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Lissan Parish (Derry portion), County Derry

Origin

Ir. Leasán [lassan] ‘little fort’.

Background

Townland is on the border with Co. Derry, 4km NNW of Cookstown

bar: Dungannon Upper

Even though the townland of Lissan is in Co. Tyrone, roughly half of the parish lies in the barony of LOUGHINSHOLIN in Co. Derry. The site of the ancient church is in the townland of CLAGAN in the Derry portion of the parish but no remains survive. Two forts are recorded in the townland of Lissan which has given name to the neighbouring townland of LISSAN DEMESNEin Co. Derry [Leassan 1455].

References

Additional Information

+ Tyr, Dungannon Upper

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
~Laessain, epscop0739AFM i 340
~Lessain, episcopi0744AU (Mac Airt) 198
~Lesan i Sliabh Callann, ó1170cMart. Gorm. Sep 21 p180
Leassan1455Cal. Papal Letters xi 242
Lessan, rect. of1460Reg. Swayne 203
Lessan1500cReg. Swayne 102
Lessan, Rector de1544Reg. Dowdall $106 228
~o Lesan i Sliabh Callan1630cMart. Don. Sep 21 p252
Lissane1672cHib. Del. Co.Londondery
~Lios Áine ""Ania''s or Hannah''s fort""1834OSL (Derry) 109
~Lis-ean ""a temporary residence at the stream in t1834OSL (Derry) 110
~Lios-Aine ""Aine''s lis""1913Joyce iii 583
Barony
Loughinsholin
Parish
Lissan
Parish in 1851
Lissan
Townland
None
Place name ID
19241
Place name type
P