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Bellarena, County Derry

Origin

perhaps F. belle ‘beautiful’ + L. arena ‘sandy place/strand’.

Background

par: Magilligan bar: Keenaght

At W foot of Binevenagh, 6.5km NNW of Limavady

The name Bellarena was coined in the late 18th century to refer to a house and demesne. The mansion, which still stands on the north bank of the Roe, was built in 1797 by Conolly Gage, on land settled in the mid 17th century by his ancestor William Gage from Northamptonshire in England. It incorporates parts of an earlier house built in 1690. The original Ir. name of the townland of Bellarena was Baile an Mhargaidh [bala an waragee] ‘townland of the market’ [Bellarena 1835].

References

Additional Information

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Barony
Keenaght
Parish
Magilligan
Parish in 1851
Magilligan
Townland
Bellarena
Place name ID
19270
Place name type
M