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Ballinteer South, County Derry

Origin

Ir.Baile an tSaoir ‘homestead of the artificer’     

Background

The final element of this name is saor, a word which can refer to either ‘an artificer; in older lang. apparently used in wide sense of a craftsman in general, later restricted to workers in wood, carpenters and masons’  or a ‘person of privileged class’ , although the former meaning is the more commonly used in place-names, and normally it appears in its plural form, as in Derrynaseer in Antrim and Carricknaseer in Fermanagh. The 17th century forms show that there were two townlands, Baile an tSaoir Mór and Baile an tSaoir Beag, and this distinction has also been recorded in the 19th century, albeit the forms North and South being used to make the distinction.

References

Niall Comer

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballenterebegg1654Civ. Surv. iii 149
Ballintier1657Bishop. Der. i 257
Ballenteerebeg1659cCensus 1659 141
~Baile an tSaoir ""town of the carpenter""1830J O'D (OSNB) 93 B1
Ballinteer South1835OSM xxii 91
South Ballinteer, td1835OSM xxii 84
~Baile-an tsaeir ""the town of the carpenter or bui1869Joyce i 224
~Baile-an-t-saeir ""The town of the carpenter""1925Munn's Notes 211
Barony
Coleraine
Parish
Macosquin
Parish in 1851
Macosquin
Townland
None
Place name ID
263
Place name type
T