There are more than 1200 townlands in County Down. It could take me twenty years to write about them all. While we’re waiting, here are a few of my photographs of townland names on road signs and gravestones.
Even if I complete County Down, these townlands are waiting for me in other counties.
Derganagh, County Derry/Londonderry
Drumourne, County Antrim
Townland names often appear on old gravestones.
A gravestone in Saintfield for the McMaster family of Drumreagh
A gravestone in Knock for the Gordon family of Tullycarnet
A gravestone in Gilnahirk for the McClements family of Ballyrussell
A gravestone in Raffrey churchyard for the McCreery family of Raffrey.
A gravestone in Raffrey churchyard for the Jamison family of Raffrey
A gravestone in Castlereagh for Patterson of Lisnabreeny
A gravestone in Killinchy for the Carson family of Ballybundon (now Kilmood & Ballybunden)
A gravestone in Killinchy for the Crickard family of Ballybundon (now Kilmood & Ballybunden).
A gravestone in Killaresy for the Wilson family of Ballymorran and Ballygoskin.
A gravestone in Killyleagh for the Taylor family of Ringdufferin
Gravestone in Breda for Rea of Newtownbreda
Gravestone in Breda for Jordan of Newtownbreda
Gravestone in Breda for Ferguson of Ballynafeigh (Ballynafoy)
Gravestone in Moneyreagh for McDowell of Scrabo
Gravestone in Moneyreagh for Abernethy of Ballycreelly
Susanna Young of Granshaw in Moneyreagh
Gravestone in Moneyreagh for Rainey of Ballyaltikilligan
Gravestone in Moneyreagh for Smyth of Crossnacreevy
Gravestone in Moneyreagh for Duncan and McCullough of Moneyrea
Gravestone in Moneyreagh for Grant of Ballyknockan
Gravestone in Moneyreagh for Stewart of Crossnacreevy
Gravestone in Moneyreagh for Fisher of Ballymalady or Ballymaledy
Gravestone in Moneyreagh for Dobbin of Clontonacally
Gravestone in Moneyreagh for McClure of Clontonacally
Gravestone in Moneyreagh for Orr of Ballykeel and Ballymecashin
Carsonstown spelled without its second S) on a gravestone in saintfield
Carsons Dam (which could be Carsonstown or Aughnadarragh) on a gravestone in Saintfield
Gravestone in Castlereagh for the Ross family of Lisnabreeny
Gravestone for Kelly of Tullywest in Saintfield
Gravestone for Ferguson of Tonaghmore in Saintfield
Gravestone for Gibson of Ballydavey
GRAVESTONE IN PORTAFERRY FOR HUNTER OF TIEVESHILLY
Aicken of Ballymaconnell
Wright of Ballymaconnell
McKee of Rathgael
Lightbody of Ballyree
Newell of Ballyree