Chibber yn Arragh (3) – Lonan


Chibber yn Arragh, (Well of the (good) Ploughland), Lonan.

There are two roadside wells of this name in Ballarragh village, Lonan. As the Manx arragh, spring-season, is awkward to apply to wells, to Ballaragh, Bride (?), or to the earthen dyke on Snaefell known as Cleigh yn Arragh, besides its being of the feminine gender, recourse must be had to the Gaelic root ar, tillage, from which Joyce, iii., instances a number of Irish place-names, Arragh, Arraghan, Errey, Lisnanarriagh, etc. – an old Indo – European root, known to Cormac. Hence

(text source: W Walter Gill, A Manx Scrapbook (1929)


Location unknown.


Location unknown.


NLS OS 6″ Sheet VIII, Surveyed: 1867 to 1869, Published: 1870


If you have any information on this well please contact me and quote well record number (3) as this will help identify which well you are referring too.