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Gortgarn, County Derry

Origin

 

Ir. Tulaigh na gCarn 'hillock of the cairns'

Background

 

The common element gort is one of many Irish words for ‘field’ that appear in place-names. Gort usually refers to an arable, or tilled, field and especially a field producing cereals (Flanagan & Flanagan 1994, 93). 

 

The second element is probably carn 'cairn' or ‘heap of stones’, which was originally introduced by the article, as can be seen in the historical forms Gortnagaren (1613), Gartnegarne (1654) and Gortnegarne(1659). There is now no trace of a cairn in the townland (OSNI).

There are two other townlands named Gortgarn, one in Co. Tyrone, and another in Co. Fermanagh.

References

FK (2020)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Gort ne Nare 1/41613Lond. Comp. Valuation 304
Gortnagaren1613Charter of Londonderry 389
Gartgarne, One quarter of1654Civ. Surv. iii 202
Gartnegarne, Three quartrs of1654Civ. Surv. iii 213
Gortgnoaren1657Bishop. Der. i 259
Gortnegarne1659cCensus 1659 130
Gartnegare1663HMR (Ò Doibhlin 2) 53
Gurtnegum1672cHib. Del. Co.Londondery
Gortigarn1827OSNB 94 CIX
~Gort Garráin ""field of the copse""1827J O'D (OSNB) 94 CIX
Gortgarn1835OSM ix 85
Gortgarron1835OSM ix 128
Gortgarron bridge1835OSM ix 119
Gortigarn1835OSM ix 96
~Gort-gcarn ""field of the carns or grave monuments1913Joyce iii 378
~Gort-g-carn ""The tilled field of the Cairns, grav1925Munn's Notes 144
Barony
Keenaght
Parish
Drumachose
Parish in 1851
Drumachose
Townland
None
Place name ID
2484
Place name type
T