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Dunadry, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Dún Eadradh (doon adroo] ‘middle fort’.

Background

5km ESE of Antrim town

par: Grange of Nilteen bar: Antrim Upper

The name of the townland of Dunadry is recorded as Dunedergel c.1251 and Dún Eadradh ‘middle fort’ may be a reinterpretation of an earlier name, Dún Eadarghabhal ‘fort between forks’, referring to a fort which formerly stood in the junction between the Six MileWater and the Rathmore Burn. In 1838 the Ordnance Survey Memoir remarks: ‘Dunadry takes its name from the dun or fort which, until within about a year and a half, stood about 100 yards to the north of the hamlet’ (OSM xxxv 89). The townland contains the site of an ancient church and graveyard which was formerly the parish church of the Grange of Nilteen. The name of the church is recorded as Ecclesia de Drumnedergal in the Taxation of Pope Nicholas c.1306 (Eccles. Tax. 64). Again, the Ordnance Survey Memoir of 1838 informs us: ‘there has also been a church and burial ground at its [i.e. Dunadry’s] northern side, but the foundations of the former were wholly removed and the burial ground cultivated about 50 years ago’.

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 63; Pat McKay

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
?Dunedergel1251cEA 64
?Drumnedergal, Ecclesia de1306Eccles. Tax. 64
?Dumnedergalle1333EA 65
?Ballydownedrowne1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 44
Ballydonedrowe1608CPR Jas I 120b
?Ballydonedrow1621CPR Jas I 523b
?Ballydonedrow1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
Dunethery1669HMR Ant. 129
~Dún a''Draoi ""fort of the Druid""1832cJ O'D (OSNB) A2
~""central dun or fort""1875Joyce ii 445
~Dún Eadradh1989GÉ 218
~Dún Eadradh1989GÉ 218
~Dún Eadradh ""middle fort""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 63
Barony
Antrim Upper
Parish
Grange of Nilteen
Parish in 1851
Grange of Nilteen
Townland
None
Place name ID
5691
Place name type
T