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Loughguile, County Antrim


Ir. Loch gCaol [lough geel] ‘lake of the narrows’.


Village is 13km E of Ballymoney

bar: Dunluce Upper

Loughguile takes its name from the lake named LOUGH GUILE which lies 1.5km south-west of the village, in the townland of CASTLEQUARTER. The lake appears to be named from a narrow strait over which a bridge has been constructed. The site of the medieval parish church is marked by the ruins of a 19th-century Church of Ireland church and a graveyard on the east shore of the lake. The southern portion of Loughguile parish is in the barony of KILCONWAY [Lochkele 1262].


McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 100

Additional Information

village of Loughguile; often spelt Loughgiel

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Lochkele1262EA 72
Loghkel1305EA 73
Loghkell, Ecclesia de1306Eccles. Tax. 72
Loghkel1333EA 326
Locgayl1497Annates Ulst. 132
Loghill1586EA 329
Loghill1604CPR Jas I 58a
Loughgill1604CPR Jas I 58a
Loughguill1609Jas I to Connor Cath. 263
Loghgile1641Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $144
Loghgyle1641Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $144
Logh-geell1659cCensus 1659 15
1 Qr of Loghgeele1669HMR Ant. 67
Loghgeele Parish1669HMR Ant. 66
Loughgeely1672cHib. Del. Antrim
Loughguill P.1780Lendrick Map
Loughguill or Lisanour1780Lendrick Map
~Loch Geimheal ""lake of the fetters""1833J O'D (OSNB) B109 B22
Loghgeile1847EA 73
Loghgoyle1847EA 73
Loughgill1847EA 73,331
~Loch gCaol1989GÉ 248
"" the narrow lake""1999Cel. Ulst. Tds 19
~Loch gCaol ""lake of the narrows""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 100
Dunluce Upper
Parish in 1851
Tully North
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