Surv. iii 204
Regh1654Civ. Surv. iii 150
Maghtermaskeagh1657Bishop. Der. i 258
Pee1659cCensus 1659 143
~Machaire Sgeach ""plain of the briers or white tho1830J O'D (OSNB) 93 C7
Magheraskeagh1834OSM xi 33,41,42
Magheraskeagh School1834OSM xi 32
Magheraskeah brickfield1834OSM xi 32
Magheraskeagh1835OSM xi 21
Magheraskeagh brickfield1835OSM xi 2
~Machaire-sceach ""The plain of the White Thorn""1925Joyce (Munn) 20, 3. 496
Barony
Keenaght
Parish
Aghanloo
Parish in 1851
Aghanloo
Townland
None
Place name ID
19033
Place name type
T