Benlettery 577m mountain, Twelve Bens Ireland at MountainViews.ie
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BenletteryMountainBinn Leitrí A name in Irish also Bendouglas an extra name in English (Ir. Binn Leitrí [TR], 'peak of the wet hillsides')GalwayCounty, in Arderin List, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock
Height:577mOS 1:50k Mapsheet: 44Grid Reference: L77546 49537 Place visited by 276 members. Recently by: leonardt, fieldoptic, OisinD, Jim Sheehan, arderincorbett, rollingwave, MagdaK, Atlanticstar, billh999, Bunsen7, jsg2307, FrankMc1964, Fergalh, ilenia, tagoona I have visited this place: YES (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)
The townland of Lettery (Leitrí, 'wet hillsides') is on the S slopes of this mountain. The alternative name Bindowglass or Bendouglas (Binn Dúghlais, 'peak of the black stream') is recorded as early as 1684 by Roderic O'Flaherty. Note that both names refer to the wet state of the mountain. O'Flaherty mentions a pool of water on the summit which turns the hair white of anyone who washes in it. In the days before accurate measurements of altitude, he erroneously believed that Bindowglass was the highest of the Twelve Bens and was two miles high. This misconception was corrected by James Hardiman, who edited O'Flaherty's work in 1846, aware that the Ordnance Survey had found that Ben Corr and Ben Bawn exceed it in height by several hundred feet (O'Flaherty, 107).
Benlettery is the 344th highest place in Ireland. Benlettery is the most southerly summit in the Twelve Bens area. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/315/