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Galbally, County Tyrone

Origin

perhaps Ir Gallbhaile ‘foreigners’ townland’ or Ir. Gallbhuaile  ‘stone booley or cattle-enclosure’

Background

There are two possible derivations of the place-name Galbally. The first, Gallbhaile 'foreigner's townland' is the origin of Galbally in the parish of Dromore (PMcK, NIPNP notes), whereas another Galbally, in the parish of Pomeroy, has been analysed as deriving from Gallbhuaile  ‘stone booley or cattle-enclosure’ (McKay 2007,71).

 

The historical forms appear to indicate that Gallbhaile 'foreigner's townland' is the origin here, including the earlest form Galliwelly (1655), which is similar to Co. Down's Galwally, also from Gallbhaile 'foreigners’ townland’.

References

FK (2020)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Galliwelly1655cCiv. Surv. 334
Galbally1666HMR Tyr. (2) 249
(?)Galnolly1695Bishop. Der. ii 163 $325
Galbala (Jas Wilson)1830Res. Gent. (OSNB) no.30(2)
Galbhala1830OSNB: gen. sources no.30(2)
Galbolly (Jas Wilson)1830Res. Gent. (OSNB) no.30(2)
Gall-bhaile ""town of the foreigners""1833cJ O'D (OSNB) no.30(2)
gall baile1920cTNCT (1st edn) 43
gall bhaile - Foreigner''s or English town1920cTNCT 50
(?)Gallbhaile ""foreigners'' townland""2003PNP talk PMcK/Omagh DC
Barony
Omagh East
Parish
Cappagh
Parish in 1851
Cappagh
Townland
None
Place name ID
4935
Place name type
T