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Reaskmore, County Tyrone

Origin

Ir. Riasc Mór ‘big, great marsh’

Background

The first element in this place-name is probably riasc which means ‘marsh; bogland, moor’which is clearly modified by mór ‘big, great’ in the contemporary form of the name. Note, however that this component first appears in the 1742 form Reskmore, previous to which, riasc appears to have been unqualified. Earlier forms Reiskenelaght (1614, 1618) andResketerine (1615) seem to contain a qualifying element with a different origin, perhaps leacht 'burial monument', although this cannot be confirmed with such little linguistic evidence.

References

FK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Reiskenelaght1614Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jas 1
Resketerine(?)1615CPR Jas I 272a
(?)Reiskenelaght1618CPR Jas I 392b
Riaske1661BSD 201
Reaske1666HMR Tyr. (2) 241
Reskmore1742OSNB: gen. sources 7
Reaskmore1834cOSNB: gen. sources 7
Riasg Mor/Great Morass1834cJ O'D (OSNB) 7
~Riasc mor ""big morass or swampy place""1936TNCT 40
Barony
Dungannon Middle
Parish
Donaghmore
Parish in 1851
Donaghmore
Townland
None
Place name ID
9875
Place name type
T