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Rusky, County Derry

Origin

Ir. Rúscaigh ‘marshy land’

Background

Rúsc in place-names is a variant of riasc ‘a marsh’ (see Risk above), and the suffix –ach (-aigh in the dative) gives the sense of ‘marshy land.’ The townland of Rusky is bordered on the south by the Agivey River and Munn comments on the marshy nature of the townland due to its proximity to the river. [1]In all there are approximately fifty Irish townlands with the same derivation from Rúscach or Rúscaigh signifying ‘marshy land’ and they are variously Anglicised as Rooskagh, Roosca, Rousky, Rouskey and Roosky.[2]Another word, rúsc, exists, meaning ‘bark (of a tree or shrub)’[3] and this may have given risen to the suggestion given previously.



[1]
Munn’sNotes,14

[2] Joyce i 464

[3] eDIL s.v. rúsc

References

PMcK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Rousky1613Charter of Londonderry 387
Ruskey1613Lond. Comp. Valuation 305
Ruske1654Civ. Surv. iii 150
Rowskie1657Bishop. Der. i 256
Rusky1659cCensus 1659 143
Ruskie1663HMR (Ò Doibhlin 2) 63
Rusky1814Sampson (Munn) 14
~Ras Sce ""thorn shrub or shrubbery"" or Rusgach ""sh1832OSNB Inf. 93 B137
~Rusgaidh ""marshy""1832J O'D (OSNB) 93 B137
~rusgach and rusgaidh...originally fenny or marshy1869Joyce i 464
~Ruscach ""The marshy place""1925Joyce (Munn) 14, 1. 464
Barony
Coleraine
Parish
Aghadowey
Parish in 1851
Aghadowey
Townland
None
Place name ID
1937
Place name type
T