Place Names in Ramoan and Rathlin Island

RamoanRamoan – the fort of Modhan (the chieftain who ruled the northern portion).Ballycastle – the town of the castle (called after the castle of the Earl of Antrim which stood near the centre of the town).Knocklayde – the broad mountain. Portcalliagh – the port of the old hag or witch. Port Brittas – the speckled … Read more

An early eighteenth century attempt to establish Presbyterianism in Layde and Cushendall

The focus of Presbyterianism in the Glens from the early years of the Scottish Plantation was Glenarm.(1) That congregation consisted of people from a wide area, but many found it a difficult journey to the meeting-house there. It was particularly difficult for the handful of Presbyterians from Layde and Cushendall, and various attempts were made … Read more