Dinnseanchas placenames

Lurgan - An Lorgáin - the long ridge of land

According to (a site well worth supporting) the name Lurgan "originates from the Gaelic name An lorgáin, the long low ridge of land." "Earlier names of Lurgan include "Lorgain Chlann Bhreasail" (Lurgan of Clanbrassil) and "Lorgain Bhaile Mhic Cana" (Long low ridge of McCann's townland) or Lurgan Bally McCann. "The McCann sept were Lords of Clanbrassil, prior to the Plantation period in the early 17th century. The McCann's were septs of the O'Neills. In 1596, Clanbrassil (where Lurgan now stands) is described as a very woody and boggy place. "Around 1610 the lands of Lurgan were given to the English lord, William Brownlow and his family."


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