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Killinchy in the Woods, County Down


Ir. Cill Duinsí na Coille ‘St Duinseach’s church, of the wood’


The large townland of Killinchy in the Woods (989 acres) lies in the NW of Killyleagh parish, next to Kilmore parish, and is the only townland in Killyleagh to be, like Kilmore, in the barony of Castlereagh Upper. It seems to have been named after one of the three churches near Strangford Lough dedicated to the local saint Duinseach ‘brown girl’ recorded in the Irish martyrologies, and the epithet ‘of the wood’ was used in church sources to distinguish it from Killinchy nemaghery ‘of the plain’ and Dunsy Island (Hughes 1999). It was recorded in the 1615 Terrier as ‘Killinsee in the Kalbe, one mensal’; Kalbe is a mistranscription of Kalle (Ir. coill).   O’Laverty says that by his day a school-house had been built on the church site, which had had a well a little to the north, and a graveyard which had been obliterated.  An altar bell and a shell 'such as was formerly used at the altar for holding water' had been found in the graveyard and the bell had been given to the Rev. Daniel McMullan, curate of Kilmore (O’Laverty i 331).


KM 2009; MÓM 2012

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Historical name form

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Killinsee in the Kalbe

1615O'Laverty i 330
Killincha1625cRaven Map Clandeboye 77,78
Killinchienekillie1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I c
Castlereagh Upper
Parish in 1851
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