Granny (townland)

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Irish transcription(s)
 • Derivation: Greanaigh
 • Meaning: "Gravelly place"
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Granny is located in Northern Ireland
Granny shown within Northern Ireland
Coordinates: 54°48′04″N 6°44′02″W / 54.801°N 6.734°W / 54.801; -6.734Coordinates: 54°48′04″N 6°44′02″W / 54.801°N 6.734°W / 54.801; -6.734
Country Northern Ireland
County County Londonderry
Barony Loughinsholin
Civil parish Kilcronaghan
Plantation grant Church lands
First recorded 1609
Settlements Kilross
 • Council Magherafelt District Council
 • Ward Tobermore
 • Total 65.88 ha (162.79 acres)
Irish grid ref H8195

Granny (locally [ˌɡrani], from Irish Greanaigh, meaning 'gravelly place'[2]) is a townland lying within the civil parish of Kilcronaghan, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It lies in the west of the parish on the boundary of the civil parish of Ballynascreen, and is bounded by the townlands of; Calmore, Duntribryan, Moneyshanere, Mormeal, and Tamnyaskey. It wasn't apportioned to any of the London livery companies, being kept as church lands.[3]

The townland is currently part of Tobermore electoral ward of Magherafelt District Council, however in 1926 it was part of Tobermore district electoral division as part of the Maghera division of Magherafelt Rural District.[4] It was also part of the historic barony of Loughinsholin.[3]

The hamlet of Kilross Villas and Kilross Primary School both lie within this townland along the Duntibryan road.[5]


Along with the townlands of Mormeal, Tamnyaskey, and Tullyroan, Granny comprises the four townlands that make up the Bishop of Derrys lands in the parish. Prior to the Plantation of Ulster, these four townlands constituted the termon (or erenagh) land of the parish, and were known as "Ballintrolla, Derreskerdan, Dirrygrinagh et Kellynahawla". Despite these townlands being in the same location as the later townlands, it is now impossible to match their names accurately.[6]


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  1. ^ Northern Ireland Environment Agency. "NIEA Map Viewer". Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Toner, Gregory: Place-Names of Northern Ireland, page 125. Queen's University of Belfast, 1996, ISBN 0-85389-613-5
  3. ^ a b c Notes on the Place Names of the Parishes and Townlands of the County of Londonderry, 1925, Alfred Moore Munn, Clerk of the Crown and Peace of the City and County of Londonderry
  4. ^ a b c d HistPop; County and County Borough of Londonderry, 1926, page 27
  5. ^ a b Place Names NI - Granny
  6. ^ Toner, Gregory: Place-Names of Northern Ireland, page 112. Queen's University of Belfast, 1996, ISBN 0-85389-613-5
  7. ^ a b c d e f HistPop; Area, population and number of houses, Vol. III, Ireland, 1881, page 698
  8. ^ HistPop; County of Londonderry, 1851, page 241