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Bovevagh Parish, County Derry


Ir. Boith Mhéabha [boh veyva] ‘Maeve’s hut/monastic cell’.


(sometimes Boveva)

Townland is 5km NW of Dungiven

bar: Keenaght

In this case the ‘hut’ or ‘monastic cell’ seems to have been on the site of the former parish church of Bovevagh, the ruins of which are close to the confluence of the BOVEVAGH RIVER with the ALTAHULLION BURN. In Irish mythology Medb (Mod. Ir. Méabh)was the goddess of sovereignty but in this case she has clearly been ‘christianised’. The name was formerly very common and has latterly become popular in the anglicised form Maeve [(derteach)Bothe Medba 1100].


Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Boothmendurna1306cEccles. Tax. (CDI) 215
Bomawe1397Colton Vis. 79,80,84,85
Bomawe (Both Mheidhbhe ""Meva''s hut"")1397Colton Vis. 85
Both-medhba1397Colton Vis. 85o, Tr.Th.
Bothe Medba ""of Both-veva""1397Colton Vis. 85o, Inq.
Boymevoe1397Colton Vis. 80u, Inq.
Bothmeabha1426Cal. Papal Letters vii 469
Bothmeba1461cCal. Papal Letters xii 129
Repbhad1471Cal. Papal Letters xiii 11
Bovevagh1477cReg. Sixt. IV (Annates)
Bhomebha1488Cal. Papal Letters xvi cxix
Bhomebha, par. church of1488Annates Ulst. 223
(?)church of Suamemne alias of St Aganus1492Cal. Papal Letters xv 431
(?)Boreah1570?Bishop. Der. ii 509 $456
Boybegghe1609-Bishop. Der. i 79
Boymene1609-Bishop. Der. i 79
Baighveive (Sti Eugani)1609cBp Montgomery Sur. (SAM 17) 49
Boymeane1610Bishop. Der. i 58,63
Boyvene1610Bishop. Der. i 63
Boyverny1610Bishop. Der. i 58
Boymeane1615CPR Jas I 279b
Boymene1615Bishop. Der. i 104
Boyvean1615Bishop. Der. i 110
Boyvean1615CPR Jas I 280a
Boyvene1615Bishop. Der. i 104
Boyveyne1615CPR Jas I 279b
Boyvevie1617cBishop. Der. i 129
Boymevoe1618CPR Jas I 378b
Boymeane1634Bishop. Der. ii 343 $428
Boyvene al''s Boymeane1634Bishop. Der. ii 343 $428
Both-medhba1647McSkim. Carrick.(1839) 85
Bovea1654Civ. Surv. iii 207
Boveva1654Civ. Surv. iii 197
Boveva1654Civ. Surv. iii 211
Bovevey1654Civ. Surv. iii 210,231
Bovevy1654DS Par. Map (Munn) 78
Bovevy1654Civ. Surv. iii 215,220
Bovenny1657Bishop. Der. i 269
Boueva1659cCensus 1659 131
Bouevy1659cCensus 1659 131
Boveva1659cCensus 1659 131
Bovevy1661Bishop. Der. i 327
Bovevy1663HMR (Ò Doibhlin 2) 57
Boveye1663HMR (Ò Doibhlin 2) 57
Baighveive1666Bishop. Der. i 403
Bovevagh1668Bishop. Der. i 415
Bouevagh1669Bishop. Der. i 424
Bovevagh, rectory1671Bishop. Der. ii 1 $206
Boueuy1672cHib. Del. Co.Londondery
~Boithfeth sive Boichmhedbha1675cTop. Frag. 82
Bovevagh1678Bishop. Der. ii 38 $242
Boithfeth sive Boichmhedbha (St Abhanannus)1680cTop. Frag. 82
Boveagh1814Sampson (Munn) 78
Bovevagh1814Sampson (Munn) 79
""Marys'' cow"" (Mr. Douglas)1821OSM xxx 23 app
~>""Meave''s house, hut or booth""1830J O'D (OSNB) 93 D1
~Both Mheidhbhe>1830J O'D (OSNB) 93 D1
~Both Mhéidhbhe ""Meave''s house""1830J O'D (OSNB) 93 D1
~Ba-feighe ""cow hills - comparatively with the sur1832OSNB Inf. 93 D3
Boveva (Boith Mheadhbha; orig. of name; see txt)1835OSM xxv 21
Boveva (poem by Aengus-na-naer/ Red Bard)1835OSM xxv 21
Bovevagh1835OSM 29,42,46,58,59
Bovevagh1835OSM xxv2,5,6,7,9,16
Bovevagh1835OSM 23,24,25,26,27
Bovevagh (history of parish subdivision)1835OSM xxv 19
Bovevagh (property of Marquis of Waterford)1835OSM xxv 19
Bovevagh Church (moving church story)1835OSM xxv 50-51
Bovevagh Church (orig. Temple/ Kill Owen; see txt)1835OSM xxv5-6,18,38,46
Bovevagh Glen1835OSM xxv 1
Bovevagh River or Water1835OSM xxv 2,4,20,22
Bovevagh td1835OSM 54,55,57,60,61
Bovevagh td1835OSM 23,25,28,41,
Bovevagh td1835OSM xxv3,4,5,20,22,
Boymevoe1839?McSkim. Carrick.(1839) 80,85
[Derteach] Bothe Medba1839?McSkim. Carrick.(1839) 85
~Both-Mheidhbhe ""Maive''s hut""1869Joyce i 305
Boith-Medhbha (""Meva''s house"")1873Mon. Hib. 161
~Both-Mheidhbhe ""The hut of Meva, or Maive""1910?Onom. Goed. (Munn) 79, 120
~Both-Mheidhbhe ""The hut of Meva, or Maive""1925Munn's Notes 78
~Both-Mheidhbhe ""The hut of Meva, or Maive""1925Joyce (Munn) 79, J.1.305
~Boith Mhéabha1989GÉ 192
Both Mhéabha "" Maeve''s hut""1999Cel. Ulst. Tds 22
~Both Mhéabha ""Maeve''s hut/monastic cell""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 28
Both Mheadhbha ""Maeve''s hut/cell/church""2001HMC replies HMCdec01
Parish in 1851
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