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Drumagore, County Derry

Origin

Ir. Droim na nGabhar ‘ridge of the goats’

Background

The historical forms of the name appear to contain the definite article in the form na, therefore excluding a singular form Droim an Ghabhair ‘ridge of the goat’. However, the plural form Droim na nGabhar ‘ridge of the Goats’ might be considered problematic as the eclipsis mutation [n], which appears in the genitive plural of this form is not present in the historical forms. 

However, place-names rarely retain an eclipsed g in anglicized forms (Mac Gabhann 1997, 64) and we would therefore expect a form such as Droim na nGabhar to anglicise as Drumagore. Similar anglicisation can be seen in Knocknagore (Cnoc na nGabhar ‘hill of the goats’) in Co. Down and in Mulnagore (Mullach na nGabhar 'hill of the goats') in Co. Tyrone.

References

FK (2019)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Drom ne Gorr1613Lond. Comp. Valuation 301
Drumnagor1622Phillips MSS (Maps) 150
Drumenagar1654Civ. Surv. iii 223
Dromnagor1659cCensus 1659 125
Dunmesgore1663HMR (Ò Doibhlin 2) 47
Drumagore1814Sampson (Munn) 93
~Druim a Ghabhair ""the goat''s ridge""1830J O'D (OSNB) 93 C1
~Druim-a''-ghabhair ""(ridge) of the goat:goat pastu1913Joyce iii 314
~Druim-a-ghabhair ""The ridge of the goats""1925Joyce (Munn) 93,3.314
Barony
Tirkeeran
Parish
Clondermot
Parish in 1851
Clondermot
Townland
None
Place name ID
850
Place name type
T