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Bellaghy, County Derry


Ir. Baile Eachaidh [bala aghee] ‘Eochaidh’s townland’.


7km NW of Toome

par: Ballyscullion bar: Loughinsholin

The personal name Eochaidh [awghee] which forms the final element of the surname Ó hEachaidh ‘(O’)Ha(u)ghey’, was once extremely common in Ireland. The former townland of Bellaghy has been renamed OLD TOWN and is divided into OLD TOWN DEERPARK and OLD TOWN DOWNING. The village of Bellaghy was founded by the Londoners’ Guild of Vintners in the early 17th century and was sometimes referred to as Vinters Town at that period [Boile Eachaidh c.1645].


Additional Information

Td Index 1851

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
b: aghy1609Esch. Co. Map 13
Ba: Aghey1613Lond. Comp. Valuation 308
Ballyaghy1613Charter of Londonderry 392
Ba: Aghee1622Phillips MSS (Maps) Plate 24
Vintners Town1622Phillips MSS (Maps) Plate 24
~c¿irt B[oile] Eachaidh1645cCín Lae Ó M. 2
~go Boile Achadh1645cCín Lae Ó M. 2
Ballaghy1654Civ. Surv. iii 168
Bellaghy1654Civ. Surv. iii 168
Ballyaghey1657Bishop. Der. i 267
Balliachy house (added above line) and Church1657cHib. Reg. Loughinsholin
Ballyagheg1659cCensus 1659 135
Ballaghy1661BSDc 58
Ballyaghy1663Bishop. Der. i 362
Ballyaghy1664Bishop. Der. i 371,374
Vintners Towne alias Ballyaghy1664Bishop. Der. i 377
Balliaghy1665cBishop. Der. i 398
Balliaghy1668Bishop. Der. i 415
Balliachy1672cHib. Del. Derry
Balliachy (+ bldng)1672cHib. Del. Co.Londondery
Balliaghy1677Bishop. Der. ii 34
Balliaghy, church1677Bishop. Der. ii 34 $239
Balliaghy, church of1677Bishop. Der. ii 35
Balliaghy1680Bishop. Der. ii 40
Ballyaghie1686Bishop. Der. ii 113
Ballyaghie1686Bishop. Der. ii 113 $279
Ballyhagie1686Bishop. Der. ii 113
Ballachy1690cLamb Maps Ulster
Ballachy1690cLamb Maps Derry
Balliaghy1692Bishop. Der. ii 136
Balliaghy1692Bishop. Der. ii 136 $298
Belliaghy1692Bishop. Der. ii 136
Belliaghy1692Bishop. Der. ii 136 $298
Ballyaghey1743Reg. Deeds abstracts i 295 $675
Bellaghy1761Reg. Deeds abstracts ii 137 $279
Bellaghy (Thomas McCrindle)1775Reg. Deeds abstracts ii 262 $530
Bellaghy (John Brady)1778Reg. Deeds abstracts ii 290 $590
Bellaghy1785Reg. Deeds abstracts ii 355 $718
Bellaghy1785Duff's Lough Neagh
Bellaghy1813Sampson's Map
Bel-+lagh-e1834cOSNB Pron. No. 5
~Baile Eachadha ""Eochy''s town""1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 5
~Bel-lathaigh ""the entrance to the lathach""1869Joyce i 357
~Baile-lathaighe ""The mouth...of the miry place""1925Munn's Notes 57
~Baile Eachaidh1989GÉ 189
~Baile Eachaidh ""Eochaidh''s townland""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 22
Baile Eachaidh ""Eochaidh''s townland""2000NIPNP replies PMcK/CD
Baile Eachaidh ""Eochaidh''s townland""2002Culture NI PNN PMcK/JP
Parish in 1851
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