Today’s townland is Ballytrustan, near Portaferry, on the Ards Peninsula in County Down.
This photo of the trees and fields of Ballytrustan shows that I haven’t moved far from Tullyboard, my first townland of 2017. The stone tower on the hill belongs to Tullyboard’s windmill, and the church tower below it is St Patrick’s church.
According to the PLACENAMESNI website, the name Ballytrustan probably came from an Anglo-Norman surname “Thurstan”. The spelling “Thurstayniston” is recorded in the 14th century, and was later gaelicized as Baile Thrustain.
In the churchyard at St Patrick’s, I found this headstone for the Breen family of Ballytrustan.
Which county is Ballytrustan in? County Down
Which parish is Ballytrustan in? Ballytrustan