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Corporation, County Down

Origin

Eng. corporation

Background

Corporation is a large townland containing the village of Killyleagh.  There are four other townlands of the name, all in the north of Ireland (parishes of Armagh, Bangor, Killybegs and Newtownards), and all of which may have originated in the context of 17th-century Plantation centres of settlement.  The charter of the borough of Killyleagh was granted by King James I, dated 10th March, 1612.  By it ‘the inhabitants within the said village and lands aforesaid are, and for ever hereafter by force of these presents shall be, one body corporate and politic really in deed and by name, by the name of the Provost, free Burgesses, and Community of the Borough of Killyleagh’.  The limits of the borough extended about one mile by half a mile over townlands called Castlewilliam, Corbally, and The Corporation (Hamilton MSS App. Vii, p.lxiv).  Castlewilliam appears as the townland of Ballycaslanwilliam in 17th-century documents, but now survives as a minor name in the south of Corporation.  Corbally and Commons remain separate townlands. The name may be translated An Bardas ‘municipal corporation’ in Irish.

References

KM, 2009

Additional Information

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Barony
Dufferin
Parish
Killyleagh
Parish in 1851
Killyleagh
Townland
None
Place name ID
17330
Place name type
T