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Toome, County Antrim


Ir. Tuaim [tooim] ‘pagan burial place’.


Village is at NW corner of Lough Neagh, 9km W of Randalstown

par: Duneane bar: Toome Upper

The site of the burial place has not been identified. An earlier name for Toome was Fearsaid Thuama ‘sand-bank ford of Toome’, referring to a former ford across the Lower Bann where it flows out of Lough Neagh here. The village of Toome is sometimes known as TOOMEBRIDGE, referring to the bridge which was built to replace the ford in 1785. The village is in the barony of TOOME UPPER which is adjoined on the north by TOOME LOWER [(for) Fertais Tuamma c.900].


(info. from McKay, P. (1995): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 4 p. 122); McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 141;

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
~for Fertais Tuamma0900cTrip. Life (Stokes) i 168
~tar Tuaim1099AU (Mac Airt) 534
~tar Tuaim1099AFM ii 960
~tar Tuaim1148AFM ii 1086
~tar Tuaim1181AU ii 198
~tar tuaim1181AFM iii 58
~tar Tuaim1196ALC i 200
~tar Tuaim1197AU ii 228
~tar tuaim1197AFM iii 110
~tar tuaim1199AFM iii 118
~tar Túaim1200AU ii 232
~Tuama, ar fersaid Bona1470AU iii 232
Twomey1564Mercator's Ire. (1564)
C:Toome1570cUlster Map 1580c
Tomey1570cNowel's Ire. (1)
Castle Tomey1573CSP Ire. 507
the castle of Foane at the end of Lough Eaugh1579Cal. Carew MSS ii 483
Tuom1590Dartmouth Map 5
Tome fort. C.Tome1590cJobson's Ulster (TCD)
the Castle Toome upon the Bann1592CSP Ire. CLXVll 62
C.Thome1595Mercator's Ulst.
Ca.Tome1599Boazio's Map (BM)
Forte of Toome1601Bartlett Map (PRO)
Toom1601CSP Ire. Xll 397
Fort of Toame. Ca:Tuame1602Bartlett Map (Greenwich)
Fort Tuom. C:Tuom1603Bartlett Maps (Esch. Co. Maps) 1
(?)Ballykinaghan1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 45
Castle-Toome orw. Ballikillaghan1605CPR Jas I 78a
CastleToome1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 50
Castletoome1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 45
Castletuom1605CPR Jas I 83a
Toome or Castletuom1605CPR Jas I 83a
Towm or Toome1605CPR Jas I 83a
Twom1605CPR Jas I 83a
Castletome or Castletowne1606CPR Jas I 93b
Castletome orw. Ballickinaghan1606CPR Jas I 93b
Tome1610Mercator's/Hole's Ire.
Toune cast. ye fort of Tome1610Speed's Ulster
ey fort of Tome [Co. Tyrone]1610Speed's Ulster
Forte Tuom. C.Tuom1610cNorden's Map
Castletoome1611Lodge Fairs & Markets 2
Toome1611CPR Jas I 204b
Tuome al. Castletoome or Ballykinaghan1611CPR Jas I 199a
~tar Túaim1617cLCABuidhe 158 $21 l.135
barron'' de Tombe1618Ex. Inq. (Ant.) 16 Jac.I2
Toome1619CPR Jas I 432b
Toome1619CPR Jas I 432b,433a
Toome1620CPR Jas I 484b
Castletoum1634Lodge RR Chas I i 305
~Fersait tuama, hodie vulgo vocatur Tuaim1647Trias. Thaum. 183 n.231
~per Fersait-Tuama1647Trias. Thaum. 148 col 1
the Forte of Toome1650Warr Ire. Hist. (O'Laverty) iii 346
Toome1655cCiv. Surv. x 64ab,65
Toome1655cCiv. Surv. x 60a
Tome. The Old Fort of Toome1657cHib. Reg. Toome
Toome1657cDS (Par. Map) Duneane
Barony of Toome1659cCensus 1659 7
Toome1666ASE 49 b 11
Toome1667ASE 106 a 1
Barrony of Tuam1669HMR Ant. 139
Tombe1669HMR Ant. 151
Tome1672cHib. Del. Antrim
cath Tuama1680cLCABuidhe 88 $7 l.32
~Codhnach Túama1680cLCABuidhe 148 $19 l.61
~Gasradh Tuama1680cLCABuidhe 224 $35 l.137
~a healtoin Tuama1680cLCABuidhe 237 $38 l.3
~a thriath Tuama1680cLCABuidhe 188 $26 l.43
~beithir Thuama1680cLCABuidhe 250 $40 l.26
~fian Tuama1680cLCABuidhe 241 $38 l.134
~éignibh Tuama1680cLCABuidhe 224 $35 l.121
The Toombe. Toomb. Castell Toome. Fersait Tuama1683Dobbs' Descr. Ant. 419
the castle, towns and lands of Toome1684Lodge RR Chas II ii 292
~Fersat tuama1684O'Flaherty's Ogygia 361
Toome1739Reg. Deeds 90-171-62470
Toome Ferry. Toome - Cas.Rs. Toome Bar.1780Lendrick Map
Toome Bridge1785Duff's Lough Neagh
Toome1828OSNB A 40
~Tuaim ""mound, tumulus""1828J O'D (OSNB) A 40
~Fearsat Tuama (Trip. Life) ""the farset or ford of1869Joyce i 335
~Droichead Thuama1989GÉ 92
~Fearsaid Thuama ""sand-bank ford of Toome""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 141
~Tuaim ""pagan burial place""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 141
~per Doim670cTírechán (Bieler) p.162
~per doim807cL. Ardm. p.30a l.29
Toome Upper
Parish in 1851
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