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Mullintor, County Tyrone


perhaps Ir. Mullach an Túr ‘hilltop of the tower’


The first element in this place-name is mullach which means ‘summit’ and is usually interpreted in place-names as ‘hilltop’.

We might also consider the element tuar which is one of many words in Irish for ‘field’ and which refers in particular to  a dry or well-drained field or ‘bleach green’. The form with this element would be Mullach an Tuair ‘summit of the bleach green’ which is also the form assigned to John O’Donovan. One factor which might rule out tuar is the tendency of tuar to be anglicised ‘-tour/-toor’ such as in Tour, Co. Limerick; Tooreen (Tuairín ‘little field’), Co. Mayo;  Toormore (Tuar Mór ‘great field’), Co. Cork and Tooraree (Tuar an Fraoigh ‘field of the heather’) in Co. Limerick.

The second element might be túr ‘tower’ which can also mean ‘watch-tower’. There are two townlands derived from Mullach an Túr (both anglicised Mullantur) in Co. Armagh. Further evidence for support of this form is provided in the historical forms, where the vowel -u- of túr is prevalent in the second element.



Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Mully=turgh1609Esch. Co. Map 11 Dunganon pt
Mullamytuyre or Mullyturgh1613CPR Jas I 263a
Mullenture b''bo1655cCiv. Surv. iii 285
Lismullinture1660ASE 108
Molentur1661Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $3 Car. II
Mullintore1661Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $23 Car. II
Mullintur1664HMR Tyr. (1) 10
Mullytoer1666HMR Tyr. (2) 245
Mullantur 2 sessioghs1702Vestry Bk Aghalow I 10
Mullintore1813Map Tyr. M&K (OSNB) NB 128;D54
~Mullach an Tuair - Summit of the Bleach Green1833cJ O'D (OSNB) NB 128;D54
Mullintor (x 4, prop. Earl of Caledon)1834cOSNB: gen. sources NB 128;D54
~mul an tuair- Summit of the bleach green; residen1920cTNCT 37
Dungannon Lower
Parish in 1851
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