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Drumclay, County Fermanagh

Origin

Ir. Droim Cleithe ‘ridge of the hurdles’

Background

The first element in this name is clearly droim ‘ridge’. The qualifying element is probably cliath, in the genitive form cleithe as is proposed in the forms assigned to John O’Donovan and Joyce. The basic meaning of cliath is ‘framework’, from which it has been used to mean wattled fencing, hurdles, ribcage, a harrow and so on (Muhr 1996, 70). Cliath is anglicised clay in four other Ulster townlands in Cos Down, Armagh and Fermanagh (logainm.ie).

References

FK (2019)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
(?)Drumclay1750Reg. Free. Fer. 11
~Druim Cliath ""ridge of hurdles""1834J O'D (OSNB) B143
~Druim-cléithe ""(ridge) of the hurdle1869Joyce iii 319
Barony
Coole
Parish
Galloon
Parish in 1851
Galloon
Townland
None
Place name ID
19996
Place name type
T