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Crew Park, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Baile Craiobhe 'townland of the branching tree'

Background

This townland borders the townland of Crew in the parish of Glenavy which takes its name from Crew Hill (Craobh Thulcha 'branching tree of the knoll') which is the highest point in the parish. The hill of Craobh Thulcha was the site of two famous battles between the rival peoples of Uí Néill and Ulaid in AD 1003 and 1099. Both times the Ulaid were defeated, and in 1099, to emphasise their conquest, the Uí Néill party cut down the sacred tree which grew on the hill. References on maps of the plantation period to Knockcruhollagh 'hill of Cru-hollogh' establish the link between the Irish name and Crew Hill, which was still believed to be the inauguration site for the 'Kings of Ulster' (McKay & Muhr 2007, 30). 

The modern form takes the appearance of an English name, first recorded in 1780. Previous to this, the name appeared as Ballycrewe (1625) which indicates that the modern name is an anglicisation (with the loss of baile) with the addition of the English element park.  

 

References

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballycrewe1625Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $1
(?)Collagan1672cHib. Del. Antrim
Crew Park1780Lendrick Map
Barony
Massereene Upper
Parish
Ballinderry
Parish in 1851
Ballinderry
Townland
None
Place name ID
6168
Place name type
T