Today’s townland is Ballymaghan, in East Belfast. The western boundary of the townland is now marked by the A55 Outer Ring.
Ballymaghan includes the entrance to Belmont Park, although some of the park is also in Ballymisert.
There is evidence of the townland existing as early as 1211, according to the website of the Northern Ireland Place Names Project. Its English name then was ‘Balimithegan’ deriving from the Irish surname Ó Miadhacháin.
My photos aren’t as old as that, but this next image comes from way back in 2015. The sculptures that stood in Belmont Park are still there, but now lie flat on the ground.
In the 19th century, the big houses in this area had taken names similar to the townland, with ‘Glen’ instead of ‘Bally’: Glenmachan House and Glenmachan Tower. The site of Glenmachan Tower is now a church and nursing home.
Which county is Ballymaghan in? County Down
Which parish is Ballymaghan in? Holywood