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Castletown Monea, County Fermanagh

Origin

E. Castle + Town + Ir. Maigh Niadh ‘plain of warriors’

Background

This first part of this name is clearly of English origin, and refers to Monea Castle, which was built in 1618 for Malcolm Hamilton. A survey of 1619 describes is as "a strong Castle of Lime and Stone, being 54ft long & 20ft broad; but hath no Bawne unto it". The bawn was built later, in 1622. It was taken by the Irish in 1641, but retaken by the planters and in 1688 was the residence of the Governor of Enniskillen (NISMR). A significant portion of the castle remains intact. Earlier forms of the name appearing as Castleton reflect the older English spelling of ‘town’. The second part of the name refers to the neighbouring townland of Monea (Maigh Niadh ‘plain of warriors’), whereas the village known as Monea, is in the current townland (OSNI).

References

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Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Castleton in Fermanagh co.1615CPR Jas I 300a
Castletown1615CPR Jas I 166b
Castleton1616CPR Jas I 306b
Castleton1630Inq. Ult. (Fermanagh) Car.II $24
Castletown1665HMR Fer. (2) 8
~Muin Fhiadh ""deer hill""1834OSNB Inf. B156
Castletown1834cOSM xiv 48
Castletown Monea sch1834cOSM xiv 56
Castletown manor1834cOSM xiv 53, 55
Castletown td (prop John Briens)1834cOSM xiv 50, 58
Barony
Magheraboy
Parish
Devenish
Parish in 1851
Devenish
Townland
None
Place name ID
7582
Place name type
T