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Tobergill, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. An Tobar Geal ‘the bright or white well’

Background

The name of the townland of Tobergill is recorded as Tubbergeill in 1608, as Turbergeile in 1621 and as Tubbergill in 1669 and the most satisfactory interpretation of the place-name is An Tobar Geal ‘the bright or white well’. There is no tradition of a holy well in the townland. However, the  OS 1:10,000 map of 1972 (sh. 96) marks a ‘spring’ near its western boundary. As well as Tubbergill a townland named Tobergil Qr. is listed in the Hearth Money Rolls of 1669 (HMR Ant. 127) and it appears likely that Tobergil Qr. corresponds with the townland of Drumagorgan which borders Tobergill on the south-west (see Drumagorgan).

References

Pat McKay

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Turbbergill1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 44
Tubbergeill1608CPR Jas I 120b
Turbergeile1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
Turbergeyll1621CPR Jas I 524a
Tobergil Qr1669HMR Ant. 129
Tubbergill1669HMR Ant. 128
Tobergill1780Lendrick Map
~i.e. Gill''s well1832cJ O'D (OSNB) A2
tobar geal ""white/bright well""2001HMC replies HMCsched
Barony
Antrim Upper
Parish
Donegore
Parish in 1851
Donegore
Townland
None
Place name ID
5479
Place name type
T