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Blackstaff River, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Abhainn Bheara [owen vara] ‘river of the staff’.

Background

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.

References

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Blackstaffe1605CPR Jas I 73b
Black Water1780Lendrick Map
Blackstaffe1847EA 184
~Abhainn Bheara ""river of the staff""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 25
Barony
Belfast Upper
Parish
Shankill
Parish in 1851
Shankill
Townland
Ballymurphy/Malone Lower
Place name ID
6841
Place name type
M:W