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Milecross, County Down

Origin

Eng. mile + cross

Background

The earliest form, Ballyhawlie, is an anglicization of what may have been the original Irish name for this place but it is difficult to say what the second element represents. Milecross, first documented in 1659 (Census 1659 94)may derive its name from the distance between the junction of what is now Milecross Road and Belfast Road (i.e. the minor road between Belfast and Craigantlet) and the centre of Newtownards approximately one mile away.  Access to Milecross Lodge, marked on Taylor and Skinner's road map of 1777 (Taylor & Skinner 6), was from this junction. 

Given the wide spread of names from Kiltonga throughout Milecross (a housing estate called Kiltonga and two minor names: Kiltonga Lake and Kiltonga Industrial Estate) one might also consider this as a possible former name of the townland. 

References

Hannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 233; revised PT 2012

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballyhawlie1627CPR Chas I 229
Milecross al Tomegardy1659cCensus 1659 94
Ballyhawly, quarter of, als Milecross1675Montgomery MSS 268 n.35

Mile-cross Lodge

1777Taylor & Skinner 6
Milecross1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 32
Milecross1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 32
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Newtownards
Parish in 1851
Newtownards
Townland
None
Place name ID
6762
Place name type
T