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Quoile, County Down


Ir. An Caol ‘the narrow water’


The townland of Quoile is named from the river Quoile on the east bank of which it stands, roughly a mile north of Downpatrick. In 1549 the name of the river is recorded as Narrowe Water (Inq. 3 Ed. VI) which is clearly a direct translation of the original Irish name, An Caol. The name of the townland is recorded as Quoyle in 1618, as Coyle and Coyletown  in 1637 and as Quoile in 1661. The name no doubt refers to the narrowing of the Quoile estuary here.


PMcK, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Casllancoyll modo ruinos

1549Ex. Inq. (Dn) 3 Ed. VI 18

An Caol ""the narrow (water)""

1999Dict. Ulst. PN 122
Narrowe Water1549Ex. Inq. (Dn) 3 Ed. VI 6
Loughdowne1603CPR Jas I 14b
Narrowe-Water, The1603CPR Jas I 14a
Coyle, the river of1618Inq. Ult. (Down) $8 Jac. I
Quoyle1618Inq. Ult. (Down) $8 Jac. I
Loughdowne1627Lodge RR 3 Car. I
Narrowe-Water, The1627Lodge RR Car. I
Coyle, passag'' de Portillage &1635Inq. Ult. (Down) $63 Car. I
Narrow water, Loughdowne al Loghcome al Loghcone &1635Inq. Ult. (Down) $63 Car. I
Coyle in Lecale1637Lodge RR Car. I i 429
Coyle, The Castle of1637Lodge RR Car. I i 429
Narrow-water, the River of the1637Lodge RR Car. I i 429
Coyle & Lishboye1659cCensus 1659 69
Quoile, The Castle and Castle Quarter of1661BSD 93
Coyle, the or Cayle + Portilowe or Portilloe1684?Lodge RR Car. I i 306
Qoyle1700cDescr. D'patrick
Quoyle1708Sur. D'patrick lf. 18
Quoils1729Southwell Estate Papers 34
Quoil(?)1739Sloane Map
Quoils1752Southwell Rental [1752] 16-7
Quoile1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E42 no. 100
Lecale Lower
Parish in 1851
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