There are nine townlands in Ulster called Gransha. So far, I’ve only visited one in the parish of Comber, County Down.
According to the PLACENAMESNI website, the name Gransha comes from the Norman-French “grange” which refers to land held by a medieval monastery. In this case the monastery was probably the Cistercian monastery of Comber which was about two miles away. Now Gransha has its own church, which adds a “W” to the end of the townland name.
Churchyards are turning out to be treasure-stores of townland names. The names are inscribed on many gravestones from the 18th and 19th centuries. Occasionally, if I’m really lucky, they are still legible. Here are two Granshaw stones, complete with Ws. The grave of “Eliza Haslett of Granshaw” is in Granshaw churchyard; the grave of “Susanna Young of Granshaw” is in Moneyreagh.
One Gransha down, eight to go. Time for a cup of tea at this Gransha’s La Mon Hotel.