Today’s place-name is Carrickfergus, which is not only a townland, but a parish and town (and song) as well.
Who was Fergus? A local story suggests that a Scottish king was shipwrecked on the Irish shore. On the day of my visit the sea was sparkling and calm.After absorbing the fortifications and military history, I relaxed beside the lavender in the garden at Joymount Presbyterian Church.
As Belfast is so much bigger than Carrickfergus now, it is easy to forget how important Carrick has been in the past. We describe the sea inlet between County Down and County Antrim as Belfast Lough, but back in 1625 this map called it ‘the bay of Carickfvargus’.
Carrickfergus townland only covers the harbour and a narrow slice of the town. Around it are other townlands called ‘divisions’. In the churchyard of St Nicholas Church of Ireland I photographed this gravestone commemorating the Herdman family of West Division.
Carrickfergus is also the name of a song, discussed in this article by Bernd Biege.
Which county is Carrickfergus in? County Antrim
Which civil parish is Carrickfergus in? Carrickfergus
Which townlands border Carrickfergus? North East Division, Middle Division, West Division.