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Echlinville, County Down


Echlin (surname) + Eng. ville


This townland takes its name from the Echlin family who, in turn, derive their name from a territory in Scotland. Knox (p.466) remarks: ‘The Echlins are of Scotch lineage, being descendants of the ancient family of the Echlins of Pettadro, in the shire of Linlithgow, heirs of Philip le Brun, who obtained the heritage of the estate ... of Echlin’.  In the early 17th century Dr. Robert Echlin, ‘a Scotchman by birth’,  was appointed as bishop of Down and Connor. This Bishop Robert Echlin settled at a residence in the south of the Ards known as the Abbacy.  

Reeves (EA 379, n. y) and Harris (Harris Hist. 44) identify the modern townland of Echlinville as the former townland of Rowbane/Rubane, a name referred to under Rowreagh in the parish of Inishargy. The Echlin who gave his name to Echlinville may well have been the James Echlin who built Rubane House in this townland around the second quarter of the 18th century. 


Hughes A. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 107

Additional Information

N. B. reassigned from St. Andrews alias Ballyhalbert to Inishargy. See also the village of Rubane.

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Echlinville1737Sav. Ulst. 376
Echlinville1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E.174
Echlinville1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E.174
Echlinville1830cHigh Const. Applot. (OSNB) E.174
Echlinville, Echlin is a family name1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E.174
Ards Upper
Parish in 1851
St. Andrews alias Ballyhalbert
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