Hello and welcome to the Carryduff Historical Society website. The society was formed in 2000 and its objectives are the study and encouragement of public interest in the history, folklore, archaeology and antiquities, of the region in and around Carryduff. It also publishes research papers on the above topics and provides a society archive facility. The society is a member of The Federation for Ulster Local Studies
Carryduff is situated in the ancient parish of Drumbo and is part of the Barony of Upper Castlereagh. During the 16th century it was nothing more than an insignificant unit of land positioned in a bleak and sparsely populated area. As Gaelic was the only language spoken, Carryduff was then known as Ceathra Adha Dhuibh, which signifies ‘Black Hugh’s Quarter’ or alternatively, ‘The Quarterlands of Black Hugh’. The word quarterlands describes an area of land consisting of 120 acres, but unfortunately no information is available as to the identity of Black Hugh(1) . It may be assumed however that he was a person of considerable social standing within the community.
To ensure that we maintain a comprehensive and effective site it would be very much appreciated that if you had any information or photographs on the history and inhabitants of Carryduff and the surrounding area, that you make contact with us, either through the forum or direct email, so that we can copy the information and if appropriate add it to the site.
This site will be periodically updated so please keep visiting.