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Fish Quarter, County Down


Ir. Ceathrú an Iascaire ‘quarter(land) of the fisher(man)’


It is difficult to determine with certainty whether this place-name was coined initially in Irish or English.  Indeed the 1650 form Carrownesker a’ Fishertowne  reflects the degree of bilingualism that must have existed in the Ards in the 17th century.  Fisher was the normal English word for ‘fisherman’ up until the 16th/17th centuries, before the addition of -man to fisher- in standard English.  Judging by the patterns of other place-names in the Upper Ards, it would seem that an Anglo-Norman origin is possible for Fisher Quarter with Ceathrú an Iascaire arising as a subsequent Irish translation.  For similar names see Ballygelagh (parish of Ardkeen) and Whitechurch (parish of Ballywalter).


Hughes A. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 88

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
the Fishers'' quarter1604CPR Jas I 39a
Ballicarowneescreh1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I
Ballicarrownesregh1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I
Carrowneescreh1605CPR Jas I 73a
Carrow-Nesteragh1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiv
Carrownesker1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxi
Carrownesker1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxii
Carrowneskra1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xlvi
Carrownesker al. Fisherstowne1650cInq. Ult. (Down) $109 Car. I
Fisher Quarter1659cCensus 1659 92
Ffisher Quarter1661BSD 89
Carrownesca1662Inq. Ult. (Down) $23 Car. II
Fisher Quarter1681Ham. Copy Rental 108
Fishquarter1810Wm. Map (OSNB) No. 44
Fishquarter1830cHigh Const. Applot. (OSNB) No. 44
Fishquarter1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) No. 44
Fishquarter1830cTythes Applot. (OSNB) No. 44

Fishers Quarter

1837OSM vii 18
Ards Upper
Parish in 1851
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