Killyleagh, County Down
Ir. Cill Ó Laoch ‘church of the descendants of Laoch’
It is possible that Laoch is a variant spelling of Luighdheach, a genitive form of Lughaidh which was a popular name in early Ireland. The ruins of the medieval parish church are 1km north of the town centre, in the large townland of Corporation.
The charter of the borough of Killyleagh was granted by King James I, dated 10th March, 1612. By it ‘the inhabitants within the said village and lands aforesaid are, and for ever hereafter by force of these presents shall be, one body corporate and politic really in deed and by name, by the name of the Provost, free Burgesses, and Community of the Borough of Killyleagh’. The limits of the borough extended about one mile by half a mile over townlands called Castlewilliam, Corbally, and The Corporation (Hamilton MSS App. Vii, p.lxiv).
ReferencesMcKay, P. (1999): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 88; KM, 2009
T., 1851 Census; see also the parish of Killyleagh.
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