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Desertmartin Parish, County Derry


Ir. Díseart Mhártain [jeeshart wartin] ‘(St) Martin’s hermitage/retreat’.


4.5km WNW of Magherafelt

bar: Loughinsholin

The monastic hermitage of Desertmartin was originally dedicated to St Martin of Tours. The remains of the ancient parish church are in a bend of the GRANGE WATER in the townland of KNOCKNAGIN at the east side of the village [Dísiort Mhártain c.1645].


McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 56

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Disarthmartan1306cEccles. Tax. (CDI) 215
Disertmarten1397Colton Vis. 83i, Inq.
Disertmartyn1397Colton Vis. 76
Dysertmartyn1397Colton Vis. 83
Discertmarcham1454Cal. Papal Letters x 706
Dasertmartin(?)1477cReg. Sixt. IV (Annates)
Disertmartin1609CPR Jas I 376b
Disirtmartin (Sti Covelli)1609cBp Montgomery Sur. (SAM 17) 54
Diesertmarten1610Bishop. Der. i 57
Disertmarten1610Bishop. Der. i 62
Disertmartyn1611Bishop. Der. i 80
Disantmarten1615Bishop. Der. i 103
Disertmartin1615Bishop. Der. i 109
Disertmartin parish1615CPR Jas I 377a
Disertmartin, the termon or erenagh land of1615CPR Jas I 279a
Disertmartine1615CPR Jas I 280a
Disertm''tin, R''c''oria de1617cBishop. Der. i 129
Desert Martin1622Phillips MSS (Maps) 162
Disert Martin (x2)1624cBishop. Der. i 144
Disert Martin1633Bishop. Der. i 172
Disert-Martin1633Bishop. Der. i 171,172
Ballymecorrew, balliboe of termon/erenagh lands of1634Bishop. Der. ii 335 $428
Maherry-vally farson, balliboe of termon/erenagh l1634Bishop. Der. ii 335 $428
Moydrowne, balliboe of termon/erenagh lands of Dis1634Bishop. Der. ii 335 $428
Sha Inishnagurdy, balliboe of termon/erenagh lands1634Bishop. Der. ii 335 $428
Disert Martin1634?Bishop. Der. i 182
~D¬siort Mh-rtain1645cCín Lae Ó M. 2
Disertmartin1654Civ. Surv. iii 174
Dissert-Martin1654Civ. Surv. iii 187
Dissertmartin1654Civ. Surv. iii 167,189
Dissertmartine1654Civ. Surv. iii 189
Desert martin, The Parish of1657cHib. Reg. Loughinsholin
T: of Desert martin1657cHib. Reg. Loughinsholin
Dissert Marten, 4 townes of1659cCensus 1659 136
Desert Martin1661Bishop. Der. i 326
Desert Martin Parish1661BSDc 54
Desertmartin1661Bishop. Der. i 331,332
Desert Martine1663Bishop. Der. i 355
Desertmartin1663Bishop. Der. i 354,357
Desertmartin Parish1663HMR (Ò Doibhlin 2) 68
Desertmartine1663Bishop. Der. i 354,355
The four towns of Desertmartin1663HMR (Ò Doibhlin 2) 68
Dizirtmartin1666Bishop. Der. i 405
Desertm''1668Bishop. Der. i 415
Desertmartin1669Bishop. Der. i 425
Desertmartyn1669Bishop. Der. i 425
Desertmartyn1671Bishop. Der. ii 1
Desertmartyn, rectory1671Bishop. Der. ii 1 $206
Desertmartin1672cHib. Del. Derry
~Disert Martuin1675cTop. Frag. 83
Desertmartyn1677Bishop. Der. ii 34
Desertmartyn, church1677Bishop. Der. ii 34 $239
Desertmartyn, church of1677Bishop. Der. ii 35
Desertmartin1680Bishop. Der. ii 40
Disert Martuin (St Congelli)1680cTop. Frag. 83
~Cill Mhartan1680cTop. Frag. 72
Dessertmartin1686Bishop. Der. ii 114 $279
Dessertmartin, Rec'' de1686Bishop. Der. ii 114
Desartmartin1688Bishop. Der. ii 479
Desermartin1690cLamb Maps Derry
Disertmatrin1692Bishop. Der. ii 136 $298
Dissermatrin, S''ti Covelli1692Bishop. Der. ii 136
Dissertmartine1692Bishop. Der. ii 136
Disertmartin1700cBishop. Der. ii 509
Desertmartin1813Sampson's Map
Desertmartin R.1813Sampson's Map
Desartmartin1834cSampson's Stat. Sur. (OSNB) No. 8
Desertmartin1834cCustom of Country (OSNB) No. 8
~Dísert Martain ""Martin''s desert or wilderness""1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 8
~Martin''s...hermitage1869Joyce i 325
~Dishert-Martin ""St. Martin''s Hermitage""1925Munn's Notes 128
~Díseart Mhártain1989GÉ 213
Parish in 1851
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