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Farranlester, County Derry

Origin

Ir. Fearann Leithsheisrí ‘district of the half-ploughland’  

Background

Whilst not obvious in the forms available for Farrenlester in Macosquin, there is another townland named Farranlester in the nearby parish of Aghadowey (see Farranlester) which shows clearly that the final element of this isleathsheisreach ‘half ploughland’ rather than leastar ‘a wooden vessel’ as suggested by Munn (5). The word  seisreach which signifies a plough team of six horses can also refer to a land measure known as a ploughland and in the latter sense it is well attested in place-names, as isleathsheisreach ‘half ploughland’.  There is a townland named Farranalessary in the parish of Ballymoney in Co. Antrim (Ir. Fearann na Leathsheisrí ‘district of the half ploughland’).

References

Niall Comer

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Farrenlestrum1659cCensus 1659 141
~Fearann Leastair ""land of the vessel or Lester''s 1830J O'D (OSNB) 93 B1
Farrenlester1835OSM xxii 111
~""land of the vessels""1875Joyce ii 509 (ind.)
~Fearann-leastar ""The land of the wooded vessels f1925Munn's Notes 216
Barony
Coleraine
Parish
Macosquin
Parish in 1851
Macosquin
Townland
None
Place name ID
19247
Place name type
T