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Tieveshilly, County Down


Ir. Taobh Sailí ‘hillside of the willowy area’


O’Donovan’s interpretation of Tieveshilly as Taobh Silidh ‘hillside of the trickling, dropping’ seems plausible enough, although an association with willows is suggested by the anglicized forms in -s(h)illy, -shallee etc. from the 16/17th centuries.  The more usual Irish form for ‘willow’ is saileach, i.e. with broad s-, which may be reflected by forms in -silly.  The forms in -shilly reflect a rarely attested slender s-, but we may note that, for Scottish Gaelic, Dwelly has Seileach ‘Willow - salix 2. Willow copse. 3 Place where willows grow’, and it would appear that a form of this nature lies behind the name Tieveshilly.   


Hughes A. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 133

Additional Information

N.B. reassigned from Witter to Ballyphilip

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Tewesities1559Sav. Ulst. 301
Tewesities1559Sav. Ulst. 175
Tewesilie1571Fiants Eliz. $2090
Ballytussillye1588Fiants Eliz. $5264
Balletywshilly1620Inq. Ult. (Down) $9 Jac. I
Towshillie1620Inq. Ult. (Down) $9 Jac. I
Towshillie al. Ballitonshillie1620Inq. Ult. (Down) $9 Jac. I
Tewshallee al. Ballytewsheliee1625Inq. Ult. (Down) $14 Jac. I
Tewsilly1625Inq. Ult. (Down) $14 Jac. I
Tewshillie1627Inq. Ult. (Down) $10 Car. I
Ballotowshilly1628Sav. Ulst. 368
Towshilly1628Sav. Ulst. 368
Ballotewshilly1637cSav. Ulst. 373
Towsilly1659cCensus 1659 91
Tussilly1661BSD 84
Tressilly1663Sub. Roll Down 282
Tieveshilly1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E42 no. 100
Tieveshilly1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E42 no. 100
Tooshilly1830cHigh Const. Applot. (OSNB) E42 no. 100
Tieveshilly1834cMr Nugent (OSNB) E42 no. 100
~Taobh Silidh ""hillside of the trickling, dropping1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E.34
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Parish in 1851
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