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Cregagh, County Down

Origin

Ir. An Chreagaigh ‘the rocky place’

Background

Suburb 3km SE of Belfast city centre

par: Knockbreda bar: Castlereagh Upper

The townland of Cregagh would appear to derive from Ir. An Chreagach but the local pronunciation 'Craigy' indicates that the oblique form An Chreagaigh (rather than nominative An Chreagach) was the form current in the locality. The southern half of the townland comprises steep ground on the northern slopes of the Castlereagh Hills.  This includes a wooded valley called Glencregagh (or Cregagh Glen) and a steep road parallel to this called Rocky Road, which may reflect the meaning of the name.

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 49; Pat McKay 2009; revised PT 2012

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Creagach ""rocky""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 124

Chreagaigh, An

1989GÉ 78

An Chreagaigh ""the rocky place""

1999Dict. Ulst. PN 49

An Chreagaigh ""the rocky place""

2001NIPNP replies PMcK/KH
Ballycregogie1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I
B.Cregogie1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] lvi
Ballecregagie1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xliii
Cregoge1632Inq. Ult. (Down) $29 Car. I
Craigogh1659cCensus 1659 88
Cregog1661BSD 123
Cregogh1745Map of Down (OSNB) E 124
Cragoge al Cregogh al Rosnecragh1811Marriage Downshire (OSNB) E 124
Cregagh1830cTreas. Warrant (OSNB) E 124
Barony
Castlereagh Upper
Parish
Knockbreda
Parish in 1851
Knockbreda
Townland
None
Place name ID
6839
Place name type
T