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Kircubbin, County Down

Origin

perhaps Ir. Cill Ghobáin 'Gobán's church'

Background

On Ards Peninsula, 5km S of Greyabbey

par: Inishargy bar: Ards Upper

Although there is no mention of a church site in this area in ASCD, Reeves (EA 19 n. i) gives details of the remains of a small church which formerly stood in a place called The Chapel-field, which was about a furlong east of the village of Kircubbin.  Reeves views this now-vanished church site as having been responsible for the village name of Kircubbin, and considers it to be the church named Ecclesia de Sancti Medumy (i.e. ‘the church of St Medumy’), which is recorded in the Ecclesiastical Taxation of 1306 beside the church of Inyscargi (= mod. Inishargy).  Reeves was unable to identify this saint with certainty and more research will be required on his background before any definite pronouncement can be made. Historical forms such as Kilcubin (1615) suggest that the original name may have been Ir. Cill Ghobáin ''Gobán's church'' but that the initial element was scotticised kirk as happens elsewhere in Ulster (note the townland Kirkmoyle or Kilmoyle Upper in Co. Antrim). As regards the modern village of Kircubbin ASCD 417 notes that it was ‘a very small port established in 1790, with an export trade in kelp’. 

References

Hughes A. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 91; revised PT, MÓM

Additional Information

Town, 1851 Census

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Kilcubin, Capella de

1615Terrier (O'Laverty) 328

Killcubin, Capella de [rectified from Killenbui]

1615Terrier (Reeves) 59

Killcouby al. Kirkcubin cum decim in vil'' de Killc

1662Inq. Ult. (Down) $23 Car. II

Ceathramh Ghobbáin 'Gobban''s quarter''

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E174

Cill Ghobáin

1989GÉ 57

Cill Ghobáin perhaps

1999Dict. Ulst. PN 91

Cill Ghobáin

1999Cel. Ulst. Tds 20

(?)Cubynhillis

1336CPR Ed. III 305

Ballecurbubben

1604CPR Jas I 39a

Ballicarcubbin

1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I

Ballicarcubbine

1605CPR Jas I 73a

Killcooby

1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I

(?)Kilcooly in the Great Ardes

1606CPR Jas I 78a

""Killcobin""

1622Ulster Visit. Reeves 55

Ballekircubin al. Kilcooby

1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlii

Ballekircubin

1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiv

Kilcoby al. Kircubin

1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxx

Kilcooby al. Kircubin

1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlv

Kilcooby

1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxvi

Rectorie of Kilcooby al. Kircubbin

1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiii

Kirkubbin

1640Sav. Ulst. 247

Ballekircubbin al. Kilcouby

1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I

Kilcouby al. Kircubin

1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I

Kirkcubbine

1659cCensus 1659 92

Krikcubbin

1661BSD 91

Kirkcubbin

1663Sub. Roll Down 283

Kircubbin and Mill

1681Ham. Copy Rental 108

Kirkcubbin

1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 44

Kircubbin

1830cHigh Const. Applot. (OSNB) No. 44

Kirkcubbin

1830cTythes Applot. (OSNB) No. 44

Kirkcubbin

1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 44
Barony
Ards Upper
Parish
Inishargy
Parish in 1851
Inishargy
Townland
None
Place name ID
12091
Place name type
T:V