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Fivemiletown, County Tyrone

Origin

Background

Close to Fermanagh border, 10km WSW of Clogher

par: Clogher bar: Clogher

Fivemiletown is said to be named from its position five Irish miles from each of the surrounding settlements of Clogher, Brookeborough and Tempo. The original Ir. name of the townland of Fivemiletown was Baile na Lorgan [bala na lurrigan] ‘townland of the long ridge’, a name which was anglicised as Ballynalurgan. Previous names for the town of Fivemiletown were Mount Stewart, from Sir William Stewart who founded it in 1619 and Blessingbourn from the name of the nearby residence of Colonel Montgomery, the proprietor of the area in the early 19th century [Fivemiletown 1831].

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 70

Additional Information

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Barony
Clogher
Parish
Clogher
Parish in 1851
Clogher
Townland
None
Place name ID
9171
Place name type
T