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Lisleen, County Tyrone


perhaps Ir. Lios Lín 'fort of the flax'


There is another Lisleen in Co. Down derived from Lios Lín 'fort of the flax'.According to Joyce (ii 328), linen made from flax was manufactured in Ireland from the earliest times and the element líon ‘flax’ is quite common in place-names. Examples are Coolaleen in Limerick (Cúil an Lín ‘corner of the flax’), Crockaleen in Fermanagh (Cnoc an Lín ‘hill of the flax’) and Killyleen in Monaghan (Coill an Lín ‘wood of the flax’, L. Log. Mhuineacháin 13). While there is no evidence of a flax mill in the townland or in its vicinity, Lios Lín 'fort of the flax' remains the most satisfactory explanation of the name.


There is now no trace of a fort in the townland.


FK (2020)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Lisalin1619CPR Jas I 429a
Lissalin1619CPR Jas I 429a
Lyshelin1631Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $32 Car. I
(?)Lislin1640Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $48 Car. I
Lissaleene1655cCiv. Surv. 348
Listeene1655cCiv. Surv. 354
Lissaleen1666HMR Tyr. (2) 254
Lissaleene, skirts of Ardstraw1693Bishop. Der. ii 151 $309
Lisleen (Mr Sproul)1830cOSNB: gen. sources No no. SktsU
Lisleen (Revd A Hamilton)1830cClergyman (OSNB) No no. SktsU
Lisleen1831OSM v 11
Lios lín ""fort of the flax""1833cJ O'D (OSNB) C31
lios lin - Fort of the flax /gray coloured fort1920cTNCT 61
""Gray fort or rath by river''s side""1968Ardstraw Geb. 51
Omagh West
Parish in 1851
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