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Desertmartin, County Derry

Origin

Ir. Díseart Mhártain [jeeshart wartin] ‘(St) Martin’s hermitage/retreat’.

Background

4.5km WNW of Magherafelt

bar: Loughinsholin

The monastic hermitage of Desertmartin was originally dedicated to St Martin of Tours. The remains of the ancient parish church are in a bend of the GRANGE WATER in the townland of KNOCKNAGIN at the east side of the village [Dísiort Mhártain c.1645].

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 56

Additional Information

Td Index 1851

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Desertmartin1672cHib. Del. Co.Londondery
Desartmartin1703Bishop. Der. ii 479 $437
~Martin''s...hermitage1869Joyce i 325
~Dishert-Martin ""St. Martin''s hermitage""1925Munn's Notes 128
~Díseart Mhártain ""(St) Martin''s hermitage/retreat1999Dict. Ulst. PN 56
Barony
Loughinsholin
Parish
Desertmartin
Parish in 1851
Desertmartin
Townland
None
Place name ID
5288
Place name type
M:V