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Place Names Associated with Knox/Kelsey

February 5th, 2011

In my post of January 30th, there are a number of Northern Ireland place names mentioned: Drummonocken, Dromore Parish, Edentrillick, Lisburn, Hillsborough, and Barony of Lower Iveagh. Here is a brief guide to those places

Northern Ireland has throughout history been divided into a hierarchy of administrative units. That hierarchy is Province, County, Barony (now defunct), Parish (Church of Ireland), and Townland.

Drummonocken (Drumaknockan), Edentrillick, and Maze are Townlands. Lisburn and Hillsborough are both cities. All are located within the Parish of Dromore, Barony of Lower Iveagh, County of Down, Province of Ulster. Part of Lisburn is located in County Antrim and it is currently the third largest city in Northern Ireland, behind Belfast and Londonderry.

The place names Maze and Mayo are similar in that they come from the same root word in Gaelic. Maze is from Mhaigh meaning “the plain” and Mayo is from Mhaigh Eo meaning “plain of yew trees”.

Ranfurlie (Ranfurly, Renfrewshire) is  a small settlement in the county of Renfrewshire in the west of Scotland, near Glasgow.

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