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Balloo Lower, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Aodha ‘Hugh’s townland’ + Eng. lower

Background

The townland of Balloo Lower is to be distinguished from the townland of Balloo elsewhere in this parish; the latter is situated south of the town of Bangor and, for that reason, appears with the qualifier juxta Bangor ‘beside Bangor’ in some of our early sources. Balloo Lower, on the other hand, lies on the coast a few miles to the north-east and is on occasion qualified juxta mare ‘beside the sea’ in historical sources.

The identity of the individual who is commemorated in the name of the townland is not known. However, the anglicisation and local pronunciation of the place-name is of significance as it bears testimony to the distinctive pronunciation of 'ao' in the Gaelic of Ulster and Scotland as an unrounded 'u' vowel.

There are five other Irish townlands named Balloo, including Balloo in the parish of Killinchy, Co. Down.

References

Hannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 150; with additions MOM

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Balow juxta mare

1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I, 19a

Ballow

1603Ex. Inq. (Dn) §1 Jac. I

Ballowe

1604CPR Jas I 38a

Ballow

1605Inq. Ult. (Down) §2 Jac. I

Ballow

1605CPR Jas I 72b

Ballowe

1620Ham. Patent [1620] xx

Ballowe-juxta mare

1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxx

Ballow

1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 20

Ballowe

1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 11

Balow

1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 18

Balowe

1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 17

Ballow

1630Ham. Patent [1630] x

Balow

1645Inq. Ult. (Down) §104 Car. I

Ballow

1659cCensus 1659 93

Ballow, The Two Parts of, juxta Mare

1661BSD 90

Ballow ppe mare

1662Inq. Ult. (Down) §23 Car. II

Ballow

1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 54

Ballow

1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 54

Baile Logha "Luoy's town"

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 54

Bail'-Lugha, the town of Lugh/Lewy

1913Joyce iii 101
Barony
Ards Lower
Parish
Bangor
Parish in 1851
Bangor
Townland
None
Place name ID
6574
Place name type
T