townland
Cnóbha
genitive: Chnóbha
non-validated name
(Irish)
Knowth
(English)

Explanatory note

  • Gaeilge

    Ní léir brí.
    Tháinig athrú mór ar an ainm seo le himeacht aimsire; Cnogba na Sean-Ghaeilge > Crewbane (19ú haois) de réir léarscáileanna na Suirbhéireachta Ordanáis. Tá cur síos déanta ag Art Ó Maolfabhail ar an athrú seo in aiste dar teideal ‘Ilfhás ar ainm clúiteach (Cnogba > Knowth, Craud, Ballinacraud, Crewbane)’ in Celtica XXI (1990). Ba é a scríobh Seán Ó Donnabháin faoi fhuaimniú an logainm lena linn féin ná, ‘Cnoghbha is vulgarly pronounced Cru here’. De réir A.J. Hughes, ba é an foghar a chuala an Donnabhánach i logainm seo na Mí ná guta atá le fáil i gcanúintí Ultacha ar a dtugtar ‘high-back-unrounded u-sound’ (Ainm IV, 1990).
    Ní heol dúinn brí ná sanasaíocht ná aois an logainm Cnóbha. Díol suime gur ionad cónaithe ríoga a bhí ann sa ré stairiúil: ‘The metamorphosis of Tara from tomb to royal residence is paralleled at Knowth. This site (known by the medieval Irish to have been a burial mound) was chosen as their centre by the local Uí Néill kings of northern Brega from the eighth century onwards’, F.J. Byrne, Irish Kings and High-Kings

Centrepoint

53.7008, -6.49121latitude, longitude
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Archival records

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Historical references

1380
Knothe
Close Roll 4 Richard II <br> ... To John fitz Rery, escheator …2 weirs at le Oldebrygge, 1 weir at Staghlyin and 1 weir at Knothe on the water of Boyn, co. Meath, belonging to the abbot of the Blessed Mary of Mellifont. The escheator returned into chancery that the K. had and by right ought to have in the stream of the said water a royal road called watershard. (Cal. ICR (chancery.tcd.ie))
Cal. ICR
1540-1
Knoythe
(Pat. Raythe)
Ir. Mon. Poss.
1541
Knoythe
Lease to Laurence Townley, of Dublin, gent. ; of the site of the abbey of the B.V.M., of Mellifunt, county Louth … Oldbrige, Shepehouse, Rathmolane, Stalinge, Donore, Doo, Glashalyn, Grangeithe, Crewodd, Balranny, Kardoragh, Ranyskyn alias Monknewton, Newgrange, Ballyfadoke, Knoythe, Kelliston, Cracamothan, Rosynry, Gilton, Dromynhaull, Radronoghe, Cullyn, and Starenaghe, and a fishery of the Boyne, with the weirs of Stalinge, Brows, Monckenwerr, and Oldbrigge, county Meath. FHen. 254
F
1566
Knoyth
Edward Moore of Mellefont … <br> the lands, customs and tithesof Oldbridge,a salmon weir on the Boyne … customs and tithes of Shepehowse, Ramollan …Stalinge … Doo, Glassehallyn, Graungegithe, Crewood, Ballranny, Kardraghe, Ranysken alias Monckenewton, Newgraunge, with Browusweir and the fishing of the Boyne there and Borowismill, Ballyfadock, Knoyth, Kellyston, Cracomothan, Rossynry,with Mooncketon salmon weir, a deep pool, ; and a mill on the Boyne, Gylton, Dromenhalle, Radrenaghe, Cullyn, and Starenaghe, county Meath, F 889
F
1642
Knogh (Wm. Velden of ...)
fol. 124r <br> 200 Jan: 13. 1641 Nathaniell Nanskone in the Parish of Kentstowne and Barony of Duleek in the County of Meath duly sworne deposeth that on or about the tenth day of Nouember last he was robbed & dispoyled of … By or by the meanes of the Lo : of Dunsina … that tooke some part of my goods from Monkton, & others that tooke part from Kentstown … Armulchan … William Velden of Knogh owes me twenty fiue pownds … Jur 13mo Januar. 1641 Depositions MS 816, fols 124r-124v
Dep. 1641
1795
Knowth
M'Guire, Andrew, Knowth, co. Meath. <br> Prerogrative Wills 305
Prerogative Wills
1799
Knouth (Thomas [Berrill])
Thomas [Berrill], Knouth . co . Meath, gent <br> Prerogrative Wills 33.
Prerogative Wills
1836
Nowth
BS:AL Leathanach: Mí075,14
1836
Knowth
Petty Eng. Map 1683:AL Leathanach: Mí075,14
1836
Knivy the
Archdall:AL Leathanach: Mí075,14
1836
Knowthe
Archdall:AL Leathanach: Mí075,14
1836
Kiroth
HCSV:AL Leathanach: Mí075,14
1836
Kirath
Bar. Cons.:AL Leathanach: Mí075,14
1836
Nowth
O'Brien, Rev. J. PP:AL Leathanach: Mí075,14
1836
Cnoghbha (O'Dugan)
dúch:AL Leathanach: Mí075,14
1836
Tríallain a Sheaáin, 'called from a man'
dúch:AL Leathanach: Mí075,14
1836
Cnu dubh; cru dubh
dúch:AL Leathanach: Mí075,14
1836
Cnú
"bán" [scriosta]
pl:AL Leathanach: Mí075,14
1836
Cnu dubh; cru dubh
pl:AL Leathanach: Mí075,14
1836
Mota chnu
pl:AL Leathanach: Mí075,14
1836
Knowth-duff
OD:AL Leathanach: Mí075,14
1836
Knowth
OD:AL Leathanach: Mí075,14
1836
[Knowth]
"Near the centre of the townland is a large fort."
Desc. Rem.:AL Leathanach: Mí075,14

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