Ringdufferin townland is on a peninsula stretching out into Strangford Lough north of Killyleagh.  It is a quiet backwater land of drumlins and water.

View from Ringdufferin RoadAccording to the PLACENAMESNI website, the name of the townland means “promontory of the black third” and comes from the Irish Rinn An Duifrian.

Ringdufferin Road signRingdufferin Road is so narrow that the cow parsley was obscuring the signs and hitting both sides of my car in May 2015.

Ringdufferin narrow roadBy August, flowers (great willowherb?) and crops (barley?) were ripening.

Ringdufferin Road flowers - willowherb?

Ringdufferin Road field The August sun was making everyone thirsty.

Ringdufferin Road cow tongueRingdufferin Road cow troughThe name “Dufferin” has some fame beyond this townland. In 1800 Dorcas Blackwood became the first Baroness Dufferin and Claneboye.  Her descendant Frederick Temple-Hamilton-Blackwood, the 5th Baron Dufferin and Claneboye, was also created Earl of Dufferin in 1871 and Marquess of Dufferin and Ava in 1888.  I will write more about them when I reach the Clandeboye townlands.  (I doubt I will make it to Ava, which is in Burma.)

Those of us of less noble birth can play the Dufferin Course at Clandeboye Golf Club or enjoy Killyleagh hospitality at the Dufferin Arms pub and the Dufferin Coaching Inn.

Duffer Arms sign“Dufferin” places aren’t even limited to Ireland.  While taking photos for my other blog in London, I found Dufferin Street.  There is a Dufferin County in Ontario and a Dufferin Clock Tower in Mysore, both named after Frederick Temple-Hamilton-Blackwood, who held British Imperial posts in Canada and India.

Dufferin Street sign



I learn more Irish words as I explore these townlands.  Rinn in Irish is translated into English as “promontory” in the names Ringdufferin and Ringcreevy.   I’ve already started work on a post from Ringhaddy.

Click on these links to read more about the Dufferin nobility-

Which county is Ringdufferin in?  County Down

Which civil parish is Ringdufferin?  Killyleagh

Which other townlands border Ringdufferin?   To the north Ballymacarron.   To the west, Ballymacromwell.  To the south, Rathcunningham.  To the east, nothing but water.

Click here to see a map of Ringdufferin on Townlands.IE.

Click here to see my photos of gravestones related to Ringdufferin.

And finally, click here to read more about the townland name on PLACENAMESNI.ORG.


  1. […] Ballymacarron is a rural townland on the west coast of Strangford Lough, in County Down.  To be more exact, it lies east of the A22 road (the main road between Comber and Downpatrick), south of Ballygeegan and Tullymore, and north of Ringdufferin. […]


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