Information about Ballydotia

Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books

Standard Name:
Irish Form of Name:
Baile Dóithte
burnt town
Civil Parish:
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Baile Dóithte
Ballydoty County Map
Ballydothia High Constable for the Barony
Ballidoty Printed Townland List for Major Browne
Ballydothia Robt. Martin, Esq., Ross
Ballydothia Sketch Map
Ballydothia The Rev. E. French, P.P., Moycullen
Ballydothia Thos. Martin, Esq., M.P.
Ballydothia Tithe Applotment Book
This name occurs very frequently
The North portion of this townland consists of pasturage and fields of lime stone rocks interspersed. The centre and South portions are cultivated fields. Ballydothia village is towards the S. extremity. There is a fort about the centre of this townland. There is nothing else remarkable.
North of the parish. Bounded on the N. by Cloonabinnia, on E. by Ballynahallia and Leegaun, on S. by Moycullen and Killarainy and on West by Knockshanbally and Rinnean. Ballydothia is a subdenomination of Moycullen by Quit Rent Ledger.

Information From Joyce's Place Names

Translation according to P. W. Joyce:
Ballydotia in Galway ; Baile-doighte [-dotia], burnt townland : i.e. having the land-surface burned for tillage purposes. See Beatin [reproduced below].
Beatin in Kilkenny; Béitín, burnt land: see Baunlusk: and Betal [information on Lusk reproduced below]. Ploughing by the horsetail, and burning corn in the ear, were practised in Ireland down to a comparatively recent period; Arthur Youn witnessed both in operation less than a hundred years ago but at that time they had nearly disappeared, partly on account of acts of Parliament framed expressly to prevent them, and partly through the increasing intelligence of the people. Loisgreán [lusgraun] is the term applied to corn burnt in the ear; and the particular spots where the process was carried on are in many cases indicated by names formed on this word. The modern froms do not in general depart much from what would be indicated by the original pronunciation; it is well represented in Knockaluskraun and Knokcloskeraun in Clare, each the name of a hill (knock) where corn used to be burned. The simple term gives name to Loskeran near Ardmore in Waterford. Sometimes the word is pronounced lustraun; and this form is seen in Caherlustraun near Tuam in Galway, where the corn used to be burned in an ancient caher or stone fort; in Lugalustran in Leitrim, and Stralustrin in Fermanagh, the hollow, and the river holm of the burnt corn. Land burnt in any way, whether by accident or design for agricultural purposes - as, for instance, when heath was burnt to encourage the growth of grass, as noticed by Boate (Nat. Hist. XIII., 4) - was designated by the word loisgthe [luske], burnt; which in modern names is usually changed to lusky, losky, or lusk. Ballylusky and Ballylusk i.e. Baileloisgthe, burnt town, are the names of several townlands, the former being found in the Munster counties, and the latter in Leinster; while it is made Ballylosky in Donegal: Molosky in Clare, signifies burnt plain: - Mo = Magh, a plain. Sometimes the word teotán [totaun], a burning is employed to express the same thing, as in Knockatotaun in Mayo and Sligo. Cnoc-a'-teotáin, the hill of the burning: Parkatotaun in Limerick, the field of the burning.

Information From Griffith's Valution

Area in Acres, Roods and Perches:
311 1 7
Land value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
91 17 8
Building value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
0 0 0
Total value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
91 17 8
Heads of housholds living in the townland at this time:

Townland Information

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Information From Maps

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Neighbouring Townlands

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Population and Census Information

People who lived here:
You can retrieve a list of people who lived in this townland from 1827 to 1911. This list is compiled from the following resources.
  • The Tithe Applotment Books
  • Griffith's Valuation
  • 1901 Census
  • 1911 Census
List of nineteenth century and early twentieth century inhabitants of this townland.
Church records of births, deaths and marriages:
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Ballydotia is in the civil parish of Moycullen.
Roman Catholic parishes:
This civil parish corresponds with the following Roman Catholic parish or parishes.
  • Moycullen
  • Spiddal
Church of Ireland parishes:
This civil parish corresponds with the following Church of Ireland parish.
  • Moycullen
In general, the civil parish and the Church of Ireland parish are the same, but, this is not always the case.

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