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Carrickfergus, County Antrim


Ir. Carraig Fhearghasa [karrick aragasa] ‘Fergus’s rock’.


Town is on N shore of Belfast Lough, 15km NE of Belfast

The rock referred to is that on which stands the famous late 12th-century Norman castle. The place-name may well predate this period, even though there must be considerable doubt about the reliability of the tradition that Carrickfergus is named from Fergus son of Erc, the sixth-century founder of the joint Irish/Scottish kingdom of Dál Riadawho is reputed to have been drowned here. The present Church of Ireland church of St Nicholas dates back to pre-Norman times, though none of the original building now survives. Carrickfergus enjoyed the status of a county prior to the establishment of the county of Antrim in 1584 [(i)cCarraic Ferghusa 1408].


McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 35

Additional Information

T. (Td Index 1851); Mun. Boro. 1961

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
~(?)Ciarrge, Cinaedh0771AFM i 374
Crackfergus1183EA 275
Carric1186EA 325
~go carraicc ferghusa1204AFM iii 140
~go carraic fherghusa1209AFM iii 164
Cracfergus1210EA 325
Cragfergus1213EA 270
Crakfergus1213EA 324
Cracfergus1215EA 57
[Apud] Cnockfergus1243Mon. Hib. 5
Cragfergus1303EA 62
~i Carraig-Ferghusa1303AU ii 400
Knockfergus1305EA 62
Cragfergus, Ecclesia Sancti Nich de1306Eccles. Tax. 208
Cragfergus, Rector Sancte Marie de1306Eccles. Tax. 60
Cragfergus1333EA 343
Gregforgus1333EA 184
~(?)na Cairrgi, Bogsa1374AU ii 550
Cragfergus1375EA 271
~go Carraicc Feargusa1376AFM iv 666
~hi Carraig-Fherghusa1376AU ii 556
~Carrac fherghusa1384AFM iv 694
~Chairge-Ferghusa, losgadh1384AU iii 14
~i ccarraic ferghusa1408AFM iv 796
~go carraicc fergusa1422AFM iv 854
~a Carraig-Fhergusa1425AU iii 98
~na Cairgi1425AU iii 98
Cragfergus1450Reg. Octavian (EA) 276
~Carruic Fearguis1450cDuan. Finn lxii 122
~a cCarraic Chinn Choire mic Cais1450cDuan. Finn lxii 122
Carrickfergus1454Annates Ulst. 139
~cairrge fergus, lá gallaibh1492AFM iv 1200
Caretfergius1493Annates Ulst. 132
Carrefrgus1493Annates Ulst. 132
~a Carraig-Fherghusa1497AU iii 420
~hi ccarraicc fherccusa1497AFM iv 1230
~go carraicc fherccusa1503AFM v 1270
Calgirfergus1506Annates Ulst. 133
~Chairrgi-Ferghusa, le muinntir1507AU iii 484
~cairrge ferghusa, lá muintir1507AFM v 1290
~a Carraic-Fergusa1512AU iii 498
~co carraic fhergusa1514AFM v 1326
~a Carraic-Fergusa1524AU iii 554
Petra1527Reg. Cromer (EA) 62
~cairrge feargusa, iar bfaccbháil1529AFM v 1394
Knockfergus1550cMon. Hib. 6
~go carraicc feargusa1573AFM v 1662
Karegfergus1595Mercator's Ulst.
~hi ccarraicc fergusa1596AFM vi 1998
~chairrge ferghusa, gobernóir1597AFM vi 2042
~i ccarraicc fherghusa1601AFM vi 2258
Carrickfergus1603CPR Jas I 3b,5b,6ab
Carrickfergus1603CPR Jas I 7a,8b
Knockfergus1603CPR Jas I 5ab,28a
Carrickfergus1604CPR Jas I 49a,56a
Carrigfergus1604CPR Jas I 54a
Knockfergus1604CPR Jas I 49,55b
Carrickfergus1605CPR Jas I 71b,74a
Knockfergus1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 51
Knockfergus1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 47,48,51
Knockfergus1605CPR Jas I 67a,72b,77ab
Carrickfergus1606CPR Jas I 89a,94a,95ab
Knockfergus1606CPR Jas I 89a,92ab
Carrickfergus1607CPR Jas I 114a
Knockfergus1607CPR Jas I 111a,113b
Carrickfergus1608CPR Jas I 121b,122ab,125a
Carrickfergus1608CPR Jas I 121a,120b
Knockfergus1608CPR Jas I 120b,122a
Carrickfergus1609CPR Jas I 141b,142b
Carrickfergus1609CPR Jas I 146b,147b
Knockfergus1609Jas I to Connor Cath. 262
Knockfergus1610Speed's Ulster
