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Clananeese Glebe, County Tyrone


Ir. Cluain Inise ‘meadow of the island/(hill of) boggy land’+ E. Glebe


The form Claoininis (Claen-inis ‘sloping island’)is the origin of the Co. Fermanagh parish of Cleenish, and is possible here. However, the historical forms indicate that the first element is more likely to be Cluain ‘meadow’, probably modified by inis ‘island’, perhaps a reference to an island in Mullaghmore Lough (OSNI), or to a common, second interpretation of inis in place-names, signifying a ‘(hill-)island’, i.e. a hill surrounded by low-lying or boggy land.

Note the 1666 form Clonanuisce which appears to derive from Cluain an Uisce ‘meadow of the water’, which is an outlier mong the other historical forms indicating Cluain Inise ‘meadow of the island/(hill of) boggy land’.

The appendage glebe is a commonly featured English element in townlands across Ireland and there are 17 townlands named ‘Glebe’ in Antrim alone. The term glebe refers to land set aside for the upkeep of the clergyman of a parish (McKay 2009, 73).



Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Cloneis1609Esch. Co. Map 11 Dunganon pt
Clonenis1609Esch. Co. Map 11 pt Dunganon
Claneis1613CPR Jas I 240a
Clananise b''bo1655cCiv. Surv. iii 304
Clonanuisce1666HMR Tyr. (2) 241
Clonaniss1672Hib. Del.
Clonaniss1685Hib. Reg.
Cloneis1690cEsch. Co. Map code wrong?
Clananee1834cMap in poss. S. Crawford (OSNB) 7
Clananis1834cOSNB: gen. sources 7
Cluain Aonghuis/Aeneas''s Meadow1835cJ O'D (OSNB) 7
~Cluan na Nise ""a meadow of potter''s clay""1936TNCT 38
Dungannon Middle
Parish in 1851
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