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Lecale Upper, County Down

Origin

Ir. Leath Cathail, 'Cathal’s half' + Eng. upper

Background

Lecale is an Irish district name which later became a barony name: in Irish Leath Cathail, 'Cathal’s half' of the original Dál Fiatach kingdom based in Downpatrick.  The eponymous Cathal appears in the Irish genealogies, probably to be dated to the early 8th century (EA 201, Byrne 1973 p.285).  Those who still pronounce the name as Le-Caal are historically correct as this is the sound originally intended by the current spelling -cale.  The barony of Lecale Upper, which is slightly smaller than Lecale Lower, comprises the south-western portion of this territory and includes the county town of Downpatrick.  It is bounded on the south by Dundrum Bay and extends as far south as Saint John's Point near Killough. 

References

Muhr, Kay (2005): 'An Elizabethan map of north-east Down', Lecale Review no. 3, 22; with additions PT, 2012.

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Barony
Lecale Upper
Parish
barony
Parish in 1851
barony
Townland
None
Place name ID
17709
Place name type
B