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Black Mountain, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Dubhais 'black ridge or peak'

Background

The name Divis is derived from Irish Dubhais 'black ridge or peak'. The townland takes its name from Divis Mountain (478m) which stands on the boundary with the townland of Altigarron. It includes the neighbouring peak Black Mountain (390m) which is the name of the townland which bounds it on the south. It is possible that the name Black Mountain is in fact a translation of the Irish name Dubhais and that originally Divis and Black Mountain were thought of as being all the one mountain, named from its highest peak, Dubhais. Quite possibly the peak now known as Black Mountain had an Irish name which has now been lost. There is a summit named Black Hill (360m) on the slopes of the mountain, but it also includes part of the village of Hannahstown, the remainder of which is in the townland of that name.

 

References

McKay, P. 'Belfast place names and the Irish language' in Belfast and the Irish Language (2006:27)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Dubh-ais..simply means black hill; and this old na1869Joyce i 270
of English origin1991NIPNP posters Belfast
Barony
Belfast Upper
Parish
Shankill
Parish in 1851
Shankill
Townland
None
Place name ID
6785
Place name type
T