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Ballyregan, County Down


Ir. Baile Uí Riagáin ‘(O’)Regan’s townland’


The name Ballyregan is first recorded in 1605 in a grant from King James I to James Hamilton where the name of the townland is written Balli-Regin (CPR Jas I 73a). The derivation of the place-name is clearly Baile Uí Riagáin ‘(O’)Regan’s townland’. According to Woulfe (1923, 631), Ó Riagáin is ‘the name of two distinct families, one seated in ancient Meath, the other in Thomond’ (i.e. north Munster). The Meath family were a branch of the southern Uí Néill and one of the four tribes of Tara but were dispossessed during the Norman invasion and widely dispersed so that the name is now found throughout Ireland.


P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

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Baile Ui Riagain

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) No. 38

Baile Uí Riagáin ""O Riagáin''s townland, angl. (O'Regan)

1991NIPNP posters Belfast
Balli-Regin1605CPR Jas I 73a
Ballyregin1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I
Ballyreguy1612CPR Jas I 236a
Ballinregin al Balliregny1620Ham. Patent [1620] xxi
Ballereagin1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiv
Ballereagin1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiv
Balle Regan1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 34
Ballyregan, part of1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 33
Ballereagin or Ballerigin1630Ham. Patent [1630] xiii
Ballerergan al Balleregin1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
Ballyregane1659cCensus 1659 87
Balleregan1661BSD 128
Ballyregan1745Map of Down (OSNB) No. 48
Ballyregan1745Map of Down (OSNB) No. 48
Ballyregan1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 48
Ballyregan1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 48
Ballyregan1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 48
Ballyregan1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 48
Castlereagh Lower
Parish in 1851
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