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Draperstown, County Derry

Origin

Background

14km WNW of Magherafelt

par: Ballynascreen bar: Loughinsholin

The name Draperstown was originally applied to the town of Moneymore which was founded by the Drapers’ Company of London in the early 17th century. Draperstown was not founded until 1798 and did not take its current name until 1818. The Ir. name for the village was Baile na Croise [bala na crusha] ‘townland of the cross’, referring to the crossroads at which it is situated. The village was also known as The Cross of Ballynascreen, Ballynascreen being the name of the parish in which it is situated.Draperstown straddles the three townlands of MOYHEELAND,MOYKEERAN and CAHORE [Cross 1813].

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 60

Additional Information

Td Index 1851

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Cross1813Sampson's Map
Moyheelan1821MacCloskey's Stat. Report 9
The village of Moyheelan more usually called the C1821MacCloskey's Stat. Report 9
The Cross of Ballynascreen, locally called1925Colton Vis. 43
~i mBaile na Croise1930cSgéalta Mh. L 122
~Baile na Croise1989GÉ 215
~Baile na Croise ""townland of the cross""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 60
Baile an Croise ""townland of the cross""2002Culture NI PNN PMcK/JP
Barony
Loughinsholin
Parish
Ballynascreen
Parish in 1851
Ballynascreen
Townland
None
Place name ID
3855
Place name type
M:V