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Ringcreevy, County Down

Origin

Ir. Rinn Chraoibhe ‘headland or promontory of the branch or tree’

Background

Ringcreevy is recorded as Rincrevy in the Census of c.1659 and as Ringcreevey al. Ballyringcreevy in 1679. The townland lies on the coast, a short distance east of Comber.  The promontory referred to is no doubt Island Hill where numerous megalithic artifacts have been found. The element rinn denotes ‘a point of land, a promontory, or small peninsula’ and is fairy common in place-names (Joyce i 405). In Co. Down it is often anglicised as Ring and it can refer to either a coastal point or promontory as in Ringmacilroy (Rinn Mhic Giolla Rua ‘McIlroy’s point’) in the parish of Warrenpoint (PNI i 165) or to an inland promontory as in Ringbane (An Rinn Bhán ‘the white promontory’) in the parish of Donaghmore, north of Newry (PNI i 106).

References

P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Roinn Craobhach ""bushy division""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 19
(?)Ballerincreame1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlv
Rincrevy1659cCensus 1659 87
Ballerincreevy1661BSD 121
Rencreby1663Sub. Roll Down 284
Rincreevey als Ballyringcreevy1679Montgomery MSS 268 n.37
Rincreevy1745Map of Down (OSNB) E 19
Ringcreevy1745OSNB: gen. sources E 19
Ringcreevey1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 19
Ringcreevy1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 19
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Comber
Parish in 1851
Comber
Townland
None
Place name ID
11997
Place name type
T