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Welcome to the web pages of Burnside Ulster-Scots Society.

Burnside is a small rural townland approximately three miles south-east of Antrim on the Loughanmore Road.

Close to the M2 motorway, Burnside is overlooked by Donegore Hill which dominates the Sixmilewater valley and has played a prominent role in the history of the area for hundreds of years.

Donegore Hill

Before and after the Battle of Antrim in 1798 the hill was used by the United Irishmen, under the command of Henry Joy McCracken, as a rallying point.

Burnside, and its neighbours, Rathmore and Dunadry, was the scene of a great battle in 687 AD, when the Northumbrian king, Egfrid, slew the Dalriadan chief, Cathasagh. The area continued as a “royal” seat until, at least, the year 1004, when Brian Boru carried away the Dalriadan hostages.
 

 

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