Blackstaff River, County Antrim
Ir. Abhainn Bheara [owen vara] ‘river of the staff’.
Rises on the slopes of Black Mountain west of Belfast. Enters the Lagan a short distance E of Belfast city centre
par: Shankill bar: Belfast Upper
The E. element staff is a translation of the original Ir. element bior (gen. beara) which is likely to have referred to a primitive crossing-place, formed from beams of oak. The element black presumably referred to the colour of the beams.
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
|Blackstaffe||1605||CPR Jas I 73b|
|Black Water||1780||Lendrick Map|
|~Abhainn Bheara ""river of the staff""||1999||Dict. Ulst. PN 25|
- Belfast Upper
- Parish in 1851
- Ballymurphy/Malone Lower
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