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Dufferin, County Down

Origin

Ir. Duifrian 'black third'

Background

The small barony of Dufferin on the western shore of Strangford Lough contains the parishes of Killinchy and Killyleagh.  In Irish it is Duifrian, older Duibhthrian, a district name meaning 'the black third', possibly referring to a division of the Co. Down kingdom E of Slieve Croob (Strangford Lough 60, 63). The area was known as White's Country during the time of Elizabeth I, from a family named White who "had, at an early date, extensive possessions in this barony" (Knox Hist. 503).  The townlands in Dufferin are listed in 1624 (CPR Jas I 587b Pat 22).

References

Muhr, Kay (2005): 'An Elizabethan map of north-east Down', Lecale Review no. 3, 19.

Additional Information

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Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

asin Duibthriun (císa tuath nUlad)

1100cLebor na Cert 90 l.1343

trí druithi a Duibtrian Ulad

13thcSMMD I 10 $6

'sa Duib-trian

1433AU iii 126

'sa Duibh-trian

1433AU iii 126

asa[n] Duib-trian

1433AU 126

Dubh-trian

1470AU iii 228

the Doufrey, whereof one John Whit was landlord

1552O'Laverty 342 [citing a letter of Sir Thomas Cusack to the Duke of Northumberland]

Dufferin, or White's country, all waste and desolate

1575SSP 76-9

an Duibhthrian

1617cLCABuidhe 160 l.202

the Duffrin otherwise Duffrens

1624CPR Jas I §22 Jas. I 587b

"In Queen Elizabeth's time, Dufferin was called the White's country, from the extensive possessions of that family, in the district..."

1875Knox Hist. 504

An Duifrian

2000NIPNP replies KM/DMacGE
Duffren1595Mercator's Ulst.
Duffrin1610cNorden's Map
Barony
Dufferin
Parish
barony
Parish in 1851
barony
Townland
None
Place name ID
17702
Place name type
B