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Maghera, County Derry


Ir. Machaire Rátha [maghera raha] ‘plain of the fort’.


Town is 10.5km NW of Magherafelt

bar: Loughinsholin

An earlier name for the parish of Maghera was Ráth Lúraigh [rah looree] ‘Lúrach’s fort’,

Lúrach son of Cuanu being a sixth-century saint who was patron of the parish. St Lúrach is said to be buried in the graveyard of the medieval parish church, the ruins of which stand in the townland of LARGANTOGHER in the middle of the town [(Fergus) Rátha Lúiricch 814].


Additional Information

Td Index 1851

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
~Ratha, Brittán0830cMart. Tal. May 19 p44
~Ratha, Brittán0830cMart. Tal. May 19 p44
~Rátha Lúirigh, Orgain0831AFM i 444
~Ráith Lúraigh 7 ilchealla archena1135AFM ii 1050
~¬ R-ith L¿rig (vl. Luraig)1160cCGH LL 333 c 51
~Rátha, [Brittan]1170cMart. Gorm. May 19n p100
~Rátha Lúraigh, saccart1218AFM iii 192
~Ratha-luraigh, sacart1219AU ii 264
Rathur''1306cEccles. Tax. (CDI) 215
~ag Ráith Lúraigh1320AFM iii 522
Magherira1397Colton Vis. 76f, Inq.
Rathloury1397Colton Vis. 81
Rathloury (Rath Lurach ""Lurach''s fort"")1397Colton Vis. 81
Ratlowry1397Colton Vis. 76
Rathluraich, the parish church of1411Annates Ulst. 211
Rathluraygh, par. ecclesie de1426Annates Ulst. 189
Rathlory1435Reg. Swayne 156
Raythluraych alias de Raythia1454Cal. Papal Letters x 726
Rathlubraich1459Cal. Papal Letters xii 35
Rathlurach1469Cal. Papal Letters xii 692
Rathlure, bishop of1474cCal. Papal Letters xiii 398
Rathlurensis, episcopi1520cReg. Clogher 408
Magherah1570?Bishop. Der. ii 509 $456
Magherira1609CPR Jas I 376b,377a
Maghiraa1609cBp Montgomery Sur. (SAM 17) 56
Maghiroch, alias Magheragh (St Lourochi)1609cBp Montgomery Sur. (SAM 17) 53
Magheria1610Bishop. Der. i 57
Magheriah1610Bishop. Der. i 62
Maharry1610Speed's Ireland
Maharry [Co. Tyrone]1610Speed's Ulster
Magheriaghe1611Bishop. Der. i 80
Magheriagh1615Bishop. Der. i 109
Magheriagh1615CPR Jas I 280a
Magherieagh1615Bishop. Der. i 109-112
Magheryeagh1615CPR Jas I 279a
Magheryeagh1615Bishop. Der. i 102
Magheryeagh, the manor of1615CPR Jas I 280a
Maghirelagh alias Maghera1615Fairs & Markets 54
Magherieagh1616CPR Jas I 314a
Magherieagh, vill'' de1617Bishop. Der. i 121
Magheray, R''c''oria de1617cBishop. Der. i 129
Maherah, The Church Lands of1622Phillips MSS (Maps) Plate 24
Maghera1623CPR Jas I 567b
Magheragh1624cBishop. Der. i 145,146
~Ratha, Brittan1630cMart. Don. May 19 p134
Ballynecreeny, balliboe of land of Magheria1634Bishop. Der. ii 335 $428
Ballywonmore, balliboe of land of Magheria1634Bishop. Der. ii 335 $428
Creggada, balliboe of land of Magheria1634Bishop. Der. ii 335 $428
Fultagartrewy, balliboe of land of Magheria1634Bishop. Der. ii 335 $428
Magheria1634Bishop. Der. ii 335 $428
Magherah1634?Bishop. Der. i 181
~''sgo Machaire Ar-1645cCín Lae Ó M. 10
~i bparr[áiste] Machaire a'' R-1645cCín Lae Ó M. 15
Maghera1654Civ. Surv. iii 177-180
Maghera1654Civ. Surv. iii 187,191
Magheragh1654Civ. Surv. iii 167
Magheragh1654Civ. Surv. iii 174,180-182
Magherah1654Civ. Surv. iii 168,181
The parish of Maghera1657cHib. Reg. Loughinsholin
Maghara1659cCensus 1659 134
Machara1661Bishop. Der. i 326
Maghera & Lergantagher1661BSDc 52
Magherieagh or Magheragh1662Fairs & Markets 54, 95
Maghara1663Bishop. Der. i 354
Maghera1663Bishop. Der. i 357,361
Magheregh, The Parish of1663HMR (Ò Doibhlin 2) 75
Magharah al''s Magheragh1666Bishop. Der. i 405
Maghera1668Bishop. Der. i 415
Maghera1669Bishop. Der. i 425
Maghera-Matrix1669Bishop. Der. i 425
Maghera1671Bishop. Der. ii 1
Maghera, rectory1671Bishop. Der. ii 1 $206
Maghera1672cHib. Del. Co.Londondery
Maghera (x2)1672cHib. Del. Derry
~Machuire Rath Luraidh1675cTop. Frag. 83
Maghera1677Bishop. Der. ii 34
Maghera, church1677Bishop. Der. ii 34 $239
Maghera, church of1677Bishop. Der. ii 35
Maghera1680Bishop. Der. ii 40
Machuire Rath Luraidh (Sti Lurini)1680cTop. Frag. 83
~Machaire Ratha1680cTop. Frag. 72
Magheragh1686Bishop. Der. ii 113 $279
Magheragh, Rec'' de1686Bishop. Der. ii 113
Rathlawrey1686Bishop. Der. ii 112 $279
Rathlawrey, Decanatus de1686Bishop. Der. ii 113
Maghera1690cLamb Maps Derry
Maghera, [S''ti] Lurochy1692Bishop. Der. ii 136
Rathlawry, Decanatus de1692Bishop. Der. ii 136
Rathlawry, decanatus1692Bishop. Der. ii 135 $298
Magherah1700cBishop. Der. ii 509
Maghera1703Bishop. Der. ii 482
Maghera1785Par. Reg. (OSNB) No. 11
Maghera1785Reg. Deeds abstracts ii 355 $718
Maghera1813Sampson's Map
Maghera R.1813Sampson's Map
~Machaire Ratha ""plain of the rath""1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 11
~Lurach''s Fort1856AFM i 446n
~Machaire-ratha ""the plain of the fort""1869Joyce i 145
~Machaire ""The plain""1925Munn's Notes 220
~Machaire Rátha1989GÉ 250
~Machaire Rátha ""plain of the fort""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 103
~Ráth Lúraigh ""Lúrach''s fort""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 103
Machaire Rátha ""plain of the fort""2002Culture NI PNN PMcK/JP
~Rátha Lúiricch, Fergus814AFM i 426
~Ratha Luraigh, Fergus817AU (Mac Airt) 272
~Ratha Luraigh, Orggain832AU (Mac Airt) 288
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