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Ballygrot, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile na gCrot ‘townland of the small eminences’

Background

It seems that the final element of this place-name is crot ‘small eminence’. The earliest spellings of the place-name would suggest an original Baile Crot, but the evidence suggests that the name later developed to Baile na gCrot ‘townland of the small eminences’, with subsequent loss of the genitive plural form of the article. 

References

Hannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 153

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballirotte1603Ex. Inq. (Dn) 2 Jac. I
Ballecrotte1604CPR Jas I 38a
Ballecrotte1605CPR Jas I 72b
Ballicrott1605Inq. Ult. (Down) §2 Jac. I
Ballecrott1620Ham. Patent [1620] xx
Bally-Crott1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxi
Balle Grott1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 3, 4
Ballecrott1630Ham. Patent [1630] xi
(?)Ballerott1645Inq. Ult. (Down) §104 Car. I
Ballecrott1645Inq. Ult. (Down) §104 Car. I
Ballygrott1659cCensus 1659 94
Ballegrot + Ballyskelly1661BSD 124
Ballycrott1662Inq. Ult. (Down) $23 Car. II
Ballygrott1681Ham. Copy Rental 110
Ballygrotte1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 54
Ballygrot1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 54

Baile gCrot "town of the hillocks or tummocks"

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 54
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Bangor
Parish in 1851
Bangor
Townland
None
Place name ID
6562
Place name type
T