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Ballymenagh, County Down


Ir. Baile Manach ‘townland of the monks’


Ballymenagh was church land, one of the five townlands (Ballekeille or Ballicruell, Ballimannacke, Ballacultrack or Ballacktragath, Ballaenderrie, Ballaeknocknegonie, CPR Jas I 39a, 72b) once belonging to Holywood Abbey.  John O’Donovan translated this name as Baile Meadhonach (méanach) ‘middle town,’ but apart from the spelling Balle Mena[gh]t appearing on the Raven Map of Clandeboye c.1625 and in the Hamilton Copy Rental c.1681, so much of the early evidence spells –managh (1604 –manock, mannacke) (1604, 1623, 1627, 1630, 1645, 1661, 1662), that it seems far more likely to be Baile Manach ‘townland of the monks’.


K. Muhr, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

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Baile Meadhonach ""middle town""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 29
Ballamanock or Ballamanogh1604CPR Jas I 72b
Ballimannacke1604CPR Jas I 39a
Ballymanagh1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] lvii
Ballymanock al Ballymanogh1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiii
Balle Menaght1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 41, 42, 43
Balle Menat, the Upper part1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 43
Ballemanaghe1627CPR Chas I 228
Ballemanaghe1627CPR Chas I 228
Ballemacken or Ballemenagh1630Ham. Patent [1630] xi
Ballemanagh1630Ham. Patent [1630] xi
Ballemanack or Ballemanagh1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
Ballemanagh1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
B:Managh1659cCensus 1659 87
Ballemannagh1661BSD 127
Ballemanagh1662Inq. Ult. (Down) $23 Car. II
Ballymanack al Ballemanagh1662Inq. Ult. (Down) $23 Car. II
Ballymenaght1681Ham. Copy Rental 109
Ballymenock1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 29
Ballymenagh1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 29
Castlereagh Lower
Parish in 1851
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