Carrickfergus1611CPR Jas I 206a
Knockfergus1611CPR Jas I 206a,216b
Knockfergus1612CPR Jas I 236b
Knockfergus1613CPR Jas I 249a
Carrickfergus1614CPR Jas I 271a
Carrickfergus1615#CPR Jas I 278b
Carrickfergus1617CPR Jas I 323b
Knockfergus1617CPR Jas I 326b,339a
Knockfergus1618CPR Jas I 402b,419b
Carrickfergus1619CPR Jas I 430b,435b
Carrigfergus1619CPR Jas I 459b
Knockfergus1619CPR Jas I 459b
Carrigfergus1620Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $5
Carrigfergus1620CPR Jas I 487a
Knockfergus1620CPR Jas I 495b
Carrickfergus1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $6
Carrickfergus1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $6,7
Carrickfergus1621CPR Jas I 528b
Carrickfergus1621CPR Jas I 501b,524ab
Carrigfergus1621Annates Ulst. 141
Knockfergus1621CPR Jas I 511a
Knockfergus1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
Carrickfergus1622CPR Jas I 543a,548a
Carrickfergus1623CPR Jas I 571a
Carrickfergus1625Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $1,2
Carrigfergus1625Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $2
Carrickfergus1627Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $3
Carrigfergus1628Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $1
Carrigfergus1629Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $5
Carrickfergus1631Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $$9,13
Carrigfergus1631Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $13
Knockfergus1631Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $9
Carrickfergus1632Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $14
Carrigfergus1632Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $14,15,16
Carrickfergus1633Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $17
Carrigfergus1633Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I$$18,21
Carrickfergus1634Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $24
Carrickfergus1636Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $103
Carrickfergus1637Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $118
Carrickfergus1640Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $$138,139
Carrickfergus1641Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $142
Carrigfergus1641Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $142
Carrickfergus1655cCiv. Surv. x $62a
Carrigfergus1655cCiv. Surv. x $62a
Carickfergustowne1657cHib. Reg. Carrickfergus
Carrikfergus1659cCensus 1659 20
Towne & liberties of Carikfergus1659cCensus 1659 21
Carrickfergus1661Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.II $2
Carrickfergus1662Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.II $6-8
Carrickfergus Towne1669HMR Ant. 38
The Liberties of the East division of Carrickfergu1669HMR Ant. 35
Carrickfergus1672cHib. Del. Antrim
Karrick-fergus1700cMacCana's Itinerary 58
B:bought1780Lendrick Map
Carrickfergus County and Par.1780Lendrick Map
~Carraig Fhearghusa ""Fergus''s rock""1827J O'D (OSNB) A20
(???) Dun Sobarky or Dun Sobairchia [erroneous]1832OSM xxxvii 10
Carrickfergus1847EA 275
Cragfergus1847EA 274,275
Carecfrgus1909Annates Ulst. 132
Carrefrgus1909Annates Ulst. 132
~""Fergus''s rock""1913Joyce iii 174
~Carraig Fhearghais1989GÉ 197
~Carraig Fhearghais1989GÉ 197
~Carraig Fhearghasa ""Fergus''s rock""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 35
Carraig Fhearghasa ""Fergus''s rock""2002Culture NI PNN PMcK/JP
~(?)Cairgge, Cinaedh776AU (Mac Airt) 228
Belfast Lower
Carrickfergus or St. Nicholas''
Parish in 1851
Carrickfergus or St. Nicholas''
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