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Cave Hill, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Binn Uamha [bin oova] ‘peak cliff of the cave’.

Background

(sometimes Cavehill)

368m high, 5.5km NNW of Belfast city centre

par: Shankill bar: Belfast Upper

The E. name appears to be a translation of the original Ir. There are in fact three caves on the face of the cliff which stands in the townland of BALLYAGHAGAN. An earlier Ir. name for Cave Hill was Beann Mhadagáin [ban wadagine] ‘Madagán’s peak’, Madagán being a king of Ulster who died in 856AD [(hi) mBind Uamha 1468].

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 39

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

hi mbeind uamha

1468AFM iv 1056

i m-Beinn-uama

1468AU iii 220

Benmadiane - Hill with a Cave

1570cEarly Chart B'fast Lough (Benn) i 273

Benmadiane

1595Mercator's Ulst.

ye Cave

1595Mercator's Ulst.

Knocke Bennle=gan

1603Bartlett Maps (Esch. Co. Maps) i (Ulster)

Binn Uamha

1989GÉ 201

Beann Mhadadháin "" Madagán''s peak""

1999Cel. Ulst. Tds 9

Binn Uamha ""peak/cliff of the cave""

1999Dict. Ulst. PN 39

Binn Uamha ""peak/cliff of the cave""

2002Culture NI PNN PMcK/JP
Cave Hill1780Lendrick Map
Barony
Belfast Lower
Parish
Shankill
Parish in 1851
Shankill
Townland
Ballyaghagan
Place name ID
6651
Place name type
M:H