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Ardtole, County Down


Ir. Ard Tuathail  Tuathal’s height”


In the south of the townland of Ardtole and about half a mile north of the town of Ardglass the ruins of the church of St Nicholas at Church Hill mark the site of a church whose name is (corruptly) recorded as Ecclesia de Droneyll [recte Ardueyll?, i.e. Ardtole] in c.1306 (Eccles. Tax. 34). The name of this church is recorded as Ardtwele alias Ardglass in 1441 (Reg. Mey (EA 36)) and Reeves (EA 36) suggests that this was originally the parish church of Ardglass.  The Gaelic personal name Tuathal is a fairly common one and is the basis of the Co. Monaghan surname Ó Tuathail ‘Toal’ (MacLysaght 1985, 287). The southern part of Ardtole is known as ‘English Ardtole’ while the northern part is known as ‘Irish Ardtole’.


PMcK, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Droneyll, Ecclesia de

1306cEccles. Tax. 34


1427Cal. Canc. Hib. (EA) 36 (i 242)

Artoylle, 2 vil'' de

1549Ex. Inq. (Dn) 3 Ed. VI 16

Artnell, Ecclesia de Ardglass al.,

1615Terrier (Reeves) 37

Ard Tuathail ""Tuathal''s height""

2001HMC replies HMCsched
Ardwell1400cCal. Canc. Hib. (EA) 36 (i 204)
the rectory `Sancti Nicholai de Ardtnele''1413Reg. Fleming (EA) 36n
the rectory of St Nicholas, Ardtuele1413Reg. Fleming $231
Ardtwele al Ardglas1442Reg. Prene (EA) 36n
Ardtwell1444Reg. Mey 55
Ardglas al Ardtwele1449Reg. Mey 170
en Artuell''1450cStat. Rolls Ire. Hen. VI 196
Ardtweill1518Kildare Rent. 61
Attwell1540Rentals & Surveys Down 77
Ardnuyle1622Ulster Visit. Reeves 25
Ardtole1649Lodge RR Car. I II
Ardtole1649Lodge RR Car. I II
Ardtole1649Indentures (DF) Indenture
Ardtoall1659cCensus 1659 71
Ardtoole1661BSD 95
Artowel (fringe name)1710Manr Downpatrick
Lecale Lower
Parish in 1851
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