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Placenames

 

The study of placenames can deliver valuable information about an area. Diverse details concerning many aspects can all be obtained from placenames. Examples of information to be gained include the following; land divisions, land use, crops, shape and quality of the land, common birds and animals, local industry and occupations, farming practices, customs, religious practices, poitin making, legends, family names, names of people gone before, even events such as drowning.

Clonmany is no exception and has has many curious names; Bulba, Raghtin, Carrickabraghy, Ballyliffin, Gaddyduff, Cregnamaca, Glasheedy, Both Chonais and Ben Conor. It also has quite a few lost townlands;

Dowygillin - lost in sandhills

Rosmagh - Kinnea and Tullagh (1767)

Dunally - Binnion, Gaddyduff, Adderville and Meendoran - now only a minor name in Gort

Land divisions can be split down into many levels, i.e., County, barony, parish, townlands. To gain information on placenames local people are usually the best source but researchers should also look to the following list of sources;

Old Records - Annals; Plantation; Governmnet; Estate management; Tithes, Hearth Rolls, BSD

Ordinance Survey (engineers consulted local PP, Vicar, Landlord).

John O'Donovan consulted old Gaelic documents and local Irish speaking people (townland names mainly)

The following is a list of some of the sources from which this information has been obtained.

Mont
Bishop Montgomery's survey of the diocese of Derry
Pink
Pinkerton Mss
Pat
Patent Roll
PRR
Parliamentary Returns re Religion
TAB
Tithe Applotment Books
BSD
Books of Survey and Distribution
Car
King Charles
Colton
Acts of Archbishop Colton
CS
Civil Survey
Ecc. Tax.
Medieval Ecclesiastical Taxation
Jac
King James

Clonmany Placenames

 

Adderville
Altahalla
Annaugh
Ardagh
Ballyliffin
Ballymacmoriarty
Binnion

Carrickabraghey

Carrowreagh or
Craicnacally

Cleagh
Clonmany
Clonmany Glebe
Cloontagh
Crossconnell

Dunaff

Fegart
Gaddyduff
Kinnea
Lagahurry
Lenan
Letter
Maghernaul
Meendoran
Rasheeny
Roosky
Straid
Straths
Tullagh
Tullynabratillly
Urrismenagh

 

Acerage of Townlands Inishowen Map of Placenames

 

Thanks to Brother Tom Connelly for providing us with his notes on the history of the Clonmany placenames. Brother Tom Connelly was a guest speaker at the first annual McGlinchey Summer School in 1998.


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