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Dristernan and Dredolt, County Tyrone


Ir. Dristearnán ‘place of brambles’


There are three Irish townlands named Dresternan, all of which derive from Dristearnán ‘place of brambles’ (dris ‘bramble’), as identified correctly previously. The same form appears as Dresternan in Co. Fermanagh (three townlands).

The second name of this townland, appearing as Dredolt is obscure. The 1661 form Derridalt might indicate that the first element is a contraction of doire.

The Esch. Co. Map forms appearing as Drettall might suggest Doire Táil ‘Tál’s oakwood’ (c.f. Carntall, Co. Antrim).

The more recent forms exhibiting -dolt might represent the past participle of the verb dol ‘loop, snare, net’ in a form such as Doire Dolta ‘oakwood of the snaring’.  The loss of final schwa (i.e. the sound of the second -a in droma) is a well-attested feature of Ulster Irish (see Ó Dochartaigh 1987, 168-72.) and would then explain the anglicisation of Doire Dolta to Dredolt.

See also Drunkendult in Co. Antrim.



Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Drettall1609Esch. Co. Map 11 Dunganon pt
Drettall al Dristernan1609Esch. Co. Map 11 pt Dunganon
Dristernan1609Esch. Co. Map 11 Dunganon pt
Drettall1609cEsch. Co. Map 11 pt Dunganon
Dristernan1609cEsch. Co. Map 11 pt Dunganon
Drittadd1612CPR Jas I 207a
Drittadd1612CPR Jas I 207a
Dristernan1614Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac 1
Dristernan1614Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $2 Jac I
Dresternan1618CPR Jas I 392b
Dresternan1618CPR Jas I 392b
Dristernagh1619Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $4 Jac I
Dristernagh al1619Inq. Ult. (Down) $4 Jac 1
Dristernagh al Dristernan1619Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $4 Jac I
Dristernan1619Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $4 Jac I
al Dristernagh1619Inq. Ult. (Down) $4 Jac 1
Dristernan al1621CPR Jas I 536a
Dristernan al Dristernagh1621CPR Jas I 536a
Dritall al Drettall1621CPR Jas I 536a
Dritall al Drettall1621CPR Jas I 536a
al Dristernagh1621CPR Jas I 536a
Disternagh al Disternan1650cInq. Ult. (Tyrone) $50 Car I
Dirridalt1655cCiv. Surv. 278
Dirridalt1655cCiv. Surv. iii 278
Drissernean b''bo1655cCiv. Surv. iii 278
Derridalt1661BSD 201
Derridalt1661BSD 201
Drisserneane1661BSD 201
Drisserneane1661BSD 201
Drisdernan1666HMR Tyr. (2) 242
Drisdernan1666HMR Tyr. (2) 242
Disternagh al1829Inq. Ult. (Down) $50 Car 1
al Disternan1829Inq. Ult. (Down) $50 Car 1
Dredolt1834cOSNB: gen. sources 7
Dresternan1834cOSNB: gen. sources 7
Drisdernan1834cTythes Applot. (OSNB) 7
~Dristearnach/Land of Brambles1835cJ O'D (OSNB) 7
~Droichead Ailt1835cJ O'D (OSNB) 7
~Driosarnan ""blackthorn shrubbery""1936TNCT 38
~Droichead Alt ""bridge of the steep glen side""1936TNCT 38
Dungannon Middle
Parish in 1851
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