Welcome to the Richhill History Web Site. The purpose of the site is to provide a short introduction to the long history of this small village. This page provides a guide to the site. Clickable links are shown in red. Wherever you are on the site, clicking on the box in the top right will show you a list of available pages. Some parts of the site can't be seen easily from a smart-phone, so sometimes you may see a notice suggesting you use a laptop or tablet to view them.
Click on the boxes to the left to see a description of what is on each page.
The first inhabitants of Richhill lived in the townland of Legacorry; the Parish of Kilmore; the Barony of Oneilland, the County of Armagh; the Province of Ulster and the Kingdom of Ireland. Today we live, for the purposes of the government’s statisticians, in the super output areas of Rich Hill I and II; the Borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, the devolved administration of Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and, (at the time of writing), the European Union.
The original Irish name for the area now known as Richhill was Legacorry - Log an Choire – which means ‘the hollow of the cauldron’. It was used from the middle ages by the Irish who lived here. From the early seventeenth century, the English name was used by the area’s British inhabitants. Rich-Hill is probably derived from the name of the family – the Richardsons – who were landlords of the village and the 2,000 acres around it.
The Timeline shows the history of Richhill as a sequence of events. To make this more manageable the Timeline is divided into centuries. So, for example, if you wanted to find out about Richhill in the 1850s you would look under the timeline for the Nineteenth Century.
This section contains various lists of people with a connection to Richhill. The earliest shows the names of men who lived in the village shortly after the Plantation and who were expected to bear arms in the event of a rebellion or invasion. Other lists include those who paid taxes, those who signed the Ulster Covenant and those from the village who served in the two World Wars. There are also maps of the area and links to census data.
The launch of this site coincided with the publication of two books on the history of Richhill. These are "Richhill - Portrait of an Ulster Village" by Brett Hannam and "A Short Walk through Richhill" by Olive Leckey and Brett Hannam. You can look inside both books and there are links to sites where they can be bought.
Neither the timeline nor the books can cover every aspect of Richhill's history. 'The Richhill Bugle' is a virtual newspaper for old news. Anyone can submit an article for the Bugle and tell their personal Richhill story. You can send in your own article for publication through the Contact page.
This web site was designed and built by Brett Hannam.
The extracts from Ordnance Survey maps are used with the permission of Ordnance Survey.
The font used is IM Fell DW Pica, digitally reproduced by Ignio Marini (www.igniomarini.com) and distributed under a SIL Open Font Licence, Version 1.1.
Any pictures not specifically credited are understood to be in the public domain. Should there be any mistakes of attribution, these will be willingly corrected on notification.