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Newtownstewart, County Tyrone

Origin

Background

On W bank of the Strule, 13km SSE of Strabane

par: Ardstraw bar: Strabane Lower

Newtownstewart was founded as a village on the estate of Sir Robert Newcomen who was granted the land during the plantation of Ulster. It is named from Sir William Stewart from Galloway in Scotland who was granted extensive lands in Tyrone and Donegal and married Sir Robert Newcomen’s daughter c.1628. The remains of a castle built by Sir Robert still stand on CASTLE BRAE at the foot of the main street of the village. However, the Ir. name for Newtownstewart, i.e. An Baile Nua ‘the new town/settlement’, originally referred to an earlier settlement at a castle of Toirealach Luineach Ó Néill at PIGEON HILL on the opposite bank of the Strule [An Baile Nua 1600].

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 118

Additional Information

T., spelt Newtown Stewart 1851

Historical name form

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Barony
Strabane Lower
Parish
Ardstraw
Parish in 1851
Ardstraw
Townland
None
Place name ID
2905
Place name type
M:V:Y