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Bessy BellHillSliabh Troim A name in Irish (Ir. Sliabh Troim [DUPN], 'mountain of elder')TyroneCounty, in Carn List, Psammite Bedrock
Height:420mOS 1:50k Mapsheet: 12Grid Reference: H39100 82100This place has been logged as visited by 50 members. Recently by: scottwalker, eejaymm, Ulsterpooka, MichaelE, madfrankie, davog, Fergalh, pmeldrum, chalky, David-Guenot, dregish, dino, Iamcan, eamonoc, Aidy I have visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)
Bessy Bell and its lower neighbour, Mary Gray, are named after the heroines of a Scottish ballad. This begins Bessie Bell and Mary Gray, they were twa bonny lasses. The obvious Scots origin of the name did not deter Samuel Lewis from making an extravagant connection between Bessy Bell and the pagan deity Baal in his Topographical Dicitionary of Ireland (1843): “On the summit of Bessy Bell, or ‘Boase-Baal’, on which in pagan times sacrifice is supposed to have been offered to Baal or Bel, is a large and curious cairn.” Sliabh Troim is the original Irish name. Also recorded as Sliab Toad [LGÉ].
Bessy Bell is the 845th highest place in Ireland. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/738/?PHPSESSID=ad74pvn2uhs7pmrg4s68v997t2